Yahoo – 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. Lycerius doesn’t play every single day, instead using the game as a sort of go-to time-killer when he’s got nothing else on his plate. He says that he wants to rebuild his game world, but he “isn’t sure how.”
Nerd Alert: this blog is about to be nerdy as fuck.
I’m a nerd. Always have been. I played Magic: The Gathering growing up. I watched Star Trek. I played Zelda and Faxanadu and Crystalis on Nintendo. I played Final Fantasy I and II on Super Nintendo. I was downright obsessed with King’s Quest. Except the 7th one where you had to play as a chick. That shit sucked.
But nothing, and I mean nothing, got my tiny nerd pecker harder than Sid Meier’s Civilization II. Civ II is easily the best thing I’ve ever done on a computer. And that includes watching Heather Brooke deepthroat. Building a Civilization to stand the test of time. Starting in 4000 B.C. and taking it through nuclear power and space travel. Picking your civilization in the begginning and hoping you start the game with 2 settlers. Building a temple to keep the people happy. Granaries to keep them fed. Building wonders of the world. Discovering the Wheel so you could attack cities with chariots. Taking that risk to attack when you’re chariot only has 1/4 strength. Discovering navigation so you can travel by sea and gunpowder so you can defend with musketeers. Eventually dropping nukes on the Mongols and building spaceships. That game was like heaven for a nerd. I could play that shit for hours on end. Apparently other dudes can play it for like 10 years.
Yea yea yea I know I’m a fuckin dork but models also send me pictures of themselves in their underwear so it all evens out