Civilization isn't so much a game franchise as it is a force of nature. Throughout the game's various iterations and updates, the the turn-based strategy phenomenon has maintained a reputation for instantly enthralling players, causing millions of hours of sleepless nights, poor time management, the alienation of loved ones and some pretty serious cases of numb-bum.
Given the carnage that Civilization can cause in the lives of people's lives, you'd think that Mac users, a normally enlightened, productive bunch, would want nothing to do with the latest version of the game, Civilization V. You'd do well to think again: When the game became available to eager PC-based empire builders in mid-September, great sorrow washed over Apple gamers when it became clear that for the time being, a Mac version of the game wouldn't be available. Quietly weeping, we turned to our Boot Camp partitions to get our game on. Fortunately, the pain and embarrassment of being forced to boot into Windows to play Sid Meier's latest offering will soon be coming to an end, as Firaxis Games/2K Games has announced that Civilization V will soon be available as an OS X application.
According to MacRumors, a reliable source has commented on the fact that Mac gamers won't be left out of the Civilization V party for much longer. While there's still no word on timing or pricing, a rumor, at this point, is better than nothing. For those of our readers who have already purchased the game for Windows, don't fret--as you most likely noticed when installing it onto your system, Civilization V requires a Steam account in order to complete the software's registration process. It's a very good bet that as soon as a version of the game becomes available for OS X, it'll be made available to early PC adopters for at no cost.