Why are strategy games so popular on the internet? Well, not every individual will get the opportunity to command a group of villagers and plan the future of a local economy. Or, plan a military expedition to destroy and abolish the military installations of the anyway before they do the same to you. Even if people do get a chance to leave these lives, the risks involved make it an unenjoyable process.
On the other hand, strategy games help you plan your campaign and start it all over again if you happen to mess it up. Thousands of your army men can be slaughtered and you can restart the entire campaign by just a click of your mouse. Hence, strategy games are the closest you come to being a master strategist without any risks attached.
The Age of Empires was one of the first strategy games that brought the past to the computer screen. It led to numerous other games like Caesar and other such administrative games.
What makes the Age of Empires different is that it is a combination of civilian and military administration. The civilian part of the job involves a collection of wood, stone, gold and food. You will have to plan your crops, identify foraging sites, offshore fishing and deep sea fishing options. You will have to plan your installations in such a manner that you are never short of wood and other essential items.
Your military capacity is dependent on the level of raw materials you obtain. You also have the option of trading for different goods and products. Of course, all these advanced options will be available only after you complete certain levels and reach a specific age.
What makes this exercise a really fun is that you can plan your military conquests simultaneously. You can improve your armaments and move from plain old infantry with clubs to armored cavalry and crossbow man to take on your enemy.