A unique and thought-provoking game has joined the social gaming community through Russian-based VKontakte network. “Politics” reflects the reality of Russia’s political arena with its conflict, intrigue and all of the key players. Whether you are announcing your presidential bid or gossiping within high-profile societal circles, “Politics” will educate, challenge, entertain and shock.
In order to join VKontakte and play “Politics”, you have to be invited by a user. It is not an easy task. The directions suggest getting to know more people online to find someone to invite you. The process sounds rather political to me:
“When one of your friends invites you, a message with the login and password will be sent to your mobile phone. No additional actions are required – you can start using your new profile right away by entering your login and password.”
The social game was designed by a team of Moscow-based developers. It was just launched on Russia’s leading social network, Vkontakte. The site numbers are over 100 million registered users and reaches 73% of all internet users in Russia, which can only mean a lucrative niche for the game of Politics. It’s hard to imagine a Russian game making fun of their government. Funded by a group of private investors, the game is not affiliated with any political group, but rather is a progressive attempt to raise interest to politics among the Russian youth. Statistically, 66% of young people in the country see no importance in being politically knowledgeable.
“This is the election year for Russia and people’s interest to politics, already blended with pop culture, will grow,” said Max Masin, the game developer and producer. “The idea behind the game combines the interactivity of social gaming with relevant, newsworthy content.”
We are aware of the fact that social media has demonstrated its power to inspire people. It definitely is making a difference in the Middle East as well as other parts of the world such as China. Although politics pokes fun at the elected officials and pushes the envelope with its humorous approach, it empowers the users to get involved, assembly, create their parties, amend the constitution and make up new laws.
“The concept of the game is transferable to other legislative systems and countries, given the appropriate characters,” said Masin. “We want people to play for the fun of the game, but we hope to educate and interest them in the process.”
The game begins with each participant in the game of “Politics”. Then, the participant starts out as an average citizen with an opportunity to make waves in the political arena and, potentially, run for President. The current version of the game outlines every aspect of Russian legislation, taking jabs at such stereotypes as corruption, bribery and kickbacks.
The game is currently available exclusively through VKontakte with plans to expand to Odnoklassniki.ru and Mail.ru to cover Russia’s entire social networking spectrum. Such a game in the United States, United Kingdom or other countries would be a brilliant idea for getting our younger generation involved in government worldwide.