Political Machine Eval 2
An evaluation of the game, The Political Machine 2012, from the perspective of a civics/government teacher.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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The Political Machine 2012
A Software Evaluation by Nate Vanderzee
EDT 620, Summer 2013
A computer game for PC, developed by Stardock
Entertainment that simulates the U.S. Presidential
Election process. The player must travel around the
country, winning popularity in key states in their battle
against the other major party candidate. The goal? Win
in November and become President!
Best for grades 9-12
Cost is $3.99 and it requires Windows 8, 7 or Vista.
Michigan Social Studies
3.5.1 – Explain how political parties, interest groups,
the media, and individuals can influence and determine
the public agenda
3.5.5 – Explain the significance of campaigns and
elections in American politics, current criticisms of
campaigns, and proposals for their reform.
6.2.4 – Participate in a real or simulated election, and
evaluate the results.
BOTTOM LINE: Addresses very few of the content
Standards were a low score (3 out of 5), but scored a 5
out of 5 on ease of use, and student engagement.
The game is engaging and well-made, but doesn’t
really force students to consider many of the political
realities or the way the election system works.
Bottom line – the game could be used as a fun way to
reinforce civics class content or as a springboard for
good discussions. As a tool for actually teaching
content, it is lacking.
Thanks for joining me!
My Evaluation - http://tinyurl.com/kpu6tbf
Political Machine 2012 site - http://www.politicalmachine.com/