a reply to: charles1952
Checking in before bed.
It seems my grandfather may be going away quicker than anticipated ... *sigh*
As for video games, I consider anything that is a game and plays on my computer to be one, so yes, Tropico and Civ qualify. I have Civ V myself. I
like sims of all kinds from the infamous Sims to the one my husband got me which is an early release Beta of a plague simulator.
I've spent my afternoon hypothetically infecting the world with everything from a bacterial plague to brain worm. Right now, I'm actually stymied by
the zombie apocalypse of all things. I can't get the initial plague to fly under the world's radar and spread long enough, fast enough to go
unnoticed before I turn it into full blown zombies. The world always notices and begins appropriate countermeasures too early.
The closest I've gotten is to destroy the world with Iceland, Greenland, and the Philippines left standing and uninfected ... and for some reason
Poland of all places managed to survive, too. Don't ask how that happened because I have no idea.
So, yes, It's a macabre game, but you can name your diseases ... so that's fun. I do believe infecting the US at least once with Rabid Liberalism
made me smile (no offense to anyone who doesn't share that ideological sentiment).
And today of all days I need my smiles.
And in November, I'll disappear to play Dragon Age: Inquisition when it releases. It's more action oriented, but the company usually does a good job
of making me feel like I'm playing through a movie or novel, and I can feel good about playing it over and over because the story usually changes
enough to make the game different.
I guess like books and movies and TV, video games are just another way to escape, and they're a little more actively involved than the other forms of
entertainment which, books aside, are more or less passive.