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US Government calls for Microsoft to make federal budget game

April 15, 2010

The Obama administration is looking at Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to see if the company is interested in creating a game where players are tasked to finding a way to balance the budget crisis plaguing the U.S.

Erskine Bowles, who’s tasked by President Obama to find ways to get the United States’ budget back into the green, has been in touch with Ballmer about creating a deficit-reduction game.

This isn’t the first time this has been done, as back in 1994, the financial commission did a simliar move by releasing a game called Hard Choices, where players were able to slash everything from veteran’s benefits to agriculture, but had to leave Social Security and national debt interest payments alone.

Should the game come to pass, Bowles believes the game should be simple, as “that would enable anyone with a computer to take a stab at balancing the budget.”

Who knows, maybe crafty gamers will be able to find a solution to the economic problems facing the U.S. that 537+ people up in Washington D.C. cannot.

[Via USA Today]

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