This fact is that while a lot of people are having issues with the game, many more aren't. The mainstream user is less critical of Civ IV because of two simple reasons: 1. The mass-market consumer doesn't get into meta-game concepts like whether or not helicopter gunships should have the ability to re-base, or the irrelevency of naval combat. They consequently have less to complain about. 2. The majority of people that own Civ IV have had very little trouble installing and running the game. Yes, there are quite a few people on these boards with problems, but most of them came here to specifically complain and or get help with their issues. Many Civ IV players are completely unaware of these boards and have no interest in coming here. Game of The Year? If you have problems running it then obviously the answer, for you, is "No." For most others, it is "Yes."