Welcome to the next post in my year-long series “Play or Pass” that takes on the proverbial “must before death” theme with video games. Every other week I will be covering one or two games from “32 Video Games You Have To Play Before You Die,” a list compiled by BuzzFeed based on a reader poll. I will not be critiquing the list itself, but rather I’ll be discussing each game or games in whatever manner feels fitting and will attempt to answer a couple simple questions: Have I played [insert game name here]? If yes, do I consider it a “must” and why? If no, do I want to play the game before I die? I’ll be going through the games in the order in which they appear on the BuzzFeed list. Good? Good. Let’s get on with the games!
Week thirteen: (17) Civilization
When gaming folks first hear that I both game and harbor an interest in history they often ask if I’ve ever played a Civilization game. My answer has been, and remains “no.” The usual response to that varies somewhere between admonishment (Oh but shame on you, you should, it’s such a great game) and dismay (:(, that’s too bad, it’s such a great game).
To a certain extent, I have to agree. Because, as I understand it, the Civilization games are amazing and engrossing world-building, strategy games that give players the chance to, proverbially, rule a world. In fact, some might consider them second to none as far as games of this ilk go. There have been many different Civilization games released since the first one came out in 1991, and they’ve taken players to all corners of history, space, and time.
Really, the Civilization games should be right up my alley, but here’s the thing. I kinda suck at honest-to-goodness strategy games, and I’m bad at games that require management.
Maybe I have the Civilization games “figured out” all wrong, but don’t they require certain amounts of babysitting, waiting, decision-making, and then more babysitting, followed by more waiting? Wash, rinse, repeat? And while I enjoy games that require me to plan and strategize while I’m in the game, I can’t see myself devoting time to a game that is ONLY planning and strategizing. Not anymore anyway? I got rid of games that demand micromanagement some time ago, as I just didn’t (and still don’t) have time to check into games regularly. Hell, it’s hard enough for me to remember where I left off in most games with two or three weeks between sessions. And would I really want to spend those precious hours determining military placements, economic procedures, and the allotment of natural resources in order to build an imaginary empire? I honestly can’t say that I would.
Still… here’s the thing. I do feel that f I could find the right 4x, real time, turned based strategy game, that maybe, just maybe, I’d be able to get into it somehow. I’m not totally averse to the idea at some point in the future…like, maybe when I retire (*chuckle snort*). Sorry. It’s just hard for me to imagine ever having the time again that I used to have to devote to long, lengthy games that need players to check in frequently. But, if my life ever does free up, maybe a Civilization game would be a good way to fill things up. Like I said, I don’t hate the idea. So…
Have I played Civilization?
Nope, not a one.
If yes, do I consider it a “must” and why?
A “must?” Maybe not. A “noble pursuit?” Probably.
If no, do I want to play the game before I die?
A solid maybe. Which game would be a good one to try?