'Papers, Please' Coming to PS4, PS Vita

August 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lucas Pope's grim border patrol simulation, Papers, Please is not only coming to the PlayStation 4 but the PS Vita as well. Papers, Please was just one of several indie titles that Sony highlighted yesterday during its Gamescom PlayStation press briefing. The news comes from PlayStation strategic content speaker Shahid Kamal Ahmad, who confirmed the upcoming Vita version on Twitter.

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'Tropico 5' Banned in Thailand

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra is reporting (based on this AP report) that the government of Thailand has banned Tropico 5 in the country. Why, you may ask, would they do that? According to the report, the government is worried that people will play the game and be compelled to rebel against the rule of law there.

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It's Run and Gun Time with Kim Jong Un in 'Glorious Leader'

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new game from Moneyhorse Games lets players jump into the boots of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The game is called "Glorious Leader" and is a side-scrolling action game that lets you jump into the shoes of the dictator as he guns down his enemies with reckless abandon. The game will also feature Kim Jong Un pal Dennis Rodman.

Creator Moneyhorse Games insists that the game, which depicts a U.S. invasion of the country, is completely satirical and non-political in nature, despite its touchy subject matter.

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'The Return of Mokhtar' Urges Players to Put Iranian Reformists to Death

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New Delhi Television highlights a new online game that lets players shoot opposition figures involved in the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential election. The online game, which NDTV describes as a Doom style knock-off, allows the player to "confront symbols of sedition" a term popularized in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election to describe pro-reform supporters who disputed the results.

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Protest Game Puts Russian President Vladimir Putin in Gay-Friendly Sochi Winter Olympics Competition

February 7, 2014 - James Fudge

Twenty-three-year-old Robin Ras, a Dutch game developer and owner of GamesOnly.com, has found a unique way of protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay policies. With the Winter Olympics in full swing at Sochi, Ras thought the best way to make a statement about the country's deplorable treatment of gays was to create a protest game.

Report: Iranian Man Arrested by Government for 'Kill Dictators' Game on Kongregate

January 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While we have no way to confirm it, one of our readers claims that a man whose game recently launched on Kongregate (owned by GameStop) has been arrested by the Iranian government and jailed. The game he was supposedly jailed for is "Kill Dictators," and as the title suggest, players are charged with killing various leaders inside and outside Iran including Bashar, Erdogan, Amhadi Nejad, Khameni, Nasrallah, and Putin.

Chinese Anti-Corruption Game Mirrors Reality in China, Say Players and Critics

January 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While it's not much to look at, a game simply known as "Fight Corruption" has grabbed the attention of hundreds of thousands of gamers in mainland China, according to independent (New York-based) Chinese media outlet, NTD TV.

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1979 REVOLUTION Fails to Meet Funding Goal

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Kickstarter campaign for the politically themed adventure game 1979 REVOLUTION ended yesterday, falling short of its goal. The game managed to generate $304,741 from over a thousand backers, put missed its goal of $395,000 when the campaign hit its deadline yesterday. In a note to backers, the development team from iNK Stories said that they were grateful to those people who supported them with a financial commitment and vowed to continue to find funding for the game.

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Tea Party Group Uses Racist BioShock Infinite Propaganda on Facebook Page

December 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Florida-based political group The National Liberty Foundation is catching some heat this morning for posting anti-immigration propaganda from Bioshock Infinite, a game that puts such forms of thinking under a microscope by focusing on an isolated society, its leader and the movement that wants to keep "America pure." The group describes itself as a conservative coalition made up of citizens that identify themselves as part of the Tea Party movement.

Kickstarter for Political Thriller '1979 Revolution: Black Friday' Launches

November 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Rockstar Games developer Navid Khonsari and multimedia company iNK Stories have launched a crowd-funding campaign for the politically-themed action adventure game, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday. Set during the 1979 revolution that saw Iran's leadership shift to a hard-line Islamic state, 1979 Revolution promises a game with a mature narrative, new media storytelling elements (historical assets, documentary content, graphic novel cinematics) and suspenseful and engaging gameplay.

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Play 'Watergate: The Video Game'

May 8, 2013 -

You've seen the movies, read the books, and now you can play the video game based on "Watergate," the scandal named after a prominent Washington D.C. office complex where operatives of former President Richard Nixon broke into the Democratic National Committee offices. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974, who failed to cover up his involvement in the entire mess.

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Fox News Highlights 'The Tyranny of King Washington' AC III DLC, Mount Vernon Estate Curators 'Have No Problem' With It

February 20, 2013 -

A FoxNews.com report points out the release of the Assassin's Creed III DLC, The Tyranny of King Washington, a day after President's Day by a "French company" (thanks jccalhoun). The DLC released on Tuesday is an alternate storyline where General George Washington accepts the post of "King" and ultimately becomes a tyrant.

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Introducing High Stakes Politics

November 6, 2012 -

In case you didn't hear about it earlier this month, High Stakes Politics has been released and is available on Android, Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble Nook, Facebook, Chrome Store, and the mobile web (using an HTML5-capable browser). The creators of the game describe it as the gamification of politics through trivia that uses play mechanics similar to the popular game show "Jeopardy" with some gambling thrown in for good measure.

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Whack a Candidate: Election' 12 Released

October 31, 2012 -

A new game for Android devices called Whack a Candidate: Election' 12 charges you with suppressing the vote of the political party you don't like by whacking them in the face with the "Hammer of Justice." The game is much like whack-a-mole but the field is a map of the United States. When a candidate or their vice-presidential running mate pops up on the map you whack them with a hammer to stop them from scoring votes in a given state.

Crowd-Funded Election Year Strategy Game 'Election War Room' Released on iOS

October 25, 2012 -

While we often point out the failures of crowd-funded games like Haunts: The Manse Macabre, it's always good to bring you a story where a game has been successfully funded via a Kickstarter campaign and ends up being available for purchase.

For The People: November Madness Contest Launches

October 15, 2012 -

Rocket Surgeon, makers of the political social Facebook game, For the People: Fantasy Politics, have launched a special contest today called For The People: November Madness.

For The People: November Madness is free to everyone and allows participants to take a stab at predicting the winners of the 2012 presidential election and every House and Senate race across the country. Each correct pick earns a point, and the person who ends up with the most total points wins a grand prize.

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2012 Election - Rise of the President Released

October 10, 2012 -

2012 Election - Rise of the President is an iOS game that stands out because it was created by Stiven Deleur, a talented 14-year-old who started coding only a few months ago. But the inspiration for the game actually came from his father, who came up with the idea one afternoon.

"I wanted a fun way for people who are interested in politics, to participate in the election process and show support for their candidate," said Alex Deleur. "Plus, by collecting data per team, the goal was to create a game that could predict [the] result of the upcoming election."

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor's iCivics Partners With EverFi

October 10, 2012 -

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor's online educational video game site iCivics has partnered with educational technology company EverFi to create a new initiative called Commons – Digital Town Square. Available for free to all K-12 schools, Commons – Digital Town Square hopes to provide educational gaming with social components, testing, simulation-based gameplay, animations and pre- and post-assessments for students.

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Strategery 2012 is Ready for a Presidential War

October 8, 2012 -

A new game infuses the concept of the popular Game Boy Advance game Advance Wars, with the antics of the 2012 presidential elections in what developer Silverware Games calls "Strategery 2012." Strategery 2012 is a web-based game offering Advance Wars mechanics that feature the top two factions in politics today: those of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Face Chop: Decision 2012 Released

October 5, 2012 -

A new poltically themed game from developer Mayonaise Games lets you cast your vote for the U.S. president in a whole new way. The Android game is called Face Chop: Decision 2012, and it lets players "chop" the faces of candidates to earn points and "win the election."

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George Washington will be the Villain of Note in Assassin’s Creed III DLC

October 3, 2012 -

IGN points out that Ubisoft's upcoming DLC for Assassin’s Creed III will have a very unique villain: George Washington. The founding father of our country and the first U.S. president was basically offered a position similar to "king' or "emperor" of America. Washington declined that offer and instead became the first president of the country, according to every history book I have ever read.

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Battle for Presidency: A Fighting Game Featuring Current Presidential Contenders and Founding Fathers

October 3, 2012 -

Eurogamer points to an interview earlier in the week with Valve's Chet Faliszek, who mentions in passing a Street Fighter-style fighting game that appeared on Steam Greenlight that lets you play as our current presidential candidates and past presidents like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Here is what he said about it then:

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Truth Invaders Returns

October 2, 2012 -

You may recall the Space Invaders-inspired flash game Truth Invaders way back during the 2008 presidential campaign. Back then the game focused on the "lies" told by both Democrats and Republicans.

Well the game is back with a 2012 edition, but this time it focuses only on the "lies" of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and the Republican party.

The FAQ on the site tries to explain the change:

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For The People: Fantasy Politics Beta Launches on Facebook

October 2, 2012 -

Social game developer Rocket Surgeon has opened the beta of its Facebook game, For The People: Fantasy Politics to the public today. The 3D Facebook game lets players become the fictional 436th member of the House of Representatives, and play a key role in shaping the laws and policies of a fantasy democracy. Beginning today and running until the new Congress is seated in January, players can test their skills as a U.S.

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Apocalypse November! Turns Presidential Political Season into a Maze

October 2, 2012 -

Apocalypse November! is a fan-created Unity 3D-based web game being hosted over at GameJolt that pays homage to the 2012 presidential elections. Playing as an unnamed candidate running for reelection to the highest office in the land, players navigate mazes inspired by political themes and parties including the Blue State Maze, The Purple Swamp and The Red Zone Dungeon.

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Mad Humans: Election 2012 Released

September 26, 2012 -

Digital Entertainment Ventures invites you to "vote with vegetables" in their new iOS and Android game, Mad Humans: Election 2012. In this 3D game you toss vegetables and other objects at world leaders, political mouthpieces and presidential and vice-presidential candidates including Sarah Palin, President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, and even Donald Trump. More characters will be added "soon." The game was developed by Sideline Amusements for both platforms.

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Party Politics: Match-3 Meets Presidential Politics

September 18, 2012 -

We missed Party Politics when it launched earlier this month on both Facebook (September 6) and Kongregate (September 13), but it's worth mentioning now. Developed by Checkpoint Studios, Party Politics is a politically-themed match-3 puzzle game that is free-to-play. The game uses a Bejeweled style of gameplay combined with political themes in a quest to earn support and win the 2012 election.

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Politicians Battle Aliens in Execuforce

September 17, 2012 -

Exis Interactive announced the release of its 3D presidential campaign fundraising game Execuforce for the PC. The game makers describe Execuforce in the following way:

"Help Barack Obama save the world in this insane game that pits the leader of the free world against the evil alien forces hell bent on enslaving mankind. Execuforce is a standalone mod of our game Majestic-12 that puts you in the role of the Commander in Chief, his electoral opponent Mitt Romney, or former presidents Reagan, and Clinton."

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Campaign Story Launches on Facebook

August 23, 2012 -

FiveOneNine Games has launched Campaign Story, "the first political Facebook game." Campaign Story lets players run a political campaign as they see fit while trying to gain popularity, get votes and win the election. You can pick a campaign slogan, hire canvassers, hold fund raisers, hire campaign staff, and engage in dirty tricks or fight for the White House with some integrity if that's your thing.

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Election 2012 Meets Street Fighter in Chair's 'Vote'

August 22, 2012 -

Epic Games' Chair Entertainment has turned the 2012 election into a literal fight with its new iOS game that lets you play as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama and punch and kick your way into the White House.

Players can equip their candidate of choice with "iconic American outfits, accessories and items," and as they progress through the game they can unlock score boosters, win votes, and more. Some of the key features, according to Chair Entertainment, include:

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MechaTama31AE: Probably snarky commentary on this: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2014/08/29/principle-player-leland-yee-arms-trading-case-dies08/30/2014 - 8:43pm
Andrew EisenConster - Don't know. Got a link to whatever you're referring to?08/30/2014 - 7:04pm
ConsterWait, what's this about Leland Yee eliminating witnesses?08/30/2014 - 5:50pm
IanCBroke my EA boycott to pick up Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare. Loving it. Still hate EA though. But i like Popcap. Gah.08/30/2014 - 6:01am
MaskedPixelantehttp://m.tickld.com/x/something-you-never-realized-about-guardians-of-the-galaxy Right in the feels.08/29/2014 - 6:56pm
AvalongodAgain I think we're conflating the issue of whether Sarkeesian's claims are beyond critique (no they're not) and whether its ever appropriate to use sexist language, let alone physical threats on a woman to intimidate her (no it isn't)08/29/2014 - 5:04pm
prh99Trolling her or trying to assail her integrity just draws more attention (Streisand effect?). Which is really not what the trolls want, so the only way to win (if there is a win to be had) is not to play/troll.08/29/2014 - 5:02pm
prh99Who cares, just don't watch the damn videos if you don't like her. Personally, I don't care as far as she is concerned as long there are interesting games to be played.08/29/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenZip - And yet, you can't cite a single, solitary example. (And no one said you hated anyone. Along those lines, no one claimed Sarkeesian was perfect either.)08/29/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSaint's Row: Gat Out of Hell was just announced for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One making it the 150th game For Everything But Wii U! Congratulations Deep Silver!08/29/2014 - 3:49pm
ZippyDSMleeI do not hate them jsut think its mostly hyperlobe.08/29/2014 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - I'd say that's likely. From my experience, most who have a problem with Sarkeesian's videos either want to hate them in the first place (for whatever reason) or honestly misunderstand what they're about and what they're saying.08/29/2014 - 3:16pm
james_fudgeWe appreciate your support :)08/29/2014 - 2:55pm
TechnogeekIt gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, the gaming community is not statistically indistinguishable from consisting entirely of people that your average Xbox Live caricature would look at and go "maybe you should tone it down a little bit".08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
TechnogeekI just want to say that while I've disagreed with the staff of this site on several occasions, it's still good to see that they're not automatically dismissing Anita's videos as a "misandrist scam" or whatever the preferred dismissive term is these days.08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightZippy, So you can't find even one?08/29/2014 - 1:04pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
 

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