Sid Meier's Memoir!: A Life in Computer Games

November 1, 2020
Sid Meier's Memoir!: A Life in Computer Games

The life and career of the legendary developercelebrated as the "godfather of computer gaming," and creator ofCivilization.Over his four-decade career, Sid Meier has produced some of theworld's most popular video games, including Sid Meier'sCivilization, which has sold more than 51 million units worldwideand accumulated more than one billion hours of play. Sid Meier'sMemoir! is the story of an obsessive young computer enthusiast whohelped launch a multibilliondollar industry. Writing with warmthand ironic humor, Meier describes the genesis of his influentialstudio, MicroProse, founded in 1982 after a trip to a Las Vegasarcade, and recounts the development of landmark games, fromvintage classics like Pirates! and Railroad Tycoon, to Civilizationand beyond.Articulating his philosophy that a videogame should be "a seriesof interesting decisions," Meier also shares his perspective on thehistory of the industry, the psychology of gamers, and fascinatinginsights into the creative process, including his ten rules of goodgame design.