In Pictures: Silicon Valley's tech culture - 'We just want to be alone'

From a distance, Silicon Valley may look like a center for technical innovation. But it's more than that. Look closer and you'll find a home for social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who dream of fleeing society entirely and building their own tech-utopias.

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Didn't We See This in a Computer Game? Among Silicon Valley techies, one of the most popular and time-honored PC games is Sid Meier's Civilization. The goal of the game is – surprise! – to create an empire that stands the test of time. Using exploration, warfare and diplomacy, players decide on how to build a civilization. The latest version, Civilization V: Brave New World, was released earlier this year. There's just no better way to build your virtual utopia.

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