Nightinggale: Fascinating story, but your videos aren't working (either embedded or the direct link to YouTube.) I found Civ2 when I was stationed in Korea in 1996 and a bunch of the soldiers were playing it in the computer room at the rec center. So I bought it and loved it. I tried Civ3. I liked some of the new concepts (culture, great leaders) but really hated how the corruption mechanic punished the player for having a large empire. It would have been tolerable if the AI would have left you alone once you were big enough that if not in Communism a new city would be reduced to one shield and one commerce, but they'd keep declaring war on you so you'd have to raze half the world. (And Communism just sorta averaged out the amount of corruption.) My final straw was when I was dominating the game, but not declaring war on anyone, built the UN, asked for a diplomatic victory, and lost. (I went back to the turn before that, and easily won via space.) After that I waited a while to get Civ IV. I got it as a birthday present from my in-laws in 2010. I loved it. I went through the different victory conditions on the easy levels. When I went for diplomatic, I had some trepidation when I put up diplomatic victory for the resolution. I didn't win the vote, but I didn't loose either. I played a little more making my empire a bit bigger and improving relations with some of the AIs and won on my second attempt. I got Warlords and BTS form my birthday present from my in-laws in 2011, and (much to the annoyance of my wife) have been playing since.