June 23rd, 2004


Old Skool (oooh).

One of the zillions of TV channels we now have seems to be dedicated to dance music, and the current program is called "Old Skool Anthems". Currently taking me back to around the time I first realised that electronic beats and noises were just as valid as music from heavily distorted electric guitars/drums/bass/tortured vocals. There was "Move Any Mountain", by The Shamen, there was "It's A Fine Day", by Opus III, and there's ... see Current Music.

(and of course, remembering the music reminds of what I was doing at the time ... yup, life's a lot better these days :-) )
  • Current Music
    S'Express - Theme from S'Express

Oh. My. Goodness.

I have played games in the "Civilization" family for a number of years now - Civilizations 1, II & 3, Civ:Call To Power, Alpha Centauri (+ Alien Crossfire). I've spent many an hour playing those games, and have emerged from the computer room to find dawn breaking outside far too often for my own good.
I've been aware that many people play multiplayer games of Civ & variants, either "live" over a LAN or the Net, or via e-mail ("PBEM") or otherwise. However, I just read ( here on Kuro5hin ) about an idea that boggled and excited me all at the same time - "democratic Civilization".

In this case, it's Civilization 3 (the solo version), played by a large team of people acting as a democratic government, including a Constitution and elections and all that.
But there's more, the "Intersite Democracy Game" (ISDG) is playing multiplayer Civ 3, with different teams controlling each nation in the same democratic fashion.
It all sounds like a really neat idea, although if normal Civ is time-consuming, this version must be far more so (from the article, it has taken about 6 months to do 100 turns of ISDG so far).

Oh well, if you're a Civ fan and have nothing better to do for the next year or so, why not go join a game ? :-)
  • Current Music
    Various techno stuff on TV