A couple of young nats and young labourites have created an online NZ Politics simulation game. It officially starts on the 3rd of October, but you can sign up now at www.politicsnz.com. It looks like it could be fun, but while I’ll play initially, my addictive personality means I might not want to get too involved.
Here’s the game overview from the site:
In PoliticsNZ, you are the politician. You make the decisions, and you get the rewards or the consequences. There are many sides to the life of a politician, and we try and simulate as many as possible for a game with real variety. So what might you end up doing as an MP on PoliticsNZ?
Ask questions in Question Time
Create masterful press releases which leave your opposition running for cover
Help your party negotiate coalition deals
Work within your party and with other parties to pass legislation
Stand for Party Leadership, Chief Whip, or President
Push through your major financial or social reforms
Give media interviews and speeches
Become an Opposition Spokesperson, and hassle the Gov’t night and day
Become a Minister of the Crown, and run a Government Department
Become Minister of Finance, and run the Budget
Become Prime Minister, and run the country
…almost anything which a politician does in real life is possible in the game.