America Daitōryō Senkyo

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America Daitōryō Senkyo
America Daitōryō Senkyo
Box art for America Daitōryō Senkyo
Developer(s) Hect
Axes Art Amusement[1]
Publisher(s) Hect[2]
Platform(s) Family Computer[1]
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Government simulation
Mode(s) Single-player

America Daitōryō Senkyo (アメリカ大統領選挙?, "United States Presidential Race")[3] is a Family Computer government simulation video game about the 1988 election for the President of the United States of America.

Gameplay[edit]

At the start of the game, the player has four different issues to take either a liberal, conservative, or centrist position on. The player must make wise use of his funds as he is trying to become the President of the United States of America. Being liberal offends the religious folks, being conservative offends the university students and working class voters, and being centrist (as in pleasing everybody) actually pleases nobody. The player starts in February 1988 at a convention for his political party somewhere in the Midwestern United States. and must work his way up to the final election results on November 1988 without becoming bankrupt.[4]

In the presently unknown primary election, candidates in five states (including players) make the final selection along with the decision-making. Opinion polls and election campaigns (speeches) do benefit the player in his presidential campaign. However, the primary elections in are not implemented in all states in the same way. Some states may be processed automatically by computer (a fixed number of delegate count) while others in a more manual way. The Super Tuesday primaries are to be held on the same day in many states, ballot counting is done after the player has made simultaneous attempts in each campaign state into three regions. After that, the primary election is made (not counting district units held, subject to the provisions of the delegate count.)

The priorities of the policies that the player can make were introduced to the game as the situation was in 1988 because of the Soviet Union and the CoCom. In 1991, the dissolution of the Soviet Union would eventually lead to CoCom being disbanded in 1994. South Africa had an apartheid at the time and abolished in it 1991. The Panama Canal Zone was returned in 1999 to the people of Panama. However, it differs from the political situation encountered in the game. The "AIDS patient isolation" issue was showing an event of discriminatory policy of an era that had not shown wide public awareness about how the AIDS virus manages to spread from person to person.

If the player manages to win the game and become President of the United States, the official Presidential Oath is displayed in English.[5]

Issues[edit]

Environmental issues[edit]

Defense issues[edit]

Education and social issues[edit]

Diplomatic issues[edit]

Issues concerning Japan[edit]

  • Japanese car import restrictions
  • Dumping sanctions of Japanese products
  • Agricultural import liberalization demand
  • New comprehensive trade bill
  • Improving customs duties, import charges
  • Prohibition of commercial whaling
  • Advancement of the Japanese capital system
  • Enhancing Japanese defence

People[edit]

Candidates[edit]

George H. W. Bush
He's the Vice President from Texas. Bush is a moderate WASP who believes in free trade. In real life, he would win the presidency serving only one term (his tenure expired in 1993 with the election of Bill Clinton as President of the United States of America).
Michael Dukakis
An underdog candidate who would provide a challenge for an expert player to get to office.
Al Gore
Al Gore is a major candidate for the Democratic Party. His popularity may allow him to ascend to office.
Jesse Jackson
A religious politician who vows to bring back Christian values to America.
Pat Robertson
A television evangelist who is very arch-conservative and anti-communist. He is a member of the New Light Christian faction.

Staff[edit]

Alan
He is a former agency worker. Alan's strength is in marketing research and promises to deliver a strong campaign for the player.
Virgil
She is an informed former newscaster who is always on duty.
Scott
He is a former State Department worker who is influential in public life.
Penelope
She is a TV correspondent originally made for this game; with proficiency in five different languages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Publisher information". Famicom World. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Japanese title". superfamicom.org. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Starting information" (in Japanese). Browser Famicom. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Ending information" (in Japanese). FC no Game Seiha Shimasho. Retrieved 2012-11-09.