October 16, 2013 7:00 AM | Anthony Swinnich
Government shutdown got you thinking you can do a better job in charge than the US Senate? It's possible Positech Games' Democracy 3 is the game for you. You'll likely find out whether you're the kind of ruler who will stand by the truth and govern with transparency, or the kind whose reign is defined by the secrecy and shady behavior many administrations are accused. Ultimately the choice is yours.
The game starts and you've been elected. Congrats! There's no time for ticker tape, however, as you're thrust right into the thick of bureaucracy. Tough choices need to be made to keep the ship afloat. Do you cut school programs to curtail spending? Will your approval rating dip too low if you decide to raise taxes yet again? Will your voter base disown you if fail to pass legislation on car emission limits? You can't make all of the people happy all of the time. But you'll need to make some of the people happy most of the time or run the risk of failing at your eventual re-election bid.