I was wandering through my local electronics megastore the other day. As I scanned the computer games, I spotted an unlikely $19.99 game, looking a little forlorn on a lower shelf: American Farmer.
Create and manage your own successful farm with John Deere American Farmer. You’ll decide what crops to plant, livestock to raise, employees to hire, equipment to purchase and structures to build. Plagues, weather, market trends, employee skill level and much more will play a role as you make decisions that will determine the ultimate success of your farm.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the long tail of computer games growing. It’s an old joke among geeks, but how long before we get riveting titles like:
- 7-11 Tycoon
- Taiwan Sweatshop Labourer
- And, for the post-modern crowd, SimGameDesigner
C’mon, John Deere, who’s really buying this title? How many kids aspire to be farmers who don’t, you know, live on farms already? They can just step outside and play American Farmer. Will there be expansion packs? Can I look forward to Hungarian Farmer? “Gergely, how are the beets growing?”