Nikhil Murthy's Syphilisation

Entrant 2021

Why Not Games


Syphilisation is a post-colonial 4X game built to eXplore the idea of what a 4X can be when built from a foundation that doesn't assume nationalism and imperialism. The winner-take-all ethos of current 4X games is unrealistic and by building a game with a different perspective, I hope to open up new space in what these games can say.

In this game, you play as a student doing a group report to highlight how we expect people to be more ethical than nations. You write about Gandhi, Churchill and the Raj so that you can understand the weight of the decisions and the complexity of the people. This is a game that wants you to think about what 4Xs are and what they can be.