SimCity is the ultimate time killer. Time is Nicole Brown Simpson, and SimCity is OJ. I have played various versions of SimCity since before I was a teenager, when I got SimCity for the Super Nintendo. It was like a drug; I spent the following summer in a SimCity induced haze, a friend and I baked on the couch in front of pixelated grids of streets and railroads and blocks marked with R or C or I.
If the Super Nintendo version was pot, then SimCity 4 for the PC is crack. I fire it up, and then all of a sudden 4 hours have gone. Where did they go? I'm not sure - I was busy fine tuning my transportation network (needs more elevated rail!) All I know is that I had lunch, sat down to play, and now its time for Judge Judy. Take that, vacation!
Here I have made the world's most dangerous skate park. Some teenager overshoots that right edge, and he's in for about a 75 foot fall to the pavement.
This is how poor people live. The highway and the train tracks go through your neighborhood, but there is no on-ramp or station there. All of the noise, none of the benefits.
Don't try and tell me these pictures don't make you want to play SimCity. You know they do.