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November 4, 2012

AngryVoters gives ordinary people an extraordinary voice

NORMAN — If you’ve ever wanted to throw tomatoes at a politician and you feel frustrated that your voice is not heard by elected officials, there may be a video game for you.

The non-partisan video game, “Angry Voters” presented by We The People, LLC will allow people to voice their opinions on political issues through playing a casual video game.

“We want people to stay on the couch and get involved,” Chief Technical Officer Joe Vallone, a Norman resident and avid gamer joked of the game’s potential to tap into a currently untapped polling market.

We The People CEO Mike Cahlan has patented an electronic polling process which uses the game interaction to gather information.

“The game is built around this polling process,” Vallone said.

Cahlan and Vallone are taking advantage of the power of crowdfunding through Indiegogo to raise $144,000 in donations for developmental seed funding of the game. Anyone can go to www.indiegogo.com/AngryVoters to check out the details of the game and look at the perks available to contributors.

Vallone and his family moved to Norman in 2009 when his job with a tech company transferred him to Oklahoma. He likes the family-focused community and stayed after that job ended. Among other things, Vallone teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma. Those university contacts connected him with Cahlan who founded We The People. Cahlan lives in Las Vegas but for a techie company, physical distance isn’t an issue.

Like crowdfunding, technology partnerships based on assets such as talent and skill are creating a new business model for entrepreneurs in a rapidly emerging field.

“Right now, the game is targeted to Facebook,” Vallone said. “Then we’re going to move to Google Plus and then to mobile phones.”

“During the game, players can defend issues or they can attack issues,” he said.

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