Humanity was the hardest game God had ever played. Thumbing through the strategy guide and selecting an easier difficulty in the options menu failed to help. He rolled the scroll wheel, zooming the in-game camera down through the clouds, dots growing into cities, ants into people. On screen the inevitable extinction level event played out with lots of running and screaming as flood-waters drowned the streets and buildings fell. Elsewhere, fires raged and aggressive weather systems swept away everything they touched.
The tiny people called to each other in their endearingly garbled language. Some of them kneeled and prayed, their faces staring out of the screen display, right at Him. God, of course, couldn’t understand a word of it. He watched the world end once again then hit escape and selected his list of previously saved games from the pause menu.
In amongst the saved checkpoints were his previous failures. One save for the time the game ended with the sim-people blowing themselves to kingdom come with nuclear bombs, another for when they wiped out most of the planet with a mutated virus. He stopped at the save where he had added a number of extra planets to the solar system. Jupiter had been a good idea back when it wasn’t humanity messing things up. Cataclysms caused by rocks falling from space were rare since he added the planet’s immense gravitational field.
Scrolling back up the list God loaded the save he wanted, only a few hundred years ago in game time, as the computer auto-saved a backup of his latest failure. The loading bar filled slowly and the world refreshed on screen before him. The Industrial Revolution, God decided, was a bad idea. Perhaps by removing that he could prevent humanity’s rampant consumption from destroying the planet.
He pulled up the menus and started selecting resources he would no longer allow access to. If that didn’t work, it was probably time to go right back and evolve another species into the dominant lifeform. Some species of bird might work better. At least that would remove the environmental impact of mechanised air travel from the equation.
8 Responses to God Game – #fridayflash
Peter Molyneux weeps. I’ve always thought lichens might make a sustainable favorite species for the divine. Less art, but higher quality.
Second paragraph: “God, of course, couldn’t understood a word of it.” Maybe “understand?”
Ooops. Well spotted, that man. I changed the structure of that sentence when drafting and missed that.
Clever. The Sims: God version. I like the thought you ended on, birds ruling the world.
I’m with God–I always find these Sim City-type games difficult, too. The game seems to go out of its way to make things hard. Ah well. Loved this story. Well done!
I laughed at the idea of auto saves for the different versions of Earth that failed. Clever piece.
Oh I love this!!!! It’s like the ultimate version of The Sims twinned with Black & White. I wonder when he’ll start looking for cheats online?
God ending up as a Luddite. Marvelous!
I really like this story! Good job it wasn’t a God like me, I always got bored and unleashed Godzilla attacks on my Sim City games…
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