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A Golden Ticket: The Political Machine 2008 Goes Gold

June 6, 2008

A Golden Ticket: The Political Machine 2008 Ready for Retail

Stardock’s Political Strategy PC Game Goes Gold -

With candidates now finalized on the major party’s tickets, Stardock also throws its hat in the ring in time for the start of election season. Today Stardock Entertainment announced The Political Machine 2008 has gone gold and will be available via download on Stardock’s revolutionary new digital distribution platform, Impulse, as well as in major retail outlets across the U.S. on June 17 for $19.95. Preorders are available on

The Political Machine 2008 is a new PC game that puts players in control of the 2008 presidential campaign. Play as the campaign manager for a host of candidates including Barack Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, historical candidates or design one from scratch. Players then choose their campaign battlegrounds and are off on the campaign trail to face a host of challenges including fundraising, talk show appearances, hiring spin doctors and winning endorsements. The game is won on Election Day by the player who gets the necessary electoral votes to become President.

The Political Machine 2008 uses a brand-new 3D engine designed to give the candidates a unique look (all candidates are presented as “bobble heads”) thought real-world scenarios are presented in the game. Players can choose what TV shows to be a guest on and will face tough questions from the hosts of shows like “The Colvert Report” and “The O’Malley Factor”. In addition, players can choose to play out different historical scenarios as well as fantasy scenarios taking place in the future.

The Political Machine is both a single and a multiplayer game - players can either compete against the computer or against others online on  The website also provides an ideologically neutral location for users to discuss the current election.

The game requires Windows XP or Windows Vista to run. For more information about Stardock please visit

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