Oh... my... God... I'll just... No. NO. Remember when you could sit in your house on the sofa playing Beat'em ups with your friends on your Nintendo or Sega Genesis? Remember GoldenEye? Remember the fun? Now in this day and age, even console multiplayer games try to screw us over by making it impossible to coop on the same machine, in many games. Like GTA IV on consoles. Why the hell didn't they try to make a couch-coop mode seriously... Enforcing the multi-copies to make more money oh yeaaaah. Can only play the arena mode in multiplayer on Hunter Monster Tri on the Wii, main game multiplayer can only be played through multiple copies, on different TV sets... Probably different houses too. Game companies, helping us sitting alone in our living room since 2002. You can bring up maybe "oh it's because the game can't run two screens, heavy computing load you know", well that's bull, because there ARE (thankfully) rare examples where they worked to insert a couch-same-room multiplayer (ex: console Left 4 Dead). Don't encourage this trend please. Look at Warcraft 2 and old PC games, they even had "spawn" installations to ensure that you could play multiplayer games with 1 copy Some companies still try to help us here. Sacred 2 for instance had the capability to have 2 PCs playing together with one copy, a game that came out in 2009 I believe. But that's still an arbitrary 2 machines limit. I don't understand a customer who goes out and says "You know how good you used to treat us? Well I forgot about that and here, I bend over for you, I don't care anymore since I'm an adult and make money". Anyway, if Civ is the only game you ever play I would understand maaaaaybe that you wouldn't mind buying two copies of a game (which isn't an OS that you constantly need to use a computer, jaysus what a crap comparison). But if you're really into games and buy a lot of them (I buy several every month), having to buy 2 copies of a game that arbitrarily decide you can't play LAN until you do so, well that's just ... No.