Sid Meier grabs a Guinness

Record book honors legendary game designer for being honored; Civilization Revolution for PS3, 360, and DS now due July 8.

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Sid Meier has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including a star on the Walk of Game and a 2008 Game Developers Conference lifetime achievement award. In fact, the director of creative development at developer Firaxis--now owned by Take-Two Interactive--has received so many awards that he has received the postmodern distinction of being honored for being honored.

Sid Meier

Today, 2K Games announced that Meier will be listed in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008 as having "officially won more game awards than any other video game creator." Strangely, neither 2K nor Guinness listed the exact number of awards Meier, who cocreated the Railroad Tycoon and Civilization series, has received in his more than two decades of game development. However, they did call out the aforementioned prizes as well as his 1999 induction into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame and his 2002 induction into the Computer Museum of America's Hall of Fame.

Also in today's announcement was a bit of unwelcome information that was new to many. Namely, 2K has announced that Civilization Revolution has been delayed by just over one month. Instead of launching on June 3, as previously announced, the game will now ship for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS on July 8 in North America. Work on a Wii version of the game, which offers a faster-paced, console-optimized version of the PC Civilization games, has been suspended since late January.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, GameSpot was told by 2K Games reps Civilization Revolution's new ship date was revealed in April via the game's official Web site.

For more on Civilization Revolution, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on preview.

Discussion

53 comments
RitterXplode
RitterXplode

PC versions won't stop ruling the world! Hehe.

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

COngrats for sure, I DL the 360 Demo of the game and i loved it. It was awesome!!! I hope they give the option to slow down time for each turn but very well done.

nate1222
nate1222

Congrats! I'm not a fan of the series (though I might get the DS version). But I know mucho people who own and love that series. @REGAMER-X Awesome avatar, man.

justfei
justfei

congrats! love his games, especially pirates!!!

REGAMER-X
REGAMER-X

Congratulations to him, he certainly deserves it.

PhantomPhoot
PhantomPhoot

Wow, nice Guiness. I guess no one can break a record when they have no idea how many awards they'd need to get to break it. :P

oli54321
oli54321

I don't know why Civilization is reviewed so highly, I thought it was such a bore :P

kos1085
kos1085

Congrats but I have never played one of his games.

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

he's done civ series, original railroad tycoon (which spawned the massive list of tycoon games), pirates!, alpha centauri, etc. and congrats! to sid, He's definitely one of my most respected game designers, when it comes to making intelligent games.

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

That's great news but he's only known for 2 series as far as I have heard, and Civ is a great series. To have the most honors though is kind of odd, considering other big name guys out there.

1357900
1357900

That's kickinest awesome! Rewards well earned!!

bioghost
bioghost

Great job! i love Civ4 and still playing it

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

rtehrani "how can he have won more awards than miyamoto?" He CREATED a complete new genre of game that not only captivated the player but provided an experience that had never been done before to this extent as well as being very well designed. Whereas 'miyamoto' simply took a platform game e.g. Manic Miner / Jet Set Willy (ZX Spectrum), changed the character into a Plumber and added colour!

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

"I love the assumption that you make that console players are dumbed down. That's ignorant." Console players aren't dumbed down, which is why it's a shame that so many developers feel that they need to dumb down the games for them.

cheyco
cheyco

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence. Hmm... Way to go Sid, now you and Homer both have one.

TaintedSaint666
TaintedSaint666

Here's hoping for another two decades of great from Sid Meier!

SexyPorkins
SexyPorkins

musicaz70: I love the assumption that you make that console players are dumbed down. That's ignorant.

musicaz70
musicaz70

Good for him, the man deserves it for his design genius. As for CR, meh... I'll stick with Civ IV, that is more than enough right now. CR will probably just be polished and play smooth, but just be a dumbed down version for game pads and players alike.

Agulf
Agulf

Good, now make Alpha Centauri 2

raverrozza
raverrozza

i could murder a guinness. in fact im away to the pub!lol!

mintvilla144
mintvilla144

i just checked on the civ site, its only america thatsgot a month delay, its still coming out in europe, on 6th of june, which is good, but if u really dont wanna wait a month and u have a ps3, u can just order one from europe or get it from ebay from europe, since ps3 games arnt region locked this wont be a problem for ps3 owners whos been really looking forward to this game... like me!

Icehearted
Icehearted

I literally thought they meant the beer.

discoron_basic
discoron_basic

I thought that said, "Sid Meier grabs a Genesis".

PuhJesus
PuhJesus

Just make another pirates...

LatusItani
LatusItani

Sid deserves whatever he gets. The man is a genius, he knows what the players want and he always delivers in the best fashion that only he can give.

CageFury
CageFury

"I know Sid won't put out unless it's perfect." That's what she said.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

"how can he have won more awards than miyamoto?" Mostly because of cultural differences. If you're a big name in America, you'll get an award for just about anything. In Japan, modesty forbids such frivolous recognition.

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

I never liked his games, but his contribution to the strategy game is undeniable.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Hold on. I'm still playing Civ IV. Just one...more...turn...

KOSMOSEngineer
KOSMOSEngineer

Cool, I just met the guy yesterday. My friend's father is an artist at Firaxis and I go with him to work sometimes. Yesterday I ran into Sid, pretty cool. They were demo-ing Revolution for some magazine guys that were there.

Proman84
Proman84

As much as I like Meier, this is one strange record. More awards than anyone else? I know Guinness Book or Records was never subjective but this is really subjective.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Congrats, Sid... bummer about the delay, but I know Sid won't put it out unless it's perfect.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

civilization has got to be the longest game i played. match that is. i couldnt sit through some other matches in other games but civ held me. he deserves a guinesses spot

rtehrani
rtehrani

how can he have won more awards than miyamoto?

TheVinster
TheVinster

Guiness'd? Is this the best headline they could come up with...

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

We all love Sid and his games, but I'm not really feeling this console version of Civ. I love the game to death but I think this will be a cute little game that any young kid could play. Not really my thing, but accolades to Sid, great job over the years!

stakex007
stakex007

Eh no big loss that its sliped really. Ive been a huge Civ fan since I first bought Civ2 for PS1.... but CR is going to be a game that has been hacked and slashed for the console, and be Civilization in name only. Everything thats made the game great to its actual fans is going to be missing...

Frexie
Frexie

Hes definitely deserving of the award, hes done alot to being in new players into the gaming market, and has a great mind behind the games he creates.

Relys
Relys

I got to meet him and get his autograph at Video Games Live in Washington, DC. He actually first announced the coming of Civilization Revolution there too. :3

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (PS3) will be worth the wait as I've been a fan of the series since Civilization II (PS1) I guess Civilization IV (PC) will have to keep me busy + Warlords/Beyond The Sword Expansions....

gord_mose
gord_mose

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akiwak
akiwak

I've enjoyed most of his games so let us give him time to put out something else that we will get so much fun out of.