We've been following the strange release of Chair's VOTE!!! [$0.99] since it popped up on international App Stores this morning, and it looks like someone has flipped the switch to make it live everywhere including the US App Store. It's even under 50MB so you can beat up Romney and/or Obama without needing to find WiFi to download it.

For more on the game, check out VOTE!!!'s unveiling for the official trailer or our TA Plays: 'Vote!!!' for a look at what the game is like when you're actually playing it. Anyway, now that we've got Infinity Blade: Romney vs Obama, how about some Infinity Blade: Dungeons?

  • araczynski

    isn't this like the 3rd 'article' about the same POS in the last 8 hours?  who the F is running this boat? and does he/she have alzheimers or something?

  • ducksFANjason

    Wow 3 articles for this game today!? I hadn't even heard of it and now it's being put on blast. Not really sure why it's getting so much attention since it looks miserably bad.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It's Chair's third game. Their other two were basically back to back game of the year(s) (or close to it) for a lot of media outlets. Everything they do is noteworthy, even silly things.

      • chamuscao

         It's Chair's third game FOR iOS. Just a little fix 🙂

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Well yeah. 🙂

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4YD3BC2NSED77ASDXXIJBG6MRA AV CLUB

        I don't see why Chair tossing off the equivalent of one of those silly political cartoons from Taiwan is in any way noteworthy. Just looks like a lot of time wasted on a dumb and tired joke that will be almost instantly forgotten. 

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Looks like you've got a busy afternoon ahead of you telling this to basically every gaming site in my RSS reader that this story isn't noteworthy then. 😉

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4YD3BC2NSED77ASDXXIJBG6MRA AV CLUB

        I don't have some vendetta against the game or Chair, I just think three articles on the main page is excessive. And come on, the game is a silly joke, a political cartoon without a punchline or anything at all to say, really.  It's certainly not an instant classic like Infinity Blade. Maybe it'll make the gaming news on a slow Wednesday in August but you really think anyone's still going to be playing this in a few days?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Yes. This game is going to have a depressing amount of mainstream traction. With the way the American news cycle works, it wouldn't surprise me to see it getting real mainstream media attention as it rockets up the charts in the next couple days.

      • ducksFANjason

        God I hope you're wrong there. Probably not but if this goes huge it'll be depressing on a ridiculous level...

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KT3VAXO7QSGITPNSIHGYAAJBWI Luna

        Doesn't mean you have to join in.

        Though I can see why you're doing it if you hope to get links from CNN or Yahoo or something, or even just spillover traffic, if this makes the news.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        We're covering this game because it's relevant, nothing more, nothing less.

      • lr1919

        It's one of the top stories on CNN... But really, chill people, it's just a game...

      • ducksFANjason

        I'm aware that it's made by Chair and I'm actually quite fond of the Infinity Blade IP but 3 articles seems a tad much for a game as ridiculous as this, that's all I was saying. For as long as I've been browsing the TA site (which is admittedly only a matter of 4-5 months or so [I came from IGN and liked TA better]) I can't recall seeing a game get that many articles in that short amount of time, an certainly not one so silly as this.

        Anyway, not meant to be a critique on you or your site (I'm a journalism major, I understand you just cover the news) just shocked is all.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        They "Hey this is coming," "Hey here's some video," and "Hey this is out" cycle is something we do with... Lots and lots of games.

      • MrAlbum

        I think the key difference between this and your previous example is that those other articles are usually spaced out over a couple of weeks at best. In the case of this game, the entire cycle got condensed into one day. That not only gives the impression that something VERY interesting is happening (it is a somewhat unique game, but THAT unique? *shrug*)... OR that TA really, REALLY wants attention directed towards this app. If so, mission accomplished. If not, then it's something for TA staff to consult about for future reference.

        I know you can't dictate when an app releases, especially when you just notice it the very same day it releases. However, I am wondering if the relevant info contained in this third article (the US release) couldn't have been condensed into one of the previous articles that came out today. Just a constructive thought for ya, for when a similar situation in the future might come up.


        Mr. Album

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4YD3BC2NSED77ASDXXIJBG6MRA AV CLUB

        Yeah, and it's usually a game that members of the community are excited about. No one asked for this, no one wanted this, no one is even amused by this.. It's a curiosity at best. Your own coverage basically says the same. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MR4IKQCBWIP6JHMN2FT562MGLI Web

        Errrrrr... are you deliberately being dense about 3 practically consecutive posts? I get if it's something like your blog framework doesn't have a good update mechanism. I think people are genuinely curious.

        But, hey, it's your site right? Cover what you want even when it looks weird as hell.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Even though it may not be your cup of tea, this game is going to be a big deal. We cover games that are a big deal.

  • JCat_NY

    As if the political scene isn't enough of spectacle that belongs on the E channel these days.

  • albinosalad

    What I find surprising is that in the past Apple has rejected apps that satirize politics.

  • bazzaro

    They have a place to register to vote and links to places that give you information on the election. I think chair is just trying to get people involved in the election. Yeah it's a silly game but it can't hurt to try and get the information out there. I say whatever might help people get involved is a good thing.

  • http://twitter.com/WhenThCome4Me Joseph Moore

    This is hilariously awesome!

  • emilenitrate

    I see this as political satire and a gift from Chair. The character comments are hilarious and the graphics are a gas. It's the same gameplay mechanics as Infinity Blade and not much of a progression but that's ok, it's free and it's fun. Can we see Biden and Ryan as well? What American wouldn't love this? Thanks guys.

    • sheepdog108

      I agree completely, a free game that no one has to download and you get all this madness. This game is going to be big deal,just as Eli said, at least for the foreseen future. I thank Chair as well

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LDKZHVHG5EC7FAZ7Z4IULG3OEU John

    The only issue I see is that, more than ever, elections are decided by the least informed among us. Why are we pushing these people to vote? Voting in itself is not a civic virtue. Let me repeat that: voting, without actually taking the time to make an informed and well-reasoned choice (you are choosing for all americans, not merely yourself), is rash, irresponsible, and potentially quite damaging. Now, it's a bit hard to say when someone "knows enough" to be voting responsibly, but I'll go out on a limb and say that if someone needs to be hounded to the ballot box by a video game before they will vote, they probably are not actively seeking to be informed about the process in the first place. Forget if they are voting for "your guy" or "the other guy" (or gal), do we really want our state of governance to hinge on concentrated masses of apathetic "undecided"s who couldn't care much less and probably couldn't name the VP unless he appears in update from CHAIR? I see ubiquitous get-out-the-vote campaigns, but never a get-out-the-critical-thinking-and-do-your-research appeals. I guess because the former is easier. Am I overreacting?

    • http://www.facebook.com/francis.fabie Francis Timbol Fabie

      Yes, sir a tad bit. Because they actually have links to register on voting and you know, it certainly isn't the best way to get people to vote or it never did say that people will vote but people will somehow do so in the process. Heck, if this game could just be localized for other countries as well it would be heck funny. Having a game like this especially with a good gameplay (it's the same as Infinity Blade) might do something. And well, even for how much haters and what kind of joke this is comments you see everywhere, this game will earn Chair their share. It actually links out to a voting registration and that's actually a step closer to getting people informed, which is the goal. Making money in the process is, well, who can blame them. 🙂

    • emilenitrate

      Frankly, I think it primarily appeals to previously registered voters and news/politics followers. Any jerk who doesn't already exercise his right to vote probably isn't going to be entertained by Mitt and Barry caricatures making comments like "One more point". These people are better served by games that allow them to blow things up and I'm only too happy to have my vote count for more by their absence at the polls. Come on, I wasn't going to vote but this game convinced me of how much fun it would be? Yup, you're overreacting. Nice to be having an articulate discussion with people on a game forum who can spell, though.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/LDKZHVHG5EC7FAZ7Z4IULG3OEU John

        While I see your point (I do find it difficult to imagine a legion of otherwise-non-voters lured to the polls by this siren-song of Chair's), I must still wonder. While the appeal of the title to the average politico may be the funny take on the nominees, I also think it is safe to say that there will be / is a huge contingent of players who got this more for the "free" and "unreal engine" elements than the electoral. I worry that, If this pushes them over the edge, in a "heh, I might as well" kind of way, they will have met the bare minimum threshold of caring *TO* vote, but may fall well short of the realization that mere voting is not enough - informed voting is the key. Unfortunately, I think our society puts far too much emphasis on the former, as if it is a virtue in and of itself to vote, regardless of your state of mind and decision-making process.