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World domination may not be in the cards - A little less than a happy high — LiveJournal
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World domination may not be in the cards
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cris From: cris Date: December 12th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
dude, the first time that ever happened to me (though, it was coal that was the resource in question, not saltpeter) my first reaction was "wow, the game's forcing me to go to war over natural resources ... that's so cool!"

though, I do find Civ can be a little too difficult to play if you want to go the pacifist route on the game. The computers just have a tendency to squeeze a little too much out of you, so it's nearly impossible to maintain friendly trading relationships with them over the long run. Goddamn, greedy machines.
komos From: komos Date: December 12th, 2003 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the game has a lot of flaws, least of which being its basis around a model of geographic determinism. Trade is incredibly weak. Computer players' conduct of war is fairly haphazard thanks to an erratic AI.

*sigh*

I think it's interesting that it's possible to be forced to war over strategic resources, but I still find it difficult negotiating what it means to me.
cris From: cris Date: December 12th, 2003 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's really helpful to separate game theory from morals. It doesn't have to "mean" anything to you aside from a reflection of your ability to recognize the game's ruleset and your ability to formulate a winning strategy based upon that ruleset. I'm guilty of committing a dozen crimes that I would ordinarily find morally reprehensible, but usually so long as I can think of it as a competitive reaction to a game rather than an ethical decision, I'm fine.

(it's, of course, when you start applying one moral outlook to the other context that you get in trouble)
komos From: komos Date: December 12th, 2003 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, most often I can make the distinction. But even with that in mind, I still approach most empire builders with the aim of creating societies of which I would be proud to be a part.

Herein lies my escapism. ^_^
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