Age of Empires is one of the very very few games I am absolutely obsessed with. I will play a four hour match and be ready to fire it up for the next one right after.
When I was corssing the border back to America I was with my friend Doug. He is 24 and is applying for grad school and is a Biotech engineer. He ended up talking about that game for about an hour comparing AoE to how he does experiments in labs. Of course he also talked about the game in general and the way he talked about it made me think very differently about video games coming from such a smart individual. He played the game arround 2001 and was telling me how on weekends him and his friends would have LAN parties. I was meaning to buy that game, but will probably pick it up during the Holiday Sale.