Civilization Trilogy

Civilization 4 – Age of Empire (2004)

Civilization 4 – Age of Empire (2004) is a game (mod of Civilization III by Sid Meyer and Firaxis) that creates a socio-economical model, mapping the processes, flows an differentiation in the market. Instead of building empires player is building IT companies and is learning the skills of New Economy. This model simulates activities of some of the world’s top IT corporations. The game displays the functioning of today’s IT complex machine in a most transparent way, including the role of military-entertaining complex, immaterial labor, pharmaceutical industry, net.economy, business espionage, surveillance mechanisms, sex/porn industry, terrorism, governmentality, schizophrenia.

The name of the game, Civilization IV is intentionally questioning the copyrighting of the word “Civilization” by Sid Meyers & Co. which should be common property for the whole of humanity. Civilization IV has been supported by Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco.