Great moments in PC gaming: Making your base look nice in Age of Empires

DEC 27, 2021

Age of Empires is supposedly a strategy game. But sometimes it's just about building a really nice castle.

Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.

There's nothing more inconvenient than the enemy showing up with a big army when you haven't finished laying out your trade quarter yet. Yes, Age of Empires is technically a real-time strategy game. Technically, it's supposed to take about 30-60 minutes to finish a match and both sides should be trying to win. But from the first time I laid hands on the series right up until today, sometimes I'm not interested in that.

Sometimes I just want to build a pretty castle.

When I spawn in with a fresh town center and a handful of villagers at the start of each game, I feel a rush of excitement about how I'm going to transform the landscape. I look forward to every age up, as it will reflect the progress my people have made from humble wooden hovels up to cozy stone cottages, basking in the grandeur of industry expanding around them. I spend a lot of time thinking about what their tiny little lives are like down there, and small tweaks I could make to improve their day-to-day lives.

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