updated 12:30 pm EDT, Mon July 31, 2006
Aspyr releases Civ 4 1.6.1
Aspyr Media has released a free update to Civilization IV, improving performance on certain Macs (G5s in particular) that exhibited excessive CPU usage in the original release. The game should no longer run dual CPU's to 100 percent capacity, according to the company, and some missing sounds should play correctly while others may remain inaudible after updating. The update also offers improved support for the "globe" view at lower quality settings, and fixes bugs caused by installing "Big Blue Marble" mod. Aspyr reports that some Intel Mac users may experience kernel panics when running a version of Mac OS X prior to 10.4.7, although users still experiencing the issue can turn off FSAA options and/or run the game in a window as a workaround. Civilization IV is available for $50, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.