(tl;dr version: No patch! Me mad. Me go on rant now.) I got some other games, so I wasn't playing Civ IV much for the past six months. After seeing some news on Spore, I remembered about civfanatics and decided to check out what was going on and maybe re-install the game so I could see how the latest patch plays out. Imagine my surprise when I find out that Firaxis decided to abandon its flagship game again, for the second time in a row. I had serious reservations about buying Civ 4, because C3C was such a unplayable mess by the last patch. I figured, "Well, maybe that was just a one-time thing. They wouldn't do that again, not when gamers have such a long memory." Well, I was wrong. Granted, Civ 4 is still quite playable in its final patch, as opposed to C3C, but why can't they just fix the stupid game? It's unprofessional, and I can't understand why they're not deeply shamed and embarrassed by the state of the game. We're talking about something that takes two minutes to find and fix. I knew what the problem was as soon as I downloaded and played my first 3.13 game. I was about to release an unofficial patch when I saw that Bhruic had already done so (bravo to you, sir). But Firaxis can't give their flagship game another five minutes of attention? That's sad, man. Really, really sad. "Just download the unofficial patch," I hear you say. Yeah, well, good luck with playing multiplayer games when you've got unofficial patches installed on your system. Good luck even finding out about the existence of such unofficial patches, without already being a hardcore gamer! Most gamers, like my girlfriend, aren't going to sign up to an unofficial forum and download an unofficial patch. They'll use the in-game update tool, then assume the game has been abandoned by the developers (which it has been). It seems to me that Brian Reynalds was the true heart of Firaxis, because this kind of crap never happened when he was there. Screw Sid Meier and Firaxis; I'll buy an EA game before I ever touch another Firaxis game. And I'll let everyone else around me know that, too. When Firaxis goes bankrupt -- as they must -- I'll laugh at them. A dumbed-down, cutesy version of Civilization will go over as well as a dumbed-down, cutesy version of SimCity. Mark my words... these are the end-times for Firaxis and the Civilization franchise.