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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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Sid Meier Talks Civilization
8:01 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Shacknews has posted a new interview with legendary game designer Sid Meier, creator of popular titles such as the Civilization series. The interview covers a variety of topics including Meier's early years, the state of console and PC gaming, and the social impact of games.

Shack: Do you ever wonder about the social effects your games have on society as it pertains to the individual?

Sid Meier: I'm just a guy making games so people can have fun. If there is some kind of social effect from my games it's interesting to note, but it doesn't drive my game design decisions. I do receive lots of letters and emails from folks telling me how some of my games like Civilization for instance, have effected their lives -- everything from helping them to ace a history course in high school (which is good) to causing them to become so addicted to playing that their wife left them (which is probably not so good).

Shack: Putting aside your various accolades, what do you feel is your greatest accomplishment in the gaming industry? It can be a game, a feature, whatever.

Sid Meier: Someone recently asked me in an interview what I think my epitaph should read. After some thought I responded: "Creator of Civilization." Civ has taken on a life of its own and it's thrilling to see how many people, from all walks of life, find enjoyment playing the game. We made the original game because it was a compelling topic (all of human history) and offered so many possibilities. And that still holds true today. It seems as though there's a never ending stream of cool ideas to bring to the Civ series--ideas that come from our team at Firaxis and the very bright and innovative Civ community.

The full interview can be read at the site listed below.

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