I loved video games as a kid…


Playing Civilization V


I started playing educational computer games with my Dad when I was around 4 or 5. That evolved into Hocus Pocus and eventually Caesar and Zeus. My brother and I begged and begged my parents for a game console, which they finally gave into when I was 11. From then on I spent almost every moment allowed playing Twisted Metal, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.


When I hit high school I lost interest in video games. Instead, I made my mom drive me to the mall every weekend so my best friend and I could try on fancy dresses we were never going to buy. (It was a great time!) I thought that was it for me and video games. They were something that had been fun, but that I had outgrown.


About six months ago, my boyfriend started playing a computer game called Sid Maier’s Civilization V. I thought it would be like every other game I watched him play: cool looking, and boring after a few minutes. But the next thing I knew, it was 3 in the morning and I was still engrossed in every move he was making!


For those who don’t know, Civilization V is a world building game. You start with a historic civilization (Japan, The United States, Babylon, Rome). Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. The game starts in 4000BC and goes until some point in the 21st century. The goal is to dominate the other nations, either through conquest, culture, science or diplomacy.


Now it’s all I want to do. No, I don’t want to go for a hike, France just declared war on me and now I have to invade Lyon to show the world that if they come at me I will wreck them! No, I don’t want to watch ‘Jessica Jones,’ I’m 5 turns away from building the Hanging Gardens. And I certainly don’t want to go to work, don’t they know that I only need to gain influence in 2 more civilizations to get a Culture Victory?!!?