It's been awhile since this was posted on the official website, but it seems no other gaming sites picked it up, so we're here today to give you more good reasons to pick up Civilization V, all centered around social responsibility.
Publisher 2K explains because of the game's theme and also strong following, they want to and can afford to consider other factors besides profits when releasing it.
For starters, $250,000 will be donated to four education-based charities, as decided by the customer upon installation. Says quite a bit about their expected profits, no?
Then there's the box, made of recycled paper and 30% post-consumer waste and UV and soy-based inks versus the standard solvent ones. The box itself -- called the Bio Box (would be a good fit for BioShock Infinite)-- is recyclable. Of course, if you purchase digitally, you're already doing tons of good.
While that's all swell, what benefits the gamer as well as the environment is the manual: it's digital this time around (apart from the included quick-start manual), which may be disappointing to some fans, but wait just a minute! 2K is taking advantage of the medium, making it interactive so clicking on page numbers will take you straight to them and hovering over thumbnails will make them bigger. But best of all, they're going to be updating it as time goes on and patches are released. A screencap of it is above, and you can check out a full sample here. And then there's the in-game encyclopedia which includes text search.
Civilization V launches in one week.