Game On! A Stealth Public Interest Punch in VOTE!!! from Epic Games

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Vote from Chair

Taking the axiom, “politics is a blood sport” to new levels Chair, publishers of the Infinity Blade series, have created a mini-game based on the 2012 election called “Vote!!! The Game,” which gives voters a rare opportunity to punch something other than just a ballot.  The game is a lot of fun, appropriately cheesy, but also includes something of a stealth public-interest punch.

Wielding a set of menacing microphones, partisan players choose between being President Obama, or Mitt Romney as they jab, jostle and drop-kick their way through a series of smack-down presidential debates.  Win the debate, and you get to “vote” for your candidate.  At this point, President Obama is winning the “election” handily.  In the real-world, it’s statistically tied.

Oval Office

Pummeling their way to victory, winners of these smash-mouth styled debates rack up votes along the way, and earn credits in the form of campaign cash. Accrue enough cash on hand, and users can upgrade their wonky warriors’ wardrobe and weaponry to include Mitt Romney, clad in a Karate Gi, pounding on the president with the business end of the U.S. constitution, or Mr. Obama, round-housing his Republican rival while doing his “Running Man” victory dance dressed as Apollo Creed (we’ll spare you the sight but here’s an example).

Tap the Coins

While the app is free, there’s an option to buy coins, which will help your candidate dominate his opponent.  Although it isn’t mandated, for a modest 99 cents in-app purchase (don’t worry, you can buy more in bulk), supporters of Obama or Romney can extend the life of their political prize fighters simply by picking up a little universal healthcare coverage, courtesy of the game’s presidential perks menu.

Coins

Packed with some serious E. Pluribus Umph (sorry, this is too easy), this patriotic pugilism app has a clean, glossy interface, with intuitive player controls that make it easy for gamers to toggle. There’s corny sounding presidential debate theme music, crisp animation sequences, and for the political novice, a link to a voter registration form.  In addition, there is a Voter Resources section that offers not only registration but links to Project Vote Smart (we link to them in our apps when candidates’s websites are not available) and the Video Game Voters Network political action committee (gamers unite!).  It’s a sneaky punch we can lean our chins into.

Voter Resources

So, whether it’s President Obama saying he’s going to, “Barack your socks off,” as he delivers a dizzying array of fresh uppercuts to the former Massachusetts governor’s prominent chin, or Mitt Romney whacking the president upside the head with a campaign lawn sign, “Vote!!! the Game” dishes out one hell of a political class kicking.

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