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Democracy 3 enters beta

Friday, 13th September 2013 06:46 GMT By Ewan Miller

Positech’s Democracy 3 has entered beta, which in 2013 means you can buy a potentially buggy version of it right now! Being 2013, you’ll get a Steam key and DRM free versions on the Mac, Linux and of course Windows. If you’re interested, pre-ordering will net you the beta as well for $25.

Rather than simulating the election, like most political games, Cliff Harris’ Democracy 3 is a “government-simulation, built around a custom-programmed neural network and unique iconic user interface that represents the thousands of simulated voters, pressure groups, policies, laws and statistics that make up a detailed model of a western democracy. All political careers end in failure and Democracy 3 is thus a game that cannot truly be won, only eventually lost”.

Even though Democracy 3 is a simulator, Harris acknowledges the probable biases inherent in creating anything so explicitly political: “I look forward to being accused of an evil capitalist or a naive communist in equal measure. It was an artist decision to make the capitalist guy the largest one in that image, and ditto about there being more women than men.”

As you may or not know, Positech is Cliff Harris’ one man game company that also made the wonderfully different Gratuitous Space Battles, the kind of game a life of Guitar Teaching and Boat Building prepares you for.

Thanks PC Games N.

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  1. Ekona

    Slightly misleading story IMHO, as it’s not $25 for a beta copy of the game. It’s actually Positech opening the pre-order books for the full game for $25, and by pre-ordering the full copy you get access to the beta game.

    I had to check that out for myself, as I couldn’t believe that a company would actually consider releasing a beta and then charging for it! Thankfully my ire was restrained once I realised what they were actually doing, which is perfectly acceptable. :)

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Ewan Miller

    Oh sorry, didn’t realise that was as ambiguous as it was. I’ll just clear that up, eh? :D

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Ekona

    No probs dude. Hey, if nothing else my incandescent rage at a developer having the nerve to charge for a beta meant that I went to the site to have a further read, and the game does sound quite interesting so I may well end up purchasing it now! :D

    #3 7 months ago
  4. TheWulf

    Poor Ewan, he’s being put through a sort of trial by fire as the new writer.

    Don’t worry though, you’re doing fine. I’ll say again that it’s nice to have a news site that’s actually about the news, and your articles are clear, concise, and succinct. I’m happy.

    It’s kind of sad that even gaming news has become so sensationalist, these days. I like VG24/7 for continuing to be just a news site, with no other pretensions.

    #4 7 months ago