The Boss and I were talking about games yesterday, he was showing me Sim City 4 which he’s installed on his laptop in anticipation of a long plane ride and I remarked that while I used to love games like that, these days I can only play mindless shoot-em-ups. Why? Because those games basically require the same utter engrossment and mult-level desicion making that I get plenty of here at work, and if I’m in the mood for that sort of thing well hey, there’s my outlook task list full of oil wells which have to be dug and infrastructure that must be laid. Generally though in my time off I try to cultivate very analogue, disconnected behavior – If I’m not working and I’m not writing then I sure as hell don’t want to be micromanaging or catagorizing or optimizing, I want to be outside sniffing the flowers, surfing waves of sensory or mental stimuli.

Today I realized that even though I’ve abandoned them, games like Sim City and Civilization were probably excellent entrepenuerial training. They encourage and in the best games demand the sort of all-encompassing thinking which is required of anybody being put in an executive position.

- M. Oropeza


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