* The Mitt Romney boys try to solve the mystery of unions.
* Slate reminds us how we ended up with Romney.
* Paul Ryan as an advertising tool.
* Behind the scenes at Romney's debate prep.
* The Simpsons pokes fun at Mitt Romney, but subtly.
* The Onion is tired of taking on contemporary politics.
* Here's a handy tool to help you pick your politics.
* This explains a lot about the Romney campaign.
* The Postal Service is still releasing stamps, in case anyone cares.
* If he only had a heart right now, we might all be worried about it.
* Mitt Romney can get the black vote, from Funny or Die (NSFW).
Tags: Daily Links, Debates, Herman Cain, Huffington Post, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Slate, The Onion, Unions, Video Games
If the key demographic in the 2012 election proves to be self-identified independents, non-college educated whites or the residents of Virginia, Barack Obama has no more than an even chance of winning re-election. But if somehow the election is decided by people who spend their time playing browser games, we can call this thing right now…
President Obama is winning the popular vote in a gaming face-off with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. A company called Gaming Wonderland recently released a Team Obama and Team Romney version of its free online political game, Running for President.
In order to win the virtual presidential race, the cartoon-version politicians have to snag as many votes as possible on the campaign trail as they (literally) run toward the White House. They also must avoid scandal-seeking paparazzi, leap over negative campaign ads and steer clear of slippery political issues.
As of this morning, the Obama version of the scrolling platformer had three times as many plays as its sister game – 32,300 for Obama to 10,400 for Romney.
Unfortunately, the game isn't very realistic. I expected the Obama variant to be a first-person shooter or at least offer gamers an opportunity to launch drone strikes on unsuspecting foreigners. For Romney, an appropriate browser game would be a modified online version of Monopoly, where the wealthiest player doesn't have to pay taxes, only the poorest participant goes to jail and the bank automatically wins the game whenever it wants. Though like the original, everyone still leaves bored and unsatisfied.
If video game designers don't get their act together, the Ron Paul-inspired Road to REVOLution will be this year's only interesting political game development, since it will be the one game where collecting gold coins actually makes sense.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Internet, Mitt Romney, Video Games
Video game addicts and Ron Paul supporters are two separate tribes. One group enjoys playing in well-crafted fantasy worlds in which gold coins often represent the main unit of value and absolutely anything can happen, no matter how absurd. The other guys like video games.
Now, thanks to programmer Daniel Williams, the fancifulness of Paul's campaign will meet with the hard-coded realism of gaming in The Road to REVOLution, a scrolling platformer designed in the style of Super Mario Brothers.
According to the game's Kickstarter page, which has already exceeded its fundraising goal, the user will assume the role of Ron Paul as he makes his way across 50 levels — one, for every state — collecting delegates and, of course, gold. Along the way, players will face 13 boss fights, "representing each branch of the Federal Reserve and a Final Boss."
While the game won't be ready until July, that's only an inconvenience for those of us who aren't on board with the Paul campaign. Many of his supporters are already regular visitors to the Mushroom Kingdom, if you know what I mean.
Tags: Federal Reserve, Republicans, Ron Paul, Video Games
* If the Herman Cains' smoking ad doesn't kill you, this disco song will.
* Comedy and Everything Else podcast on OWS and the GOP, featuring Eddie Pepitone, Paul Gilmartin, and Ted Alexandro.
* This Onion cartoon holds a mirror up to our evil nanny state.
* A sign of the 999 apocalypse? From HappyPlace.
* Via Buzzfeed: If Rick Perry was a restaurant, he'd be condemned.
* Splitsider gives some tantalizing details about a political comedy coming out in 2012.
* Herman Cain is living in Sims.
Tags: BuzzFeed, Daily Links, Herman Cain, Occupy Wall Street, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, The Onion, Video Games, Will Ferrell
Okay, just so we all understand how this stuff works…
Telling a liberal audience that "everybody here's got to vote. If we go back, and keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son-of-a-bitches out": not cool…
"Jimmy Hoffa's remarks are inexcusable and amount to a call for violence on peaceful tea party members, which include many Teamster members," [Tea Party Express chair Amy ] Kremer said. "We have called on President Obama to condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric, which has no place in the public forum."
Portraying Tea Party politicians and conservative pundits as decomposing zombies in a first-person shooter video game: not cool…
Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center, a right-wing media analysis organisation, said: "The liberal media have been preaching for years that conservatives are the ones who invoke violent imagery and rhetoric. Yet in the space of two days, the radical, pro-Obama left calls us 'son-of-a-bitches' and says they want to 'take us out.' And they follow that with a hideously violent game where they do just that – depicting ways of shooting prominent conservatives, presidential candidates and journalists. The news media would be in an uproar if violence had been incited against liberals. Their silence disgusts me."
Alright, got it.
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Tags: capital punish, Debates, James Hoffa, Republicans, Rick Perry, Tea Party, Texas, Video Games