Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we… » 12/22/14 10:05am 12/22/14 10:05am

Civilization: Beyond Earth Takes Your Civ Into An Alien Future

Civilization: Beyond Earth takes the basic structure of Civilization 5 and infuses it with science-fiction tropes, alien creatures, and a sprawling web of advanced speculative technology. Yes, it's an excellent game. Its only fault is that it's not quite alien enough. » 11/07/14 7:30am 11/07/14 7:30am

Why Gandhi Is Such An Asshole In Civilization

From the very first game in the series through to today, India's supposedly-peaceful leader Gandhi has been famous for one thing: dropping nukes. And there's a very good reason for it. » 11/03/14 10:40am 11/03/14 10:40am

Well, The New Civilization Game Starts Off Super Depressing

This is the intro to the almost-out Civilization: Beyond Earth. I hope you weren't expecting a merry jaunt as humanity smiles its way to the stars along a rainbow made of puppies. » 10/15/14 8:00am 10/15/14 8:00am

Why Do the Anarcho-Primitivists Want to Abolish Civilization?

Anarcho-primitivists are the ultimate Luddites — ideologues who favor complete technological relinquishment and a return to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. We spoke to a leading proponent to learn more about this idea and why he believes civilization was our worst mistake. » 9/11/14 11:28am 9/11/14 11:28am

We're Getting A Sci-Fi Civilization, And It Sounds Fantastic

Civilization is going to space. The next game in Sid Meier's iconic turn-based strategy series will take place on an alien planet, where you'll explore, colonize, and fight other factions as you attempt to navigate uncharted sci-fi territory. » 4/12/14 12:00pm 4/12/14 12:00pm

Control the epic sweep of history in the fascinating new RPG Red Aegis

It's sort of like D&D meets Civilization: Each session advances the timeline of the world hundreds or thousands of years into the future. Red Aegis is an intriguing RPG about dynasties that span centuries and heroic adventures that can carry you from the stone age to the stars. We talked to the creators. » 8/01/13 9:53am 8/01/13 9:53am

Decade-long apocalyptic game of Civilization II inspires some very cool…

Redditor Lycerius has been playing the same saved game of Civilization II for ten years, resulting in an awesomely dystopic swampy nuclear-irradiated wasteland in which war has raged relentlessly for a staggering 1,700 years. And now, inspired by this bizarre simulated world, a number of other Redditors have taken it… » 6/19/12 5:30pm 6/19/12 5:30pm

Computer simulation reveals why it's hard to export democracy to the…

Why are so many societies based on hierarchy rather than egalitarian values, despite the fact that evidence suggests ancient human communities were often fairly egalitarian? Stanford researchers wanted to find out. So they designed a computer simulation that compared two basic types of societies: egalitarian ones, in… » 9/29/11 8:00am 9/29/11 8:00am

Computer teaches itself English so that it can play Civilization

Computers may be naturally fluent in binary, but how might they fare with learning human languages? Computers were tested by playing the game Civilization. Random chance let them win about half the time...but then they started reading the instruction manual. » 7/12/11 4:00pm 7/12/11 4:00pm

10 Scariest Asteroid Attacks on Earth: The Near Hits and Approaching…

When it comes to comet impacts, the denizens of Earth may be living on borrowed time. Of course, comets are only about half the problem — there are plenty of asteroids whizzing around the inner solar system too — so we decided to have a look and see just how close modern society has come to destruction since 1900,… » 6/20/08 12:20pm 6/20/08 12:20pm