Title: Clinton: Portrait of Victory
Overall Rating: B+
Source: Time Warner New Media
Playing Time: It takes at least 2 hours to look at all slides and read all excerpts, could be done in more than one sitting
Cost: $ 39.99 http://goverment.cd-rom-directory.com/cdrom-2.cdprod1/007/409.Clinton.-.Portrait.of.Victory.shtml
Number of Players: not a game, N/A
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: cd- rom for IBM OR MAC
Subject Area: Government/ Civics
Objectives: To give a behind the scenes look at Bill Clinton's campaign for historical purposes.
Brief Description: PF Bentley was assigned to follow Bill Clinton in his campaign for the presidency to create a photo journal of the campaign.
Entry Capabilities Required: must be able to read and use a mouse
Relevance to objectives: 5 - Very thorough
look at all stages including primaries, debates, family and advisors etc.
Provides practice of relevant skills: 1 - other than viewing pictures and reading, no skills are taught or practiced
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4 - Pictures are excellent and clearly an "all access pass." Even though it includes some videos of speeches, it is mostly pictures with no other media. It gets boring.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 - Clear descriptions of pictures and organized into the steps of the campaign
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5 - It runs well and the black and white shots are incredible. Obviously a top photographer.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): n/a
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): 5- Nothing could be more realistic than a photographer who travels with a candidate.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): n/a
Clear directions for play: 5- It is organized into clear menus that follow the campaign from beginning to end.
Effectiveness of debriefing: 5- At the end of the slide show there is an excerpt summarizing what the author's feel is the historical significance of the Clinton campaign.
Strong Points: All pictures are interesting because they are not set
up; photographer was able to become an unseen observer. The whole program
shows what is involved in a campaign.
Weak Points: This would not be ideal for a student with a learning disability. The authors assume they have an intelligent who know the basics of a campaign. A teach using this needs to go over the steps of a campaign in class before use.
Reviewer: Jessica E. Donnelly
Position: Graduate Student/English Teacher
Date: March 21,1999
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC G3/233, 64mb ram.