Monday, November 28, 2016

Choicest VGM - VGM #258 - Sid Meier's Civilization - Aztec Theme



Original soundtrack composed by: Jeffery L. Briggs

We now feature our first track from the game that is used as a leader/civilization theme. We start off with the Aztec theme or Montezuma's theme which is actually a pretty special one as it's featured not only in the original Civilization but in Civilization II as well (again as a theme for the Aztecs and a variation of it is used as the Civ II intro music). The music is also featured in Sid Meier's Colonization when you meet, yep you guessed it, the Aztecs. The Civ 1 version of theme is pretty basic and the theme is only embellished in later games, but it's still one of the most memorable pieces of music from the game.

The music was recorded through DOSBOX and consequently this is DOSBOX's emulation of OPL3 I believe, the FM synthesis sound chip used in a lot of old Soundblaster cards.

[ VIDEO: Choicest VGM - VGM #258 - Sid Meier's Civilization - Aztec Theme ]


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Steam Games Sunday - 27 November 2016

Screenshot of Arizona Rose and the Pirates' Riddles
Arizona Rose and the Pirates' Riddles debuts this week on Steam Games Sunday in 8th place


  1. War Thunder
  2. Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  3. Rainbow Six Siege
  4. Marvel Heroes
  5. Company of Heroes 2
  6. Everyday Genius: SquareLogic
  7. Gems of War
  8. Arizona Rose and the Pirates' Riddles
  9. Steel Ocean
  10. Gauntlet

For today's Steam Games Sunday, we have three newcomers to the list: in 7th place, bumping Shadowrun Returns right off the list, is Arizona Rose and the Pirates' Riddles, a puzzle adventure filled with hidden object adventure puzzles and nonogram/picross-style puzzles. In 8th place, we have the Chinese competitor to World of Warships, Steel Ocean and in 10th place we have the remake to the classic 80s game Gauntlet (which is good fun in co-op).

The remaining games on the list you will have seen before but there has been some movement (besides War Thunder - that game will always be on top until two particular Choicest Games members stop playing it ;)). Sid Meier's Civilization VI has risen up the ranks again and instead of being in 4th place like it was last week, it's now back in 2nd place. Rainbow Six Siege drops down again to 3rd place and Marvel Heroes drops down to a respectable 4th place. Relic's WWII RTS Company of Heroes 2 shoots right back up to 5th place, pushing Everyday Genius: SquareLogic to 6th place. Gems of War has gained some ground too, where it was 9th place last week but is now in 7th place.

Anyway stay tuned for next Sunday to see if this list changes :). Are you playing any of the games on this list? How are you finding them?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Choicest VGM - VGM #257 - Sid Meier's Civilization - Loading Screen

Screenshot of Sid Meier's Civilization loading screen


Original soundtrack composed by: Jeffery L. Briggs

At the beginning of every Civilization game you were treated to a loading screen in the form of an animated slideshow showing the evolution of the Earth and life on it. I mean sure, most of the time you were just clicking things like crazy and going "come on! When's my game going to load?" so most of the time, you wouldn't be around to appreciate the entire duration of the loading screen, but I believe it's actually one of the most memorable loading screens in PC gaming since like every Civ game, it celebrates the accomplishments of mankind and shows how far we've come.

The loading screen is also memorable for me (and my brother) in particular as we had a bit of fun modifying the game's files to actually change the introductory text (usually with deriding comments aimed at the player). Ah my misspent youth.

The music was recorded through DOSBOX and consequently this is DOSBOX's emulation of OPL3 I believe, the FM synthesis sound chip used in a lot of old Soundblaster cards.

[ VIDEO: Choicest VGM - VGM #257 - Sid Meier's Civilization - Loading Screen ]