April 15th, 2008 kbyorick
FreeCiv is an interesting game to say the least. It relies on the idea that everyone wants power. This seems to be a fantasy of many as history has clearly shown. Maybe it is a human quality that we want to see if we could really “rule the world”. This game attempts to give people that opportunity while not causing and real disaster or harm if something goes wrong. We can build a civilization, try to expand, decide whether or not to go to war or make treaties with neighboring civilizations. While it may seem like you are expanding an empire all on your own, based solely on your decisions, there are certainly aspects of the game that are beyond your control.
This does create a certain parallel to real life (not the ruling a civilization part but everything else). Oftentimes people think that every little decision they make will truly be the deciding factor in what happens in their lives or the lives of those around them. This is not necessarily so. Some major decisions, especially those made by people in government, like going to war, do affect the lives of a huge number of people. However, the day to day decisions made by the average person may not be that big of a deal. There will always be aspects of life that are out of our control. This game, if played more than once really has a great opportunity of showing that to people. Yes decisions do affect how the civilization will grow or fail, but sometimes things are going to happen no matter what you do. Different empires will collide, either because you are expanding or the computer is having another civilization expand. Just because you are happy as a small country doesn’t mean you can stay that way. The game is sort of telling people to relax and stop worrying so much about the little things, make decisions but let what is going to happen, happen.
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