I played a new game (well, new to me; the original is more than twenty years old) today called Illuminati. I can definitely see the appeal. Even if the game sucked, which it didn't, there's no other game where you can use the Democrats, funded by the wealthy Gnomes of Zurich and getting support from Chain Letters, to take control of California (and the Dolphins and Robotic Sea Monsters, which happen to be controlled by California) from the Society of Assassins. In Illuminati, that suddenly makes perfect sense. The point, in a nutshell, is that you are the leader of a randomly selected secret society with its own agenda for world domination, subverting control of various world organizations (everything from the United Nations to the Fast Food Chains to the Spammers) in order to achieve their goals.