Gotta agree with the Op. 19 years of playing Civ and it's the first time that it has left me with no desire to play the latest iteration of Civ. Straying away from the original vision of Civ and the improvements that were subsequently made has been disastrous. Dumbing down a game for the mass market will not lead to good results. Hopefully this iteration of Civ will not sell better than cIV and they'll cut that crap out.