Sid Meier civilizing GDC 2010

Firaxis cofounder to deliver game design keynote address at San Francisco soiree on March 12.

Two years ago, Firaxis cofounder Sid Meier picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Conference. The noted game designer earned the accolade after having worked in the gaming industry for more than 20 years, creating such venerated franchises as Civilization, Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon, and Alpha Centauri.

For this year's conference, Firaxis' director of creative development will again be showcased. Think Services, which runs the GDC 2010 show, announced today that Meier will deliver a game design keynote address at the event titled "The Psychology of Game Design (Everything You Know Is Wrong)."

Meier's keynote address will focus on the idea that "real-world, historical, and mathematical facts cannot form the foundation of a successful game design." The designer will argue that player psychology should be the primary factor in effective game design.

Behold: The creator of Civilization, Sid Meier.

The keynote address will be delivered on Friday, March 12 as part of GDC 2010. Once again returning to the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, the event runs March 9-13. GameSpot will be on hand to cover the myriad game design sessions at GDC 2010, as well as the Game Developers Choice Awards.

Meier's keynote address won't be his first major presentation at GDC. In 2008, he was the interviewed in a major Q&A session about "standing the test of time in the industry." In it, he reminisced about the founding of Firaxis and development of his signature franchises. He also fielded questions about possible collaborations, ruling out any such joint effort with Sims creator Will Wright with a flat, "no."

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36 comments
metalkid9
metalkid9

Civ IV was one of the best games I've ever played. I've been waiting for Civ V for so long now.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

make railroad tycoon and pirates for PS3

kdawg88
kdawg88

I don't like that a Civ game is being made for console, but I'm sure it's a good game anyway.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Civ 5 or a Rev 2 would be great. I still play Civ Rev on my ipod when I'm out.

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

Yeah no kidding, Civ 5 would be great. Try to get Sim City back from those dopes at EA!

Vambran
Vambran

So he is just going to talk? how about start making another game already!

Collector619
Collector619

CIV 5 or Alpha Centaury !! oh no .. orgasm !!!

mrsnoid
mrsnoid

Alpha Centauri 2, I wait so long for it!

SirConquer
SirConquer

Yes, PLEASE! Alpha Centauri 2 would be a dream come true!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

"Meier's keynote address will focus on the idea that "real-world, historical, and mathematical facts cannot form the foundation of a successful game design."" So no more Civilization's, or Darkland's, and the Total War series should have failed then...!!! And Sid, you started on the C64 with historic wargames and realistic flights sims...!!! - what's gone wrong with you mate? Infected by consolitase I think...!

Ginnnnnnn
Ginnnnnnn

I would love a Mass Effect + Pirates! game. That or simply Civ Facebook.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

Add me to the "wants a new Alpha Centauri game" list.

AlecHP234
AlecHP234

I love civilization, and many of sid meier's other games. He's one of the best game makers in video gaming's short history. I'm really looking forward to future sid meier games. hopefully there will be a civ 5 announced sometime in the near future.

bioghost
bioghost

Definitely the best maker of strategy games, great job Sid, i'm looking forward for your future projects.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

I've been in love with the Civilization series since Civilization II (PS1) and after playing Civilization IV (PC) and Civilization Revolutions (PS3) I simply can't get enough. What we need is another Civilization Revolution sequel for the PS3 complete with new nations and world leaders and of course we need to bring back the "one more turn" option that was lacking from the PS3 version:( Sid Meier is one of the best!

advocacy
advocacy

Can't wait for the Civ game on Facebook.

PsiPhiTy1
PsiPhiTy1

Civilization for Facebook? NOOOOOWAYYYYYYYY really? PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PsiPhiTy1
PsiPhiTy1

ALL Hail Sid, the God of Game! Meiers THE Man! Nobody Does it DEEPER (then Civilization) This man single handed-ly is responsible for my active addiction to gaming.. and it all started with Civilization 3 for me... all those years ago on the PC. I now have his games for every platform he has ever made them for (except the PS3)... Since Civilization (0) (the Original) Great Games, thanks Sid....

Cruse34
Cruse34

I thought this ment Civ V was going to be at GDC. Anyway I hope it comes but somehow I doubt it. Whats Sid been up to since Civ IV

serrrich
serrrich

I reinstalled Alpha Centauri... still a great game. Hope to see a sequel soon *wink*wink*

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

Those sleepless nights with Civ IV, aaah great.

warstomp
warstomp

damn I thought this was going to be an announcement for a new CIV game

DeathsHead419
DeathsHead419

Though I still hold up Civ III: CE as the best game ever made, Civ IV:CE has been enjoying a great run for the past several weeks. I hope they up the size with Civ V, because massve scale has always been the core of the franchise at least to me. Oh well. As for running it on Vista, I've got no problems either; though I am playing Complete Edition. My advise, reinstall it and be sure to delete all the files first time. Or try a different version.

pvtdonut54
pvtdonut54

YOU GO SID! CIV V ALL THE WAY!!! YEEEEEEEEEAH!

shawn7324
shawn7324

I have no issues running Civ IV on Vista.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I can't run Civ IV on my Vista unless I get patch. And that patch makes the game crashed. I'm looking forward to Civ V. :(

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

I hope that we'll find out more about this Civ Facebook game that is apparently in the works. I just hope that its a return to the Civ 3 style as I never really got into Civ 4 or Revolution.

spector000
spector000

LOL i just finished a marathon run in Civ IV two days ago. Played it for 4000BC to 2000AD+ for over a dozen times and its still fun as it was the first time! Man you rule! Make another great game!

osiris
osiris

Ya, Alpha Centauri 2, please... pretty please?

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

i had great fun with civilization IV it was a blast