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AuthorSid Meier
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
Publication dateSeptember 8, 2020
Print length294 pages
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The life and career of the legendary developer celebrated as the "godfather of computer gaming" and creator of Civilization, featuring his rules of good game design.


"Sid Meier is a foundation of what gaming is for me today." — Phil Spencer, head of Xbox


Over his four-decade career, Sid Meier has produced some of the world's most popular video games, including Sid Meier's Civilization, which has sold more than 51 million units worldwide and accumulated more than one billion hours of play. Sid Meier's Memoir! is the story of an obsessive young computer enthusiast who helped launch a multibillion-dollar industry. Writing with warmth and ironic humor, Meier describes the genesis of his influential studio, MicroProse, founded in 1982 after a trip to a Las Vegas arcade, and recounts the development of landmark games, from vintage classics like Pirates! and Railroad Tycoon, to Civilization and beyond.


Articulating his philosophy that a video game should be "a series of interesting decisions," Meier also shares his perspective on the history of the industry, the psychology of gamers, and fascinating insights into the creative process, including his rules of good game design.


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I read the book. I enjoyed it. It's not going to win many awards, but if you've been playing the "Sid Meier's" games, then you'll probably find the book interesting. Beyond just talking about Civ games, the book gives some insight into what the computer game design world was like in the early days.
I bought the recent Civ pack on Humble (or Fanatical, can't remember) - it includes the complete (all DLCs) of Civ III, IV, V, and VI. Never played any of them. I don't think I have enough time, left in my life, to play all of them. LOL. I played the original Civ, back in the early 90's, and spent endless hours trying to beat Expert level.

I should read this book. How is Sid not stuck playing his own games??!! His advice is probably good for time management.
To this day (now in my 40s) I know the geography and cities of the Caribbean and Central America pretty well, all thanks to Pirates. I didn't enjoy the remakes of Pirates that much though. The NES 8-bit version is pretty much identical to the Apple II version if you want to give it a whirl via an emulator for the nostalgia.

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Does the AI cheat?
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Does the AI cheat?
Good old Civ 1 when you had enemy cities that you'd reduced to size 1 and the enemy's treasury was bare bones, yet said cities could magically crank out tanks or mechanized infantry in a turn or two? I spent many hours on that game as a teen and played every Civ thereafter. Enjoyed Pirates! too on the Apple II.
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I bought the recent Civ pack on Humble (or Fanatical, can't remember) - it includes the complete (all DLCs) of Civ III, IV, V, and VI. Never played any of them. I don't think I have enough time, left in my life, to play all of them. LOL. I played the original Civ, back in the early 90's, and spent endless hours trying to beat Expert level.

I should read this book. How is Sid not stuck playing his own games??!! His advice is probably good for time management.
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Good old Civ 1 when you had enemy cities that you'd reduced to size 1 and the enemy's treasury was bare bones, yet said cities could magically crank out tanks or mechanized infantry in a turn or two? I spent many hours on that game as a teen and played every Civ thereafter. Enjoyed Pirates! too on the Apple II.
I really enjoyed Pirates. I can't remember what platform I played it on, though. Probably the Apple II. Civ 2 is by far my favorite of the series. I played a lot of Civ 3 and a bit of Civ 5, but Civ 2 was the sweet spot for me. And it cheated.
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I really enjoyed Pirates. I can't remember what platform I played it on, though. Probably the Apple II. Civ 2 is by far my favorite of the series. I played a lot of Civ 3 and a bit of Civ 5, but Civ 2 was the sweet spot for me. And it cheated.
To this day (now in my 40s) I know the geography and cities of the Caribbean and Central America pretty well, all thanks to Pirates. I didn't enjoy the remakes of Pirates that much though. The NES 8-bit version is pretty much identical to the Apple II version if you want to give it a whirl via an emulator for the nostalgia.
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To this day (now in my 40s) I know the geography and cities of the Caribbean and Central America pretty well, all thanks to Pirates. I didn't enjoy the remakes of Pirates that much though. The NES 8-bit version is pretty much identical to the Apple II version if you want to give it a whirl via an emulator for the nostalgia.
I am right there with you on most accounts and Pirates was, and still is, an amazing game. I joked with someone in the past week that I didn't recognize an island in the Caribbean and that it was strange since I had sacked the entire area in my teenage years as a Pirate. ha!

Great memories and the early Sid days were amazing and Microprose created some innovative games - along with Origin! At least until both companies were destroyed by the likes of EA/Etc
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I really enjoyed Pirates. I can't remember what platform I played it on, though. Probably the Apple II. Civ 2 is by far my favorite of the series. I played a lot of Civ 3 and a bit of Civ 5, but Civ 2 was the sweet spot for me. And it cheated.
I have wasted large chunks of my life on civilization 2 and even keep a couple PCs around to run it on
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The only way I was ever able to beat CIV 1 on Emperor level was to use the map cheat and the turn cheat. But spent countless hours playing that game back in my teens.

Didn't really enjoy Civ 2 or 4 for the gameplay, but the animated wonder builds in 4 were pretty cool. Wish they carried those on. 5 and 6 have been ok.
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Interesting. Maybe....

Big civ fan, but I don't like 6. I'm still on 5 + Vox Populi. If you haven't tried that you're missing out. Pirates on the C64 and the PC remake were fun. Never got into Railroad Tycoon though.
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I played Pirates so much as a kid that I could find the buried treasure with the first piece of each map, every time. I hated accepting a mission that would then send me to Vera Cruz or Campeche because I would spend ten minutes fighting the wind. Now I look back at the graphics and WTF?
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Yeah ok I bought it. Read the first couple of chapters for free on Amazon. It hit me right in the 8-bit C64 balls of my youth. I'll read the rest later... I needed a summer book anyway.

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This brings back memories for me when I was a kid in the 80s playing on my C64 and then my home built PC in the 90s. I played quite a few games from MicroProse back in the day. I will have to check it out. Thanks OP!
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All these comments and none are on the actual product? I'd like to know if this book is well written and worth reading? I mean, I could wax poetic on all the nights I lost in the mid 90s playing Civ games but who really cares? 🥸
(I just read through a bunch of reviews and it sounds like a sort of bland book.)
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