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What is Civilization, anyway?

Discussion in 'Civ6 - General Discussions' started by Khan, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. Khan

    Khan Chieftain

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    I have played this game since Civ 1 without too much thought about what "civilization" actually means.

    Then I heard this fascinating lecture sponsored by the BBC. Next time you're playing the game, but it on in the background.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081lkkj
     
  2. grandad1982

    grandad1982 Deity

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  3. Eagle Pursuit

    Eagle Pursuit Scir-Gerefa

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    For Firaxis, Civilization means any group of people with a shared identity that are of interest and have perceived traits that can be translated into game mechanics, regardless of size, duration, or significance to Western history.
     
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  4. agonistes

    agonistes wants his subs under ice!

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    Nicely put. Perfectly accurate. Can only agree.
     
  5. Lanthar

    Lanthar SPQR

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    If that is not Firaxis' definition of requirements for a group to be included in Civilization, it should be.
     
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  6. agonistes

    agonistes wants his subs under ice!

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    Well, I wouldn't object if some level of historical significance was a qualifier. Maybe as a rule of thumb there has to be a book about the civ in the nearest middle school library? Encyclopedia not counting.
     
  7. MaximusPlatypus

    MaximusPlatypus O.O

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    Offhand, that would probably disqualify Scythia.
     
  8. Khan

    Khan Chieftain

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    Yes I love those, thanks.

    I suppose it doesn't have to be a library in North America to qualify. :)
     
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