When I first started to play East India Company I thought I’d dedicate about twenty minutes to it to get an initial reaction, and then come back to it again for a bit more of an in depth fiddle. Three hours later I was still playing, and the game wouldn’t acknowledge the fact that I was trying to be as nice as possible to Sweden. They just wouldn’t accept my offers for a pact, which cost me £50,000 in lost rewards, a port and several thousand more pounds in wasted bribes. “Bloody Swedes!” I think I screamed aloud. Then some pirates attacked and sunk one of my key fleets after a drawn out real time battle. “Bloody pirates,” I muttered. Then I got annoyed and quit.