A man who has been playing the same game of Civilisation 2 for an entire decade has found that the world turns into a very nasty place.
The Civilisation 2 player, who calls himself Lycerius, told Reddit that he has been playing the same save game for 10 years and has seen that, ultimately, the world turns into a “hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation”.
Civilisation is widely considered the best god game series out there. Players can build nations, work towards new technology, battle for territory and win the game with various scenarios, including diplomatic victory and the space race.
But in case you ever wondered, if you hit the “just one more turn” button and keep playing you would find that the world gets bleaker and bleaker.
After ten years of on and off play, Lycerius’ virtual world is now approaching the year 4000AD and is dominated by three remaining superpowers – “each competing for the scant resources left”.
More than 90 percent of the world’s population has died either from nuclear annihilation or famine caused by global warming. In his game, there is no arable land left to farm.
The three powers left, the Celts, the Vikings and the Americans have been at war for 1700 years and democracy was long abandoned.
Over the 1700-year-war, citizens hate their governments so much that they keep having guerilla uprisings. Quashing these diverts attention away from the war effort.
He wrote that in his game, peace is impossible. Every time there is a ceasefire, the Viking faction surprise attacks him – playing as the Celts – or the Americans the very next turn, often with nukes.
Civ enthusiasts piled in to help end the 1700-year-war. One suggested turning the Celtic empire into a fundamentalist dictatorship. Since, Lycerius has upload his save file to a new subreddit called ‘TheEternalWar’, where users are planning a concerted, crowdsourced effort to finally bring peace to the troubled world. Over 10,000 users have signed up already. If you want to help, the save game is here.
Perhaps MIT could help. Last year a team was working on artificial intelligence that could learn to play Civilisation by itself, and win.