Black and White

Saturday, 31 March 2001, 5:40 am

While waiting for the sunspots to destroy my computer I’ve been playing a brand new game from EA called Black and White. You get to be a god – evil or benevolent, your choice. It’s a little like Myst meets Populous. Really fun. I think it’s going to be a new favorite. Unfortunately the game keeps very complete statistics on your activities. I have already spent 6000 seconds playing it. 575 of them staring at the sky!

Highly Recommended. It’s in computer stores today. (I found it at CompUSA for $40.)


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  1. Anonymous on March 31st, 2001 5:50 am

    While it seems like only a moment ago… it turns out that I’ve been playing Black And White for the past 4 hours! Leo forgot to mention that while you do play a god (ho hum) you also get to control (or attempt to anyway) a creature of your choice.. Giant Nutty Cow-Gods running about tossing trees around… now THATS a game!

  2. Anonymous on March 31st, 2001 5:55 am

    Yeah I chose the cow, too, Aaron. Later on you can use the game to create a web page with your god so others can play with it. As soon as I’ve gained some proficiency I’ll post my god!

  3. Anonymous on March 31st, 2001 6:48 am

    People still shop at CompUSA???

  4. Anonymous on March 31st, 2001 3:34 pm

    I do when I want something now!

  5. Anonymous on March 31st, 2001 3:52 pm

    Read about the game on cnn. com or usatoday. com and they said it might be the best pc game ever.

    Went to the store just a while ago after reading your blog and I am totally impressed. I can see myself wasting more time on this than I did on deus ex and diablo 2 combined. Thanks for the recommendation!!

  6. Anonymous on March 31st, 2001 3:57 pm

    Hey leo remeber me, Shayne, talk to you at your office a couple times over the phone, oh well.

    Just wondering would this game be appealing to everyone or is it in a genre of games that only those genre players like?

  7. Anonymous on March 31st, 2001 7:37 pm

    Grim Fandango!

  8. Anonymous on April 1st, 2001 8:19 am

    Important that you all read this if your interested in playing Black And White… it just might change your mind!

  9. Anonymous on April 1st, 2001 9:30 pm

    Hey Leo, my mom won’t let me buy Black and White since you play a god. She thinks its moraly wrong because we are Catholic and that I shouldn’t play it. Could someone please tell her she is wrong and I should be able to buy it? I really need some back up here. I have been waiting for this game since it was featured on Gamespottv (now Extended Play). I would really like if some one would tell her that its just a game and I can buy it. Thanks alot. Oh yeah Leo, I was on you last Call for Help episode as host on the netcam. Thanks alot


  10. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2001 2:08 am

    Tell her you play A god, not THE God (not meaning to trifle on anybody’s religious beliefs)…it’s probably as harmless as learning about Mythology…and I bet you have to do that, right?

  11. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2001 10:42 pm

    Thank you so much. I don’t think see saw it at that angel. Thank you again very much.

  12. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2001 4:39 am

    I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time. It’s release actually caught me by surprise, I’ll have to go get it soon. As a programmer, the shifting of “moods” and AI looks like it’ll be interesting. I certainly hope it’ll be as good as projected. And for only $40, it’ll be a great buy.

    Eric, I’m religous too, but remember it’s just a game. And you learn about yourself and what happens when you mistreat others and what happens when you are considerate of others.

  13. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2001 4:41 am

    Another thought: the sims has been very popular and this takes a similar angle. will they be in competition?

  14. Anonymous on April 3rd, 2001 6:22 pm

    Thank you all for your help. Hopefully soon with all of these suggestions she will let me get it. I very much so appreciate it!

  15. Anonymous on April 26th, 2003 6:04 pm

    I need a code for Black and white to actually start the game. The code is at the bottom of the white box and i really really need one


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