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 12:01pm12/22/14 12:01pm


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 12:53pm8/01/13 12:53pm

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

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 8:30pm6/19/12 8:30pm

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

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 11:00am9/29/11 11:00am

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

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 3:20pm6/20/08 3:20pm