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Elizabeth

I definitely haven't been around long enough to remember that. It sounds interesting though, I must try it out!

Nick Sagan

It's an oldie but a goodie, and I'm amazed it's been so long since it was published. Where does the time go? Anyway, I'd be curious to know what you think of it. I expect it's not to everyone's taste, but I remember really enjoying it back in the day.

Elizabeth

Well, I tried it out and got addicted. I was a little disappointed, however, with how fast each stage of life went. I didn't have time to do everything I wanted to...

Nick Sagan

I'm glad you liked it, and I know what you mean about how fast the stages go. Too fast. (A bit like life itself.)

John

This is surely the greatest 'game' ever written. I know of now other that managed to get emotions out of you often and so deep. I mean, I have got angry and been scared, but I have never been so angry I threw things or turned the lights on because I was so scared. But in Alter Ego? I admit I sniffled when my Alter-Ego died of old age alone, with all his major relatives going before him and no one to attend the funeral. I laughed out loud many times in both the childhood and teenage sections and was touched quite profoundly during many situations that reminded me of my own life and life-choices.

Let's face it, Alter Ego is the most combined "learning, educational, fun, opening your eyes, helping you grow, making you think, staying with you for the rest of your life software title ever published on the face of this Earth since the beginning of time". And it will never be repeated in today's or any future gaming market, which is both sad and 'nuff said.

Nick Sagan

I'm very much in agreement with you, John. Alter Ego had surprising power and there doesn't seem to be much like it in today's games. Many games today allow us to make "right" or "wrong" choices, but the consequences of what we do rarely seem all that consequential. I wish they'd take a lesson from Alter Ego, which found a way to pull real emotions from its audience. And while it's a highly moral game, I don't remember Alter Ego ever feeling preachy--and that's one heck of a trick.

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Idlewild Trilogy


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