"You Have Unleashed a Horde of Barbarians!": Fighting Indians, Playing Games, Forming Disciplines

“[T]he Civilization series is infused with an American ideology that is comforting insofar as it justifies genocidal practices and the stealing of land by positing an empty virgin continent….Among other ideological effects, Civilization III makes inevitable, natural and universal several Western-centered ideas of technological progress, the use of the land, and the opposition between ‘civilization’ and ‘savagery.’ In this way, historical specificity is forgotten, and the game reinforces the sense…