Two games aim to make election year fun

Can a video game be as dramatic and tension-filled as this year's presidential race? At least two companies are trying to turn the historic campaign into video games.

First up is "The Political Machine 2008," Stardock's sequel to the successful 2004 release. Playing as Obama, McCain, another real-life politico (say, Al Gore or Dick Cheney) or a character you create from scratch, you compete in head-to-head battles for each state's electoral votes. Your positions on the issues are only one part of a winning formula that also includes charisma, comeliness and credibility.

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