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SimCity can finally be played offline

One year later
Mar 18
Update 10 is available today for SimCity, meaning you can finally play the game offline. Without an Internet connection. By yourself. Like every single past Sim City game ever. EA has an FAQ on what you can expect, such as ho...

SimCity's offline mode is in final testing now

Do you care? Y/N
Mar 14
Update 10 for SimCity is the one that'll finally, finally add the option to play the game offline and according to Maxis, it's in "final testing. Almost there Mayors." This functionality was previously deemed impossible given...

It took Maxis six months to rework SimCity for offline

Here's why
Jan 14
In a blog post, SimCity single-player mode lead engineer Simon Fox has written about the lengthy process required to properly move away from multiplayer. "By the time we're finished we will have spent over six and a half mont...

SimCity will finally be playable offline

A forthcoming update will remove the requirement to be online for single-player
Jan 13
What a difference 48 hours makes. On Saturday we talked about how Maxis was introducing modding to SimCity but were leaving some fairly restrictive rules in place to preserve the integrity of the multiplayer side. Today howev...

You can now mod SimCity but only so far

If you want to get truly crazy with Maxis' flawed city builder you may be out of luck
Jan 11
We've said it plenty of times before but mods for PC games are great. Mod support is something I look for in games but it was no surprise that SimCity didn't allow mods. With the game being online all the time I assumed that ...

Hey look, SimCity is getting future cities

Hello? Anyone still reading this? ... Hello?
Oct 15
Are you still playing SimCity?! Anyone? Uhhh, well hey if you somehow still are there's going to be new content launching on November 12 in the form of Cities of Tomorrow. As you can guess by that name, you're going to get buildings that are going to look all future like. Sigh. This game had such potential. Maybe I'll give it another shot when this update is released. Maybe.

SimCity team looking into offline mode

Bigger cities, however, are definitely not happening
Oct 04
An offline mode for SimCity isn't outside the realm of possibility. Especially not in a world where Blizzard plans to take out its auction houses in Diablo III. (I'm still shocked that's going through.) "Right now we have a t...

Maxis talking to fans about mod support for SimCity

Do they really need to ask?
Oct 02
Maxis has started a discussion on its forums about possibly allowing user-generated content in SimCity. This is something everyone was screaming for when the game came out, since previous titles were mod friendly. No official...

Cities of Tomorrow is your first big Sim City expansion

Y'all are still playing Sim City, right?
Sep 19
SimCity had one of the worst launches of any game in the last few years but EA and Maxis are carrying on with plans to grow the core game with a big new expansion entitled Cities of Tomorrow which will arrive in November thi...

SimCity arrives on Mac this week

Yep, THAT SimCity
Aug 29
So, SimCity is finally coming to Macs this week for those of you who wanted it. No, not that SimCity -- this SimCity. You know, the one that caused all the ruckus because they tried to claim that the game ...

SimCity for Mac launches on August 29

Let's try this again
Aug 05
After being hit with a not insignificant delay, the Mac version of SimCity should be ready for release at the tail end of this month. At least, Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced an August 29 launch -- let's hope t...

SimCity feedback led to an offline The Sims 4

EA is 'making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly donít like'
Jul 24
The disastrous launch of SimCity is over and done with. Emerging from the wreckage with two million sales and counting, Electronic Arts is considering allowing the game to be played offline like many of us originally wanted. ...

EA considers previously impossible offline SimCity

Survey asks if customers would like it (no sh*t)
Jul 05
According to a customer survey being sent to SimCity players and posted on Reddit, Electronic Arts is thinking about adding an offline mode to the recently released game -- a mode EA said couldn't be done because of reasons. ...

Mac version of SimCity pushed back until August

Update 5 brings more bugfixes
Jun 06
Sad news Mac gamers: you'll have to wait another few months before you can get your hands on SimCity. The release has been pushed back until August, since Maxis has decided that it is "not ready for primetime yet." With the t...

EA on SimCity's launch issues: 'This won't happen again'

Labels president believes the game has 'recovered'
May 07
Discussing the SimCity launch fiasco in a call with investors today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau referred to the title as "a great game that has recovered from a challenging launch." Although that sounds disingenuous whe...

Will Wright: SimCity's server issues were 'inexcusable'

'I kind of did predict there'd be a big backlash about the DRM stuff.'
May 07
Game Industry International caught up with legendary designer Will Wright who shared his thoughts on the train wreck of a launch SimCity suffered with all of the server issues players experienced when trying to play the game....

SimCity's 2.0 update adds more bugs than it fixes

There's just too much poop everywhere
Apr 25
The SimCity 2.0 patch was released this week and has fixed some of the issues people were experiencing. Unfortunately the patch has also spawned a ton of new issues, most of which you can learn about in this ever growing Red...

Upcoming SimCity patch will address top requested fixes

Servers will be down during this April 22, 1 PM PST update
Apr 19
On April 22, SimCity will continue its arduous trek to becoming a game worthy of its name. The Update 2.0 patch will address "a number of top-requested bug fixes and improvements," according to developer Maxis. Along with som...

SimCity + toothpaste = $$$$$$$$$$!???!?!?!

You have to buy real products to get the new DLC
Apr 17
SimCity's latest stunt sees a tie-in with Crest and Oral-B tooth products, where if you buy specially marked packages of toothpaste and stuff, you'll be given a code to the new Attractions Set downloadable content. So what's ...

SimCity: Cheetah speed returns, Mac release June 11

It's kind of like the game I bought, now.
Apr 10
"Do you like to play with Cheetah Speed?" SimCity's Facebook asks. "No, I prefer not having basic functionality that keeps the game from being boring and painfully slow!" But for the rest of you, you may be happy to hear that...

Free Nissan Leaf content paves way for greener SimCity

In news that I swear didn't come on April 1
Apr 02
Guys, EA heard you. Your complaints about SimCity have finally been answered! "Why is my city so polluted and gross?" "Why would someone build a coal plant between a school and hospital in downtown?" "Why must my sims live su...

A SimCity highway that will make you soil yourself

Mar 27
Given the limited space that EA Maxis expects prospective city managers to construct in, one might be forgiven for thinking that there's not much room for bizarre experimentation in SimCity. This is not quite true, however, ...

SimCity has sold over 1 million copies since launch

It's the best selling SimCity game of all time
Mar 18
According to Electronic Arts, SimCity has sold over 1.1 million copies, making it the fastest selling SimCity game to date. About half of those sales have been for the digital version of the game.  It's interesting that ...

EA's free games for SimCity players includes SimCity 4

Plus Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and more
Mar 18
Electronic Arts is trying to make good for all their disastrous launch issues with SimCity by offering select PC games free to players. Starting today, players that have activated their copy of SimCity should receive an email...

EA censors its own support number on its forums

If nobody calls, it must mean nobody has any complaints!
Mar 16
[Editor's note: As I indicated in the third paragraph, I assumed that blocking the phone number on the forums has likely been a long-standing practice. As ZiggyMoff posted in the comments, Valve does something similar -- repl...

Subset offline mode didn't fit Maxis' vision for SimCity

Developer responds to SimCity backlash
Mar 15
After a rather eventful day of people tinkering with SimCity in order to play offline, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw has written a "straight answers" blog post addressing the game's always-on design. Those hoping for a ...

SimCity can be played offline, according to anyone but EA

Evidence mounts that 'always-on' requirement is total bunkem
Mar 14
There is mounting evidence that, despite EA Maxis' claims to the contrary, SimCity is wholly capable of being played offline -- a capability that would have saved buyers a week of hassle and tons of creativity now lost to ser...

Jimquisition: SimShitty

Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Mar 11
DRM is back again, and it's here to stay! Games are a service, so we're told, but who do they really serve? SimCity's failure to launch thanks to ludicrous DRM restrictions has been the hot topic of the week, and naturally there's a Jimquisition afoot to skewer Electronic Arts right in its Electronic Nads. Time to put a bit of stick about, wouldn't you say?

Maxis has 'no intention' of making SimCity offline

Claims the problems are 'almost behind us'
Mar 11
While SimCity's DRM-in-sheep's-clothing continues to cause playabilty issues, EA Maxis has declared its intent to keep the game tied to a server. The company will do "everything it can" to make your game playable, but that do...

Petition demands the removal of DRM from SimCity

And all future games too
Mar 08
SimCity is broken. Players aren't able to connect to the servers, and without that connection you virtually cannot do anything with the city building game. Fans are rightly outraged, taking to various social media outlets ...

EA: SimCity's broken because it's just too much fun!

Users blamed for wanting to play the game too much
Mar 08
In what has to be the most incredible display of PR spin seen in a videogame crisis, an Electronic Arts spokesperson has claimed SimCity's notoriously awful DRM setbacks are a result of the game being just too gosh-darn enjoy...

SimCity is now available on Amazon...again

Previously pulled game returns
Mar 08
SimCity is finally here, and to say EA has had a disastrous launch is an understatement. Among connection issues due to its always-on DRM scheme, EA has also reportedly denied customers refunds. As a result of this maelstrom ...

SimCity Metacritic user reviews are brutal brutal brutal!

'This is SimVillage'
Mar 08
Big game releases these days are almost always going to be subject to some literary abuse via the outlet of Metacritic user reviews, especially when a major publisher like Electronic Arts is concerned. In the case of SimCity,...

Review: SimCity

The splines aren't reticulating
Mar 08
I love the SimCity series. I played the first one for countless hours growing up, and my younger years were filled with endless play sessions of SimCity 2000 and 3000. I wanted to like the latest SimCity. The visual style loo...

No SimCity refunds on Origin

Anti-refund policy exposes the risk of buying digital
Mar 08
If you are one of the many who purchased SimCity this week and found yourself unable to play it, you may feel like you were gypped out of $60 and want your money back. Unfortunately, while physical retailers might do the hono...

PSA: Don't buy SimCity until EA fixes the servers

Hold off on getting the game until our full review
Mar 07
Our review for SimCity is coming, but server issues are making the game unplayable. I'm sure you're already aware of the need to always be online to play, but it goes a lot deeper than just a DRM issue. Data isn't stored loca...

Amazon has pulled SimCity from its store

EA server issues are to blame
Mar 07
The Amazon page for SimCity will no longer allow customers to purchase the game, citing server issues as the reason for pulling it. People all over the Internet are complaining about their inability to play SimCity ...

EA will be adding more SimCity servers over next two days

'Non-critical' features disabled in the mean time
Mar 07
The SimCity launch has been pretty disastrous to say the least. My Twitter feed has been a constant stream of players experiencing connection issues, servers that won't save their cities, long queue times to get into a server...

SimCity players experience long waits to play

Single-player game ruined by online logins
Mar 05
SimCity was released today, and due to the controversial need to always be connected to EA's server in order to play people have been experiencing long waits just trying to get in. In order to play SimCity you have ...

Our SimCity review is coming soon

So watch this tutorial to hold you over
Mar 05
Those of you super obsessed with videogame news may have noticed some SimCity reviews are already up. Destructoid was given the same access as others to play the game before release on closed servers, but we're holding our r...

Oh hey, these SimCity ads are actually funny

"It's not all kissing hands and shaking babies."
Mar 03
Typically, when it comes to videogame ads at least, actors don't usually do a good job of promoting a game. That's not the case here with these SimCity ads, thankfully. Actor Adam Devine of Workaholics fame did a few promos for the game and they're all pretty funny. Fancy that. SimCity is out this week for the PC. Are you planning on picking it up?

Will Wright checks out the new SimCity

See what the father of the series thinks of the new take
Feb 27
Will Wright is a name you should all be familiar with, you know, seeing as he's the father of everything Sims. That of course includes the city building simulation titles, like Sim City. Will moved on from Maxis to run Stupi...

The second SimCity beta starts on February 16

Heroes and Villains pack also announced
Feb 08
EA has shared the dates for the second SimCity beta -- 9AM on February 16, until 9AM on February 17. Wow EA, that's a pretty specific window! If you're interested in getting in, make sure you register before February 11 at 9...

SimCity works with real city planning models

The city builder works like the real world
Feb 01
SimCity just had it's first closed beta event and Norman Chan over at Tested decided to see how the game responded to real world city planning systems. It turns out the game responds really well to how things actually work. N...

SimCity will support cross-play between Mac and PC

Mac version coming out Spring 2013
Jan 29
Mac users will be able to get their hands all over SimCity starting this Spring. This isn't merely a port either, as Maxis is having a fully native version of the game built for the Mac OS. And best of all, there will be cro...

Your first city in SimCity will suck, and that's okay

It's all about the roads
Jan 25
One of the very first games I ever owned that truly showed me the joy of gaming was SimCity 2000 for the Mac. I lost hours of my life managing the shit out of my various towns, altering the land to best serve my capitalist ne...

SimCity will have filters for colorblind people

For the three most common forms of colorblindness
Jan 25
SimCity will have around 18 different visual filters that let you view the game in an Instagram-like fashion. More importantly, there are three specific filters that allow people with the three common forms of colorblindness ...

SimCity beta starts up on January 25

Reticulate all the splines!
Jan 18
The SimCity beta starts up on January 25, and will last through the weekend until January 28. Want to get in on the beta goodness? Well go sign up for the beta then! You have until 6PM on January 20 to register if you want to...

Here's the SimCity opening intro

Spoilers: There are buildings being built
Jan 09
SimCity is just a couple of months away and EA has released the opening intro to hold us over until the release. Granted, it's not much and you can learn a hell of a lot more about the game by watching one of the walkthrough...

SimCity cranks the always-online DRM up to eleven

Cloud saving is the latest way to bugger your customers
Dec 19
A Reddit AMA thread can do wonders for somebody's publicity, as companies and personalities engage directly with one of the largest online communities. However, Maxis didn't quite get what it wanted from the system,...

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