age-of-mythology

The reason why I got interested in Greek mythology was “Age of Mythology”, a computer game, which was created by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The game was first released on October 30, 2002 in North America; after that, it was also released in Europe. I was a really huge fan of real-time strategy computer games, especially because such games require the player to outsmart opponents with a cleverly developed tactical strategy. Efficient management of the building up process and mental skills are very important here. I do not have the physical copy of the game, but, today, it is possible for me to easily purchase the digital copy in the Internet. The game “Age of Mythology” brings so many joyous memories. Moreover, it got me interested in history and economics, among other subjects. I would recommend “Age of Mythology” to anyone who likes real time strategy games and the Greek mythology.

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The game was created by the developers of the “Age of Empires” series. The game offers diverse game modes and various settings in a full 3-D engine created by Ensemble Studios™. It was the company’s first 3-D real time strategy effort, meaning that until the game was released, Ensemble Studios™ only used 2-D engines. To be honest, I never thought that games could change one’s personality. However, this is exactly what happened to me, when I first picked up the game at the retail store. I immediately fell in love with the story (which is not the actual Greek history) and ancient Greek environment. Essentially, the game developed a fictitious story, but still managed to incorporate real elements of Greek culture, such as its gods from the ancient myths. After trying the game for the first time, I got intrigued about the gods such as Zeus, Ares, Apollo, Athena, Hades, and Poseidon. I was also drawn in by their respective powers and abilities.

Before playing the game, I knew very little about them and was not particularly interested in learning more about Greek history or history in general. As I continued to play the game, however, I wanted to know more about gods. I wanted to know how they came into this world and what kind of gods they were. I was more and more curious about the Greek mythology and history. Eventually, after only a few days of playing “Age of Mythology” I went out shopping for books about Greek gods, heroes, and myths. Furthermore, my interests expanded and I felt that I wanted to know more about other nations, their myths and histories. As a result, I started reading books about the ancient Roman civilization and about Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire.

Unfortunately, “Age of Mythology” is no longer supported by Ensemble Studios™. When Microsoft announced that it was going to shut down Ensemble Studios™ I was afraid that I would no longer be able to play the game. However, Microsoft also announced that it would continue selling the versions that had been released up to that point. However, it is unfortunate that no more installments will expand the “Age of Mythology” franchise. Despite of all this, the Ensemble Studios™ team made great contributions to the real time strategy genre with hits such as “Age of Empires” and “Age of Mythology” itself.

It has been ten years since the game was released, but it is still one of the best real time strategy games available in the market. Small children continue to enjoy fictional history with well-known gods such as Zeus, Ares, Athena, and Apollo. Furthermore, teenagers still have an opportunity to learn about various subjects, including economics. “Age of Mythology” brought me a lot of wonderful memories. Sometimes, even little things may affect you or even change your personality. Even though the game is no longer supported by Ensemble Studios™, it is still available for digital purchase online; physical copies are still circulating around websites such as eBay and Amazon.

 
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