Computer game offers a chance to solve fiscal crisis

The game has been played 830,000 times since its original release in 2008

As the debt ceiling debate rages on, a newly released computer game gives everyday people a go at solving the nation’s fiscal crisis, the Associated Press reports.

“Budget Hero 2.0” updates a 2008 version of the game and demonstrates the challenges of carrying out major policy objectives, such as universal health care or extending the Bush-era tax cuts, and keeping the government from going broke, the article said.


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The game begins in the year 2021 and is based on figures from the Congressional Budget Office that show what happens to the budget if current policy does not change. Players can choose from about 100 policy cards to alter the course of history.

The Woodrow Wilson Center, a nonpartisan think tank, and American Public Media developed “Budget Hero,” which is free to play.

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