Obama Administration Wants Microsoft To Make A Video Game

The Obama administration has sounded out Microsoft's main man, COO Steve Ballmer, on the possibility of the company producing a video game which would task players with balancing the US budget.

Not as fun as tearing up a desert nation looking for weapons of mass destruction, I agree, but it's just as important.

Erskine Bowles, who has been tasked by President Obama with finding ways to get the United State's budget back out of the red, envisages the game as being a simple one, "that would enable anyone with a computer to take a stab at balancing the budget". So, something flash-based, then, a web game.

You have to wonder whether the game would be a PR stunt, showing how hard it is to balance a nation's books, or whether the administration may want tot ake a good look at it's best performers, see if there's something to be learned.

Nation's soaring deficit calls for painful choices [USA Today]


    Anyone ever see "The Last Starfighter" .. sounds like a ploy to hire whoever can beat the game.

    I like the bonus mission where the treasure puts aside money for a video game project that ends up with a budget 20x what the actual result is worth. Sounds awesome.

    Is this why he always quotes Xbox when dissing Video games?
    He is actually a fan...

    It should be called See It's Really Hard Shut Up.

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