Sunday, May 29, 2011

Game time

You should download and play this game. In it you have to sell life insurance to little men. Then they pay you until they fall down a hole and die. After which you have to pay a hefty sum to the widows. In other words, try to insure men who aren't going to fall down holes. You can also fill in the holes, but it's not cheap. The object, of course, is not to go bankrupt, and also, to get rich and buy things, preferably as fast as possible. It's a pretty fun way to kill ten minutes or so.

There are a few strategies for doing well, and surprisingly enough, the strategies each have real-world policy implications. But as far as I can tell, any message seems to be completely unintentional: the creator (incorrectly) believed his game couldn't be beaten. I'm not going to talk about any of that (yet), because I don't want to scare people away from something that is fun.

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