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  1. Definitely agree with GOTV and voter enthusiasm being part of the game. I know I mentioned this in another thread but can't emphasize enough how the economy/unemployment should have a much greater impact on the election. This is purely aesthetic but on election night I'd love to be able to take a look at different results in each state while the screen is paused, better yet if I could be able to view my watchlist races separately (basically the key races) on election night without having to click multiple states and trying to remember who was where it'd be great. For me it would be kind of li
  2. I love this scenario too, easier for me to follow along than in the House..but why is O'Donnell up 10 points at the beginning? I think that the person making this scenario changed Castle to O'Donnell but didn't change the (very) different poll numbers!!
  3. I agree with Obamacare/Healthcare reform and Opposition to President Obama being in there. I also think there should be an overall "Direction of Country" issue as well. I was trying to find a specific name for what I think is the general sense of mistrust/cynicism out there about the government by many voters and I think this issue is a good way of implementing it. Also I think the economy and especially unemployment should have a much, MUCH greater impact on the game than it currently does. We should see random news stories such as "Unemployment remains high" "Still over 9%" "Boehner: Has
  4. Well now that the official results are in can we please get rid of 1 if not both of the far right parties? Both Nader and McKinney finished with much higher vote totals than either of the 2 far right parties included in the game. I never really understood what rational was used to include them in the first place: Nader and the Greens always had the highest vote totals among 3rd parties in the previous 2 elections.
  5. Great game and a definite improvement over its predecessor. That being said however, I do have some tips/suggestions: 1. New Difficulty Level - I play on the Hard difficulty level constantly and I always have to do things to make the election competitive (landslides are boring) like not having as many footsoliders as I could make (I like to make 60 -70), changing my issue positions to make myself more 'extreme' not spinning certain news stories and I'm usually still able to win regardless of the candidate. I've won as Buchanan in 92, landslided as Huckabee, Gingrich, Brownback in 08, won as
  6. Yup! I also could not agree more! In fact, I spoke out about that in an earlier thread, suggesting the change for the far left position on terrorism could be: "We should negotiate with the terrorists" Don't agree with it but I think it sound a lot better! I changed it to that in a few of my scenarios as well! Glad to see I'm not alone in requesting that to be changed!
  7. I always try to be as fair and unbias as I can when I make my scenarios. For example, even though I am to the left and proud of it, in a couple of scenarios there is , if anything, a right wing bias in my NY NJ Scenario and in my Celebrity Challenge scenario. The reason is because Dems in NY NJ are more liberal than the national Dems, and likewise the Republicans are more moderate. With celebrities, the similar rules apply, generally speaking the Republican celebrities tend to be moderate, Arnold Schwarzenegger types, while the left leaning Celebrities tend to be more outspoken. However,
  8. Well, I just played a couple games as a (gulp) yes Republican. But see, the way I played it, is that I only started airing advertisements until the final 2 or 3 weeks of the election, to make it more challenging and exciting! (I love close races!) And yes I always play with dynamism off. I played one time in the 2008 Scenario as Tom DeLay against Hillary Clinton and lost...the popular vote 44%-49%. 5 Points. A wide margin. BUT I narrowly won the Electoral Vote thus winning the election as Tom DeLay despite getting trounced in the popular vote! It was one of the most bizarre elections I'
  9. Thanks. I like the historical ones too but most of those were taken already when I started doing this so I was forced to use my imagination for a lot of them. Anyway, I plan along with another scenario-maker whose name I will not reveal unless he wants to step forward, of making a series of "what if" historical scenarios that hopefully will be somewhat entertaining!
  10. And of course that dopey Ralph Nader had to take 113,000 votes in that state too!
  11. Grrrr.... Playing as myself against Bush in the 2004 scenario, I just lost Washington by 3,000 votes losing the Presidency 278-260. (If I had won Washington, I would have won 271-267) It was a very exciting election: I won Ohio by 0.8 points, Bush won Pennsylvania by 1.2 points, won big in Florida, Bush took Wisconsin..very close race. Last time I played I landslided Bush and the time before that I lost narrowly, both games playing as myself. I was besieged by scandals this time around, and they occurred right at the end too which really stinks because that's the time you want to be barn
  12. What happened to Mark Latham? I heard he imploded on the campaign trail in a Howard Dean-like fashion, is this true?
  13. I'm talking about the politics though. Sure, if you take a poll most people would fall into the centrist category strictly on the issues. In fact, if you take a poll asking people what they believe, they generally fall in line with the Democrats. However, Republicans control all 3 branches of government right now and George W Bush is the most conservative US President since at least Reagan. Why is this so? Unfortunately, I fear that many Americans have been duped into voting Republican not because they agree with them on the issues but out of fear, insecurity, a belief that Republicans some
  14. Oh yes, we certainly are. Compare the US to Europe or Canada or Latin America...our politics are definitely more conservative than the average democratic country, particularly if you look at Western democracies. For example, in most countries, the Democrats would not be considered a left wing party at all, at most it would be a centrist party and in some places it would be the conservative party. I mean, we still have debates in some parts of the US over Evolution! I agree we are a divided country, but I would argue that the divide is between far-right and centrism.
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