Increasingly, political candidates are turning to game tech as a campaign tool.
In the latest example, Michigan Republican Mike Bouchard, facing an uphill battle for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow, offers an online game, "Thank you, Debbie".
The game itself is minimally interactive. To begin, players must click on a a virtual representation of Sen. Stabenow's door, which bears the legend, "Dangerously Incompetent."
Upon entering, players are greeted with a cartoon version of the Stabenow. Clicking on framed pictures behind Stabennow generates Flash animations and text on issues such as immigration, jobs and medical malpractice. After the Bouchard campaign's attack message is delivered, the Stabenow character delivers a "whack-a-mole" blow to the pop-up character.
It's not good gaming and it's purely negative politics. Here at GP we'd like to see more positive uses of game tech in campaigns.