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Maxis: 'we could have built an offline mode' in SimCity

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 15, 2013 1:55pm PDT

"Could we have built a subset offline mode" in SimCity, Maxis asked. "Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn't fit with our vision."


"You can do a chargeback on your credit card (call VISA or Mastercard) if they refuse. It will ..."

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SimCity update to fix pathing issues

By Steve Watts, Mar 15, 2013 8:00am PDT

SimCity is starting to show signs of recovery, and Maxis has outlined its current moves to turn on non-essential features and plans for an upcoming patch.


"Yeah, exactly lithe same happened to me. The magic was kinda gone. I'm waiting for the patches ..."

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SimCity mod shows offline play, editing roads outside cities

By Steve Watts, Mar 14, 2013 8:15am PDT

A modder has posted a video showing SimCity highways being built outside city boundaries, and a sort of "offline mode" in which the disconnect timer has been disabled.


"id donate money if it meant that guy figuring out how to build a city using the entire region ..."

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Maxis: SimCity launch trouble 'almost behind us'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 11, 2013 8:15am PDT

SimCity has almost scrambled back to its feet following the disastrous launch that left players languishing in queues, thanks to a string of updates and new servers. Maxis claimed over the weekend that the "core problem" of being being unable to play is "almost behind us", a...


""The game was designed for MP, we sim the entire region on the server so [offline] is just not ..."

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SimCity players to get free game from EA

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 08, 2013 8:45pm PST

EA is offering a free PC game to SimCity players as an apology for the game's bungled launch.


"Apparently he puts the same amount of consideration and time into formulating his opinions as well."

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Report: SimCity referral marketing suspended pending server fixes

By Steve Watts, Mar 08, 2013 1:45pm PST

EA has reportedly sent a letter to members of the Origin LinkShare program, requesting they remove any active promotion of SimCity as the company irons out the server problems.


"76 right now, but Polygon's score is still listed as 95 (and not the revised "40"). Metacritic ..."

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EA continues to add servers to alleviate SimCity crush

By John Keefer, Mar 08, 2013 6:00am PST

The ongoing server problems with SimCity's always-on DRM connection to Origin has forced EA to disable several features, and even forced Amazon to...


"Not this guy, I'm in the military and spend a fair part of my time disconnected from the ..."

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SimCity launching more servers

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 07, 2013 6:00am PST

The launch of Maxis's new SimCity has been something of a mess, to put it mildly, with players facing long queues to even launch what is chiefly a single-player game. Good job, always-online DRM. Maxis has issued a statement saying it's "putting everything we have" towards f...


"They said the same about the Assassin's Creed games. Still got cracked."

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SimCity review: return of a classic

By Matthew Rorie, Mar 04, 2013 8:00am PST

For its avoidable limitations, SimCity is still a gorgeous and often captivating strategy game. It's easy to consider this the best city-building strategy game to arrive in years.


"Always online is just so horrible idea. Especially with a company like Electronic Arts who will ..."

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SimCity to get city size expansions

By Steve Watts, Mar 01, 2013 11:45am PST

SimCity will eventually get larger city sizes, as PC power increases so more mainstream users can access it, according to creative director Ocean Quigley.


"My dad's computer is pieced together from my last build and is quite a capable gamer. So..."

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How Will Wright plays the new SimCity

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 27, 2013 6:45am PST

You may have thoughts about the new SimCity--the city size; a lack of terraforming; its always-online DRM requirement--but your opinions don't matter. No, Will Wright, that's who we want to hear from. Metaphorically sitting in a big red leather armchair to tell a story like ...


"I remember when i begged my parents to buy sim city on the snes it was hours on end of fun, ..."

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SimCity second beta starts February 16

By Steve Watts, Feb 08, 2013 10:00am PST

SimCity is getting another beta test, this time specifically meant to stress test the servers. It will last one day, from the morning of February 16-17.


SimCity trailer shows off digital deluxe version

By Steve Watts, Jan 29, 2013 2:45pm PST

EA and Maxis have released a new trailer for SimCity, showing off the extra features you get in the $80 "Digital Deluxe" edition.


"Or a bust, lol. Still, to be able to say you bought DNF BOS is worth something."

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Three tips for building a successful SimCity

By Kat Bailey, Jan 25, 2013 6:30am PST

It's been a decade now since the last real SimCity. Think about it: George W. Bush was still president. Pluto was still a planet. Unless you really...


"Forgot another tip: Make sure you ALWAYS have internet connection. Unless of course the server ..."

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SimCity preview: preparing for the future

By Kat Bailey, Jan 25, 2013 6:00am PST

Having spent a day with SimCity, it's easy to leave some of the cynicism about the project at the door. The general impression is that the online-only integration stems in part from Maxis' desire to have as many tools at their disposal as possible. Inevitably, it will rub so...


"Is it sad that I really want to somehow be able to play the SNES music with this (which can't be ..."

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