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Maxis closure

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville


First SimCity (2013), now this
Mar 04
Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I... read
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Free SimCity 2000

Sure, I'll take a free copy of SimCity 2000 on Origin


Don't even think about disabling disasters
Dec 09
I never thought I'd have this many games attached to my Origin account, but here we are with yet another On the House offer from Electronic Arts I might as well claim. You know, just to have. SimCity 2000 is free (read: free to keep, not free to play for a limited time) so get on that. I think the last time I seriously played this was in, gosh, middle school? It's been a while. read
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The game of life
As a growing gamer, Maxis was always one of my go-to developers at a young age. From the original SimCity, to SimAnt, to SimTower, the company was almost infallible in my eyes, and I ate up practically every simulation it had... read feature

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The Sims 4

The Sims 4 'Weirder' series tells the story of an incredibly not weird man


And Amber...It's Amber
Aug 07
EA made a video series called "Weirder Stories" to showcase the wacky lives of some theoretical citizens in the upcoming The Sims 4, and then literally made the most dull character it could. Cribbing from Dos Equis' "Most In... read
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The Sims

Yep, The Sims 4 will support mods


You'd certainly hope so
Aug 04
The Sims 4 won't "include every single feature and piece of content we added to The Sims 3 over the last five years," according to its developers, but modding? Yeah, that's not going anywhere. Sims VIP has recapped details ou... read
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Preview
We've seen some of the key features of The Sims 4 since its announcement around this time last year.. We know, for example, how easy it is to create your character, and we've seen how they've overhauled the game's build mode. But Maxis has only briefly touched on how you'll create and develop your character's goals and emotions. We saw a bit more of how that works at a recent pre-E3 briefing. read feature

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SimCity offline

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... read
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Here's why
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... read feature

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Offline SimCity

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... read
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SimCity

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 ... read
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SimCity

SimCity going futuristic in Cities of Tomorrow expansion


Scrub that dirty, filthy air
Nov 07
SimCity is due to receive its first major content expansion next week with the release of Cities of Tomorrow, which introduces a host of new building types like drone factories and air scrubbers. Check out the latest tr... read
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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. read
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SimCity

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... read
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SimCity mod support

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... read
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Sim City

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... read
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SimCity

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... read
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SimCity

SimCity feedback led to an offline The Sims 4


EA is 'making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly don’t 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. ... read
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SimCity

Developers leave Maxis to form new sim-focused studio


Jellygrade is a fun name
Jul 16
A few notable developers who worked on SimCity have left Maxis Software to form a studio of their own with the intent to continue making simulation games. The studio, Jellgrade, has been formed by creative/art director Ocean ... read
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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. ... read
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Darkspore DRM debacle

Server bugs make Darkspore unplayable, still up on Origin


DRM strikes again
Jul 01
[UPDATE:] EA responded to a Kotaku inquiry about Darkspore thusly: Maxis continues to support Darkspore and its servers. We recently resolved a problem where players were having issues connecting to the game. The post in q... read
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SimCity Mac

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... read
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Sims 3: Dragon Valley

The Sims 3: Dragon Valley lets you play with baby dragons


It's like The Sims Medieval, but not
Jun 03
The Sims 3: Dragon Valley is a new medieval-themed world available from The Sims 3 Store. A family has moved into town and they brought some baby dragons with them. There is a story between two quarreling families trying to ... read
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Wolfenstein's New Order, EA Wars & Presidential Nad-Kicks


The Destructoid Show eats pizza and stays up late
May 07
Today's Destructoid Show is here to tell you all the worst news about video games. And also some good news, too, I guess. Wolfenstein: The New Order has been announced, and it has robots. Disney has handed over the Star Wars... read
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SimCity

Maxis details SimCity's upcoming 3.0 patch


Looking to fix a majority of the road issues
May 07
Maxis has revealed what SimCity players can expect out of the upcoming 3.0 patch. A majority of the update will focus on the road system, such as traffic, transit, vehicles, and so on. Air pollution, trading, and data layer i... read
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SimCity

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.... read
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Yes, it's playable offline
In a short, rather bland announcement, Maxis has announced its next project: The Sims 4. It's due out on Windows and Mac next year, and that's about all we know at this time. I mean, it is The Sims -- not like folks need much... read feature

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SimCity

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... read
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Care for a game of juice pong?
The Sims 3: University Life is expansion pack number nine for The Sims 3, and it's essentially a re-hash of the University expansion for The Sims 2. If you decided today you wanted to start playing The Sim... read feature

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SimShady

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... read
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SimCity

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 ... read






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