A Single Civilization II Game Lasts 10 Years
A Single Civilization II Game Lasts 10 Years, In one player’s epic gaming session, melting icecaps and nuclear wars have decimated Earth. 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.