I'll say, Big Pharma is a pretty awesome game. It's got some drawbacks (as all things in life), but it scaled up in difficulty pretty well. Honestly, my biggest complaint with it has been the tutorial system- it sucks. So much reading! And the tutorials only cover beginner stuffs. But all that's forgivable as I plow forward to figure things out on my own.
The sickle cell level was hard. Even prepared for the maximum of 1 pill/day demand and the treatment vs. quantity sold, getting there was rough. The journey wasn't without merit, however, even beyond that fleeting feeling of victory when the 'master completed' flashed on my screen.
I beat the level haphazardly, which isn't characteristic of me at all. I usually plan things relentlessly and revise the plan consistently as things change. This time, however, I was reckless. My sickle cell game stayed afloat purely on loans that I struggled to repay.
For a game, that's ok. At the end of the level, the whole universe I had created that factory in would disappear, and the debt with it. I probably could have come out of the red by the time it finished (I was actually making a profit by that point), but I didn't have to. It didn't need to be perfect.
My conscience, however, felt a bit differently. "Loans are bad! You're in debt!" The artificial morality of a virtual world broke through and gave me pause a few times.
That's ok, I had to wait for new loan offers to spawn anyway.
It made me think of how in the real world, we often feel bad accepting the help of others. If you're working toward a goal that will eventually make it to where you don't need that help anymore, isn't it ok to forgive yourself for needing it now?
Moment Of Reflection
My mind has been spinning since I started this level, and many hours have been spent straining to navigate the obstacles (mostly self-created) to complete it. Having found this nugget of wisdom (which I'd come to before, but always seem to need reminding), I feel it's time for a break.
I'm setting down the Big Pharma for a bit.
Could be days, could be months, I never know. I go where the universe takes me. Rest assured, I will come back to it at some point. It's what I do.
In the meantime, there are other things to write about. Don't worry, this won't end my posts- they just will shift focus. Get used to that, it'll happen a lot. I'm a little like a tiny yappy dog: I get really excited about things when they first come into my awareness and after a time I am suddenly no longer interested at all and move on to the next "new"-ish thing.
Suggestions on what to do next are welcome- but I make no promises about how long it takes me to get to it. There's got to be a pull, otherwise the lessons will likely be obscured by my reluctance. That's just the way it goes sometimes.
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