by matt pritchard

I had an experience in a local computer store recently that caused me to burst out laughing. I had stopped to self-indulgently admire the top-10 PC games display when I overheard the following exchange between two young men:

“What do you think about this one, AGE OF EMPIRES?” wondered the first.

His companion shot back, “Aww, the Borg at Microsoft just combined WARCRAFT and CIVILIZATION to cash in on these kind of games.”

Always eager to boost our sales, I took this opportunity to tell the young men how AOE wasn't the creative product of a giant corporation, but of a small group of talented people living right in their own backyard. For us, AGE OF EMPIRES was not only a game of epic proportions, it ...

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