Let me go get my weed and re-read this!
Seriously though, I wonder if this would be a great topic to think about next time I get high.
Okay, so anyway, I think a universe I created would end up being pretty much like the one the Christian God created:
I'd been working on some research project for advanced AI and incorporated myself into a universe as an object with a variable of infinite "good". I'd defined the universe to be manipulated by me at any time, but within that I structured a "game" with rules in which I would create an individual who would be subordinate to me, but would eventually turn against me (because I wanted it to!) having it define the opposite of me, infinite levels of "bad".
Then, after having that individual turn and fight with my remaining beings against the beings he convinced to join him, I realized it was nothing but a 2-player game with advanced AI as an enemy.
No, I had to go deeper. I created a 3rd class of beings that (even though at any point I could directly manipulate them) I would not be able to manipulate, but instead would have to convince via various protocols that they should work with me, whereas my opponent would be able to use the same protocols to convince men they should not work with me.
Then, the game progressed, first with my only chance to interact directly with one individual, and then after that the person got to interact direct with my opponent and see if they were convinced by him.
After that, the different protocols needed to be used to interact with the beings, and the object of the game for myself was to see if there is one person who can live and die (excluding short age) and not have violated any of the stipulations that the opponent and myself agreed upon.
The object of the game for my opponent was to convince all individuals that they should never live by the stipulations and should never even consider them, by totally rejecting them.
As you can see, this game would have went on indefinately if I and my opponent hadn't sat down and agreed that we were getting nowhere and that it was time to introduce integrating ourselves into the game once more.
So we'd each pick a time where we'd get to join the game and go from there. But behold, the instance that I picked in the game actually ended up with me winning according to the first rules, which said that I had to have someone live and die without violating any of the stipulations, meaning that I won the game playing as myself!
But wouldn't you know it, the damn opponent got to bitching and I was about ready to hit the smite button when he made a pretty good argument: He hadn't gotten his chance to enter the game yet.
So we decided to have a waiting period where he would get a chance to enter the game and convince everyone to go against my stipulations, an impossible task to be honest.
Despite what you may think, I'm not an agnostic or atheist, I realize this might sound like a mockery of Christianity, but this is how I really imagine our universe could have been made. Sounds crazy, but I like it like that. It's got all the elements of a superb AI game, and can you imagine the title in the stores. "LIFE - Be a God and save your sims from your alter-ego (generated by new DNA analysis techniques!)"
Man, when's it coming out, btw? And can you play it over a LAN?