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Real Lives 2010

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More a quest for education than adventure, Real Lives is interesting enough, if not exactly exciting stuff. Basically, you are born at some distant point on the globe, and your life unfolds under the financial, cultural, political, and medical circumstances of your home country. Life goes by at its own pace, but you can jump forward a year or backtrack to make different decisions. In our case, as a girl in India, disasters, diseases, and cataclysms visited our corner of the world, sometimes affecting the family and sometimes not. The action in our life was limited to home economics, though we found it strange that our heroine was never offered the option to have children; neither could she start a business--her husband was the sole breadwinner, apparently. However, our frustration at having so little control over the shape of our life was tempered by the insights we gained about the geographical lottery of life. Gamers are likely to find Real Lives a bit too rooted in the real world, but sociology students may enjoy the opportunity to watch their curriculums play out in this detailed simulation.

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    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 39
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 11
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    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 5.0 stars

    "educational !"

    January 26, 2014  |   By tanmaykp

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    learn to know the "world" you never seen from your point of view...

    Cons

    you need to know the limitations of your country....

    Summary

    you can know the countries!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nice game, but very glitchy."

    August 30, 2009  |   By Beststarter

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    Great concept, and great research. There are a lot of possibilities in this game, and it is as realistic as most games get.

    Cons

    Not realistic enough, too many choices, and a lot of glitches. Running a business is too easy, every life is able to make 100's of billions of dollars by increasing business capital every year making billions per month. Many other glitches as well.

    Summary

    This product is a great game, very educational but the glitches in programming and in the realistic/concept of the game get annoying at times. Investment even in the riskiest stocks is very slow while business booms no matter what and by increasing business investment every year you can easily make billions of dollars (My character had 1.1 TRILLION before he died.) There are too many choices in things like alcohol and smoking which should become randomly addictive. There are glitches such as long divorced wives having children and being part of the family. This game could use a good programmer to debug the glitches and add more realistic aspects while taking out unrealistic aspects. Business are hard to make even a few hundred thousand let alone a trillion. Sexual abuse is too rare in the game considering statistics. The game does not take into account the time (year) of play, and resets the year depending on your age at death. This game has a lot of potential if a few good minds were to work on it. As an educational simulation is does an okay job, and as a game a little less. Potentially it could be an 8 out of 10, but as it stands I would give it a 3 or 4.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A very good fun educational Game"

    July 2, 2009  |   By Jacilious

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    It's very informative, fun, and entertaining. You get to see how your life turns out with many options and you can choose who you marry, your career, and alot of other things.

    Cons

    There are alot of limits as well, like you can't go out of the country you're in, there's no information on your grandchildren, and you can't really interact with others.

    Summary

    I like this game b/c its so much like the sims but its more informative and closer to real life than any other game I've ever played. The only drawbacks are the lacking in interaction with other people and you can not move to other countries.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Interesting"

    February 6, 2009  |   By whitemoongurl

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    You get to see what life would be like if you were someone else living in different country.

    Cons

    Only play as yourself, but you don't see what you look like or anything like that. This isn't a SIM game or anything.

    Summary

    The whole concept of this is pretty cool. I would like to see what the characters might look like.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "not for middle school or lower"

    October 19, 2007  |   By maidensolo

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    I like it because it's very interactive and realistic and reminds us all of the Sims in the way it behaves

    Cons

    It gets off to a slow start, which is why I don't think 8th grade and under will sit still long enough for the character to establish himself. Not much happens in the first couple of years in the life of the child.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "fun"

    August 24, 2007  |   By crispy261

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    good fun game

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple. Great way to learn about other countries."

    June 9, 2007  |   By aliacono1942

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    It seemed to be well-researched with all of the facts having references. Interesting way to learn about the world.

    Cons

    Maybe a more detailed map would be better

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  • 3.0 stars

    "fun and educational"

    June 26, 2006  |   By kitkatt1216

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    addicting, learn alot about other cultures, no major flaws, easy to use

    Cons

    doesnt allow enough user interaction,poor game interface

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great"

    June 6, 2006  |   By justthewayimfeeling

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    I love this game. although it is educational. You get to either pick a random life, or you can create a life. You get to chose what country your from, gender, name. etc. You can choose how smart or clever you are, and lots of different things. They have hundreds of countrys, and have obviously done there research. YOu start at 0, and can choose everything about the persons life, if your smart you do well, and get a good job, and have a better house etc. if you dont then well.. although it teachs you alot about how lucky you are to live in this country with lots of opertunitys, because if you live in a 3rd world country then it's hard to get a job even if your 100% smart

    Cons

    alot of reading to do. Its a game, but not a game game as such

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great *Educational* Game"

    February 2, 2006  |   By j4ne1

    Version: Real Lives 2010 2010

    Pros

    Fun. You get to pick any country and live there from age 0 til you die. You go to school and try to get into college if you are smart enough, get a job, get a love love interest/married, you expereince natural disasters, sickness, and other real life issues. These events all come with a fact and statistic about the place you are living in. It's mostly text based. It's very educational.

    Cons

    Repatative and probably boring for some people after a short period of time. A lot of reading and facts if you are just looking for a game. Some facts are outdating/incorrect.

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