Hi people, I hope you are doing well today.
I am writing to drop a few comments about the game as well as input some suggestions that might improve game-play.
I am a new player of the Democracy series, and have never played Democracy 1, 2 and 3. The game is fun for me for the first day, but the fun slowly diminishes. If you ask me, I would say this is slightly disappointing, but I do feel the game offers a great idea of gameplay and is quite unique in its theme.
These are the problems that I feel when playing as a new player.
It feels like the game is more like the playing as the “executive branch of a democracy.” It seems like you have the power to pass laws and policies whenever you have the political capital. But it is not exactly like this in reality, is it? When the democrats, for example, want to introduce universal healthcare, they need to pass bills in the congress. They need to address the Republicans’ opposition and perhaps need to pass a few legislation that the Republicans want in exchange. The fact that the legislative branch is non-existent confounds me in a game called “Democracy,” which should include a separation of power that the player needs to navigate through. Also, the court is also non-existent. When I impose tougher gun laws, it is likely that I would be challenged in the court through judicial review in the US. But in this game, I can just take away this fundamental rights of the Americans by adjusting the slider. I just feel the game, as it is now, lacks these elements that are so core to how we understand democracy.
I played both Britain and the US. One of the biggest disappointment is that I feel no difference when playing the two countries. Yes, these two countries have different starting problems to solve and different political systems in the game(for example, the British have unlimited terms). But I feel like, other than these, the game offers little variations for both countries. The British monarchy is basically non-existent. I am sure that the British parliamentary system is different and has different favor than the American Congress system. Yet, I do not feel any nuances being accounted for in the game. I feel like I am just playing the same country. The difference is just that I start with different social and economic and health problems.
Elections feel too easy for me. I have won by 100%, which is never possible in reality. As a outsider of this game, this is quite confounding for me as well.
Because the game lacks the depths and variabilities that I mentioned above, I quickly get bored to it as a new player, even though I was so thrilled to try this game on. I hope these help provide a perspective as a new member of your community.