I hope the devs look at this thread and even contribute to it (I know you're reading!). Because yesterday I was playing a game of Civ 5 and had an idea that there really should be no reason the game can't be played with even LOWER system specs. My computer is pretty powerful and I've never had an issue playing Civ. But the idea is that, since this is essentially a turn-based board game, there should be an option to play the game just "bare bones." Even if there is an option to change the graphics down drastically and have it look something like Civ 3 or even 2 would open up the game to a huge spectrum of people. In fact with all the modern computer games sucking up more and more resources, it'd be a breath of fresh air to have a game you can play that doesn't need crazy specs, and is yet very modern. I think many people won't mind a very graphically simplified version of the game that is smooth and fast on slower computers. I think this is totally in the realm of possibility. In some ways this already exists! But it needs to be smoothed out a little. Because currently in Civ V if you click on the switch to Strategic view button (by the minimap), that's essentially what you get. But it needs to be just a little more fleshed out. I think there's no reason why a game like Civ, which is so flexible and dynamic in terms of its graphics, can't accommodate that. It'd actually increase its value because all of a sudden you'd be able to put it on many more machines. Isn't that what everyone wants? By the way I've been playing the latest Civ games on Linux and it's awesome. Hope the trend for Civ on Linux stays alive.