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Using the swipe left or right mechanic found in titles like the Reigns series (which are good fun), Democratic Socialism Simulator is now available.

"Enact radical reforms, tax the rich, transform the economy, tackle the most pressing issues without alienating voters or bankrupting the government. But beware: the ruling class won't give up its power easily. Even your closest allies may turn on you."

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The developer said it's supposed to be something like a "Sanders" style US presidency, with the aim to "entertain, enrage, provoke socialist-curious players as well as comrades on the front lines of the political revolution". A game I've no doubt will indeed provoke some kind of rage, since politics is a sensitive subject for some when talking about games. At least the name, Democratic Socialism Simulator, doesn't exactly leave anything to your imagination. If you pick this up, you know what you're getting.

Feature Highlight:

  • Hundreds of choices based on existing policy proposals
  • Randomly generated scenarios and multiple endings
  • Room for different play styles, ideologies, and strategies
  • A cast of extremely opinionated anthropomorphic animals
  • Original Soundtrack by Jesse Stiles

You can pick Democratic Socialism Simulator up for $5 on itch.io.

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ssj17vegeta 21 February 2020 at 11:12 am UTC
Hey, seems quite original ! Just wondering about the gameplay though.
rustybroomhandle 21 February 2020 at 12:32 pm UTC
It's weird how in the trailer, all the progressive options are on the right.
Arehandoro 21 February 2020 at 1:29 pm UTC
rustybroomhandleIt's weird how in the trailer, all the progressive options are on the right.
Maybe the developers think it's just the right thing to do...

Anyway, not swiping right on this one.
eldaking 21 February 2020 at 1:32 pm UTC
Wait, taxing the rich? How is this socialism? Bernie Sanders style... oh, wait, this was made by Americans, they use "socialism" for something completely different. This isn't a game about actual socialism through democratic means, it is just a "you want to have universal healthcare and end slavery in prisons and allow worker unions? That's socialism!" kind of stuff.

For a moment I let myself think that maybe this was going to be about implementing communes, deciding between worker-owned factories and state property, whether to abolish money/markets or not, how to survive the inevitable outside attacks and sabotage, this kind of stuff.
randomgamerguy1997 21 February 2020 at 2:22 pm UTC
What does socialism have in common with its supporters? Neither have ever worked.


Last edited by randomgamerguy1997 on 21 February 2020 at 2:23 pm UTC
rustybroomhandle 21 February 2020 at 2:33 pm UTC
randomgamerguy1997What does socialism have in common with its supporters? Neither have ever worked.

I know it's just a joke, but it's not even remotely based on any truth. Jokes tend to be funnier if there's a hint of truth in it.
randomgamerguy1997 21 February 2020 at 2:37 pm UTC
rustybroomhandle
randomgamerguy1997What does socialism have in common with its supporters? Neither have ever worked.

I know it's just a joke, but it's not even remotely based on any truth. Jokes tend to be funnier if there's a hint of truth in it.

But it is the truth though
const 21 February 2020 at 3:23 pm UTC
soulsource 21 February 2020 at 3:37 pm UTC
randomgamerguy1997
rustybroomhandle
randomgamerguy1997What does socialism have in common with its supporters? Neither have ever worked.

I know it's just a joke, but it's not even remotely based on any truth. Jokes tend to be funnier if there's a hint of truth in it.

But it is the truth though

Yeah, sure. And during the time when the Socialist Party had majority in parliament where I live, the majority of people were unemployed...

Just to put that in perspective, I'm talking about the government run by Bruno Kreisky, and the 1970s oil crisis. Unemployment rates were below 3.5 percent, in spite of the economic crisis. There was of course a downside, and that's deficit spending. However, I'm quite sure that people prefered having a job over not having a state budget deficit...

And, because sadly you have to state such things explicitly today: No, I'm not trying to say that the Kreisky government was perfect, or that deficit spending is always a good idea.

Just saying that it's not true that all socialist supporters never worked.
Doc Angelo 21 February 2020 at 4:09 pm UTC
eldakingoh, wait, this was made by Americans

Molleindustria is from Italy. They don't mean it 100% serious, but they also are not just making jokes, I think.
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