See, that's the only reason why I don't like that GC3 requires Steam. Steam keeps track of how many hours you play, and I don't necessarily want to know that.
I get pangs of existential distress every time I look at my play totals on Steam.
There's a long way to go, though, and the direction I'm seeing in the technology trees, the ideology trees, and the robustness of the game give me confidence that Brad and Stardock will come through once again. So I'm not regretting purchasing early.
Good point. My past experiences with Stardock games have been universally positive, well, almost.
That is one beautiful emission nebula! I hadn't realized it is visible to the naked eye.
She's a beaut. It was one of the first exotic (to a 12 year old) objects that I observed with my own eyes. I took a trip to a dark sky site and it was fantastic. Things like that tend to stick with you throughout life.
On the other hand, Alpha Centauri was an all time favorite of mine and I am hoping that the new Sid Meiers game will be similar but updated, however, when I look closely the new game appears to be The same old Civ games that they have been spitting out for years, just on an alien planet and without Ghandi. So...I want to play a demo version before I spend my money and time.
I'm of the same opinion about Beyond Earth, at least for now. Alpha Centauri is right up there with Moo2 on my list of greatest games ever made, but Beyond Earth looks more like Civ V than anything else. I hope it's good, but it doesn't appear to be the Alpha Centauri sequel that I've been hoping for.
Thanks for the input, everyone. I decided to jump in and play around with the beta. Your lack of regret (and a 20% off code from GMG) made the decision easier. I can't seem to get it running on my laptop, but that's another discussion altogether.