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I'm pretty sure there was a Voyager episode where Tom Paris (and another officer) were playing a real-time strategy game (like Age of Empires) but then they found out they are controlling actual dueling civilizations.

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    If I remember right (no guarantees) Blink of an Eye (Season 6) has a bit of that feel at some moments, where they watch a species evolve rapidly, and can watch the consequences of their choices. Sep 2, 2022 at 11:24
  • @JeopardyTempest that was a cool episode.
    – Bob
    Sep 13, 2022 at 19:47
  • Would you like to play a game?
    – FreeMan
    Jan 9 at 16:01

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I suspect you are getting Voyager confused with an episode of Stargate Atlantis.

The Season 3, Episode 15, The Game had the same premise, with McKay and Sheppard finding and playing what they believe to be a computer game left behind by the Ancients. Only to discover that they are actually sending commands to two different countries and civilisations on an actual planet, causing conflict between them.

From Wikipedia:

Major Lorne's team discovers a planet that fits the description of what Sheppard and McKay mistook as a video game they found in the Atlantis database. It turns out that, through a series of Ancient satellites above planet M4D-058, the game has been controlling real people, the People of Geldar and Hallona, who now stand on the brink of war and destruction.

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    Sounds like a bit of a rip off (or possibly an intentional homage) from Ender's Game... Sep 2, 2022 at 15:10
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    @DarrelHoffman Stargate has a lot of references to existing science fiction from clever allusions to outright parody. Sep 2, 2022 at 16:27
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    @DarrelHoffman imho it sounds nothing like Enders Game…
    – Moo
    Sep 3, 2022 at 2:24
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    Another thing that may have added to the confusion is that Robert Picardo was in SGA (though not in that particular episode). Sep 3, 2022 at 14:24
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    @Arthur if you go broad enough, anything matches anything else. In Voyagers case theres no purposeful intent to deceive the main character, no conflict between humanity and aliens, no Battle School, no “miracle leader”, no magic weapon, no psychic contact with another alien species…. For me there was much more of a likeness to stories about ancient Greek or Roman Gods manipulating humanity, including the visual aspects used.
    – Moo
    Sep 3, 2022 at 15:05

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