I managed to install Civilization onto the school’s library Computers, but at what cost?
Our school’s library has a strict “No Games” policy, but after reading that Daily Victim from a few months ago I couldn’t go there without jonesin’ for some Civ action. You know, nice quiet room… The musty smell of books… Secluded computer in the corner … Man, I just wanted to play Civ!
A couple weeks ago, it was just too much for me. I came in, tossed my bookbag on the ground, and looked around. Nobody was watching. I slipped the CD-Rom out of my bag and quietly slid it into the drive. I was worried about how much noise the drive was making, so to try to be casual I opened up a couple of library computer programming books in front of me and pretended to read. It installed … and installed. Then it was done.
I was so excited to start a game that I didn’t really check around to see if anyone was looking. I double-clicked the icon and fired it up, making sure that the volume was turned down before I started. ‘This is gonna be GREAT!’ I thought. But then, as it was loading, a shadow fell across the screen from behind me.
I turned to find the school librarian looming over my shoulder, scowling. “What are you up to?” she asked. Before I could reply, the splash screen appeared on the monitor. In giant letters, it proclaimed: “SID MEIER’S CIVILIZATION!”
The two of us stared at the screen, she with stern indignation and me with a growing panic. Then I pointed to the screen and stammered:
“My name’s Sid Meier, and this is my Senior Class computer project.”
I held up my programming books to seal the deal, and her expression melted away. “Oh! That looks wonderful,” she said. “You keep up the good work, Sid.”
Yessir, I dodged a bullet. Well, I think I dodged a bullet. The Librarian calls me “Sid” every time I come in and asks me to help with her computer all the time. So of course, I had to sign for my Library card with Sid Meier’s name. That meant that my friend in the school’s print shop had to fake a Sid Meier student ID for me. I just got a copy of the schedule for the Fall semester, and I see that Sid Meier was enrolled in several classes by the school’s computer system.
This may all come back and bite me on the ass…. but for the time being, I can keep playing Civ. God bless America.
[Daily Victim idea submitted by GameSpy Reader Jim Greenman. Nice one, Jim!]
What’s this? I just got a credit card application in the mail with Sid Meier’s name on it!
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