I started seeing the real world in terms of Civ, for example... When I read in the newspaper that Venezuela had cut diplomatic relations with Columbia, in my mind what I saw was a pop up box of a cartoon Hugo Chavez with a scrunched up face, wagging his finger at the screen and text underneath saying 'I'm sorry, but the Venezuelans are no longer interested in this deal.' And when I was recently flying in to land in Laos looking out the window the countryside looked remarkably like a game of Civ, and I looked at a city/town and thought yeah that looks nice, lots of farms, nice roads to that mine.....but I'd definitely chop down that forest that's right adjacent to the city as it provides a good defensive platform for an attacking stack. Ok, so I was a bit mental. I can't say Civ V is gripping me in the same way, but I still have hope.