Some Asshole Plays The Same Game of CIVILIZATION II for 10 Fucking Years

ShooterMcGavin

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What a fucking goon.

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/man-plays-same-game-civilization-ii-10-years-182343243.html
Think you spend too much time playing the same video game?

Try playing it for a decade.

In an impressive display of dedication, Reddit user 'Lycerius' claims he has been playing a single game of Sid Meier's classic world-ruling strategy game Civilization II for nearly 10 years now. But sadly, the future world he's dealing with is "a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation."

The year is 3991 A.D. Multiple nuclear wars have decimated the planet, melting ice caps and leaving the world useless for farming. The only land left for the three remaining superpowers to lord over are mountain tops.

Those superpowers — the Celts, Vikings and Americans — have been waging war for 1,700 in-game years. And it doesn't look to be ending anytime soon.

"Peace seems to be impossible," writes Lycerius. "Every time a cease fire is signed, the Vikings will surprise attack me [he plays as the Celts] or the Americans the very next turn, often with nuclear weapons - even when the U.N forces a peace treaty. So I can only assume that peace will come only when they're wiped out. It is this that perpetuates the war ad infinitum."

Roughly 90 percent of the world's population is dead in the game, due to famine and nuclear fallout. It's not a pretty picture, though it is a totally fascinating one. But it gives rise to one big question: Who the heck would play a single game for nearly 10 years?

"I thought that it might be interesting to see just how far into the future I could get and see what the ramifications would be," he said.

Lycerius doesn't play every single day, instead using the game as a sort of go-to time-killer when he's got nothing else on his plate. He says that he wants to rebuild his game world, but he "isn't sure how."

"My goal for the next few years is to try and end the war and thus use the engineers to clear swamps and fallout so that farming may resume. I want to rebuild the world. But I'm not sure how. If any of you old Civ II players have any advice, I'm listening."

The Reddit community has swarmed to action, offering hundreds of suggestions on ways to not only end the war, but to bring the planet back to its former glory. It's been such a viral hit, the term 'Civ 2' even made an appearance as a top trending topic on Twitter.

Lycerius says he's appreciative of the feedback, but suspects it will take many months, at best, to revive the earth, even after the war is won. You can check out pics of his apocalyptic world here.



 

ShooterMcGavin

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Followup interview with Sid Meier.

http://news.yahoo.com/civ-creator-surprised-gamer-played-decade-185124736.html
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The grim future predicted in a video game that's been played for 10 years has surprised even the game's original creator.

"Civilization" mastermind Sid Meier says that he never fathomed someone would play the 1996 society simulator "Civilization II" for 10 years, or that it could result in melted polar ice caps and 90 percent of the virtual world's population dead by the year 3991.

Meier's sweeping, turn-based strategy games give players the ability to build and control empires spanning fictional centuries. While the game ends and the world depicted in "Civ II" stops evolving in 2020, players can keep going into the future.

This is what happened with a user named Lycerius, who posted the details of his 10-year-long game on the social news site Reddit. The file and images of the game went viral this week, attracting Meier's attention and drawing comparisons to George Orwell's "1984."

"My first thought was, 'Wow! I can't believe anyone has been playing "Civ II" for that long,'" Meier told The Associated Press in a Wednesday interview. "It's been more than 15 years since we released that game, and I don't think any of us expected a decade-long game would come out of it. It would be amazing if we could come back in 2025 and find out if someone's had a 10-year game of 'Civ V' going."

In the Lycerius version, only three nations remain on the planet in 3991, and they're locked in a 1,700-year-old war, fighting for resources left after dozens of nuclear battles turned most of the world into a wasteland.

The strategy game pits players against computer-controlled empires across a version of earth. Players' moves in "Civ II" can gradually change economies, advance technology, alter the weather and conquer other nations over time. To achieve victory, players must either be the last civilization standing or be the first to build a spaceship and reach Alpha Centauri.

Meier released the original "Civilization" in 1991. The game spawned several editions, including 2001's "Civ III," 2010's "Civ V" and 2011's "Civ World" for Facebook. The first "Civ V" expansion pack, "Gods & Kings," will be released next Tuesday. Meier said the latest version of "Civ V" could probably be played for 10 more years to create a similarly scary scenario.
 

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There are choke-points he doesn't control.
He is attacking worthless cities; attack the principles.
With the americans, he should attack their capitol island.
He lacks border integrity.
The Viking's polar cities could be taken out.
He could spawn rush cities on his own continent since the populations will remain low and he lacks optimal placement.
He should destroy the connecting Viking cities separating areas in their control .
He needs to learn how to do massive amphibious assaults.
Instead of just grinding, he needs to create multiple fronts or a diversionary attack.
He could naval blockade ocean squares starving cities.
He needs to find those cities making the nukes and attack them so they change their queue.
Maybe he should change govs to communism to hinder spy attacks during an invasion.
He needs to create more engineers to clear some jungles/fallout on some important cities.
He needs to learn how to nuke properly.
 

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I'm still playing wc3 about a month shy of 10 years. Bnet of course. Some games are still really fun.

Though I'm a cunt, so that explains it nicely.
 
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There are choke-points he doesn't control.
He is attacking worthless cities; attack the principles.
With the americans, he should attack their capitol island.
He lacks border integrity.
The Viking's polar cities could be taken out.
He could spawn rush cities on his own continent since the populations will remain low and he lacks optimal placement.
He should destroy the connecting Viking cities separating areas in their control .
He needs to learn how to do massive amphibious assaults.
Instead of just grinding, he needs to create multiple fronts or a diversionary attack.
He could naval blockade ocean squares starving cities.
He needs to find those cities making the nukes and attack them so they change their queue.
Maybe he should change govs to communism to hinder spy attacks during an invasion.
He needs to create more engineers to clear some jungles/fallout on some important cities.
He needs to learn how to nuke properly.
I thought all those things myself.

Also, in Civ 2 there's never a "peace", the game's not designed for peace. As soon as someone has nuclear capabilities your ONLY option is to wipe them off the planet. They will nuke you, and you will end up in a 4000 year old blood feud. I guess he's a slow learner.

Real options for Diplomacy didn't really happen in the Civ games until IV and V, and it was pretty shitty in IV anyway.
 

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I thought all those things myself.

Also, in Civ 2 there's never a "peace", the game's not designed for peace. As soon as someone has nuclear capabilities your ONLY option is to wipe them off the planet. They will nuke you, and you will end up in a 4000 year old blood feud. I guess he's a slow learner.

Real options for Diplomacy didn't really happen in the Civ games until IV and V, and it was pretty shitty in IV anyway.
Yes, I thought V made great improvements with things such as "Declaration of Friendship." :rolleyes: