From: Terrapin Station
Since I happen to have a life outside of games, I almost never play PBEM. My life gets busy at times, and I don't have time to play games. During such times, since PBEM play in most games drags on for months, I either abandon a PBEM game or keeping it going becomes a royal pain in the rear. And since I play games to have fun, I don't go out of my way to find royal pains in the rear.
Meanwhile, sometimes I get time to play. Maybe its a weeknight when I've got time and I'll start playing a game at midnight and I want to crank through a bunch of turns till 3 am. I might have a couple of days when I can do that, but then won't be able to do so for awhile. In PBEM, on that schedule I could do one measely little turn of a game, send it off, then shut the game down. Again, I play to have fun. And playing one turn then stopping isn't fun. When I to get a chance to play, I want to crank off a lot of turns in a row.
So, I always look at the AI before I buy a game. Its litterally the only way I have fun playing games. Typically in this niche of the game industry, the AI gets short shrift. There are way too many wargames out there with truly horrible AIs. And when someone mentions it on a board, you instantly get they 'you should be playing againnst humans' line of bull.
BTW, for those who keep saying that its impossible to write a good game AI, remember there are chess AIs that can beat human master level players. And there have been other games with decent enough AIs.
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