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The U.S. government shutdown continues, leaving federal agencies shuttered and employees furloughed indefinitely. Like most Americans, you've probably thought just about anyone could be doing a better job of settling the issue – regardless of who you feel is to ultimately to blame for this mess. Thanks to the magic of video games, you can give it a shot. We've got a list of games that let you live out your dreams, whether you see yourself as a peacemaker or powermonger.
SimCityWhile SimCity (pictured above) might not put you in the president's seat, you still have a vast amount of power. Everything from taxation to transportation is under your control, and the sims are more than content to vote with their feet. Do right by them, and your town will flourish. Fail, and it's all your fault – unless you want to pin it on your advisers. But who would do such a thing?
Evil GeniusIf you'd rather torture a sim than care for one, Evil Genius might be more in your wheelhouse. This strategy game lets you manage an evil empire that would make even the most successful James Bond villain jealous. Don't worry about being holed up on your island base; your influence spreads across the globe like a wonderful disease.
Tropico 4Tropico 4 puts a satirical spin on Latin American dicatorships, putting you in the (lone) seat of power. You can be as benevolent as you want, choosing to fund education and create gorgeous vacation getaways (to siphon tourist bucks). Or you can make everyone miserable as you crush your enemies and send out hit squads to silence dissent. Heck, why not do both? You're el presidente, after all.
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Tropico, Civ, and XCOM. Such wonderful series and the best way to govern :)
Age of Empires. If you mismanage your resources, and your enemies begin to invade your city and destroy your Wonder, then you have the power to call forth flying catapult ships to crush your opponents. The only thing better is Age of Empires 2, where your special forces consist of Shelby Cobras with machine guns. Actually, my favorite console government games are the various Koei Empires games. In particular, I love Dynasty Warriors:Empires 6 and 7, and Samurai Warriors 2: Empires. I wish SW3: Empires had been brought over here... I love them because you have to manage resources, fight your battles economically, manage your troops, negotiate with other rulers, and become the ruler of China (Emperor path) or Japan, or you can be a follower and help guide your ruler with keen insight and tactical suggestion as a Strategist, or lead the armies to victory as the Commander. Those games tend to remain in my PS3 and PS2 longer then any other before I decide it's time to play a different game. The games are fun, they require some real thought (particularly at higher levels of difficulty), you can create your own officers to take over the country, and you get to see more of the personalities of your favorite officers. I tend to recommend those more than the main games.
I like Simcity best lot build town :)
I like the shutdown, now I have a *little* bit more self governance.
"So You Think You Can Govern?" - - - classic Jeff
I would like to say that Tropico 3 and 4 are part of this weeks humble bundle deal over at humble bundle.com; however, it is only for tonight, tomorrow at about noon they will switch to a new batch of games.
Gosh dummy! You forgot XCOM
might not put you in the president's seat, you still have a vast amount of power. Everything from taxation to transportation is under your control, and the sims are more than content to vote with their feet. Do right by them, and
To be fair, a team of robot monkeys could do a better job running this government than the idiots elected to do so.
If you think congress is dysfunctional now, just wait until the debt limit fight in a couple weeks.
I sank so many hours of my life into Liberty or Death...I can still remember all of the officer's stats, the terrain map for their district, where they start the game on the map, and what my general strategy was playing for either American or British sides. Never was able to win with the British...
What about any of the Paradox games. They belong on this list as much as any other of these games
What I don't understand is why our elected officials don't just load an old save they made before things started going bad.
Jeff have you played “Dungeon Keeper 2”??? That game and Evil Genius are my favorites, I keep playing and never get bored.
If you'd rather torture a sim than care for one, Evil Genius might be more in your wheelhouse. This strategy game
send out hit squads to silence dissent. Heck, why not do both? You're el presidente, after all.