Cliff Harris of Positech Games made a game about managing a country by winning over an electorate, promoting policies, and generally being a competent modern leader. Democracy was popular enough that he was able to make Democracy 3. Unfortunately, what he couldn’t do was convince the people running the marketing arm of a “major US games site” that the advertisement for his game wasn’t some subversive political statement.
“I apologize, but we can not promote any politics as this is a sensitive topic.”
Was it the star on the guy’s hat? Did it just look too much like the communist star of yore? Maybe it was the black ballot box with the 3 that reminded the marketing department of some penny-ante dictatorship. Whatever the reason, we salute this attempt to bring enlightenment to the oppressed people of gaming!