This would be hilarious if it wasn't so expensive. I just got my $1,700 specially made PC to play V and VI. Neither will start. I deliberately am not connected to the internet as I had a very bad experience with Steam some year ago. I bought the discs and the guy handled the installation including the Steam part I thought. But now neither will open. Do I need to be connected to the internet to play these games. I happily play CIV4 on my off line dedicated CIV4 computer. I bought it with XP from Dell after XP was no longer supported. Another problem I belatedly noticed is my Graphics card is fine for VI (GeForce GTX 770), but way inadequate for V. I just assumed. No need to tell me I'm an idiot, I'm aware. But is there a way to play these games off line?