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I've seen the term 4X game used to describe games, primarily strategy games.

What does this term mean?

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I wonder if this question should be tagged strategy based upon the answer? –  James Skemp Jun 18 '11 at 22:17
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According to Wikipedia:

4X games are a genre of strategy video game in which players control an empire and "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate".

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Microxxxxoft? :P –  badp Jul 16 '10 at 1:04
    
Awesome, thanks :) –  Alastair Pitts Jul 16 '10 at 2:38
    
Starcraft fits that definition even though it's not considered a 4X game. Maybe you should also reference 1.1 Difficulties in definition –  jSepia Jun 29 '11 at 9:27
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I thought 4X means winning conditions are based on any of the Xs (Civilization). In Starcraft you only win under one of those (exterminate) as far as I know. –  riv_rec Jun 29 '11 at 13:33
    
@spencer Master of Orion is considered a 4X game, yet you can't win solely by exploration. –  Jasarien Jun 29 '11 at 16:00
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