Fascinating facts about Sid Meier inventor
of Computer Strategy Gaming
Sid Meier (born Sidney K.
1954 in Detroit,
The legendary Sid Meier,
FIRAXIS Director of Creative Development, is known around the world as "The
Father of Computer Gaming." In 1999, Sid was the second person ever inducted
into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science's Hall of Fame, and in
2002, he was honored with an induction into the Computer Museum of America's
Hall of Fame. Sid and his games have been recognized with virtually
every major award in the gaming industry.
Just a glance at his career reveals a series of "firsts." In 1982, Sid
co-founded MicroProse Software and created one of the very first combat
flight simulators, F-15 Strike Eagle, a title that sold well over one
million units worldwide. He continued to create thought-provoking,
innovative titles such as Silent Service, a submarine simulation and the
breakthrough Pirates!, a unique blend of historical simulation, arcade
action, strategy, and role-playing. By introducing strategy into flight
simulation with F-19 Stealth Fighter, he created one of the most popular
flight sims ever.
With addictive strategy games like Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon and
Civilization®, Sid ushered a new genre of "God Games" into computer gaming.
Civilization, one of the best known series in the industry (with worldwide
sales of over 5 million units), was recently honored as the number one best
game of all-time by Computer Gaming World magazine. These hallmark games are
still revered as the greatest computer games ever made, firmly planting
computer gaming on the map forever.
Director of Creative Development at FIRAXIS, Sid continues to deliver the
most heralded gameplay on the planet and is still recognized by industry
experts such as PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, Gamespot, and Gamespy as
one of the industry's "Game Gods," taking game development to new heights.
Through Sid's tutelage, FIRAXIS continues to carry forth the long and
enduring tradition of creating incredibly fun, compelling hits such as Sid
Meier's Gettysburg!, Alpha Centauri, Civilization III, and SimGolf. In 2004,
FIRAXIS and Sid will delight gaming fans around the globe with a new version
of the genre-busting, groundbreaking classic, Sid Meier's Pirates!
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As Director of Creative Development at FIRAXIS, Sid
Meier continues to deliver the most heralded gameplay on the planet and is
still recognized by industry experts such as PC Gamer, Computer Gaming
World, Gamespot, and Gamespy as one of the industry's "Game Gods," taking
game development to new heights.
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Interview with Sid Meier about The "New" Pirates game.
Interview with Sid Meier
Join us for a tour of Sid Meier's games, from
the early obscure titles to the well-known classics. We'll even peek into
some corners that Sid himself would probably wish would stay hidden, but
that's half the fun, especially when we hear it from Sid himself.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
Sid Meier was inducted into the Academy Hall of Fame in 1999 for his
pioneering work in computer game design.
WHERE TO FIND:
Sid Meier's Civilization IV Special Edition
PC Game / by 2K Games / ASIN: B000BI4GP6 / Item no. 710425217128 / Less than
With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans
and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of
the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis
Games take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding
new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization,
all-new easy-to-use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and
options. Civilization IV comes to life like never before in a beautifully
detailed, living 3D world that elevates the gameplay experience to a whole
new level. Sid Meier's Civilization IV has already been heralded as one of
the top games of 2005, and a must-have for gamers around the globe!
Sid Meier's Pirates!
PC Software / Atari / B00029QR8I / Less than $50.00
The 1987 cross-genre classic returns with an all-new story, a new engine,
updated gameplay, and 3-D graphics. Now Sid Meier and Firaxis Games to bring
this pioneering action-adventure game into the 21st century.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Sid Meier said that SimCity, Empire, Railroad Tycoon, and the Civilization
board game were the different ingredients that he stirred together to get to
the Civilization PC game.
- Sid Meier's
likeness is used in Sid Meier's Civilization and Sid Meier's
Civilization III for the game's science advisor.
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