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Posts tagged “Sim-City”

SimCity Always-On Clarified: Needs Internet For Launch

EA have issued a clarification to Gamespy that while you will have to have an internet connection to launch SimCity, it will not boot you off if your connection goes down. Which is to say, it's not as egregious as others' "always-on" DRM, but we maintain is still an unnecessary and game-crippling mistake, which we really hope they will reverse before release. That the game…

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SimCity To Be Crippled By Always-On

Some good news and some bad news about the forthcoming SimCity reboot. Good news: you won't have to buy it through Origin, meaning there can be pricing competition. Bad news: you will have to play it through Origin, with a permanent online connection all the time. That's some fairly bloody enormous bad news. But there is time to convince EA that while there are many…

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Simulation Stimulation: A Peek Into Sim City’s Glassbox

If the devil is in the details then EA's city-running sim, cunningly called Sim City, is writhing on a bed, doing naughty things with a religious symbol and being doused in holy water. Ugh! It just turned its head 360 degrees! It is wickedly detailed, thanks to an engine that shows off exactly what the simulation is up to. A building like a power plant…

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Back From Simulation City: Inside Maxis’ Glass Box

Did you hear? Maxis are doing the Sim City thing again. As Sim City 2000 was one of the games that made me, I've been cautiously vibrating with excitement ever since the news of the new Sim City first started spreading, but now I'm left with questions like "Is the new Sim City going to do anything clever with the internet", "Will it have any…

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Sim City 5 Is Founded

One of the many problems with games publishers continuing to give exclusive early game reveals to magazines is that the vast majority of the world's gaming populace ends up basing its initial opinions of the game on hurried summaries and blurry scanned screenshots on forums. The lure of the free advertising in newsagents that a game magazine cover constitutes, even in this day of catastrophically…

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Sim City For Everyone!

A mere 19 years after its release, the original Sim City source code is now completely free. And not just money-free, but proper free, the code released under the GNU General Product License. In order to keep EA happy, the game's name has been completely changed throughout, instead calling it by its working title, Micropolis. Apparently the ancient code has been tidied up for those…

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Don’t call it number 5

Just spotted this on the ever-lovely Gamershell. Sim City Societies is a fascinating endeavour, as it's a Sim game without any Maxis/Will Wright involvement, and it's looking to make a clean break with the series' chequered but always entertaining past. This trailer strongly demonstrates that the focus is very different this time around, leaning on the individual buildings and overall aesthetic of your city more…

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