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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.

Read more: Robin Williams suggested it »

"actually it was 2 console games the other console civilization was for the super Nintendo which ..."
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Sid Meier wary of crowdfunding hampering games' design flexibility

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Sid Meier wary of crowdfunding hampering games' design flexibility

Crowdfunding may be a fine way to raise money, but what if your vision for the game changes over the course of development? It's a sticky situation, luminary designer Sid Meier has said. Things are of course a bit easier when your name alone is enough to sell games, but he's pretty happy having a publisher handle the boring work for him.

Read more: "I think you kind of lock yourself into a lot of ideas early" »

"People crowdfund your game because they like the vision you have, not whatever you decide to ..."
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Mobile review: Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

Mobile review: Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

Firaxis and 2K Games have been busy with Apple's iOS platform. On top of Haunted Hollow, the studio behind XCOM: Enemy Unknown has released another free-to-play game for Apple's mobile devices. This one comes from Sid Meier and ventures to the days of World War I. Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is a turn-based strategy game that mixes in enough RPG elements to make you want to fly beyond the free-to-play horizon.

Read more: In-app purchases only mildly annoying »

"(As in, it was not really intended. You can define what hardware features the app requires and ..."
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Sid Meier's Ace Patrol launches, new trailer debuts

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol launches, new trailer debuts

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is now available on the iOS App Store, and Firaxis has produced a trailer to show off the game in action. The newsreel presentation shows off a few glimpses of the strategic movements, in-air combat, and upgrades available.

Watch: High-flying combat »

"forgot about this! really anxious to check it out, just hope the "freemium" BS is kept to a minimum"
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Sid Meier's Ace Patrol coming to iOS on May 9

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Sid Meier's Ace Patrol coming to iOS on May 9

Firaxis Games already has one original iOS game in the works, but the popular strategy developer is releasing a new game with Sid Meier's name attached and it is hitting the App Store next week, publisher 2K Games announced announced today.

Read more: Free-to-play on May 9 »

"wow..had no idea this existed. i guess it plays kinda like w40k?"
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Sid Meier explains how to approach tablet and mobile game development

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Sid Meier explains how to approach tablet and mobile game development

Sid Meier has been in the industry for years, long enough to see new trends rise and fade. How does the luminary plan on approaching tablet and mobile games?

"Essentially, I think we would not approach [mobile/tablet gaming] differently," Meier said. "I think we would imagine, what would be a game we would like to play, on this platform with this technology, and then make that game."

Read more: Mobile brings new possibilities 'waiting to be explored' »

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Civilization World public beta launches

Civilization World public beta launches

The long-awaited, web-based version of the critically and commercially successful Civilization franchise is now available in a public beta beginning today. Sid Meier's Civilization World takes the franchise to the 'free to play' realm on the growing platform of Facebook social gaming.

The social version of the Civilization strategy franchise was first announced in 2009 under the name Civilization Network, before being renamed Civilization World in early 2011. Read more »

"CivWorld is actually pretty good about that. The only time it asks you if you want to post stuff ..."
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Original Civilization Could Have Been Quite Different

Related Topics – Civilization, Sid Meier, GDC 2010

In his keynote address at GDC 2010, Sid Meier discussed a few prototype designs for the original Civilization. If these had made it into the final game, the series--and gaming history as we know it--might be very different from what we know and love.

Originally, Meier designed Civ as a real-time game. Taking inspiration from SimCity, he wanted to have a player's civilization grow around them. In actuality, players became observers. The mantra was "it's good to be king," but this wasn't coming across in real-time. Then, the game switched to a turn-based design and the "lights flicked on". Read more »

"The random tech tree in SMAC was amazing. Are there any mods for Civ IV that add this back in? ..."
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GDC 08: Sid Meier on Civilization, Portal, and Dinosaurs

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"It's kinda a golden age of gaming. We're seeing some great games out there."

But after rifling through a half dozen titles he's played recently--including Advance Wars, Mercenaries, and Halo--Sid Meier, legendary Firaxis designer, admitted that he has yet to play Valve's Portal. Read more »

"It's nice to see a dev who still has his heart in the right place and is all about making games ..."
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Ninja Gaiden Black, Pirates!, Black on XBLM Feb. 11

The original Xbox editions of Team Ninja's action-slasher Ninja Gaiden Black, Firaxis Games' swashbuckling simulator Sid Meier's Pirates!, and Criterion Games' first-person shooter Black will be available for download from the Xbox Live Marketplace beginning Monday, February 11.

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"Downloadable versions of original XBox games have the same glitches, if any, that the actual ..."
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Sid Meier Q&A

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GamersGlobal has posted a Sid Meier Q&A, asking the designer about his past, present and future.

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Civilization Revolution DS Shots Show Gandhi, Ninjas

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2K Games has released the first screenshots of Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution for the Nintendo DS, which depict turn-based strategy goodness along with Gandhi and ninjas.

Developed by Firaxis Games, the Civilization Revolution will be televised on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS this spring. Though previously announced, the Wii version has been placed on indefinite hold. Read more »

"Yeah, I like the fact that this looks high quality 2dish, rather than washed out 3dish."
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Civilization Revolution Postponed on Wii

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The Wii version of Firaxis Games' Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution has been delayed indefinitely, according to publisher 2K Games.

"Development for the Wii version of Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is currently on hold," 2K Games told IGN. "We are focusing our attention on creating the best possible Civilization experience for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS platforms." Read more »

"Not at all, they're leading lots of horses to the water. It just seems the horses aren't very ..."
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Name a Pirates of the Burning Sea NPC for the Shack

It turns out I was one of the winners in a contest to name an NPC in Flying Labs' just-released swashbuckling MMO, Pirates of the Burning Sea, the game our own Nick Breckon described as "Sid Meier crossed with World of Warcraft."

Rather than simply submit the first name that came to my mind, I decided to open up the creative floodgates of the Shack community. Go ahead and post your ideas in the comments--something Shack-themed would be appropriate, but be warned that offensive or explicit names are unlikely to be accepted by publisher Sony Online Entertainment. Here are the guidelines that were sent to me: Read more »

"that shot with the Maarten Goldstein nameplate made me laugh more than anything. so i'd ..."
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Sweepstakes: Your Favorite Civilization

Related Topics – 2K Games, Sid Meier, Contests

Sid Meier's Civilization is a long running PC classic currently being adapted for a new multiplatform style, and the progenitor of its own genre. One of the notable features of these games was picking your favorite civilization, be it for its leader, its cultural strengths, its special units, or just just the way they happen to talk. Well, we thought maybe we could have a little contest around here courtesy of a certain wonderful community manager over at 2K Games.

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"Almost perfect, minus the Emo part which wasn't really fitting although it was funny."
- razorblade79    See all 34 comments

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