Playing God

Three classic empire-building games return in cool new incarnations. Warning: they are more addictive than ever

Is your spouse spending too much time with the PC again? Does she emerge looking bleary-eyed, strangely distant yet somehow satisfied? Is he unable to provide a good excuse for skipping dinner? Don't be alarmed, and don't point the finger at playboy (or playgirl).com The explanation could be quite simple: your husband probably just placed a toxic-waste dump in New York City's Central Park and wanted to see whether the police could handle the inevitable riots. Or perhaps your wife was overseeing earth's first space colony, and had to decide between building creches in all her bases and laser-blasting...

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