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The PC version of Civilisation
appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
by General Editor Tony Mott.
The game was partially inspired by the Avalon Hill boardgame Civilization
and later Advanced Civilization
. When Sid Meier
's version became so popular, Avalon Hill actually came out with Advanced Civilization
for the PC. Avalon Hill then sued Hasbro/MicroProse for copyright infringement. Activision got involved as they want to license the Avalon Hill version for their Civilization: Call to Power
. MicroProse then went on, with Hasbro's help, to buy out the original inventors of the Avalon Hill's version, thus negating the suit. Finally they settled out of court. Activision gets the license to make Call to Power
, MicroProse keeps the computer game name Civilization
, and Avalon Hill gets nothing.
Coming full circle from its apocryphal roots in the 1980 Hartland Trefoil / Avalon Hill boardgame Civilization
, 2002 saw the release of Sid Meier's Civilization: the Boardgame
, creator of the M.U.L.E.
, wanted to follow this game up with a computer port of the Avalon Hill board game Civilization
. Unable to drum up enough support from his Ozark colleagues, he instead went on to create Seven Cities of Gold
. After leaving Electronic Arts in 1988, Bunten signs a deal with Microprose and has a choice between the Civilization port and a conversion of Milton Bradley's Axis and Allies
. Fellow Microprosian Sid Meier convinces him to tackle the latter, which becomes Bunten's Command H.Q.
. Meier, of course, goes on to make Civ.
Gandhi and nukes
In Sid Meier's Civilization
, each leader has their own statistics that define their personality towards others. Once a player researches and adopts democracy in the game, all leaders would have their aggression stat towards the newly-democratic player reduced by 2. However, India's leader Mahatma Gandhi already had that stat set to 1 by default, and the effect of democracy caused an integer overflow - it would have theoretically gone to -1, but the stat apparently used the unsigned tinyint format for its value, setting Gandhi's aggression to 255 and having him threaten players with nuclear weapons. This bug has since become a running joke among the fans and in the Civilization
series itself, going as far as setting his nuke production and usage stats in Sid Meier's Civilization V
very high (to the value of 12).
Although clearly inspired in part by Avalon Hill's Civilization
boardgame, Sid Meier's Civilization
also draws very heavily upon the original conquer-the-world computer strategy game Empire: Wargame of the Century
The lines of text shown in the intro cinematic/animation are read from a plain text file in the game's directory, and thus can be easily modified.
References to the game
Strangely enough, but in Sliver
, a thriller movie with Sharon Stone
, William Baldwin
and Tom Berenger
, you can spot a poster on the wall to secret room of the bad guy in the movie, a close up of the front cover of Sid Meier's Civilization
game. It is hardly noticeable as it appears for a split second.
An orchestral version of the game soundtrack was released on the CD-ROM (as audio tracks) of Sid Meier's CivNet in 1995.
Sid Meier's Civilization
was one of the first games to have a paperback strategy guide released for it: Alan Emrich
and Johnny Wilson
's Rome on 640K a Day
Information also contributed by
- Amiga Joker
- Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
- Issue 02/1993 – Best Simulation of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1992 (Issue #100) – Overall Game of the Year
- August 1993 (Issue #109) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #1 overall in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
- March 2001 (Issue #200) - #1 in the "Top Ten Games of All Time" list (Editors' vote)
- March 2001 (Issue #200) - #7 in the "Top Ten Games of All Time" list (Readers' vote)
- Game Informer
- August 2001 (Issue 100) - #62 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
- 2001 – #4 Top Game of All Time
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #1 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- PC Gamer
- April 2000 - #11 overall in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll (the oldest game to make the list)
- Retro Gamer
- October 2004 (Issue #9) – #29 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)