There is no doubt that there is substantial progress in technology. This obviously also applies to games, and includes empire management games. I can only wonder how such games will look like in 20-50 years. When I was thinking about it, I remembered a Stargate Atlantis episode. I do not remember the name of the episode, but it was about Shepherd and Rodney who were controlling two rival empires through an interface that looked like a computer. Those empires really existed and were located on a distant planet. Whatever orders were given by Shepherd or Rodney through the computer were in reality applied on the planet. The whole game was very realistic and that is what made it so appealing. Wouldn’t it be great if we would have such realistic games in the future? I think that we might have as the progress in technology is exponential, rather than linear. I am not saying that I would like to control the life of real people like Rodney did, however, I would like the game to be as realistic as possible. Games are already quite realistic, but I am sure that each year they will keep improving – just like it has been for the last two or three decades.