Review – Sid Meier’s Memoir

I will open by quoting a line from the last paragraph in the book…

There is joy out there waiting to be discovered, but it might not be where you expected.

And that pretty much sums up this memoir. It is a joy to read anyone, no matter their profession or calling in life, write enthusiastically about their passions and what drove them to commit to an endeavour that would span a significant percentage of their time on this earth. Even more so when those passions align with ones own so closely.

This book is not just for fans of the games Sid wrote. Far from it. There are anecdotes in here that are a real pleasure to read and they span the truly nerdy such as debunking the “Ghandi overflow bug” that turned his character into a nuclear warmongering despot, to business tales of bootstrapping startups in the early days of computer gaming drawings heavily on a world of table top adventures via side notes involving Tom Clancy and Robin Williams.

This book is not just for fans of computer games, although they will likely get the most of it, but for anyone interested in the march of technology and tales of those that interacted with it for creative endeavours.

I read it fast, as I often do with books I enjoy on first sitting, and will likely read it again in a more leisurely manner. My only criticism is that on occasion he held back from diving into truly technical details on issues that he faced and overcame. I would have liked to see this and let the reader decide if she wanted to skip or dive in.

4.0 out of 5.0

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