The Civilization 5: Brave New World expansion puts new focus on tourism and culture, including a new Cultural victory that lets you besiege other civs with just how cool you are with all the works of your new artists and composers. A new trailer goes into a bit more detail, including how the masterpieces will bring in the tourists.
An interesting aspect of the video talking about the discovery of archaeology mid-game. Players can discover artifacts from events earlier in the game, giving your civilization more culture and increasing tourism.
Ha. I got addicted to Civ II many moons ago, although I kind of sucked at it; I was kind of more interested in fiddling with the different cultural trajectories and also “discovering” things in the order in which they first made an appearance in archaeological reality than in developing my civilization and winning (I did it once or twice, I think). “Wait, you have to develop ceramics before iron!” And I almost always used the ‘real’ world instead of a random one. Still, I always thought it was a fascinating game and would probably make a good introduction to the history of civilization for youngsters. I wonder if any teachers have ever used it as an instructional tool? You know, play the game, make a report on what you did, and then compare the game world with what’s known historically. IIRC, there’s some written material within the game that you can learn more about what it is you’ve just “discovered”, like an explanation of what pottery did in terms of food storage and cooking and such.
I like it though. I recall that was the first time I really understood viscerally why Vikings may have reached the New Word but never retained a foothold there when my (Roman, I think) explorers landed there and were immediately wiped out by some Aztecs or something. “Hey, a small group of settlers could easily be wiped out by an already-present group of people with an entire culture to back them up”.