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  • eric-frechette - July 16, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    A game about murdering or subjugating the people who disagree with you is here to save us all. At last!
  • MrGadget - July 15, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    "Back in the 70s, boffins predicted that we’d all have floating cars, robot sex slaves, and alien overlords by 1998. Hmm, didn’t quite work out like that." Not too far off...only missed the alien overload by 10 years.
  • mafyooz - July 15, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    I don't do a lot of gaming on PC but I'll definitely make an exception for this, I love Civ generally and the Alpha Centauri sequel was fantastic, and this looks even better
  • mothbanquet - July 15, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    Oh, and when talking about transgenics, let's try and keep in mind an academic discipline they tried out in the first half of the 20th century called 'eugenics'. Trying to create 'the perfect human race' was one of the driving forces behind the most catastrophic war in human history. So yeah...
  • Waldo - July 15, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    I am not sure about the definition of Transgenics, but I am sure they are just referring to weeding out genetic mutation at the DNA level. Not "breeding" perfect humans, but a cellular kind of vaccination. It would be a plus to never have to worry about whether your new born baby will be blind or mentally handicapped. Doesn't stuff like gene infusing already happen in horticulture? This is a heavy topic, man. Your probably right about most of this stuff being a pipe dream. The general shittiness of everyone else is a safe bet though, so maybe robot armies are plausible.
  • Doctalen - July 16, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    I've got not much to add to what you said except to strengthen your point about gene manipulation on plants and even animals. DNA manipulation is a lot more simple than the average person thinks. Hell like you said we've been breeding plants for millennium and done the same to dogs and other domesticated animals. Now actual gene splicing that's a little trickier since as far as I know we don't have a way to ensure our manipulations take effect 100% of the time. For example we can easily splice human genes into bacteria but depending on the DNA fragment size, the success ratio could be anywhere from 5% to 80%. Generally though the smaller the fragment the better the chances it takes effect.
  • mothbanquet - July 15, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Might as well title the article 'How Civ: Beyond Earth is as Likely to Happen as Half Life 3'. With politicians muddying priorities, existing fuel companies preserving their monopolies and the general shittiness of mostly everyone on earth towards everyone else, C:BE is naught but fantasy with slight trappings of reality, like Mass Effect or Star trek. Cool game though!

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