Civilization

Civilization is, in my opinion, one of the best games ever made. The main reason why I believe so is that this game lets you get involved for many hours in a very entertaining learning process. If you have ever played Civ, you know what I am talking about. If not I will explain it to you. Civilization is a series of games that let you run your own civilization. I know it’s not a big surprise. However, if you want to be successful at this game you have to know a couple things. First, you should know some facts about history so when you pick what nation leader you want to be you will know your nation’s advantages. For example, if you want to run the Roman Empire, you should know that they have a great early game advantage of their military units, the Legions. Next you should be able to use your advisors wisely or else have enough knowledge in technology and economics to make sure that your country will survive harsh times of wars with other empires. You also should be able to analyze the current situation in your country by comparing your current area, profit, and number of military units etc with other countries to see if you can beat them in a war, or if you should be friends with them by making mutual protective pacts. Civilization is a very complex game with a manual about 300 pages long. In spite of this, if you like strategy games I would recommend turning on the time icon on the game screen since you can pretty easily forget about the real world and time while running your own country.

I was wondering if any of you guys who have played this game have ever logged on to the fun websites to learn even more about the strategies you can use during the game. Such as http://www.civfanatics.com/

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ahwleung
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 00:14:46

    I agree that the Civilization series is one of the greatest time-sinks of all time. I remember being so addicted to Civilization II that, as a middle school student, I would pretend to go to bed early, wait for my parents to fall asleep, and sneak over to our computer in order to get more Empire-building time in. To this very day I can cite an almost encyclopedic knowledge of unit, tile, and building statistics from that game.

    It’s not all bad though – I’ve never seen a better way to get kids enthusiastic about social studies. What’s the better way to teach the potential economic benefits of a Monarchy vs. Democracy vs. Communism – a lecture from a teacher or actually being able to implement each and see them in action?

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