I got Civ IV for my 13th birthday. It's my favorite video game. I'm a huge history buff, and I loved the complex gameplay. It's brought me so many hours of happiness over the years. When Civ V came out, I was so excited. The reviewers praised it ad nauseum, but when I went to order it on Amazon, I saw something strange: the average was only 3 out of 5 stars. I read the user reviews. I read Sullla's review of the game. I didn't buy it. It had problems, things that turned me off from it as a Civ game. There were the functionality issues and the comparative simplicity, but to me, the historical flavor was the nail in the coffin. Why does George Washington have a Texan accent? Why is Napoleon's UA (Ancien Regime) the very system he despised and finished off? How does global happiness make sense on a civilization scale? I stayed with Civ IV. I love the game, but it's not perfect. I wanted a sequel to improve on these issues, to maintain the complexity that we all loved so much. At the same time, Civ V had the beautiful graphics and several cool and interesting ideas. I periodically debate whether to try out Civ V, but never do. Besides, after 8 years (for me), sometimes even your favorite game can get a bit tired. So when Civ VI inched closer to announcement, I was excited. Here was a fresh start, a chance for them to learn from their past mistakes and triumphs and make an awesome game, but it doesn't seem that that's going to happen. Civ V is the best-selling Civ game, and I strongly believe this is principally because it was on Steam. However, 2K and Firaxis has interpreted this as a result of the simplicity. With graphics that seem determined for no one to take the game seriously, to a nonsensical district system (the scale is worse than Transformers, and that's not how cities work!), the potential for extreme railroading in gameplay, it looks DOA for me. But the worse thing about it is (according to previews and testimony) how similar it is to Civ V. Not because I don't like V, but because they took absolutely no risk. They've decided that this is what sells, so they're just going to do more of the same, except even simpler, even more "casual". That's what makes me sad. Not a bad game, but the fact that my kind of game has been deemed obsolete. In just a couple years, a venerable gaming franchise has almost completely replaced its fanbase. The franchise as I briefly knew it, is likely gone for good. These games are no longer for me. So here's to 5 more years of Civilization IV! May you explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate in a way that you find enjoyable and fulfilling.