Cynics have sometimes described sim / tycoon games as “animated spreadsheets,” and there’s some truth to this.
Quotes about video games
With the advent of computer games, story, and gameplay, two age-old enterprises with very different sets of rules, show a similar duality. Storytellers are now faced with a medium where they cannot be certain what path their story will take, just as the physicists found that they could no longer be certain what path their electrons would take. Both groups can now only speak in terms of probabilities.
Hard-core videogamers […] are accustomed to the kind of uncertainty that depends on player skill. While they will tolerate some degree of puzzle solving, they want to be swept up in the moment of play, to be, for the most part, in a flow state, and not be halted to think deeply about the next thing they must accomplish.
The manual games further restricted the number of users, because these games are more time consuming to learn and play. Computerized versions of these games appeal to a wider audience, but still a niche audience—an audience of under a million people. While complexity frightens the many, it appeals to the few. Thus wargames are often lumped into all things geekish. Guilty as charged.