There's a fair few games that I really really like, and a few that I put on pedal stools (snicker) like, starcon2 (or the ur-quan masters if you play the remake), the master of orion series, pretty much any of the wotc games, eg. baldur's gate, nwn etc and of course civ (any of them will do, but 1 and 4 are the best, and alpha centauri is included in these too. In fact, I'll include Colonization in here as well), and settlers 2 Gold. The elder scrolls games never really grabbed me. I guess it was just the interface that ruined it for me. Much the same problem as when I attempted to play X2. It's a shame when really awesome games go back on the shelf because the interface requires some kind of calculus equation to figure out. However, Oblivion seems to overcome the interface problems of its predecessors as well as being amazingly beautiful. It is seriously a work of art, even on my not-even-close-to-high-end machine. In fact, it seems quite playable on this box, in spite of the high requirements. Although I guess I'm not using the highest graphic quality settings, but it still looks wonderful. It's almost as if it was made as an interactive travel brochure. It makes you want to go places and see things, and you remember where such and such a picturesque place was. I know other people who take screen captures when they find a nice place to look at too, so its not just me. One of these days, I will be able to afford to get a horse too, and then I'll be able to travel around even quicker.. to see the sights that much more efficiently. Maybe then, I'll be able to write a hhgttg-style 'See all the sights in the empire with 38 gold coins or less' travel book. Now that's a goal if ever I saw/thought of/threw a book at/ate one.
And now, the get up noise.