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  •  Historical games have some tough choices to (1+ / 0-)
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    make in regards to some topics. For example slavery is rarely depicted even in games like Age of Empires or Civilization which span huge swaths of history where slavery was present. Though one of Civs offshoots, Call to Power, did have it as a significant game play element. Religion is another subject that is largely ignored. I'm guessing they do that because it's too damn hard to bring the right context to a game. When Civ IV added religion there was a huge disclaimer in the manual talking about it. Letting people know they meant no disrespect of any kind for any religion but just felt some mention of the impact of religion on history had to be made. Notably the feature was completely dropped for Civ V.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:43:41 PM PST

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      was that it was dropped because the implementation was... grossly inadequate. Religion had a slight effect, but largely just played out as a complete side story with no real impact. (I once played, intent on pushing "my" religion out and creating an almost universal faith. And that didn't seem to matter to anything in the game, even though I succeeded in that objective.) Which is so ahistorical that yanking it was a better choice.

      Delicate subjects need NOT to be avoided. They need to be treated delicately, and very well.

      "Be just and good." John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

      by ogre on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:39:46 PM PST

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