In the German gaming magazine GameStar (issue 02/2002) Sid Meier's Civilization III was named as "Best Game in 2001" and "Best Strategy Game in 2001". Add
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Starve your population to happiness:
If people get unhappy, they stop working. When there are more unhappy people then happy people, the production of the city stops and eventually, after a few turns, the mob destroys buildings. To counteract this, you can transform workers into entertainer. Those entertainer, as well as scientists, don't "work" (as of creating shields and food).
So if a million people are unhappy, do what they want! Give them entertainment! They are happy even if no one produces food! They are happy even when the food storage depletes. They are happy when their friends and families perish away! As soon as enough unhappy people are dead, you can restore the city's worker assignments and continue as nothing happened.
This is also ideal for just conquered territory. Those people will hate you, but if you commit genocide there (using the above method), they will love you!
The game's initial advertising campaign featured Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln wrestling. This is a reference to a comment made by Brad Pitt after filming Fight Club about the two people he'd most like to see fight each other. Add
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You may notice that some of the original themes from previous Civ/Sid Meier games have made their way into Civ III. For example, the Middle Age music for Oriental Civilizations is the Chinese theme song and the Middle Age music for North American Civilizations is 'Tenochtitlan' from Colonization and Civ II. Add
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Sid Meier's Civilization III has won the following awards:
Strategy Game of the Year 2001, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
Game of the Year, 2001, Computer Games Magazine
Strategy Game of the Year, 2001, Computer Games Magazine
Reader's Choice, Single-Player Strategy Game of the Year, 2001, Gamespot.com
Editor's Choice, Best Single-Player Strategy Game of the Year, 2001, Gamespot.com
PC Strategy Game of the Year, 2001, Gamepen
PC Strategy Game of the Year, 2001, Gamespy.com
PC Strategy Game of the Year, 2001, Game Revolution
Because they didn't want to wait for Firaxis to release a German version of Civ 3, some German Fans started to translate the game. They were about halfway through when they were forced by Infogrames to stop distributing their translation. (Editor's note: Publisher Infogrames stopped the fan project with an injunction, citing copyright infringement. The reason was not so much ill will, but Infogrames' responsibility towards the game's developer Firaxis on the one hand and commercial aspects on the other -- Infogrames wants to sell its own localized version. As a sign of goodwill, Infogrames payed for the injunction's legal costs, so the fan project came away unharmed. -Chris) Add