I've been waiting for Sid Meier's Civilization V to come out for a long time. When I finally received the game, I was dismayed to discover that the list of civilizations one can play for in this version of the game runs as follows:
America, Arabia, Aztec, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iroquois, Japan, Ottoman, Persia, Rome, Russia, Siam, Songhai
Do you see what I mean? There is no Spain!! Even though Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, even though Hispanic civilization gave the world Cervantes, Picasso, Garcia Lorca, Goya, Calderon, Goytisolo, as well as 11 Nobel Prize winners in literature, there is no place for Spain in this version of the game. On what planet is Spain less deserving of being named a civilization than France, Germany, and Siam is beyond my comprehension. Spain was one of the civilizations in the previous versions of the game. I wonder what the motivation was behind removing it from the list.
It is equally annoying that the word "America" here refers to the United States. Canada and the countries of Central and South America are completely excluded.