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1.
The ability of any game of the Civilization series to produce an addiction sufficient to warp spacetime around the player. Results in being tardy or accidently pulling a video game all-nighter.
Gamer Dude #1: "Well, I was playing Civilization 4 in the afternoon, and then, suddenly, it was the next morning!"

Gamer Dude #2: "Sounds like the Civilization affect, alright."
by Hengist December 30, 2005