Just my ramblings on Civ 4: I have played (and loved) all the Civ titles from Civ 1 on the Amiga 500 to Civ 3 Conquests (even CTP & CTP2) and I am sad to say I can not bring myself to recommend this game to anyone due to all the crashes and BSODs (PC exceeds every recommended spec). I work in an organsisation (40,000 + which is pretty large in Oz) that has its own Intranet/Games forum and the general talk there was do not buy this game until the patch is released. Well the patch has come and gone and the problems still seem to exist for a lot of users (me included). I would love to be able to recommend this game but that would mean telling people to potentially fork out $80 (Aussie) for a possible coaster until all the problems are sorted. Granted the % of users having problems playing the game may be low (debatable) but when you have that % saying they cant play the game on the forum that will scare off a lot of other people. In an industry where Word of Mouth is pretty important, especially after the initial hype is over, I think the Game Developers/Publishers may take a pretty big hit over the "Early Release' of Civ4. Pointing possible purchasers to the civfantic website doesnt help either given the amount of technical difficulties people are having. Tech Support arent helping the situation with their seemingly insufficient response. I really hope the problems get sorted soon, as I like what I see of the game and would like to see the franchise do well.