Site ColumnsBy Caillan
June 2, 2001 - 12:33 PM
I'm deliriously happy that Sid Meier is creating a third installment in his masterful game series, 'Civilization.'
Being an avid history lover, I've always relished the chance to create my own civilization from the ground up, and build an empire 'To Stand The Test Of Time.'
I first played the original 'Civilization' back in 1991, and despite its simplistic graphics compared to more modern games, it's still a classic. Indeed, I'm perhaps more fond of some of its features than Civ II - I was always a big 'palace' fan, and I definitely liked the diplomacy screen better in the original.
Now, Firaxis Games is working on Civ III, which will hopefully be ever better. The official site has posted some rather nice screenshots from the forthcoming game. Interesting news includes the fact that there will be civilization borders in the game, as well as a strong cultural factor. However, there are set to be only 16 civilizations in the game, down from Civ II's 24.
Alas, there's no release date at the moment, but whenever it comes out, I'll be first in the queue!
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Check out this hilarious parody: Voyager's Weakest Link.
- Write your own voice-over for Enterprise.
- If you could design your own space station, what would it be like?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
- Berman Speaks Out On New Series
Rick Berman, current head of the Trek franchise, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about Series V. In the interview, Berman said that the series would probably be ready for airing by September 2002, but could go screen as early as September 2000. We now know that it will in fact be right in the middle - Enterprise is set to debut on UPN this Fall.
- Brooks Examines Deep Space Nine
Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko) was also interviewed by the Los Angeles Times. He talked about the power of Star Trek, saying that as meaningful as the story on the screen may be, it is up to the viewer to complete the experience for themselves.
- Beam Nokia Up
The Toronto Sun posted a review of the Nokia 9000i communicator, which they compared to its Trek cousin. However, Nokia's version was just too big to compare to its Trek counterpart.
Happy 64th Birthday to Sally Kellerman, who played Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in the second Star Trek pilot, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before.'
Today's Television Listings
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series 'The Immunity Syndrome' at 10:00 a.m Eastern Time. The Next Generation's 'Sins of the Father' is at 11:00 a.m. DS9's 'The Alternate' will be shown at 12:00 and Voyager's 'Darkling' at 1:00 p.m.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing DS9's 'A Call to Arms' at 14:00 GMT, followed by Voyager's 'Someone to Watch Over Me' at 15:00. Voyager's 'Relativity' will be shown at 17:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing the Original Series' 'Planet der Unsterblichen' at 14:00 ECT. Voyager's 'Die Denkfabrik' ('Think Tank') will be shown at 15:00.
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing The Original Series's 'The Immunity Syndrome' at 10:00am Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing The Original Series's 'A Private Little War' at 10:00am Eastern Time, with TNG's 'Allegiance' at 11:00am.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Half A Life' at 14:00 GMT, with 'The Host' at 15:00, and 'The Mind's Eye' at 16:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!