I think he means he would have been getting paid $65 for each of those 6 hours he spend on fixing CiV. That plus the $60 for the game = $390, so I think he means US dollars. Uh...what? What does this have anything to do with anything? Furthermore, what are you even talking about? Things like Steam are why the publishers have to put more effort into making their game worthwhile. With so many games to choose from, they have to make sure they make theirs the best deal so you will buy it. Furthermore, since if you buy it and don't like it you will go complain on forums such as this one, they will lose sales if you are not satisfied. Lots of sales. Especially because Steam is always selling their product, as opposed to retail which rotates out its stock. They care because you will buy the next one if they do it right. That's why there are free updates, modding support, and DLC. DLC is a good model because you pay only for the things you actually want, but if you actually value the content for the value you pay then the developers get their share as well. The only "top-down control" and crazy conspiracy stuff you seem to be talking about that is remotely true is the fact that you can't resale games on Steam. Which is a good thing for the games industry. Resales give the developers no profits, and in fact reduce their sales just like pirating. Your post also makes no sense. You say Steam is terrible, then proceed to claim it runs fine? And then you say that CiV is terrible, which is again not the fault of Steam or Sid Meier. Then you argue that Civ1 was better with no backup. And finally you blame Sid Meier for...I don't even know, because you didn't back up your argument.