"Fundamentalism is a really great form of government for the twenty-first century." It is the voice of the twelve-year-old, apropos of no previous conversation, coming from the back seat of the Worst Car I Have Ever Owned (a Ford Taurus station wagon) as we drive to the grocery store.
"What?" I say.
"In Civilization. The game. The major thing wrong with Fundamentalism is that it halves your science production. But by the twenty-first century you've already discovered everything useful. All you can research are 'Future Technologies', and they don't do anything real." Silence for a while. "It's a flaw in the game. If the Future Technologies did something real to make your civilization better and more powerful, Fundamentalism wouldn't be such a good form of government late in the game."
"That sounds like a really smart thing to have thought of," I say. Do you want to write to Sid Meier--the game designer--asking him to make the Future Technologies more real and more powerful?"
And I wondered: by the time his kids are twelve, what things that I think of as Future Technologies will they accept as commonplace?Posted by DeLong at August 23, 2002 11:29 AM | Trackback