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    Alter Ego - Life Simulation Game

    Originally made in 1986 this game also is available for Android, iOS and the web....
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/alter-ego
    It is a text-based RPG that goes from before birth to death.

    On the web version you can save your progress with a Google account:
    http://www.playalterego.com/

    I've started playing it again and have just finished the infancy stage....

    Trying to choose the "correct" options can sometimes be tricky:
    You walk into the playpen and fall right on your back. Your head hits the mat with a loud THUNK! This can get dangerous. Want to try again?
    Select an action :

    YES
    => NO

    You give up much too easily! It's going to look pretty funny when you are the only IBM executive who crawls into work on all fours.
    I was a bit cautious because sometimes you can die if you aren't careful.

    Sometimes I want to be a bit selfish and the game got revenge on me:
    It's Saturday morning and Dad asks you to help with some chores. The Superduck Cartoon Hour has just begun.
    Select a mood :

    => CRANKY
    HELPFUL
    PASSIVE

    Select an action :

    => TELL DAD YOU WANT TO WATCH CARTOONS
    GO OUTSIDE AND HELP
    IGNORE HIM

    You say: "Daaaaaaaaaaaad...THOO - PER - DUCK ith on the TEE - VEE now!" Dad says: "Come on, Champ, help me in the yard a little." You say:

    Select an action :

    => "DAAAAAAAAAD..."
    NOTHING

    Dad sees your stubbornness and stops asking you. All he wanted was a little company. You acted very selfishly. He's outside now.

    Select an action :

    => KEEP WATCHING TV
    GO FIND HIM AND HELP

    This Superduck is a REPEAT! So there!
    Eventually you can get a job and have relationships, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnClay View Post
    Eventually you can get a job and have relationships, etc.
    Geez, I really want to play a game where I also have to pretend to do this.
    Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent. - Mao

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    In the game you can also be unemployed and alone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnClay View Post
    In the game you can also be unemployed and alone...
    Oh, you.
    Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent. - Mao

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    The red haze begins to clear and you are faintly aware of something damp. You no longer hear the teacher's voice, but notice the other children are sobbing. Red has always been your favourite colour, which is presumably why you're so calm and at peace with the warm mist sprinkled across your face. Looking down into your hand you see what looks like a finger wearing the ring of Ms Thompson you always liked. She was a bitch, but you appreciated her ability to accessorize. You wonder if she will mind you having it. Spotting Mrs Thompson's face, you ask if it is ok. She ignores you and doesn't respond. Typical. You notice something different about her. Perhaps she's done something to her hair. Maybe it's a new eye-liner. You realize, with a flash of insight but completely disaffectedly, its that her head is no longer attached to her body. The other children won't shut up, and the constant wailing is starting to annoy you.

    You think you will have some lunch now.

    Do you feel like:

    ==> sandwhich
    salad
    If only...

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    My favorite part of the game is when it says:
    WARNING - THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SUBJECT MATTER OF A SEXUAL NATURE.

    Do you wish to continue?

    Yes
    No
    Though so far it hasn't gotten very explicit....

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    Wait...you mean the superduck cartoon bit wasn't of a sexual nature.

    Christ what's wrong with me? That shit was hot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnClay View Post
    In the game you can also be unemployed and alone...
    You had me at unemployed.

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    I've just started adolescence and have started to do something I didn't do in real life until the age of 28 - meet up with a girl....
    You have chosen to meet with Cindy. Her characteristics may be described as follows:
    She is very trustworthy.
    She is very gentle.
    She is very calm.
    She is not very happy.
    She is very confident.
    She is not very attractive.
    You met Cindy in the cafeteria.
    You chose what you believed to be an appropriate time and place to ask for a date.
    You ask for a date and Cindy accepts.
    She's the first girl I've chosen. I'm disappointed that she isn't very attractive but I'll see how it goes....

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    Well my wife wanted to see what was going on and now she knows I'm dating Cindy....

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