Gaming for the Presidency

Jan 23, 2012

This weekend, newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary by a two digit margin over Mitt Romney. Or, in the words of the gamer generation, Mitt Romney got “pwned”. Political rhetoric has been forever imbued with fierce competitive language – so it’s only natural that today’s campaigns would borrow psychology and strategy not only from war and sport, but also from the emerging power of games. The BBC’s Kate Dailey wrote about how tech savvy politicos plan to benefit from the new class of smart-phone apps that combine social connectivity with a competitive drive. She joins us now to talk more about “political gamification”, and why candidates may be plugging in. 

Yes We Can ( Can't We ? ) from the Daily Beast

Can Online Gaming Influence a US Presidential Election ?  from the BBC

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