Sarcastro, you beat me to it, but, you are right - that is the point I was trying to make - that a game should be playable out of the box. To expect the average consumer to have to go to such extremes as writing their own video driver, or tweaking their registry to get your product to work properly is a bit farfetched. I realize this is a side-issue to the focus of this thread, and my apologies. The problems many people are having are with decent pieces of hardware - not old crappy stuff that the average Joe would have replaced. So, is the combat system working as Firaxis says it is? Hard to say, but it makes it easier to question if it is when they shipped a game with several other problems. I am not one of those who think that there are far too many hardware platforms out there to expect that software companies just won't be able to make their product 'good' enough to play on all (or most) of them. Blizzard is an example of a company that does this on a consistent basis - so I know it can be done. When problems come up like what Firaxis is seeing with CivIII that tells me that they didn't do all their homework and were more concerned about meeting their ship date, than the quality of their product - shame.