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SimCity creative director says 'blundered launch' made it easier to leave

By Steve Watts, Jul 17, 2013 7:00am PDT

SimCity creative director Ocean Quigley says he was "dismayed at the blundered launch" of the game, which made leaving to form his own studio easier.

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"Someone in his position would have nothing to do with the implementation details of how the ..."

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SimCity creative director leaves EA to form Jellygrade

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 16, 2013 11:45am PDT

Ocean Quigley, creative director of SimCity has left EA to form a new independent studio.

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"I would like to think the creative minds that came up with the last SimCity were only hampered ..."

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SimCity survey gauges interest in offline mode and bigger cities

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 03, 2013 9:45am PDT

Apparently, Microsoft isn't the only company considering straying from its vision of online-only gaming. Maxis' much-criticized SimCity may also sever ties with the cloud to offer an offline mode for players.

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"If they completely remove the online requirement, give me a full featured city builder that ..."

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SimCity launches 'Airship' DLC

By Steve Watts, Jun 28, 2013 3:30pm PDT

EA and Maxis have launched the "Airships Pack" for SimCity, adding tourist and commuter blimps, balloon parks, and a special event blimp. It's available for $8.99.

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"Because patch 5.0 fixed bugs that weren't fixed for garages that had the problem, only new ones. ..."

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Mac version of SimCity delayed, not 'ready for primetime'

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 06, 2013 1:30pm PDT

Mac owners have yet to try Maxis' rebooted SimCity. Given the troubled launch of the PC original, perhaps they've been spared. Maxis has...

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"It's a 'success' because their forecasts were low for a PC game. I believe they said it was ..."

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SimCity's first DLC launches today for $10

By Andrew Yoon, May 28, 2013 12:00pm PDT

Are SimCity fans ready to start spending money? EA certainly hopes so, as the company has released the first paid expansion pack for the game.

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"This is pretty much my experience as well, the gameplay looked fun on the early streams so I ..."

- gebz see all 47 comments

SimCity 4.0 update offers 'launch park,' new region

By Steve Watts, May 23, 2013 8:00am PDT

SimCity's 4.0 update is due today, offering a new launch park for early adopters, a new region, various fixes, and some reintroduced features.

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"Most MMOs fail because they try to be like WoW. This one is failing because it tried to be like ..."

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SimCity 'Amusement Park' DLC coming May 28th

By Andrew Yoon, May 16, 2013 11:30am PDT

The first expansion pack for SimCity is set to arrive on May 28th. The "Amusement Park" add-on will allow you to "build the amusement park of your dreams, right in the middle of your city."

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"speaking of which: I like firing up RCT3 every now and then, more often than SC4"

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SimCity sales at 1.6 million since launch

By John Keefer, May 07, 2013 3:00pm PDT

Despite the well documented problems of SimCity when it released, Electronic Arts trumpeted 1.1 million in sales two weeks after launch. Now in its...

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"Still waiting for Offline, and a decent game. Screw playing Sin City 5."

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SimCity 3.0 patch promises better traffic, more hotels

By Andrew Yoon, May 06, 2013 4:15pm PDT

One month after the release of SimCity 2.0, Maxis is preparing yet another "significant update."

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"I don't think they ever said for sure they'd do it, only that is was something the potentially ..."

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The Sims 4 coming to PC and Mac in 2014, is single-player and offline [Update]

By Andrew Yoon, May 06, 2013 8:14am PDT

The Sims 4 will be coming to PC and Mac in 2014

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"Yeah, I'm pretty sure that was actually a serious issue with the online Sims game from like, the ..."

- Vincent Grayson see all 36 comments

Players say SimCity 2.0 patch introduces new bugs

By Steve Watts, Apr 24, 2013 9:00am PDT

The SimCity 2.0 patch seems to have introduced some new bugs of its own, according to users.

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"it will still suck, honestly... the game concept is just broken. Unless they rip out the agent ..."

- alexthegreat2 see all 19 comments

SimCity's 'first significant update' coming Monday

By Steve Watts, Apr 19, 2013 10:30am PDT

EA is preparing a major update for SimCity, which will come with a few small feature additions and a huge list of fixes and updates to make the game run smoother.

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"The vision set forth by the original games. SC5 is a monstrosity of bad game design."

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SimCity gets World's Largest Ball of Twine in toothpaste promotion

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 16, 2013 6:45am PDT

Gosh, wouldn't it be great to have the World's Largest Ball of Twine or a giant dinosaur statue in your SimCity to attract tourists? Yes, wouldn't it just. Unfortunately, these and another three roadside novelties are exclusive to a marketing promotion with Crest and Oral B,...

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"In a F2P game I'd see this and understand why a developer / publisher went down that route, not ..."

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SimCity Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society shutting down

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 15, 2013 7:30am PDT

"Say, that FarmVille certainly is popular," executives the industry over observed, "Let's make one of those too." And so innumerable copies of Zynga's social games (which, while perhaps not original, refined and better-marketed what came before) flooded Facebook and pocket t...

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