One of the things stopping me from writing up what I think about Civilization V is that I cannot find my 1996 Civilization II disc.
Civ II is still my gold standard for Civ games. I played the original Civilization back in the day, but once I picked up Civ II, I never went back. Civ II was clearly superior in every way over its predecessor.
Not so the games that followed however. Alpha Centauri was very good. I played a lot of that. But I never liked the fact it wanted to be played full screen rather than in a window and I was never big on the alien landscape. So eventually I went back to playing Civ II.
Civilization III had merit, but it never really clicked with me. There were features I liked about the game certainly, but I never found it as satisfying. I went back to playing Civ II.
Likewise, Civilization IV. Civ IV is probably the version I have played the least. I went almost straight back to playing Civ II.
And then last year came Civilization V. Civ V felt to me, after all these years, like it got back to some essence of what made Civ II such a good game. But to really put my finger on what it is, I want to go back and play Civ II.
Only I cannot find my disc, which is where I started this post.
I did find my copy of the Mac version of the game. But that doesn’t do me any good, as I would need to drag my old PowerMac 8500 (with the G3 processor upgrade card) out of the closet to play, and I am not that interested in playing. (Plus I am not sure where the ADB keyboard and mouse have gotten to. That keyboard turned 25 years old this year!)
Somewhere around the house there is at least one, possibly two, Windows copies of the game. I can dig around in my office some more I suppose.
But ideally though, Civ II would just be available on Gog.com for $9.99. That is where I got my current copy of Alpha Centauri. (Which is what reminded me of the whole “must run full screen” thing.)
My second choice would be to find it available on Steam. As much as I still resent having to have internet access in order to play a single player game (so Steam has taken the sting out of that Diablo III reality), it is mighty damn convenient. But while they have Civ III, IV, and V available, Civ II is nowhere to be seen.
This leaves me with physical means, finding another disc for sale somewhere. Not an impossible task, but it means I cannot have it RIGHT NOW!
I guess this is a sign that I have accepted digital distribution.
And while I am thrashing around on this, maybe I should take a look at FreeCiv, which looks very Civ II-like. And I can download it.