Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate hopeful, has clearly been playing too much SimCity. The politician has revealed a '9-9-9' tax plan that mirrors the default settings in Maxis' popular strategy game - and publisher Electronic Arts has noticed.
Cain has been lauded for taking a simplistic, effective approach to his political strategy. As part of this, he recently declared that American citizens should expect to pay a flat 9 per cent each for corporate tax, personal income tax and national sales tax. The idea is claimed to have come from a bank employee called Richard Lowrie in Ohio, but some are drawing comparisons with EA's city-building game.
"While we at Maxis and Electronic Arts do not endorse any political candidates or their platforms, it's interesting to see GOP candidate Herman Cain propose a simplified tax system like one we designed for the video game SimCity 4
," producer Kip Katsarelis said to the Daily Mail
(what, no 'ban this sick filth?').
"As game designers we tried to keep taxes as a simple function of running your virtual city so the player can focus on having fun," Kip told Reuters
. "The team here is glad that he chose to build a platform off of our tax system, but there are so many other serious issues in SimCity
that I would love to see a politician construct a game around. Is anyone looking at an alien invasion plan?"
Forget that, Kip - we're waiting on Texas Governor Rick Perry to come back with a foreign policy plan based on Call of Duty