Show Notes – Civilization VI


January 28, 2020

Track of the Show – Baba Yetu, Civ IV:

  • Christopher Tin, composer
    • Also did soundtrack for Offworld Trading Company
    • Also composed theme song for Civ VI
  • Song is an arrangement of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili
  • Very popular video game piece performed by contemporary choirs
    • Golden Buzzer performance on America’s Got Talent:
  • First video game composition to ever win a Grammy award
    • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals
  • Composer is on Spotify

Encore – Sogno di Volare, Civ VI:

Gameplay – Civ VI

Actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) recorded the quote voiceovers. Previous Civilization games have featured stars such as William Morgan Sheppard and Leonard Nimoy.

Sid Meier is the creator of the Civilization game series; he also created other classic games such as Railroad Tycoon and X-COM. A legendary designer, he’s one of the few people who still puts their name in the title of a game as a mark of its pedigree.

Earlier versions of Civilization divided the board into squares. Civilization V introduced the hexagonal board, the most significant shift in the game’s design in its over 20-year history.

One of the most famous supposed bugs in the original Civilization game caused the mostly peaceful Mahatma Ghandi to frequently engage in nuclear wars. Though the story is somewhat disputed, developers kept Ghandi’s propensity for nuclear Armageddon (when pressed, of course) in subsequent as a tribute to a great story.

The first Civilization game was released in September 1991, originally for MS-DOS. It was also ported (converted) into versions for other systems, such as the Amiga, Windows, and even the Sony PlayStation.

Civilization plays much like a board game. Each player (computer-controlled or human) takes turns moving “pieces” and selecting abilities or upgrades.

Civilization is typically called a “4X” game. 4X is a genre of strategy-based video and board games in which players control an empire in order to “eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate”.

Performance – Ending Story, Yoshi’s Story

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