Train2Game News: “I really enjoy making games, it’s just fun” – Sid Meier

Even after 30 years in the games industry, Civilization creator and Firaxis co-founder Sid Meier still has fun making “very cool” things.

“I really enjoy making games, it’s just fun. It’s like taking a lumpy piece of clay and turning it into something very cool. Every day is part of that process. Not knowing exactly where we are going and figuring it out step by step is just a challenge. It’s almost like the “one more turn” phenomenon in Civilization.” the games industry veteran told GamesIndustry.biz, adding that the element of surprise is something he’s very fond of.

“ It’s looking to that next thing we are going to add to the game and seeing how we can just make it better. The fun for me is really not knowing from week to week what cool thing we are going to add and getting a chance to play with it and tweak it and the constant process of seeing a game grow before your eyes.” said Meier.

His enthusiasm for developing games after so long is sure to be an inspiration to Train2Game students.

Earlier this week, The Train2Game Blog reported that Meier believes the first 15 minutes are key to enjoyable game design.

Meier’s Firaxis Games are currently working on a reimagining of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and there’s more about the studio here on The Train2Game Blog.

Is the fact that Meier is still so enthusiastic about creating games after 30 years encouraging for you?

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Train2Game News: First 15 minutes “key” to game design says Civilization creator Sid Meier

The first fifteen minutes of a video game being enjoyable is one of the key rules of game design. That’s according to veteran game designer Sid Meier, the man behind the Civilization and the founder of Firaxis Games.

“One of the key rules of game design is the first 15 minutes. These introductory minutes have to be fun, satisfying, and exciting. You are letting players know they’re on the right track, you should reward them, and let them know cool stuff will happen later.” Meier told GamesIndustry.biz, before admitting mistakes with this when it came to his early games.

“In early Civilization games, I made Civ real-time, which meant everything happened in real-time: My first mistake was to make it real time.” he said.

“I modelled some elements of the game from SimCity, which was real-time. It was inspiring. But what we found was that in real-time gaming the player becomes the observer. Our mantra is that, “it’s good to be king.”

“When we made Civ a turn-based game, the player became the star, they made things happen.” Meier added.

The full GI.biz interview with Sid Meier on game design, his career and the industry as a whole is here.

As previously reported by Train2Game, the Civilization creator believes there are more opportunities than ever to be a game developer.

Meier’s Firaxis Games are currently working on a reimagining of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and there’s more about the studio here on The Train2Game Blog.

Do you agree with Sid Meier that the first fifteen minutes are a key part of game design? What games gave you the most memorable first quarter of an hour?

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Train2Game News: XCOM: Enemy Unknown developer diary discusses ‘modernising a classic’

Train2Game students can get behind the scenes of XCOM: Enemy Unknown in the latest developer diary from Firaxis and 2K Games.

The new video, entitled ‘Modernising A Classic’ sees lead programmer Casey O’Toole speaking about developing XCOM: Enemy Unknown and how they’re bringing the classic strategy title into the modern age.

Watch the developer diary below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

There’s more about XCOM: Enemy Unknown here.

What are your thoughts on the developer diary?

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Train2Game news: Firaxis videos take you behind the scenes of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Train2Game students can get a behind the scenes look at XCOM: Enemy Unknown in not one, but two videos from Firaxis and 2K Games.

The first video, ‘Taking the lead’ sees lead designer Jake Solomon speaking about the core elements of how Firaxis building their reimagining of the classic strategy title.

The second video sees Art Director Greg Foertsch describing how Firaxis created the look and art style of XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

A previous developer diary sees Firaxis – the studio famous for the Civilization series – discussing how they’re making strategy ‘sexy.’  XCOM: Enemy Unknown is scheduled for release in autumn this year.

What are your thoughts on the XCOM: Enemy Unknown videos? Are you looking forward to this one?

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Train2Game news: XCOM: Enemy Unknown developer diary on making strategy ‘sexy’

Train2Game students can get a first look at XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the reimagining of one of the most loved strategy titles out there that’s being developed by Firaxis, the studio famous for Civilization series.

XCOM gives you the task of commanding a special paramilitary force to defend the earth from an alien invasion.

The developer diary sees the Firaxis team discuss their reimagining of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, explain some of their game design choices and talk about how they’re making a turn based strategy game ‘sexy’

Watch the XCOM: Enemy Unknown developer diary below for an insight into life at Firaxis.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Firaxis and 2K Games is scheduled for release in Autumn this year.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on XCOM: Enemy Unknown? What insights have you gained from the behind the scenes video?

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