Alter Ego

Alter Ego

Alter Ego

Second life.

Ever wanted to live your life a different way? Ever fancied seeing what might have happened if you'd have only been a bit more daring and reckless? Alter Ego lets you do all of that and more as you begin life's journey from the womb, through to puberty, middle age and old age.

Designed by US psychologist Peter J Favaro, the Activision-published game came on four floppy disks (each with its own side) and gave players the chance to engage in hundreds of everyday scenarios via a text-based multiple choice system. Depending on your selections, the game would develop a statistical profile of what kind of person you were, and your ability to succeed or fail in certain situations may well come down to how you've reacted in the past.

For example, you might find yourself as a teenager playing Spin the Bottle with your mates, with the option of being a bit reckless. But how the scenario plays out will have an awful lot to do with the levels of confidence and social skills that you've developed up to that point, so it becomes clear fairly early on that you can't just change your reactions on a whim - because the game knows who you are.

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