If You Play Too Much Civilisation, You Need Help

If You Play Too Much Civilisation, You Need Help

It's not a problem, OK? It's a disease.

I reinstalled Civ V the other day, and it has fucked me up. My family is away on holidays for a few weeks so I'm home alone, meaning that I've been sliding back into the very worst habits of a Civ fan, from ignoring my own "one last turn" advice to ignoring the clock on the wall that's telling me yo, grown man, go get some sleep.

This made me remember the fact that I am not alone in my struggles.

The Civ Anon (you know, like Alcoholics Anonymous, only for Civilisation) marketing campaign has been running for a while; you might remember it from the lead-up to the release of Civ V. It was pretty funny, if also a little too heavy on the (duh) Civ V marketing.

You may not have seen this clip, though, which was released all the way back in 2005. It's not only the first Civ Anon video, it's also the best. While made for Civilisation IV, it's general enough to hit home to fans of any game in the series at any time.

The political humour might date it a little, but hey, that's part of the charm.


    About 3 days ago, I decided to play a quick game for the first time in a year.

    I've played it 9 hours since then. As soon as I finish work, I'm going to kick Washington in his pompous balls and make Boston a Buddhist stronghold with a huge army.

    My family is away on holidays for a few weeks so I’m home alone

    Err, I assume you mean wife and kids, right?

    Civ IV: Beyond the Sword. Purchased on Steam: 21 July 2012. Played: 1926 hours
    Some of that is leaving the game running in the background, but still... And I have been playing heavily since 2008 with a non-steam copy. Sometimes I play Civ 2 as well :)

    ignoring my own “one last turn” advice Oh gosh yes. It's amazing how easily "One more turn and then I'll go and make dinner" becomes "Screw it, I'm ordering a pizza delivery".

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