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February 14, 2005

Talk about your immersive gameplay!

Because I know you care, the game I'm currently playing poorly is Sid Meier's Pirates! My tired little sloop has been sunk three times already.

Still, once I learn how to turn my ship, and how to fire the cannons, I should have more luck.

Sinking jokes aside, this game is beautiful and promises to be as immersive as every one of Sid Meier's other games. His most popular game, Civilization, is the most compulsive computer gaming experience ever, bar none. Let me put this in perspective. Not only would I personally play Civilization for over 10 hours at a pop without realizing time had passed, but Pete (who occasionally posts here) would sit behind me in a painfully uncomfortable chair and WATCH ME PLAY for those same 10 hours, while serving up reminders and helpful hints. That's what that stupid game does to you.

It looks like Pirates! is gonna pull me in the same way. In, and, of course, under.

PS You'll notice that somehow, probably by the Grace of God, I managed to refrain from pirate-speak this entire post. Yar!

Posted by Dan at February 14, 2005 03:03 PM

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Several years later Civ II ate even more ~10hr chunks of my life (not over someone else's shoulder, but oddly still in a painfully uncomfortable chair). Sid Meier has clearly made some kind of diabolical deal -- these simple games shouldn't be that addictive.

Obligatory bad pun: Have you heard about that new pirate movie.... it's rated Arrrrr.

Posted by: Pete at February 15, 2005 12:05 AM

I question whether that bad pun was obligatory.

Posted by: Dan at February 15, 2005 08:11 AM

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