Stardock has updated its popular strategy game, The Political Machine 2016 with new issues and new candidates to run with including Jill Stein, Bill Weld and Tim Kaine. In addition, new issues like the National Anthem protest have also been added into the game’s simulation.
In The Political Machine, you run for President of the United States. You can run using existing candidates such as Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or create your candidate. One recent update allows you to simulate an actual election with the AI running each candidate’s campaign to see how well they do.
The simulation’s top issues for 2016, according to the Trump AI are Securing the Borders, Attacking Mrs. Clinton’s email handling and preventing domestic terrorism. For Clinton AI, it’s Reducing the wealth gap, Attacking Trump’s Erratic positions, and reducing health care costs. Of course, that’s only what the computer AI thinks they should do.
“Based on the simulation, it could go either way,” said lead designer, Brad Wardell. “I know that’s a cop out but the AI players tend to run the campaigns slightly more optimally than the real thing. They never go off message and they don’t make mistakes in simulation mode.”
Players can play against the computer AI at different levels of difficulty as well against their friends on the Internet or pick two candidates and have the AI control them to see who would win under various circumstances.