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April 14, 2010 - Gamers may soon be able to help reduce the United States' massive budget deficit. In an effort to reduce the USA's $12.8 trillion federal budget deficit, President Barack Obama's fiscal commission co-chairman Erskine Bowles has asked Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about creating a debt-reducing videogame, USA Today reports.
According to the report, the game would "enable anyone with a computer to take a stab at balancing the budget." Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey said the game could even "go viral."
"What you could get is support among the populace for the exceptionally unpopular things you need to do to solve this problem," added Kerry, who help release his own budget-reducing game called Budget Shadows for PC in 1994 as chairman of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform.
Network capability required to play, I'm sure. That way if you do win the game, your methods are transferred back to DC where people there who have no real clue on reducing the debt will gleefully steal ideas. Could this BE ANY MORE TRANSPARENT of a request? Why not just address the American people in a public address saying "We don't know how to fix this, so we would like your ideas."
So do you win after you have printed more money than everyone else or...
Yes, if you had EVERYTHING simulated perfectly..
Just thinking about this.... It would be almost impossible to play this because of all the necessary statistics I would need to accurately "win". Sure we can "guess" at this but to truly tackle the issue, I would need "real statistics".
Wow this is the most crazy suggestion I've ever heard has Obama finally lost his mind?
This is the last gasp of any concept of a free market economy. It's all virtual anyway why not turn into a video game. Totally rigged market.
Originally posted by David9176
Talk about being over dramatic....
They better have a "PPT" option built in. It would be nice to control the market for a change.