Sid Meier is unknown to any outside the Gaming community and there he is considered a genius.
Who else could create a company like MicroProse and all the great games that have come out over the years. I have played most of them and still play some of them. Here I discuss a few of my favorite Sid Meier games.
Silent Service was my introduction to Sid and his company. I used to be a submariner myself and I often wondered what it would be like to be on one of the old Pig Boats, instead of the Sleek Silent nuclear Fast Attack Submarine that I spent my naval career on. Since I was a trained submariner and once was an instructor at the sub school in Groton Connecticut. I know how they used to do submarines in the old days. Once I gave a tour of the old U505 a German submarine on display to my son and the rest of the tour group listened along because I recognized and was able to explain all the machinery to my son. Even the tour guide was impressed. So when I say Sid hit the mark perfectly. I am speaking from actually spending thousands of hours actually doing what his game simulates doing.
But, his other games are equally well researched like Railroad Tycoon. This game is a take off from the days of the Robber barons at the beginning of the 20th century when building the nation created the Great family Dynasties like JP Morgan, Dupont, Ford and Carnegie. In this game, you are an Entrepreneur and your goal is to build the biggest Railroad you can. You have also run it as well by getting the financing, building stations and laying track. You have to use the stock market, schedule the trains and give service to your customers. In short, it is a crash course in economics, and how to run a business. This game is still popular and a whole series of games in this vein have been released.
Pirates have always been one of my favorite genres. I even have a copy of Captain Blood 1935 with Errol Flynn and The Sea Hawk and of course all of the Johnny Depp pirate movies. So Playing “Pirates” has been one of my ways of imagining myself in the role of a buccaneer. I found an old copy for the Commodore 64 at a used software store and I ported it to my PC here. I also have the PC version from 1987. Porting the old games insures that the great ones, even though they are simple graphics by today’s 3D standards are not lost.
Finally I am a big fan of Civilization, which I think is the Penultimate in simulators games. Here you get to build the world and create entire economies, fight wars, build cites. This series of games since has left MicroProse and is now being marketed by Sid’s New company Fiaxis Games and now has one of the largest legacies of games in the world.