Tuesday, July 27, 2004

"Most post-langpo work that appears to have returned to the terms of a pre-langpo existence is, in fact, pre-langpo," Ron Silliman wrote on his blog last friday (July 23).

This sentiment reminded me of a game I used to play, "Sid Meier's Civilization." An integral part of the game is a 'technology tree' and part of play is the comfort of always learning along the same path. The technology "polytheism," for example, will always eventually lead to "monarchy," which will then allow both "monotheism" and "feudalism," which will allow the discovery of yet-more advanced technologies. Later technologies leave earlier ones obsolete. Every civilization (the Mayans as well as the Spanish) advances on the same tech. tree, so it's easy to spot civilizations less advanced than your own, or more.

Fun game.

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