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My Midlife Crisis Catalyst

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
- MASTERS OF WAR

A friend of mine just reintroduced me to my favourite game of all time. A curse on all of his houses. Civilization Revolution is available on iOS and, the bad news is, it is as good and addictive as ever. It’s actually been around for almost a year, but I was blissfully unaware. I don’t play games any more, trying to balance my life between my kids, my job, my drinking, my blog and the odd bit of sleep. That’s all about to go to hell.

I’ve given it a try and it rocks. I feel like I’m 18 again when all I had to do was play Civilization I, go out and get drunk, play some more, drinks some more, write some pretty easy university maths exams, and play even more. But two decades later, I’m told I have “responsibilities”. I’ve got a bad feeling that this week the kids are going to go feral, my wife will leave me, the fridge will fester, and I’ll get fired.

But a man has gotta do what a man has gotta do. The game won’t beat itself on Emperor level, you know. Those asshat Greeks need to be taught a lesson, the shifty Aztecs can’t be trusted, and Ghengis Khan is really, really pissing me off. So until I’ve sorted that out, you won’t be seeing much on this blog. £3.99 is a small price to pay for your life to fall apart. Buy it, you know you want to.

[UPDATE]: The iPhone version went FREE the day after I flushed £3.99 down the bog. Makes my time-stealing, money-stealing friend that ruined my life even more of a ballsack. At least the rest of you can have your midlife crisis for free.

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