New App Predicts Next U.S. President

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Iowa man develops "Fund Slinger 2012" game for predicting the next president of the United States.

Fund Slinger 2012

Besides predicting the next president, the app is also entertaining.

An Iowa man has developed a unique way to predict the next president of the United States — by using results collected from a game. Logan Stinger of Waukee, Iowa developed the app Fund Slinger 2012, featuring President Obama and seven of the GOP candidates, to determine if game play patterns can predict election results.

“I want to find out if casual polling through game play can help predict election results. If I can get enough people playing the game, we might be able to reveal some interesting patterns,” says Stinger.

The game allows the player to throw money bags and stacks of cash at the candidates on a debate stage. The object is to “donate” as much as possible within the given time frame, with donations tossed at the player’s favorite candidate counted as double. The app tabulates the contributions made in each game to calculate regional presidential preferences, which are displayed in the app’s stats page.

Besides predicting the next president, the app is also entertaining. When a candidate is hit with a donation, the candidate smiles and an amusing sound clip from a debate or interview is played. For example, when hit with a money bag, GOP candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry proclaims, “If you think I can be bought for $5000 ... I'm offended.”

The app has not been without controversy. Stinger’s original game concept, Mud Slinger, was rejected by Apple for being too mean-spirited. Stinger notes, “I had to adapt the app from a negative concept to a positive one in order to be accepted on the App Store. When I changed the game from throwing mud at candidates to throwing money, I realized I could also collect the player’s candidate preferences. So overall, the rejection ended up being a good thing.”

Fund Slinger, which can be played on iPhones, iPods or iPads, is available for purchase on the Apple App Store for 99 cents. A YouTube video demonstrates game play.

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