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SimCity offline

SimCity can finally be played offline

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 how there won't b...   read

 
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SimCity

SimCity's offline mode is in final testing now

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 the way SimCit...   read

 
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Fixing SimCity

It took Maxis six months to rework SimCity for offline

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 months working to ...   read

 
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Offline SimCity

SimCity will finally be playable offline

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 however, Maxis studi...   read

 
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SimCity

You can now mod SimCity but only so far

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 EA wasn't going...   read

 
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Hey look, SimCity is getting future cities

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 a...   read

 
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SimCity team looking into offline mode

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 team specificall...   read

 
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SimCity mod support

Maxis talking to fans about mod support for SimCity

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 plans for mod ...   read

 
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Cities of Tomorrow is your first big Sim City expansion

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 this year. You can...   read

 
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SimCity arrives on Mac this week

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 had to be playe...   read

 
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SimCity

SimCity for Mac launches on August 29

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 things go a bit ...   read

 
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SimCity

SimCity feedback led to an offline The Sims 4

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. Speaking to Gam...   read

 
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EA considers previously impossible offline SimCity

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. It's almost as ...   read

 
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SimCity Mac

Mac version of SimCity pushed back until August

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 terrible launch ...   read

 
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SimCity

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

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 when you look at t...   read

 
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SimCity

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

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. "I feel bad fo...   read

 
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SimCity's 2.0 update adds more bugs than it fixes

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 Reddit thread. Her...   read

 
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Upcoming SimCity patch will address top requested fixes

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 some minor content...   read

 
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SimCity

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

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 in the Attracti...   read

 
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SimCity

SimCity: Cheetah speed returns, Mac release June 11

"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 cheetah speed ...   read

 
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Free Nissan Leaf content paves way for greener SimCity

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 such dirty, miser...   read

 
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A SimCity highway that will make you soil yourself

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, as a fellow nam...   read

 
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SimCity sales

SimCity has sold over 1 million copies since launch

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 despite all of ...   read

 
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SimCity

EA's free games for SimCity players includes SimCity 4

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 with instructi...   read

 
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EA being EA

EA censors its own support number on its forums

[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 -- replaces the phone ...   read

 
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SimCity

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

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 candid response...   read

 
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SimCity can be played offline, according to anyone but EA

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 server issues. Let...   read

 
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Jimquisition: SimShitty

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 J...   read

 
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No offline SimCity

Maxis has 'no intention' of making SimCity offline

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 doesn't include t...   read

 
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SimCity

Petition demands the removal of DRM from SimCity

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 and forums, war...   read

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

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 enjoyable to quit! N...   read

 
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SimCity on Amazon

SimCity is now available on Amazon...again

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 of madness, Ama...   read

 
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SimCity Metacritic user reviews are brutal brutal brutal!

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, however, the r...   read

 
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SimCity review

Review: SimCity

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 looks great, and i...   read

 
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No SimCity refunds on Origin

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 honorable thing, Or...   read

 
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SimCity server woes

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

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 locally, so server ...   read

 
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Amazon removes SimCity

Amazon has pulled SimCity from its store

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 due to its DRM ...   read

 
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SimCity

EA will be adding more SimCity servers over next two days

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, and just comp...   read

 
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SimCity server issues

SimCity players experience long waits to play

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 to login to Ori...   read

 
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Our SimCity review is coming soon

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 review to proper...   read

 
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Oh hey, these SimCity ads are actually funny

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 an...   read

 
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Will Wright checks out the new SimCity

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 Stupid Fun Club in 2...   read

 
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The second SimCity beta starts on February 16

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 9AM, otherwise y...   read

 
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SimCity

SimCity works with real city planning models

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. Normman tried ou...   read

 
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SimCity will support cross-play between Mac and PC

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 cross-platform pla...   read

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

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 needs, and repeat...   read

 
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SimCity will have filters for colorblind people

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 to play the gam...   read

 
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SimCity beta starts up on January 25

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 see for yourse...   read

 
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Here's the SimCity opening intro

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 videos instead...   read

 
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SimCity cranks the always-online DRM up to eleven

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, after revealin...   read

 

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