SimpliCITY. It’s the ultimate online sim game. The new version just came out, and it promises to deliver the best VR experience yet—but what happens when the boundaries between sim and reality begin to break down?
This is an oldie from 2005. It originally appeared in Aphelion #98, and was later included in The Reformed Citizen anthology. Basically, it’s a heavy-handed bit of pseudo-commentary on Internet addiction—with a twist(ed) ending. I was reading Disch’s 334 at the time, so he’s to blame if you notice any overtly newsflash-style narratives along the way.