Feeds

Enter the Tory leadership race online

Or at least get a feel for it in new online game

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

It's looks like man-of-many-chins Ken Clarke is about to enter the Tory leadership election, bringing the number up to five and so this is as good a time as any to plug a new online game built by Floppidog which aims to give you the unique political experience.

Called HonourableMember, the aim is to start as a backbencher and work your way up to prime minister through a combination of political cunning, crafty alliances and dodgy dealings.

The idea for the game came during the tedium of the recent election, we were told by one of the game's designers: "After a few beers, we decided that we wanted to do something to encourage a proper debate of the policies rather than just discussing politicians."

The result is a multi-player, advanced, amusing and fairly realistic representation of the political process and the House of Commons. If the intention is to involve the player in the intricacies and complexity of politics, it works.

At the start, it is all a bit overwhelming and confusing, despite the instructions. There are also a few bugs to be ironed out but the basic premise here is a good one. Play against others with agreed time limits on the next set of decisions you make and it's not hard to see that it could become an excellent strategy game.

The game needs to be made simpler at the start, with building complexity, but check it out and tell the boys what you make of it.

Once the politicians have stopped slapping (Labour), stroking (LibDems) or stabbing (Tories) each other in the back perhaps Floppidog could get one of them to play it.

Anything to take them away from the leadership election. God help us all. ®

Related Link

Honourable Member.com

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.