I notice that a lot of advice given regarding crashing and other problems in GalCiv2 revolves around "update to the latest video drivers". This is perhaps decent advice in a lot of cases, especially if the video card or driver is really, really old. But what concerns me is forcing folks to update them, which will become a reality according to Brad's Postmortem at Gamasutra:
"Next time, the game will have a dialog that will simply not allow them to play the game until they update their drivers."
I respectfully ask that Stardock reconsider this position. Drivers can be a flaky thing. Video card manufacturers update them frequently in an attempt to fix all kinds of bugs (many introduced by new games), and as of late, I've noticed many releases to be buggy. Just last year when I updated to a later build for my NVIDIA 6800GT, I encountered problems with the temperature readout being too high. This was not uncommon, and plenty of people were reporting this issue over at Nvnews.net. I reverted back and things were better. This is only one example - I've had a number of cases where certain driver releases were buggy and not worth keeping.
I've since adopted the ye olde "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" stance. I'm currently running what many would consider to be an old build of the drivers (a 6x.xx series), but they work great for general Windows work and all games I play (including much more intensive 3D workouts than GalCiv2, such as Doom 3, Quake 4, and HL2/Counter-Strike: Source, and less taxing ones such as Civ4). Yes, GalCiv2 complained about them when I first started the game (I assume it simply checked the date of the driver rather than actually looking to see if they supported the proper features that GalCiv2 uses), but they work great.
I would be quite frustrated if Stardock forced me to update simply because their games detect what they consider to be an old version. Some gamers do know a fair amount about hardware, so although they're "old", if I know they support the feature set that GalCiv2 needs, I should be allowed to use them. If a problem occurs, then I'll look into possibly updating, but otherwise, updating "just because" will likely cause me more harm than good.
Please don't change your games and force us to update based on date of drivers alone,