Saturday, September 7, 2013

Top 10 PC Game Developers - #2 Sid Meier

If Civilization were a drug, Sid Meier would be the world's richest dealer...

Famous for: Civilization series, Pirates!, Alpha Centauri, Colonization, etc.
Affiliations: Microprose and Firaxis

Sid Meier founded the company Microprose in 1982 with Bill Stealey. At the start, the company focused on flight simulator games although in 1987 Meier would publish Sid Meier's Pirates! which would continue a trend to this very day where Meier's name would appear in front of the game name. Eventually, Meier started focusing on strategy games after being inspired by SimCity and Empire!, creating the game Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon in 1990 and later, arguably his most famous work, Sid Meier's Civilization in 1991.

Meier eventually left Microprose in 1996 and founded Firaxis Games with Jeff Briggs. At Firaxis, he designed remakes of older games (e.g. Pirates! and Railroads!) and also designed the excellent American Civil War game, Sid Meier's Gettysburg! Meier works at Firaxis to this day.

While Meier's name does happen to appear on many games, not all of them had him as the lead designer - notable exceptions being Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Sid Meier's Colonization and the rest of the Civilization series. Ultimately though, Meier's influence was still there and without the ground-breaking original Civilization, we wouldn't have fans everywhere saying "just...one...more...turn."

Up next at #1, the genius behind a crucial sandbox game and the creator of the best-selling PC game franchise of all time.

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