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How do you engage Britain's apathetic, apolitical, antipolitical teenagers in the political process? Simples. You hook them up to a computer game that will "engage and immerse young people in learning about democracy and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the government, representing the public and making laws". Can't …


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  1. John Lilburne


    Lets hope its a shoot-em-up game.

  2. Captain Hogwash

    "...the role of Parliament in scrutinising the government, representing the public and making laws"

    They only ever seem to do the last of those three.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Who wants to be a millionaire...

    The objective is to be as corrupt for as long as possible without getting caught, or if when caught bribing your way out of it... The game ends when you are convicted or you commit suicide...

  4. Prag Fest


    Just imagine, filling out your second housing expenses using Cry Engine 3.

    I'm thinking a series of quick time events as you get to the 'justify your claim' section.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Awesome

      What 'justify your claim' section?

      Isn't that the root of the problem?

  5. Alastair McFarlane

    How about...

    A game in the style of "The Sims", but with moats and bird houses?

    The Whips?

  6. Elmer Phud


    World of Westminster

    Battling your way from novice party worker to P.M.

    Grabbing as many votes as possible using your increased powers as you learn to grease palms.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pond Life

    Similar to Second Life but your goal is to evolve from the typical pond scum that works in Westminster by bribing, cheating, lying and sleeping with rent boys while all the time claiming for your second account as if you spend all your time there, aiming to eventually recieve a knighthood and become a member of the house of lords, which gives access to bigger bonuses and a pretty coat.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Eliminate your foes and claim National victory with the sleaziest of campaign trickery and strategic use of Social Media.

    Winning entitles you to a second or third property to sublet and a mistress to hide from public view.

  9. Eddy Ito

    Make it a series

    Personally, I can't wait for "Bloviator 3: Revenge of the CYST*!"

    *Common Yuppy Social Traditionalists

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thief 5?

    Sneak into the den of the Overlord Mandybum, and steal the Ring that controls his minions?

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Well, you asked for it

    Democrageddon, the wildly successful sequel, Democrageddon II: The Referendum and then the disappointing threequel, released on the Wii, Democrageddon III: Nintendeficit.

    The rights for these games are for sale, by the way, for a pint of ale down the road.

  12. davenewman

    Get the MPs to play a game

    to prove that they are qualified to govern in an Internet age.

    To start with, they could improve their decision-making skills by playing

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doom Mod?

    I'd love to play that.

    Seriously,though - "learning about democracy and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the government, representing the public and making laws" is the sort of thing that the current shower have been in sore need of. The next crowd post-Thursday should be made to take a test to confirm that they understand the importance of their role. If they can then start acting like they believe it then maybe the youth of today would be encouraged to take them seriously.

    I won't be holding my breath, though.

  14. yossarianuk

    Can you play Guy Fawkes?

    The only play this game can be good would be if the objective was to carry out what Guy Fawkes failed to do.

    Or a defender of the crown style game where you have to take over Britain county at a time...

    Other than that I imagine it be just a waste of time and most likely (our) cash...

  15. Canadian Loyalist


    Why not model Parliament on the War of the Roses. Blood, gut, bodies on the steps of Mother parliament. Why not just think of that war and the various civil wars. Indeed it would make for great television. Bring in Shakespeare just to add depth to the game. You can title it Kingmaker.

  16. z0mb13e

    Just like the real thing...

    FPP MP sim - you control your MP - only just like in the real world they do whatever the hell they want and ignore you...

    Failing that how about a simple house of commons wack-a-mole? Yes it teaches you how the house of commons works - the MPs try to avoid the issue at hand, be that a direct question or a big stick...

  17. Anonymous Coward


    Great idea, like the average kid doesn't already know full well that being decietful, dishonest, and a social failure are the easiest way to get what you want in life, now we're going to show them how to do these things in a way which will glorify them with virtual power on top, or is this so MP's can try things out in a virtual world before they commit hairbrain schemes to law?

    Christ, can you imagine the law writing parts of the game, what are they going to run with? i'd love to see the code they put together for the election's balloting systems. Oooh final point, will they make accurate citizen rendering possible by *ahem* allowing access to the excessive data they have mined from social websites and other means?

  18. Paul Hates Handles
    Jobs Horns

    How about...

    Grand Theft Ballot. Or Grand Theft Bastard.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    win-win if you tender for the work

    £350k if you get the contract - but if you lost out wouldn't you cut your losses by developing an "alternative" game taking a more cynical stance?

  20. MadMark

    what to call it.

    hows about the Pirates of Westminster, after all they all seem to be out to steal there fortunes.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Replace elections with whack a mole

    Whack the most irritating gits - and it's "goodbye Hazel Blears"

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