How do you engage Britain's apathetic, apolitical, antipolitical teenagers in the political process? Simples. You hook them up to a computer game that will "engage and immerse young people in learning about democracy and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the government, representing the public and making laws". Can't wait …
Lets hope its a shoot-em-up game.
"...the role of Parliament in scrutinising the government, representing the public and making laws"
They only ever seem to do the last of those three.
Who wants to be a millionaire...
The objective is to be as corrupt for as long as possible without getting caught, or if when caught bribing your way out of it... The game ends when you are convicted or you commit suicide...
Just imagine, filling out your second housing expenses using Cry Engine 3.
I'm thinking a series of quick time events as you get to the 'justify your claim' section.
What 'justify your claim' section?
Isn't that the root of the problem?
A game in the style of "The Sims", but with moats and bird houses?
World of Westminster
Battling your way from novice party worker to P.M.
Grabbing as many votes as possible using your increased powers as you learn to grease palms.
Similar to Second Life but your goal is to evolve from the typical pond scum that works in Westminster by bribing, cheating, lying and sleeping with rent boys while all the time claiming for your second account as if you spend all your time there, aiming to eventually recieve a knighthood and become a member of the house of lords, which gives access to bigger bonuses and a pretty coat.
Eliminate your foes and claim National victory with the sleaziest of campaign trickery and strategic use of Social Media.
Winning entitles you to a second or third property to sublet and a mistress to hide from public view.
Make it a series
Personally, I can't wait for "Bloviator 3: Revenge of the CYST*!"
*Common Yuppy Social Traditionalists
Sneak into the den of the Overlord Mandybum, and steal the Ring that controls his minions?
Well, you asked for it
Democrageddon, the wildly successful sequel, Democrageddon II: The Referendum and then the disappointing threequel, released on the Wii, Democrageddon III: Nintendeficit.
The rights for these games are for sale, by the way, for a pint of ale down the road.
Get the MPs to play a game
to prove that they are qualified to govern in an Internet age.
To start with, they could improve their decision-making skills by playing http://quiz.worldofuncertainty.org/
I'd love to play that.
Seriously,though - "learning about democracy and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the government, representing the public and making laws" is the sort of thing that the current shower have been in sore need of. The next crowd post-Thursday should be made to take a test to confirm that they understand the importance of their role. If they can then start acting like they believe it then maybe the youth of today would be encouraged to take them seriously.
I won't be holding my breath, though.
Can you play Guy Fawkes?
The only play this game can be good would be if the objective was to carry out what Guy Fawkes failed to do.
Or a defender of the crown style game where you have to take over Britain county at a time...
Other than that I imagine it be just a waste of time and most likely (our) cash...
Why not model Parliament on the War of the Roses. Blood, gut, bodies on the steps of Mother parliament. Why not just think of that war and the various civil wars. Indeed it would make for great television. Bring in Shakespeare just to add depth to the game. You can title it Kingmaker.
Just like the real thing...
FPP MP sim - you control your MP - only just like in the real world they do whatever the hell they want and ignore you...
Failing that how about a simple house of commons wack-a-mole? Yes it teaches you how the house of commons works - the MPs try to avoid the issue at hand, be that a direct question or a big stick...
Great idea, like the average kid doesn't already know full well that being decietful, dishonest, and a social failure are the easiest way to get what you want in life, now we're going to show them how to do these things in a way which will glorify them with virtual power on top, or is this so MP's can try things out in a virtual world before they commit hairbrain schemes to law?
Christ, can you imagine the law writing parts of the game, what are they going to run with? i'd love to see the code they put together for the election's balloting systems. Oooh final point, will they make accurate citizen rendering possible by *ahem* allowing access to the excessive data they have mined from social websites and other means?
Grand Theft Ballot. Or Grand Theft Bastard.
win-win if you tender for the work
£350k if you get the contract - but if you lost out wouldn't you cut your losses by developing an "alternative" game taking a more cynical stance?
what to call it.
hows about the Pirates of Westminster, after all they all seem to be out to steal there fortunes.
Replace elections with whack a mole
Whack the most irritating gits - and it's "goodbye Hazel Blears"