How to experience Civilization IV

Here is a brief step by step guide to Civilization IV, as experienced by me:

  1. Turn on computer. Wait for boot. Insert Civ IV Disc 1.
  2. Install DirectX 9.0c.
  3. Agree to terms and start installation.
  4. Wait.
  5. Insert Civ IV Disc 2.
  6. Wait.
  7. Re-insert Civ IV Disc 1. Wait.
  8. Get a “Renderer Failed to Initialize” error.
  9. Open a browser. Type “Civilization ‘Renderer Failed to Initialize'” into the search box. Hit enter.
  10. Look at 14 page long thread complaining about the “Renderer Failed to Initialize” error.
  11. Go to ATI’s site and download latest drivers.
  12. Uninstall current drivers. Reboot.
  13. Wait.
  14. Boot up at 640×480, install new drivers.
  15. Wait.
  16. Reboot. Again.
  17. Wait.
  18. Boot up at 640×480. Wait for Catalyst to initialize. Return to 1280×1024 resolution.
  19. Start Civilization IV.
  20. Get a “Renderer Failed to Initialize” error.
  21. Open browser. Got to
  22. Look at their 24 step guide to fixing the issue.
  23. Swear profusely.

Here is a brief step by step guide to Shadow of the Colossus:

  1. Turn the Playstation 2 on.
  2. Insert game disc.
  3. Play.
  4. Swear profusely at PC Gaming.

Finally got it working using this utility.

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