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Why you'll 'never lose' in SimCity

Why you'll 'never lose' in SimCity

Maxis has already detailed the unspeakable fates that can befall citizens of your SimCity, but those disasters are setbacks. You won't actually lose the game, and in fact the developer has intentionally made it impossible to lose the game. According to lead designer Stone Librande, the closest you can come to a failure state is being flat broke and buried in loans.

Read more: 'It might be very painful to recover' »

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SimCity trailer demonstrates inter-city play

SimCity trailer demonstrates inter-city play

EA's banged on about how urban planners will be able to connect cities in SimCity, and now demonstrates that nicely in a new six-minute video. Each city can hook up with neighbouring cities, run by you or your chums, to import and export resources like electricity and policing, or just to be friends I guess.

Watch: Police go out, firefolk come in »

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SimCity dev diary gives literal, figurative overview

SimCity dev diary gives literal, figurative overview

The myriad of trailers and developer diaries surrounding the new SimCity have focused on some very specific features, but until today we hadn't seen them. Enter Ocean Quigley, the creative director whose name is nearly as awe-inspiring as his mustache, to correct that oversight.

Watch: A walkthrough of SimCity's new features »

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SimCity delayed, now erecting on March 5

SimCity delayed, now erecting on March 5

If you were thrilled by the recent lenghty demonstration of SimCity or the peek at its disasters, head on down to the shops now, buy a 2013 calendar, and draw a big heart around March 5. That's when Maxis's city-building sim will launch, see. It was previously slated to arrive in February.

Read more: Hitting Europe on March 8 »

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SimCity trailer is a total disaster

SimCity trailer is a total disaster

Disasters are a vital part of the SimCity series. Reactions to them vary from horror (if you put hard work into your city before having it completely wrecked) to glee (if you're a sadist). Obviously the new SimCity will offer even more detailed tragedies, and a new trailer outlines how to avoid those pitfalls.

Watch: Earthquakes, meteors, and tornadoes strike »

"I don't know how map selection works, but if I was a mayor, I would want to start a city in a ..."
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Of course SimCity will have disasters

Of course SimCity will have disasters

Like previous entries, the upcoming SimCity will feature disasters to unleash upon your virtual town. For example, this Meteor Strike (pictured) will cause quite an explosive mess when it hits. Other disasters teased by Maxis include earthquakes, tornadoes, and UFOs.

Watch: New trailer on Friday, leaked footage now »

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SimCity shows off lengthy strategy session

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SimCity shows off lengthy strategy session

SimCity marks a return to form for the series, but it won't be out until February. If you're an interested newcomer or just a long-time fan wanting something to tide you over for the next few months, a new lengthy video detailing strategies should hit the spot.

Watch: 10 minutes in a SimCity »

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SimCity multiplayer to simulate a global market

SimCity multiplayer to simulate a global market

Update - Clarified the ability to play without friends.

The newest iteration of SimCity adds online features, letting you connect your friends' cities with ease and create an inter-working economy. Being a sim city, Maxis is attempting to create an approximation of how a real economy works. Just like cities can have friendly relationships and rivalries, your SimCity can too.

Read more: Competition and commodities markets »

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SimCity coming to Mac alongside PC version

SimCity coming to Mac alongside PC version

EA announced today that its Origin platform would be heading to Mac, and the company is coming out swinging with one of its heavy-hitters for the platform. The company has given word that SimCity will release for Mac in February 2013, the same launch window given for the PC version.

Read more: Cross-platform across PC/Mac »

"Signed up for the beta. Can't wait to get my hands on this one."
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SimCity Social: More city, but also more Ville

SimCity Social: More city, but also more Ville

When Electronic Arts debuted SimCity Social, it used the tagline "More City, Less Ville." It was a direct jab at Zynga and its numerous Ville games--an odd choice, considering SimCity Social is nearly a carbon copy of Zynga's own city-building game.

What makes SimCity Social so exciting is that, at first glance, it looks like SimCity. As you start building roads, homes, and businesses, it feels like SimCity too. Unfortunately, that's really where the similarities stop. It's not long until you reach barriers that require you to be "social" and spam your friends.

Read more: The high cost of free-to-play gaming »

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SimCity Social officially launches

SimCity Social officially launches

SimCity Social has completed its beta period and launched in its full version on Facebook, EA announced today. The game launched in beta only a couple weeks ago, but now it has had its official grand opening. It's free-to-play, but relies on doling out a set number of actions per day to keep play at a steady pace.

Read more: Game partners with Dunkin Donuts »

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SimCity Social launches on Facebook

SimCity Social launches on Facebook

Maxis and Electronic Arts have unleashed yet another way to find yourself mysteriously losing time on Facebook. SimCity Social has launched on the social network in "open beta," letting everyone build their own virtual cities.

As with most Facebook games, the experience is free-to-play, meaning you won't have to buy any in-game currency to make progress through the game. However, be prepared to be bombarded with a number of social tie-ins, such as hiring friends to become researchers, or your town's fire chief.

Read more: Spend up to $100 in the free-to-play game »

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SimCity preview

SimCity preview

QUICKTAKE: EA and Maxis revive the long dormant SimCity franchise and debut the new GlassBox engine. In addition to sprinkling in new features, the new SimCity allows friends to build neighboring cities. Friends can collaborate to make their cities better--or make their world worse.

THE DEMO: Public demo attendees watched as one of the EA reps constructed various parts of his city from scratch. Three other EA reps were building their cities simultaneously, leading to a collaboration on an international airport. New features included Sims (complete with Sim voices), day/night cycles, and the long-awaited addition of curvy roads.

Read more: A bank robbery! »

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SimCity Social announced for Facebook

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SimCity Social announced for Facebook

SimCity is moving to Facebook, EA announced today at its E3 2012 press briefing. SimCity Social looks to include many of the series' recognizable city-building traits, and is due in just a few weeks on Facebook.

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SimCity expands into your home February 2013

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SimCity expands into your home February 2013

The new SimCity is coming in early 2013, Electronic Arts has announced, giving you a precise month to look forward to building your horrible coal dystopia. Its February release suggests the game has come a long way from the concept videos shown at GDC a few months ago.

Read more: More coming next week at E3 »

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