We’ve lengthy recognized Elon Musk is an enormous fan of civilization. In any case, shortly after founding SpaceX in 2002 he instructed table4 one of many causes he was entering into the area sport was to do his half to make humanity a multi-planet species.
However as we discovered from his Ask Me Something question-and-answer session Jan. 5 on the web site Reddit.com, Musk can also be an enormous fan of the online game Civilization, the Sid Meier turn-based technique sequence that after 20 years and 5 main updates lastly slipped gravity’s surly bonds late final yr with Civilization: Past Earth.
“Exhausting to select a favourite,” he stated through the Q&A. “I have a tendency to love [first-person shooters] with a narrative, like Bioshock, Fallout or Mass Impact, however was additionally an enormous fan of Civ and Warcraft.”
Fallout 3 takes place 200 years after competitors over dwindling petroleum reserves culminates in a nuclear struggle between the U.S. and China.
Because the Washington Put up’s The Change weblog identified in its self-described over-analysis of Musk’s online game queue, two of his favorites — Fallout and Bioshock — happen in darkish, post-apocalyptic worlds that say “lots about his enterprise ambitions”:
Concern of fossil fuel-driven local weather change could lead on one to wish to spend money on electrical vehicles. Concern for all the way forward for the Earth may assist make colonizing Mars look like an pressing precedence.
Within the spirit of overanalyzing, it’s price noting Musk used the previous tense when mentioning his love of Civilization and Warcraft.
This implies two issues:
1. Except he received round to it over the vacations, Past Earth should wait till after SpaceX convinces the Air Power to certify Falcon 9 to hold army payloads (then once more, he may nonetheless have some time to attend).
2. Extra importantly, this additionally means that when he says he was an enormous fan of Warcraft, he was speaking in regards to the real-time technique sport that got here out in 1994 and never World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer on-line position taking part in sport that got here out in 2004. Musk, presumably, was too busy by then constructing a rocket in actual life to go traipsing throughout Azeroth in any respect hours of the evening.
And whereas we have been shocked to study that between operating SpaceX and Tesla, Musk finds time for any sport extra concerned than Sweet Crush or Flappy Chook, we apparently weren’t paying shut sufficient consideration.
When Forbes despatched a reporter to Musk’s Bel Air, California, mansions to interview him for a 2012 profile, he spent 90 minutes with the reporter in his basement man cave displaying her play Bioshock — “an Ayn Rand–esque first-person shooter epic.”
“It talks about Hegelian dialectics being the issues that decide the course of historical past,” Musk explains, his eyes fastened on the display screen. “They’re form of competing philosophies or competing meme units, and you’ll have a look at trendy historical past the place it’s not a lot genetics going into battle as a battle of meme buildings.”
Sure, he talks like that. Whereas he’s taking part in video video games.
The most recent installment within the Bioshock sequence is ready in another turn-of-the-century America.