Has anyone ever played Alter Ego? It’s a game made by Peter J. Favaro, PhD that used to be on like the Commodore 64 and DOS, and then later they made it something you can play for free as a browser game. I’ve been playing off and on since probably the late ’90s/early ’00s. It’s just really, really interesting. It can be cute, but it can also be frighteningly dark (make a super bad choice and you can die, even as a small child).
Basically what you do is live a life, making choices that shape it as it grows from an infant to an old person (if you live that long). The game tracks many variables such as the relationship with your family, your trustworthiness, your calmness - and then based on what choices you make the outcomes can be different.
I played two lives today:
- a good-natured girl who grew up in a loving family, graduated from college, got her dream job, married very late in life, and adopted a baby when she was too old to conceive. Unfortunately her positive nature made her too overzealous, and she died while overexerting herself as she walked the long route to the store one afternoon.
- a boy who grew up just…very wrong. He was violent from the start and apathetic towards his parents. He became something of a sociopathic grifter with few friends, but a loving girlfriend who probably had too little confidence to realize what a scumbag he was. He even went to jail for arson once. He died in middle age of complications from an ulcer brought on by the stress of his newly-acquired coke habit.
Seriously, Alter Ego is awesome. @__@ I wouldn’t steer you wrong, tumblr pals.