e58. Gaming an Empire

History does not look upon tyranny with favor. The Persian Empire, The Mongol Empire, the Roman Empire, The Qing Dynasty, The British Empire. In our modern contemporary moment we tend to think of all of these as affronts to freedom and democracy… and with good reason. That said, there are a surprising number of games with the basic concept of “try to take over the world.” And people love them. Katya and Hannah are joined by returning guests Josh Stroud and Chris Huebner to discuss the significance of empire in gaming. How does it function, why do we love it, what is its effect and what games challenge it? And how bad a thing is it anyway? Give it a listen and let us know your thoughts.

Note: This is an episode that initially had corrupted sound. It was corrected relatively quickly. But if you have static on the episode, delete it from your podcatcher and redownload. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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