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Sid Meier Interview
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In a recent GameDaily Biz interview, legendary game developer Sid Meier gave his insights on Civilization IV and gaming in general. Meier pulled out his crystal ball to predict future trends in the industry and discussed the current state of PC gaming.

BIZ: If you had never made Civilization and you went with the idea to a publisher in today's market, do you think it would get made?

SM: I would like to think that it had a chance today. It's in a genre that's had a fairly good reputation, the whole god game/building game, and I think turn-based is actually kind of making a comeback these days, on handhelds as well... And it's a game that you can put together fairly quickly in prototype form and you can have somebody play and hopefully get the idea.

So for a long time there's been that debate of "Are publishers too conservative? Are they stifling innovation?" And I think there's constant tension between publishers wanting to make the safer and perhaps a little less innovative game and the developers wanting unlimited budget and unlimited freedom to do whatever they want. And I don't think either approach is the right one; there's got to be a grown-up and a kid involved in all decisions [laughs]. So, yes I'd like to think that it would have a shot at being made today.

To read the entire interview head over to GameDaily Biz at the link below.

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