Hello everyone. Due to some extenuating circumstances in my life, I did not know this game had been released until just recently. It will also be a few more days yet before I can play, and I'm going out of my mind. Here's my sad tale... I'm a resident of Illinois currently teaching English in Japan. I was visiting an old chat room when one of the chatters dropped out "to play Civ 4." My jaw dropped. I couldn't believe it. I typed civ4.com into Firefox and surely enough, there it was. I had somehow managed to miss the release of this game. After my short nuclear meltdown, I began searching online for ways to legally purchase this game via download. Naturally, I've got a high speed connection, so even if the file's huge, no big deal right? I quickly discover two services, IGN and FilePlanet, both of which are really the same service naturally, since they're both the same company. I try FilePlanet. The file downloads. I run it. It installs. I open the file... and it gives me an error. Fine. I go to IGN. I put in my CC# (an American credit card attached to an American back account which contains money I earned in America), and... error. I've got to contact the administrators. >_< Okay, so I send them an e-mail. And I wait, and wait, and wait. FINALLY, two days later, I get an e-mail from this Christine woman asking me to verify my location for 'security purposes'. I figure that if I explain the situation to her, that I am an AMERICAN using an AMERICAN CC, my physical location should be irrelevant, right? No such luck. Turns out Christine is a racist [Deleted] who thinks I'm a Japanese spy trying to smuggle Civ 4 into Japan. The instant I discolsed my location she became arrogant and dismissive. Way to go IGN. So, now I'm desperate. I've got the whole game installed. All I have to do is get around that IGN code and trick it into thinking I've got a game disc and I'm gold. Besides, it's not as though I'd not already called home the day Christine got an attitude with me and had someone ship the game to me (the issue of course not being if Sid would get my money, but rather how quickly I would be able to get it to him, and I think I tried pretty damn hard to expedite the process). I just don't want to wait a week to play it. I want to play it NOW. Well, no such luck. I managed to ditch the IGN code by getting another install, but the thing still insists on a disc which I couldn't seem to produce despite my best efforts. So now I'm sitting here... with no Civ 4... listening to Baba Yetu on repeat... waiting and waiting and waiting yet again. May Christine rot in hell. Moderator Action: Language deleted. Please watch the language.