SimCity Tag

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 06 Aug 2014

Oh EA, why can't you just get it right? After an abysmal launch of Sim City, followed by a 180 on the whole "we can't just make it offline for single player" claim, Sim City hasn't done as well as it should have. EA wants to give you a chance to try it, risk free. But it's not quite as cool as it sounds.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 15 Jan 2014

Maxis has done a big 180 degree turnaround, and has announced it’lll finally be adding the much requested, previously impossible-to-implement offline mode to city builder SimCity. In a new update, lead game engineer Simon Fox has said in a new blog post that implementing offline wasn’t as easy as flipping a switch.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 14 Jan 2014

Yesterday’s late afternoon big news was that yes, SimCity would finally be getting a single-player, offline mode a little after the mod support was confirmed . That’s pretty fantastic; the lack of an offline mode is one of the biggest gripes people had with the game after its release. The downside here is that EA very much lied to you.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 13 Jan 2014

SimCity hasn’t had the easiest time since it’s arrival with the small city sizes and always online requirement raising the ire of many a gamer. Personally I still love jumping into the game every now and then and attempting to build my empire.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 07 Oct 2013

Consumers don’t like it when you force them to go online just to play your single player games. They like it even less when the servers they have to connect to are down, broken, or just not up to the task. That was just one of the myriad problems faced by the latest incarnation of the famed city-builder, SimCity. And it’s one that could be going away.

Posted by Zoe Hawkins - 08 Jul 2013

EA has gotten considerable flak for its always-online SimCity.  We were given a variety of reasons for always online, most of which were proven false.  Now, it looks like SimCity might soon be getting offline capabilities.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 26 Jun 2013

While former Epic designer Cliff Bleszinski was none-too-pleased about Microsoft’s rapid DRM policy shift – convinced as he is, despite the Lamborghini he drives, that used games are the devil – former Maxis designer Will Wright is rather pleased. Mostly because it shows that these corporations are actually capable of listening to consumers, who’re getting more involved with the how games are being made.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 25 Apr 2013

It’s not an easy life for the citizens of my sprawling Mega-City One. Their children have to go to school right next to a nuclear waste plant, while citizens are complaining about the fact that I may have built a sewerage plant in the middle of main street. Surprisingly though, that lifestyle was actually better before the latest patch for the SimCity MMO arrived.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 17 Apr 2013

EA have teamed up with Crest toothpaste in the States to offer some new DLC for all those gamers who pop out to their local shops to pick up a tube of toothpaste. Some sites are taking offense with this for ethical reasons but I do think that’s going a bit far.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 03 Apr 2013

EA games have announced they are releasing some free DLC for SimCity which is something that people are normally very excited about.. yet I have a feeling this offer is going to bring out the anger in the comments.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Mar 2013

This upcoming weekend is more than just a well deserved break and an excuse to eat more fish than usual! There’s a few religious conotations attached to it as well, dealing with a super-saviour showing the Romans who the real Israeli Wolverine was! Romanes eunt domus! So in keeping with that theme, we’re taking a look at several video games which also managed to come back from the dead.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 20 Mar 2013

There’s nothing worse than being a paying customer, and having to jump through hoops to get your freshly-purchased game working. Well, there’s being sodomised by a rabid elephant while fire-ants nip at your genitals, but that happens only once or twice in your lifetime; while DRM is a regular occurrence. All too often DRM, like your girlfriend’s monthly ovarian operating system reboot, gets in the way of you having a good time. Affirming what we’ve all believed for forever, Super Meat Boy developer Tommy Refenes argues (via Destructoid) that DRM does nothing to stop piracy – but in fact makes it more likely a thing to happen.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 19 Mar 2013

So the disastrous SimCity launch is now nearly over and things are pretty much stable -  but EA knows we haven’t forgotten about what happened. And to try and please the angry mobs they have come out and stated that if you have activated a copy of SimCity before the 25th of March 23:59 PDT then you can pick one of these games for free.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 18 Mar 2013

So conspiracy theorists across the world went nuts last week when it was proven that you can indeed play SimCity offline with a quick patch. However what people failed to understand is that it wasn’t only the ability to save games that was lost but also the entire point of this SimCity.

Posted by Gavin Mannion - 15 Mar 2013

I’ve been playing a lot of SimCity recently but I’m obviously not very good as I haven’t yet run into this major traffic problem that is getting more and more coverage. But if you are good and having problems then I have some good news.