Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

PC / Strategy / Release: Jan 31, 1999 / ESRB: U

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Why Sid Meier's name is on his games

Why Sid Meier's name is on his games

Sid Meier's name is well known in gaming circles for the addicting "just one more turn" mentality associated with his strategy games. Of course, there is never any mistaking what his games are because his name is usually in the game's title.

It can't be because of ego, as colleagues say Meier is a very soft-spoken, unassuming man. "In the [13] years and all the people I've worked with at Firaxis," said designer Jake Solomon, "there has never been anyone who's had a personality issue with Sid, 'cause it's not possible. He's such a wonderful person."

So just how did it happen that the brilliant strategy designer's games get that title treatment? It started in Meier's days at MicroProse with partner Bill Stealey, as Meier was pitching the idea for a pirate game.

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GOG adds free Wing Commander, Alpha Centauri expansions

GOG adds free Wing Commander, Alpha Centauri expansions

As GOG has unearthed and re-released vintage video games from EA's catalogue, the digital distributor has come up short a few expansion packs. Ever the kind soul, it has now secured a few more, for Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Wing Commander 1 and 2, and Wing Commander Privateer, and given them to free to people who've already bought the games on GOG. A merry Winterval to one and all!

Read more: All games on sale for $3 too »

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Alpha Centauri, Crusader: No Remorse hit GOG

Alpha Centauri, Crusader: No Remorse hit GOG

Digital distributor Good Old Games has rolled out the second round of releases from to release to the Electronic Arts back-catalogue, launching the wonderful, wonderful Crusader: No Remorse and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri at $5.99 each.

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Classic EA games added to GOG library

Classic EA games added to GOG library

Classic game connoisseurs will undoubtedly appreciate Good Old Games' latest announcement. Starting today, the digital distribution service will be releasing more than 25 games from EA's catalog, with Wing Commander: Privateer, Dungeon Keeper and Ultima Underworld 1+2 being the first games out of the gate. All three are available for $5.99 each.

Other games to get GOG's "revival treatment" include Crusader: No Remorse, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and Magic Carpet. These games will be available by the end of June, with future titles planned for the coming months. Read more »

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