Alter Ego
by Activision
(Female version)

A lot of collectors seem to be after this title, despite the fact that it's not quite an adventure game. It's a simulation of an actual human life, with choices and experiences compiled by an actual psychologist after interviews with hundreds of different kinds of people. Still, it fits easily under the broad category of "interactive fiction".

Of particular interest is the fact that two distinct versions of the software were available, one for each gender, with a different set of experiences. Really a fascinating piece of software, and easily my favorite game of this type. (The mid-1980s saw a number of these, including Electronic Arts' Timothy Leary's Mind Mirror and Human Edge's Mind Prober.)

The box for the female version is identical to the male except for the color of the border, and the symbol on the "O" denoting gender. This one is definitely harder to come by: My guess is that fewer were produced due to the widespread "girls don't play with computers as much as boys" stereotype.


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