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Are You a Budget Hero? OHIO University Students to Play Popular Online Budget Game

Public opinion polls consistently show Americans ranking the federal budget deficit as one of the most important issues in the coming election. But amid today’s partisan rancor, where can Americans go for unbiased information on the policies proposed for addressing growing public debt? How can you see first-hand the trade-offs inherent in putting together the federal budget?

Launch of Budget Hero: Election Edition on Capitol Hill

Public opinion polls consistently show Americans ranking the federal budget deficit as one of the most important issues in the coming election. But amid today’s partisan rancor, where can Americans go for unbiased information on the policies proposed for addressing growing public debt?

University of Maryland Students Play New Budget Hero: Election Edition

At the University of Maryland-College Park, students of public policy, journalism, and business gathered in groups at the Public Policy School to play Budget Hero and see how policies favoring their political priorities – such as efficient government, energy independence, or national security – would affect the federal budget.  

Budget Hero Wins Site of the Week

University of Maryland (UM) College Park students last week finagled with federal spending and deficit reduction so that, at the very worst, they could delay economic Armageddon in the United States.

Another Game for Congress to Play

Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic whip, stood in his conference room at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon and argued that our problems could be solved if only lawmakers would play more games.

“It’s so very important,” he said, standing in front of a screen announcing the launch of “Budget Hero: Election Edition,” a video game in which people of all ages can try their luck at balancing the federal budget.

What People Are Saying about Budget Hero

Budget Hero,” the popular serious game designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the trade-offs involved in the budgetary process, is re-launching this fall with a new edition updated to reflect both the current Presidential race between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney and the impending “fiscal cliff.”

Here are some quotes from people who have played Budget Hero:

Federal Games Group Meeting

The Science and Technology Innovation Program hosts the Federal Games Guild for lunch as they tackle best practices in game-based investments and marketing for games for impact. This event is by invitation only. 

My Bright Idea: Jane Harman on Using Games to Fix Government

The Economist says “video games will be the fastest-growing and most exciting form of mass media over the coming decade.” That excitement and its audience can also be put to serious use. At the Wilson Center, we’ve been into “serious” gaming since 2002—developing new media approaches to ever-evolving, complex social and political challenges. Why? Because it’s fun! Yes, fun. That’s what games do well.

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