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SimCity Mac launch hits its own technical jam

By Steve Watts, Aug 30, 2013 9:45am PDT

SimCity's Mac launch has gotten its own share of technical problems, with users complaining of troubles with installation, poor performance, and spontaneous switching from full-screen to windowed mode.


"I thought I read that he did? Not making these kinds of games anyway."

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The Sims 4 designed for lower-end machines

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 23, 2013 2:00pm PDT

"We're really excited to say that players on lower end machines are going to have a much better experience on The Sims 4 than they did with The Sims 3," producer Ryan Vaughn said.


"Thats nice and all but the issue rarely is with the base game. Its several years later and half ..."

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Sims 4 won't import Sims 3 content

By Steve Watts, Aug 22, 2013 1:00pm PDT

The Sims 3 families and content won't import to The Sims 4, so you'll have to recreate them to continue living out their weird little lives.


"I would be more concerned about the store item content people have potentially spent thousands ..."

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The Sims 4 leak reveals more emotional sims

By Steve Watts, Aug 16, 2013 11:30am PDT

The Sims 4 is aiming to make more emotionally attuned sims, letting you utilize those to help them achieve their lifelong goals.


"I bet they'll still pee on the floor instead of using the empty bathroom 10 feet away, then die ..."

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SimCity 7.0 patch introduces bridges and tunnels

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 12, 2013 2:00pm PDT

SimCity's ready to fix your traffic problem! No, really! They mean it this time! Maybe bridges and tunnels will help?


"As with all big cities, stop and go lights are extremely important. The timing and usage is ..."

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SimCity coming to Mac August 29

By Steve Watts, Aug 06, 2013 9:05am PDT

After a few delays, SimCity is finally coming to Mac on August 29, EA and Maxis have announced


"Considering the windows folks will get this one for free..... id say 22 new sales. Maybe"

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SimCity problems led to offline Sims 4

By Steve Watts, Jul 24, 2013 11:30am PDT

EA's Frank Gibeau says that the problems with SimCity's launch and player feedback led to the decision to make The Sims 4 an offline game.


"Its almost as if they finally realized that if they piss off those last 5 or 10 customers they ..."

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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.


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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...


"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.


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

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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.


"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."


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

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