Interesting game, not quite fun yet but has lots of potential
1. Having to remove the DSS files before starting is a pain.. and still I have troubles getting it to load reliablely
2. Still have some random freezes and crash bugs.
3. Minor typos and in several cases the text was too long to be display e.g. Joeuser.com
4. Alt Tabing game during creation crashes
1. There is a consistently a 5 to 15 sec. lag between clicking on an object and new dialogue box being opened, very frustrating
2. Unclear if the opponent is moving simultaneously or do I have chance to get to a ? before my opponent... (cause of #1)
1. I like the investing in infrastuctures of campaign HQ, but fundamentally I disagree that Campaign HQ should have a spill over to adjacent states. State Presidential political orgs are very focused on there own state, cause for instance campaign contribution laws vary from state to state.
2. Conversely, advertising should impact neighbors states (e.g. buying an Ad in the NY Times) also reaches Conn. NH, NY etc.
3. On the other I hand I agree that establishing awareness is the most important thing and a candidate flying in really helps.
4. You are missing a lot of potential drama by having the election follow the polls. Remember the margin of error on national polls is generally +/- 3 or 4 points. You can use real statistic analysis to calculate the probability that candidate leading 47 to 45 with 8% undecided actually wins
1. The ratio of initial cost of an AD to the weekly media cost shouldn't be more than 3x to 5x. (Political ads are really cheap to make.)
2. It would be great to have the option to conduct national TV ads, on a cost per person (CPM) basis it is cheaper to run ads nationally, but of course you waste money advertising to the people of Mass or Texas....
3. You are also missing the option to run character ads (John Kerry flip flops, George Bush lies...) instead of issue ads.
The graphic should be the map.. a Clock, current electoral votes. (i.e. steal from what the networks use.)
1. I think again you are missing an opportunity for drama.
8:15 CNN calls MA. for John Kerry Bill Schneider no surprise here. (no need to zoom the map on the states a simply highlight works)
8:25 CNN calls NH for Bush ... Last Poll had Bush leading 47 to 45... but could have gone either way.
11:00 CNN calls MO. for Bush. Big upset here polls had Kerry leading in MO..
The last presidential game I played President Elect from SSI , circa 1980s had this and it worked very well.