I’ve been playing the same game of Civ II for 10 years. Though long outdated, I grew fascinated with this particular game because by the time Civ III was released, I was already well into the distant future. I then thought that it might be interesting to see just how far into the future I could get and see what the ramifications would be. Naturally I play other games and have a life, but I often return to this game when I’m not doing anything and carry on. The results are as follows.
- The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation.
- There are 3 remaining super nations in the year 3991 A.D, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands.
This is the fascinating story of a decade long Civilisation game, kept on by redditor Lycerius. In the thread, he goes on to explain how a 1700 year long war has ripped the lands apart, killed off entire towns and left them in a souring radioactive mess. In Lycerius own empire, citizens are disgruntled with their totalitarian leader and riots pop up evey now and then. Lycerius strikes them all down mercilessly.
Many redditors recognized this scenario from that in George Orwells ground-breaking dystopic novel 1984, for example _Muad_Dib who says the similaritys goes ”right down to there being three superpowers left in the world”. TectonicPluto agrees and continues:
3 superpowers, a “communist” leadership in which technology has reached as far as it needs to go (end of technology tree), barbarian (resistance) uprisings constantly being stomped out by the totalitarian government, nuclear war rendering most farmland useless, constant breaking and reassembling of treaties between the 3 superpowers, seemingly infinite war (due to the previous point), an ever present and all knowing leader making the decisions of the nation… Sid Meier was one thorough sonofabitch…
Absolutely fascinating. Personally, I’ve sometimes thought about what happens when you keep a game going beyond its lifetime, and this is a stunning example of that thought experiment reenacted in real life. Will Lycerius ever get to conquer the world? Will he have to sacrifice himself, his own kingdom, for the good of the innocents? Will all lands be radioactive, and the world a ghost of its former self? I can’t wait to see how this turns out.