The New Civilization Is Getting Thrashed On iTunes, With Good Reason

At first it doesn't look so bad. Two and a half stars out of five isn't terrible. That average score, given by nearly 500 iTunes users to the two-week-old Civilization Revolution 2, isn't glorious, of course. But maybe Civilization Revolution 2 is at least mediocre? That's partly right. It also costs $15, and it… » 7/14/14 5:00pm 7/14/14 5:00pm

My First 40 Turns With Civilization: Beyond Earth

We've probably all theorized about fictional situations and how we'd deal with them. The zombie apocalypse, any end-of-the-world narrative, or maybe even less far-reaching scenarios like exploring and colonizing new planets in space. Well, just last week I got to put my hypothetical space adventure decisions to the… » 5/20/14 9:00am 5/20/14 9:00am

The Fallacy Of "Keep Your Politics Out Of My Video Games"

It can often feel as though some people who like video games want to have it both ways: They want games to be taken seriously and acknowledged as an exciting artistic medium, but the moment someone critiques a game's politics they respond, as if cued by an invisible conductor: "It's just a game! Stop taking it so… » 10/14/13 9:00pm 10/14/13 9:00pm