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As the massive success of Call of Duty and similar titles shows, war is a popular theme in video games.
So much so that video games and war have become linked in many people’s minds. They go together like… war and video games.
While there are definitely other popular genres, a stereotype has grown around games that says they’re all about killing.
Is that what’s so appealing about war games?
In truth, war has shaped the human race. Our history as a species is defined by it in many ways–but not entirely.
While war has its place in games just as it does in human history, other themes are needed too.
Previously, Civilization 5 was a war game. Of course, there were alternative routes to victory, but it ultimately came down to who had the biggest army at the end of a match.
Maybe that’s clever commentary on reality, but Brave New World changed this dynamic by introducing more diplomacy and trade features. In essence, it made Civilization 5 less of a war simulator and more of a world simulator.