Friday, January 14, 2005


(God Sim)

JAMES says:

This PC game is now in it’s third incarnation, but the basics are the same. You start of with a little village then it grows til you have a big empire and can go and beat up the Iroquois. It is one of those games that if you have a certain type of personality can take over your life, even though a lot of what you’re doing is actually a bit repetitive, building mines and churches etc. until you start to feel autistic. And I rather stupidly installed it on my computer right before starting to study for my next set of exams.

There are two ways of playing civilisation (or civ as me and my cool computer game friends like to call it). Either you can play it on easy so you’re the baddest guy around and there’s no challenge, or you can play it on hard and spend your whole time getting your ass kicked by the Americans, which is not my idea of fun. After devoting approximately a year of your life to it, you can actually complete it on hard mode, but you’re just another year closer to death and unfortunately it’s hard to transfer your new skills of building vast armies and crushing your enemies beneath your jackbooted heel to the real world. Unless you work in HR. That joke makes no sense.

I do hate feeling this way, as once I no longer get a kick out of dedicating my life to becoming the supreme ruler of a fictional computer world I have few joys left to me, but it just all seems a bit pointless. It is still the best computer game ever, though.


1 comment:

  1. Civ, and its comrade in the axis of evil, Champ[ionship] Man[ager], has ensured that my husband has near-zero awareness of all upcoming engagements in our bustling social calendar, and is insufficiently briefed on household tasks and/or purchases that he is required to carry out. I *think* that he is listening, but actually his God games take him beyond God to a tranquil, zen-like zone that I cannot access even by nagging. Students of interpersonal relationships might posit that I should select a time other than when he is knee-deep in "crushing the Romans" or "bringing Bury up from the fourth division" to engage him in such minutiae. They may have a point.


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