June 02, 2006

What it's Like to be a Farmer in the 3rd World

While reading Candide's blog, I came across a very bleak yet addictive game called 3rd World Farmer.

It's a great little game where you start off with a large capital of $50, then get to plant crops, watch them grow, make money and invest in other things like livestock and tractors. Except....not so fast! There are guerrilas, civil wars, and refugees that make your job oh-so-difficult with every passing year.

If you're lucky, you can also win a bride who comes with a prize of $100, and is unusually fertile. By the end of year 30, you may find yourself with 6 kids, on a land that doesn't produce much, and have to sell your plow to plant those extra three corn seedlings.

Boy does it suck to be a Third World Farmer.


giovanni.dicristofano@tin.it said...

..and each of his kids has six kids

giovanni.dicristofano@tin.it said...

anything about Micro-finance and No-profit loans? My webzine inproved a lot thanks to you, young wise Congo Girl (the oo7 one of course.) strudel

Kingston Girl said...

wow, Sim City for the developing world - what will they come up with next!

Anonymous said...

I always knew it, brides are just trouble waiting to happen :)