posted by Sylpher @ 8:38pm, Monday 11 August 2008.
I recently picked up Sid Meier's Railroads! as I enjoy the occasional strategy or simulation game. After playing the game for around half an hour it would drop dead with a generic error message and kick me back to the desktop.
I did as any person would do and try to figure out what the heck was wrong. A couple Google's and forum lurkings later I discovered that the game has a memory issue that it runs into constantly with Vista due to its high resource demands. I tried all suggestions to remedy this such as turning off Aero and sacrificing cute animals to the old ones.
They were not pleased.
I ran into similar issues in Vista with Deus Ex and Thief 3 and ultimately had to face that Ion Storm is gone and any hopes of an update is close enough to squat that I might as well not do any holding of my breath/bathroom breaks. Railroads is different, though. This is a game that came out in late 2006, just months before Vista was rolled out by a company very much alive and healthy.
Let us also not forget that it is built on Gamebryo, the same engine Civilization 4 is built on -- made by the same company for you not following -- which I have not had a single issue with in Vista. I might as well throw in that Civ4 was released a year prior to Railroads just for the heck of it.
All this considered I figured things can't be as hopeless as Ion Storm's games, so I sent off an email to 2k Games as that is what the Firaxis site says to do (OR ELSE! maybe... ) asking about the issue. After waiting the past week I finally received my heartfelt response:
It appears you are running the game in Windows Vista, which unfortunately is incompatible with Railroads.
Well. Screw that noise. I setup a small partition on my drive and installed XP so now I am able to play Railroads and Ion Storm's games again, and probably others I haven't tried yet in Vista. Happy as I am that I am able to play I still feel the scorn from Firaxis/2k Games. Don't think I will forget this Mr. Meiers! You win this round.
Next round Buddhism is out!