The Obama administration in the U.S. has apparently requested that Microsoft create a "deficit-reduction video game", according to a report by newspaper USA Today.

In a wider article on the US federal deficit, the article claims that fiscal commission co-chair Erskine Bowles has "been in touch" with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about creating the game.

Although no other details of the proposed title are given, Democratic senator Bob Kerrey is quoted as suggesting that the game could "go viral".

The U.S. national debt is currently put at $12.8 trillion and the game is intended to help illustrate the difficulty, and necessity, of reducing the figure.