June 22, 2012
Civilization II Gamer Takes On Game For 10 Years
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com
In the past 10 years, while some people may have worked heavily on their career, one man worked just as hard on a video game.Reddit user Lycerius posted details on his account about the 10-year-long game he played on the 1996 society simulator "Civilization II."
In the past 10 years, Lycerius' video game experience has seen the world through plenty of climate changes over the past 1,900 years.
His game play left him ultimately making it to the year 3991, filled with plenty of melted polar ice caps and a world at war.
Under his world's scenario played out by the video game, the world has just three civilizations left, living in a world that has succumbed to the dangers of global warming, while duking out a world war.
Lycerius said on his Reddit that "dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands."
He said that the world was filled with endless warfare, making it impossible to even begin rebuilding the poisoned lands around the remaining isolated and crippled cities.
"My goal for the next few years is to try and end the war and thus use the engineers to clear swamps and fallout so that farming may resume. I want to rebuild the world," he wrote in his original post
The game was originally released in 1996 as a sequel to Sid Meier's original Civilization title, which was released by MicroPose in 1991.
During the video game, a player starts with a lone settlement, and explores around the world while building up technologies.
The game allows users to build up cities, and even empires, while going through centuries of different human advancements like building tanks and factories.
The game technically ends in 2020, when a winner is declared. However, gamers can keep playing as long as they like, enabling players like Lycerius to continue playing for at least a decade.
Lycerius' game play has shown a glimpse at what the world may look like nearly 2,000 years from now, riddled by both war and global warming.
"Peace seems to be impossible. Every time a cease fire is signed, the Vikings will surprise attack me or the Americans the very next turn, often with nuclear weapons," Lycerius wrote on Reddit. "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."
He said the world is prone to constant nuclear bombardment and sabotage, which has continually helped melt the world's ice caps. According to Lycerius, 90 percent of his world's population has died from nuclear annihilation or famine from global warming.
The creator of the game said developers never even thought about someone taking his game this far into the future.
"There's no way we could have tested for this, so it was a surprise to us," Meier told CNN. "I can't say that we ever thought anyone would play a game of 'Civ' for that long. It's exciting that a fan of the series would dedicate 10 years to playing one continuous game."
"We should probably send him a copy of 'Civ V' and 'Civ V: Gods & Kings.' Maybe in 10 years, he can create a similar scenario. We applaud you for playing what's sure to be the longest-running game of 'Civ' ever."