Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we all… » 12/22/14 12:04pm 12/22/14 12:04pm

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