Summary/ Civilization 3: As an only periodic player of previous Civilization offerings, I will be basing this review on the merits of Civilization 3 as a game unto itself, and not in comparison to its older siblings. Overall, Civilization 3 is an excellent single-player, turn-based strategy game. It is set in a grand historical context, meaning that during the course of every game, you will lead a civilization through time from its conception (around 4000 BC) to the modern age. This vastness of scale means that most games will take several days to complete indeed, I have spent over a month playing a single, large game. This is in stark contrast to RTS games, where you might be able to finish a scenario in 15 minutes.

Civilization 3 requires patience, a certain amount of dedication, and an appreciation for overarching historical processes. The graphics, while sufficient, are bare compared to most contemporary games. The sound effects are mediocre at best. For all these reasons, Civilization 3 (and the Civ series in general) have appealed to a particular type of gamer, perhaps more than any other individual title in PC history a slightly older, thinking-type gamer. A nerd, in other words. If you are a nerd, and want a game that grants you the feeling of being a God king, like Montezuma or Genghis Khan a game that lets you make all the decisions, a challenging game that you will not really be able to muscle-through then you should check out Civilization 3. It is got plenty of flaws, and it ain’t pretty but it is the type of game that keeps me awake at night imagining barbarian hordes, or talking to myself in the car about whether to build nuclear plants or focus on air superiority the type of game that actually seems to capture something real about human cultural history. And that is no small feat.

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Arcade Game Machine in the 80s and 90s

By the late 80s, the craze on arcade video games began to fade due to the bad reputation of arcades as being unsafe and seedy places, as well as the advancement in the home video game console technology. There was resurgence in arcade video games with the introduction of 2-player fighting games including Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury, Killer Instinct, and The King of Fighters. Once again, arcade game machines had been visible in many public places.

However in 1996, computers and home video game consoles with 3D accelerator cards became almost equal as the arcade game machine. Arcade games had always been developed through commodity technology; however, their advantage over the previous generations of home video game systems was their ability to allow the customization and usage of the latest sound and graphics chips, like the PC games available today.

The declines in the sales volume of arcade games mean that the approach was not cost-effective anymore. Moreover, by the late 90s and early 2000s, network gaming through computers and consoles across the Web also became popular, replacing the social atmosphere and head to head competition once exclusively provided by an arcade game machine.

To remain viable and visible in the gaming industry, arcades incorporated other elements to go together with video games such as merchandisers, redemption games, and food service. Now touted as family fun centers or amusement centers, some of the venerable chains such as Gatti’s Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese’s also changed and converted their business to this format.

Today, arcades have specialized in a niche in video games that use special controllers practically inaccessible to any home users. Because of this, arcades are now known to as socially-oriented hangout, offering games that focus more on individual performance instead of the game being played. Examples of popular genres played in an arcade game machine today are Dance Dance Revolution, DrumMania, Virtua Cop, Team Crisis, and House of the Dead.