Obama Administration Wants Microsoft to Make a Budget Balancing Game
The Obama administration has considered an interesting way to educate the public about just how big of a challenge it faces. Erskine Bowles, co-leader of a commission focused on balancing the budget, told USA Today he had been in contact with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about creating a video game in which players must balance the federal budget and reduce the deficit.
Depending on just how accurately it recreates the intricacies of economic mediation, such a game could serve several purposes: to educate the public, to perhaps quell some anger and to bring otherwise unheard ideas to the attention of the administration.
Senator Bob Kerrey, who, in 1994, led a commission similar to the Bowles-Simpson one, told USA Today that he believed such a game would "go viral." We're really hoping Microsoft gets on this one soon; it sounds a whole lot more interesting than just another 'Halo' installment. [From: USA Today, via: Gizmodo]