For those of you have played Rise of Nations, maybe you'll understand this. Maybe you won't care. I hope you do. For those who haven't played it, you may find this more interesting.
I was playing Rise of Nations and I had a scary experience. I'm playing a nation against 7 other nations in a campaign of progression from the ancient age to the modern age. Everything was moving along peacefully and quietly, nice music in the background. About an hour had gone by and the fighting started when the first guns were invented in the game.
Small battles here and there went on and I hadn't realized that the game was set on free for all until I looked around the game map and saw everyone fighting everyone.
Where it got frightening was when it came around to the modern age. All 8 countries had made it to the modern age. Here you go (read this VERY quickly to feel what I felt):
I'm sitting here looking at my screen. I'm defending my border from one of my enemies. My well-armed infantry are lined up, shooting everything that comes within range. My tanks are on the side blowing the crap out of whatever they can. The enemy then gets blasted from behind by a nuclear missile from another nation. They scramble back and my army moves in. The general siren is blaring. The infantry shoot up the farmers. The tanks blow up everything. Bombers fly in and destroy anything. Troops are dying, people are screaming, things are exploding, bullets are flying.
And then I just froze. I paused the game, and I quit. It was scary. It was about as close to actual war as, I believe, it gets. Folks, if you ever want to get as close to first hand experience of what war is really like, play Rise of Nations in the modern age. I don't advise such a thing, however.
What do people think about this? What about people who have played Rise of Nations; what is your opinion on that? I find the game frightening that it makes a very god effort to depict a real war setting. It really does. The sound effects combined with the chaos of the speed of the game is incredible. And horrible.
Aug 31 2003, 7:06 pm