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Entries from August 2010

The Music of Civilization

August 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

We all know what music I’m referring to here – the marvellous and uplifting Baba Yetu choral music that greets you in Civilization 4. I don’t know how much it cost Firaxis to commission and record that music, but it gave Civ 4 a priceless sense of grandeur.
Civilization has always had an odd soundtrack. 4000BC [...]

Tags: civilization · games · music

A Civilized Education

August 21st, 2010 · 4 Comments

I’ll say it: I don’t think Civilization is all that educational. It’s┬ámore educational than most videogames, certainly, but that’s not saying a lot.
There are four arguments made by the pro-educational camp:
Firstly, that Civilization teaches people about technologies, cultures, buildings, leaders, and of course, civilizations, from all over the world and across the sweep of history. [...]

Tags: adrian · civilization · edu · games

Democracy Games

August 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Here’s an article I wrote in late 2003 an epic ‘Democracy Game’ in Civilization 3 I was part of. If you’re already familiar with Civilization, you can skip most of the Just One More Turn… section – the good stuff begins again at All Talk.
A Clash in Civilization
It’s a busy time in this nation’s government. [...]

Tags: civilization · games

One More Turn

August 16th, 2010 · 6 Comments

It’s the mantra of any Civilization player – just one more turn. Whether you’re exploring uncharted territory, or researching a new technology, or anticipating a Wonder of the World that’s about to complete, there’s always a reason to play one more turn. And once you’ve played that turn, there’ll be another, and another, and before [...]

Tags: adrian · civilization · games · psych

Civilization and Storytelling

August 12th, 2010 · 11 Comments

I’ve only ever written fan fiction twice in my life, and both times it’s been for Sid Meier games.
Nurturing a civilization from a band of illiterate settlers to an empire that’s trading goods and blows across the world tends to make you feel rather attached to your people, and it’s hard not to be personally [...]

Tags: adrian · civilization · games · writing

Mssv gets Civilized

August 10th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m dedicating Mssv to the strategy game series┬áCivilization, in anticipation of Civilization V’s coming out in September. Civilization’s sheer depth and replayability has made it one of the most beloved strategy games in the world, and its longevity means that I’ve literally grown up with it.
Each game of Civilization [...]

Tags: adrian · civilization · games

The Binding of a Book

August 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Like a gamer to Starcraft 2, I can’t help but be attracted to articles about the death of books, and even better, the death of long-form reading. There’s something about the desperate handwringing that pushes almost every intellectual button I have, from impassioned but futile appeals to the past, to lurid depictions of how new [...]

Tags: book · tech

Total Fail at the Kinect Galleries

August 8th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Update 3rd Sept: Shortly after I made this post, I got a nice email from someone running the Kinect Galleries campaign telling me they took the problems very seriously and were working to make sure they didn’t happen again – from the comments on this post, it sounds like that’s happened! I also went to [...]

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