Let’s say you have a new public park in your city. It’s nice and open with plenty of space for sports, a play yard for children, some grills… nothing too fancy, but there was a lot of thought put into this park. Let’s say that after one week of the park being open to the public, a huge crevice opened up. It’s about twenty feet across, five feet wide and ten feet deep, and stretches between the see-saws and the tennis court. It was nobody’s fault: There was a small underground cave here that no one knew about, and the increased foot traffic toppled the cave’s roof in. Let’s say the park authority put a bunch of signs up and some traffic cones. It’s been a month now, and this is it. When people contact the park authorities, their response is “We informed the public about the hole, took out space in the local newspapers and clearly marked the hole so that no one could fall in by accident. If anyone falls in and hurts themselves, it’s their own fault.” How would you feel about that?
I feel that way every time I think of Power Grid: First Sparks.