October 19, 2018
#2061: Tectonics Game
[Cueball is standing behind Ponytail, who is sitting on the floor playing a video game on a TV which displays a diagram of tectonic plates.]
Cueball: What game is that?
Ponytail: You steer chunks of crust around, rifting, subducting, and building and eroding mountains.
[A view of the game screen is shown. It includes a large cross-section of the Earth with smaller charts around it.]
Ponytail (narrating): You try to keep your climate stable and your biosphere rich.
Ponytail (narrating): Avoid making large igneous provinces! They’re the worst.
[Cueball holds his hand out in a frameless panel.]
Cueball: Can I try?
Ponytail (off-panel): Sure!
[Cueball plays the game while Ponytail watches.]
Cueball: …How do I unpause?
Ponytail: It’s not paused.
Ponytail: Continents can only move a few inches per year.
[Cueball has stopped playing and holds the controller in one hand. Ponytail points at the screen that shows an achievement page with no completed achievements, but a progress bar halfway done for an achievement with the number 1 and a mountain.]
Cueball: It’s real-time?
Ponytail: Just 400 millennia to go until your first mountain achievement!