Description of Balance of Power
Balance of Power is among the first political simulation that emphasizes diplomacy and politics over outright aggression. When he first released this seminal game in 1984, Crawford single-handedly established the political simulation genre and left a lasting legacy on how to design good diplomatic models in a game that gives a nod to reality.
You must use diplomacy, make treaties, issue risky, covert CIA or KGB actions, or riskier, direct military intervention to prop up 3rd world countries or help their insurgents and win them to your governmental philosophy: Capitalism or Communism.
The game, not surprisingly, attracted many non-gamers to the field and inspired countless books on the subject. International cold war politics at its best!
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Badwolf74 2015-09-18 1 point DOS version
Not quite sure how I'm supposed to get anything done. No matter what side I play, I enact any policies and the other side nukes me because I refuse to back down. I tried to switch to diplomatic relations with Lebanon to help slow down their revolution. Apparently that's capitalist behavior worthy of ending the world, thanks USSR.
@LinuxUser 2013-04-18 -1 point DOS version
If you can't get this working on linux then stop using linux..
Atari Old School 2011-10-16 0 point DOS version
This was one of the best games I played when I was 15 on my Atari 520ST. It not only taught me about politics and world affairs it was also a game that till this day I can remember almost all about how to play it. I am eager to relive my youth with the game.
And Yes Atari did make some of the best computers at the time, the graphics were better then Apple and Commodore.
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