I’ve heard about Dwarf Fortress before, but I’ve never played it. Maybe I should, given this great article from the Seattle Weekly on the video game Dwarf Fortress. Oft considered the most complex video game ever created, Dwarf Fortress is less of an RPG and more of a world simulator. Here’s a great excerpt from the article (but go read it):
“If we just start with What’s in a dwarf’s head?, there’s 50-something personality facets we pulled from a psychology textbook, 30 intellectual values, a bunch of specific needs they have, like, if they like extravagant clothing,” Tarn says, “And then, based on all of that, there’s 120 different emotions.” It’s a remarkable amount of depth for a dwarf, a creature that, in the game, is represented by nothing more than a little smiley face.