The Presidential Game Puts Fun in the Oval Office
While Gallup tells us that the majority of Americans now favor choosing a president via popular vote rather than through the electoral college, it is silent on an issue that comes up year after year: a whole lot of folks don’t know how the electoral process works. Election after election, reporters know they can always count on the man-on-the-street’s ignorance. You don’t need to be a policy wonk to want our future voters to have a strong grip on how the most important political office in the land is filled.
“Middle school kids love it,” explains Glocker. Tweens are a notoriously difficult niche to keep satisfied. But the Presidential Game is a true-blue winner. Like other famous games, the Presidential Game was born during a time of severe economic difficulty, the Great Recession. Recognized by winning the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, the Presidential Game offers a realistic take on the election process.
Forget about all the cheap labels that get slapped onto politicians and their parties. Unlike some other political games, the Presidential Game is not so much about pitting competing political views against each other as educating about how the electoral process works. The game moves at a fast pace, and is very easy to learn: players need no prior knowledge. In the race for the presidency, each player takes turns campaigning and fundraising in order to reach the coveted 270 electoral votes needed to win. In a nod to the caprice of the public, the “Politics” cards that are included can quickly change the number of electoral votes a player has.
Not only does this game make a great gift for tweens, but it would also be a treat for middle and high school teachers (think social studies or history) as well as homeschooling families. An added bonus: Customers with the board game can use the website to track their progress, just like on election night.
Think like a winner: www.thepresidentialgame.com