Anyways, I clicked on this ad saying "play the 2004 oz election game" or something like that. I clicked thinking that it was probably some dodgy site that lists everything in the hope you'd visit them. But no... it's actually a game. You can even download a trial version for free.
I'm waiting for it to download at the moment. I hope it's fun.
And it says you can play any of the four major parties. Yes four. Liberal, Labor, National or Green. Yes that's right, a Canadian computer game company thinks the Greens are a major party. They have three members of parliament! The Nationals probably couldn't be considered a major party either but they at least form part of the government and hold more than three seats (13 in the HoR to be exact).
I wonder how many other things they've got wrong. Watch this space.
- The game lets you choose Peter Costello to be leader of the Liberal Party. If only the 'real' election gave us this choice.
- I tried playing the game as Bob Brown and realised just how little power he has in influencing the outcome of the election.
- The trial version stops 3 days before the election and you will have to pay for the full version to actually get any meaningful use out of it.