WWW.Sleaze.Com; FANTASY POLITICS INTERNET GAME TURNS LIES INTO PRIZES

By McGIVERN, Mark | The Mirror (London, England), August 25, 1999 | Go to article overview

WWW.Sleaze.Com; FANTASY POLITICS INTERNET GAME TURNS LIES INTO PRIZES


McGIVERN, Mark, The Mirror (London, England)


CHEEKY students will cash in if MSPs lie or cheat in a wacky fantasy politics game.

Computer-daft nationalists at Stirling University award players points if any of their Scottish Executive dream team lie or cheat.

And they deduct points if the politicians listen to the public or properly represent the electorate.

A cash prize based on the MSPs' performance over the "season" will be given to the player with the most dastardly political crew.

The man who invented the internet fantasy game, third year computing student Euan Fergusson, reckons it's time fun was poked at the hypocrisy in politics.

The 20-year-old SNP activist said: "I have always been interested in politics and I just thought it would be a good way of having a light-hearted swipe at New Labour and Liberal Democrats.

""The next day I came up with the rules and, because I am into computers, it only took about 10 minutes to do the programming.

"The reason I decided to reward bad behaviour in the game is that you find people selling out and being rewarded.

"They are supposed to represent the public and it is just not on."

Players are given pounds 20million to spend and among the top signing options are First Minister Donald Dewar at pounds 6million, deputy Jim Wallace for pounds 5million, Jack McConnell at pounds 4million and Sam Galbraith at pounds 3million.

Points are won or lost depending how the team members perform on the political stage. …

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