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SimEarth: The Living Planet

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While it’s never too early to teach kids to respect the biosphere, the same may not be true of introducing them to complicated simulations such as Simearth: The Living Planet (FCI, for Super NES), which has more variables (temperature, precipitation, etc.) than a polynomial equation. There’s something to be said for this, though: A task as simple as ”growing a daisy” — one option offered here — requires knowing far more than which button to push to cream the bad guy. A-