|Humans were happily hunting and gathering for 500,000 years (40,000 years if you count purely verified homosapiens) before someone decided to try farming. Farming, how hard is that? Yet it didn't occur to people for tens of thousands of years. |
The problem in the GalCiv universe wasn't that they didn't think of Hyperspace but rather had not thought of full-fusion power.
Actually, farming was initiated right after the last ice age, when glaciars retreated and therefore made terrain viable for farming - and climate improvements helped too of course
I find it difficult to believe that for almost 100,000 years 2 space-faring civs, which had already sent probes to other star systems (can't think of what kind of propulsion those probes have too...), couldn't think of fusion which is right on their faces - their systems have suns too, right? Humans didn't need the internet or advanced communications systems to "find" fusion.
The game looks good, but the story is very weak IMO. All of it is supported by the Humans inventing the HyperDrive, which is really very lame. The Drengin making those 2 ludicrous 70,000 and 50,000 year trips (vs the Torians and the Arceans) just makes it even more of a stretch. Also, including time travel in a story is always the best way to shoot yourself on the foot, and begs to ask why didn't the Thalans eliminate the Humans right from the emergence of the race - Duh!
In game terms, there's a few details related to the races that are awkward if you think about them, like a synthetic race caring about happiness and taxes? Tourism during times of war? Insect-like beings able to pilot, let alone build starships (or computers for that matter)?
But like I said, the game looks good. The story, even though flawed, is a good read.