For those of you who might not be "in the know," there's some rather huge video game news brewing today. Something I'm sure we can all agree will be eating away the hours of our lives for the next year or so at least. Of course I'm talking about-
What? Halo Reach? Oh, is that out already? I don't really care, but you go have fun. I'm talking about Civilization 5...
First of all, I think it's adorable that you're so excited about your little Halo game with your cute guns and adorable aliens; that's neat. Really. If you need me, though, I'll be leading an entire civilization from the Stone Age to the Space Age, thanks. Oh, wow, you get to run AND shoot? That must be tough to manage to do at the same time! I'll be exploring a uniquely-crafted world, building and managing cities, seeking out resources, navigating trade routes and diplomacy all while forging an army to take care of any gung-ho leaders who think they like the look of my uranium deposits.
Wow, you get a Deathmatch! How innovative! I can only think of 20 or 30 other FPS games offering such a unique game mode! Maybe there's even a flag for you to capture! Let's see, I can win a game through war, culture and trade, diplomacy, completing the space race, or completing the Utopia Project. But you have fun with that incredible "shoot everything and win" game mode. That sounds fun...for you.
And you can stay up all night playing "marathon" Halo matches if you like, but I can play all night and not even complete one game. Turn-based strategy of this complexity requires time; it requires a LOT of time.
Come to think of it I'm not sure that's a win in my column. Oh well, either way I'm going to see a lot less sunlight starting next Tuesday!
Now you know what we'll be busy playing. Got a better game? Willing to challenge us in empire building? Wanna plug your "totes awesome cave" in Minecraft? Let us know in the comments below.