The colors in that screen shot didn't really work.
Basically, you should see my Net Worth curve knocked down briefly and thus putting me in a permanent lag position behind what would have been the #2 player.
Something interesting happened to me during these last couple of years. I stopped only looking for fun in new games being released. I started going back and looking at games maybe long gone and games in genres I would not have previously considered. Some basic axioms:
Axiom #1: Like all works of art, there a very few really good games (could be played and appreciated endlessly).
Axiom #2: The very best games are timeless. What made them great went far beyond the state of graphics and sound processing at the time they were coded.
Axiom #3: Older games tended to have more solid AIs as the AI programming represented a greater portion of the project budget than today, since what you could do graphically was limited. However, there was already adequate CPU cycles do a good AI; certainly for strategy and some simulation where heavy physics was not needed.
Axiom #4: With the Internet and thousands of talented programmers, there will always be technical solutions to keep old games running like DOSBOX. Old games are often further enhanced by running in a window compared to the original machines which hosted them.
Axiom #5: Despite high resolution super crisp LCD displays, older games are often easier on the eyes for aging gamers. The feature big fonts (when there wasn't enough CPU to put a million lines of statistics on the screen) and the typical display was 14" or 15". When you put such a game on 20" or 21" display, you get something very easy too look at.
Axiom #6: If you constantly buy newer gamers, it easy to be dissappointed and waste money. When you get a game that is 10 years old, it is easy to know what you are getting and often it may only cost few dollars for used game.
Axiom #7: Not only are your software costs lower, but your hardware costs should be lower. When I played flight sims, I needed a new PC every two years. Now, a PC should last me 5-6 years easily.
Never more! (I've had enough. Sliterine has raised mediocrity to an art form!)