Iain Banks: Posterboy Slacker?

Iain Banks missed a deadline and it was all because of Sid Meier: “It’s all because I became a serial addict of the computer game ‘Civilisation’ [sic]. I played it for three months and then realised I hadn’t done any work. In the end, I had to delete all the saved files and smash the CD. It is very unprofessional of me. I had to ask for an extension for the first time, which made me feel just like I was a student again.”

Hopefully, someone who cares will keep Will Wright’s games out of his hands. I had to smash my Sims CDs about three years ago to get things done.


  1. I few years ago I was similarly addicted to my kids’ Neopets game. How sad is that? I still pop into the site occasionally to play “Word Poker” (ha!)

  2. Championship Manager – the popular football (see: soccer) management game has the same effect with me. I have to strictly ration it lest I gorge myself silly only to find in 12 years time that I’ve achieved nothing with my life (like that won’t happen anyway…)

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