I actually do. That's the thing though. In fact I specifically play a cultural expansionist basically burger empire
civilization every time I've got that option just because I'm so legitimately asperger symptom tier about it. I have wasted countless hours playing Starcraft leaving damaged buildings on life support for no other reason than to infest the whole map and watch my creep grow. I have specifically enjoyed playing Russia in Rise of Nations because not only I need more clay but it's gratifying watching all I touch get russified and decay.
I specifically play Galactic Civilizations in such manner as to grow my influence borders and swallow entire star systems whole.
That is part of why I point this out. Either I'm stupid or there's just something wrong with it in the way they're going about it. I've likewise not actually found any kind of decent guide on how to play them so far for whatever reason. I strongly suspect I am also doing something wrong but still.