I like to believe that for most of us, PC gaming isn’t simply a way to escape from life or “blow off steam.” Part of the reason we put Civilization: Beyond Earth on the front of your magazine this month is that it’s an expression of games’ capacity to get us thinking about greater issues and aspirations: humanity’s place in the universe; science; Earth itself. There’s a quote from the math-and-stickfigures webcomic XKCD that perfectly encapsulates the sequel’s premise: “The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space—each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.”
As you read (and, if you’re a space enthusiast like me, get very excited) about Civ: Beyond Earth this month, I encourage you to think about what games you’re playing that inspire you rather than simply operating as recreational downtime between life’s requirements. If you’ve got a particular gaming experience to share along those lines, we’d love to hear about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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