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The new game will feature issues like natural disasters and climate change

Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that the popular city building game "SimCity" will be making a comeback in 2013.

"SimCity" is a city-building simulation video game that originally launched in 1989. It was designed by Will Wright and developed by Maxis. The point of the game is to build an entire city complete with transportation systems, housing, a power grid, etc.

Since the 1989 release, there have been many other "SimCity" games like "SimCity 2000" in 1993, "SimCity 3000" in 1999, "SimCity 4" in 2003, "SimCity DS," and "SimCity Societies" in 2007.

Now, "SimCity" is back in action and will be released for PC in 2013.


"We'd like to thank the millions of fans who have helped make 'SimCity' synonymous with the city-building genre," said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President of EA's Maxis Label. "This is a franchise that means the world to us at Maxis and we're happy to be bringing it back home where we are reimagining it for an entirely new generation of players.

"Using our proprietary GlassBox Engine, 'SimCity' for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind. We are dedicated to making sure the experience -- no matter the platform -- has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth."

 

 
"SimCity" for PC will have some new challenges to look forward to, such as the need for the player to come up with climate change solutions, suitable structures against natural disasters, and renewable resources. Every decision affects the Sims living in that city, and they could even protest your choices at city hall.

To get an early glimpse of the new game, fans can go to www.simcity.com.

Sources: Reuters, Gamasutra, Sun Herald



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Great
By arazok on 3/7/2012 10:29:45 AM , Rating: 5
I hope it dosen't suck like the last one.




RE: Great
By BZDTemp on 3/7/2012 10:41:27 AM , Rating: 1
I can see this becoming DLC buying hell.

Want cool cars on the street - 5$
Hospitals - $6
Nuclear Power Plant - $10

And so on :-(


RE: Great
By Kefner on 3/7/2012 11:19:07 AM , Rating: 1
Got a great idea for you. If you don't like that, then don't buy it!


RE: Great
By voodoochile123 on 3/7/2012 8:41:22 PM , Rating: 2
You are too young/stupid to post on the internet. Please stop.


RE: Great
By DEVGRU on 3/7/2012 11:44:38 AM , Rating: 2
Oh! Don't forget the 'Climate Change'! That will cost you at least $902 billion for the Cap and Trade DLC.

What a fucking joke.

Epic Fail SimliberalCity


RE: Great
By AllYourBaseAreBelong2Us on 3/7/2012 12:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
Climate Change, no problem. Just add the Voodoo Economics expansion pack and Cons are gonna back in love with the game. Cutting taxes all the way down to zero and watching how tax revenue magically goes up.


RE: Great
By KCjoker on 3/7/2012 5:41:58 PM , Rating: 3
Or raise taxes way too high and watch what happens to the city's economy.


RE: Great
By shadowamazon on 3/7/12, Rating: 0
RE: Great
By DEVGRU on 3/7/2012 2:15:21 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Devgru if your kids play this game, it will turn them into scarf wearing gays. Gays you hear me?


LOL!

It'll be a challenge, but I think I'll still love them.

On the upside, they'll be set for life with free Obama handouts. Maybe (you know, because they're gay), they can receive millions of dollars for some useless and unproven 'green' technology? After taxes, they might be able to still afford the Starbucks? /hope


RE: Great
By ptmmac on 3/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: Great
By AnnihilatorX on 3/9/2012 8:51:44 AM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what EA will do.
I hope MAXIS be more smart on this, at least allow same amount of freedom in modding support as SC4.

And they should never dumb down the game like the other studio did for Societies. It's recipe for disaster. We love laying down water pipes.


RE: Great
By AnnihilatorX on 3/9/2012 6:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I can see this becoming DLC buying hell.


It already is:

http://store.origin.com/SimCity

8 DLCs on zero-day


RE: Great
By gamerk2 on 3/7/2012 11:16:01 AM , Rating: 3
Sim City 4 wasn't THAT bad; granted, it had a lot of gimmicks, but it actually did a lot of things right. [Automatically putting down roads for developments, for instance]. Especially after the Rush Hour expansion.

I'm worried the next one is going to be too dumbed down compared to the earlier games; we'll see...


RE: Great
By lamerz4391 on 3/7/2012 11:33:29 AM , Rating: 4
I think he's talking about the one that came after 4, SimCity Societies or something ...

I really liked SimCity 4. Still occasionally fire it up. It was a good advancement over the previous ones. The Societies one was supposed to be completely different, and suck, so I avoided that one.


RE: Great
By jimhsu on 3/7/2012 11:46:20 AM , Rating: 2
He means, of course, Societies. Simcity 4 + Rush Hour + commodity mods (e.g. Network Addon Mod) was one of the greatest city-building games ever released, if not the hardest. No city-building game since then has risen to the same level in terms of complexity and "what you can do" (I'm looking at you, Cities XL).


RE: Great
By artemicion on 3/7/2012 11:49:43 AM , Rating: 3
I liked SimCity 4 as well. But I'm somewhat astonished that my relatively new Dell XPS 15 still struggles with it performance wise.


RE: Great
By sviola on 3/7/2012 2:06:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I liked SimCity 4 as well. But I'm somewhat astonished that my relatively new Dell XPS 15 still struggles with it performance wise.


Probably bad coding. No matter the power you have in a computer, badly written software will run slow.


RE: Great
By ShaolinSoccer on 3/7/2012 5:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Probably bad coding. No matter the power you have in a computer, badly written software will run slow.


Yep. I have Mass Effect 3 playing on an old Pentium 4 3.0ghz with 2GB of ram and EVGA 9800gt on Windows XP Pro. It runs EXCELLENT at max resolution with all graphics options on. It blows my mind that a modern game that looks as good as ME3 can run on such an old PC so well. Gawd I love this game...


RE: Great
By Kurz on 3/8/2012 10:09:53 AM , Rating: 2
Well... it helps that the game was also coded for an ancient system. ;)


RE: Great
By AnnihilatorX on 3/9/2012 8:49:02 AM , Rating: 2
It's not optimized for multithreaded CPU architectures we have nowaday. When the game was out no one even thought of dual cores.

It can't even address >2GB RAM I don't think.


RE: Great
By FITCamaro on 3/7/2012 12:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
The last Sim City I liked was Sim City 3000.


RE: Great
By AnnihilatorX on 3/9/2012 8:49:57 AM , Rating: 2
Hm may I ask why? Simcity 4 was superior in every aspect, especially the modding community. Search for Simtropilis (I think) and see the user created contents


RE: Great
By AnnihilatorX on 3/9/2012 8:45:41 AM , Rating: 2
Very true, the community content for custom buildings must be already tens of Terrabytes worth for SimCity 4

The Network addon mod for the game is just awesome.


RE: Great
By stardude692001 on 3/7/2012 3:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
We can only hope, remember this is EA the company that killed two of my favorite franchises with incredibly dumbed down games, C&C red alert and tibirium respectively.

Sim city 4 wasn't too bad even if we lost some building options. I'm just looking forward to a game that I can play, 4 won't work on windows 7.


RE: Great
By sviola on 3/7/2012 3:44:58 PM , Rating: 2
You can try using Virtual Box with the hardware extensions to use the gfx card and run win xp on it.


RE: Great
By Ramtech on 3/8/2012 10:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
Vbox GPU driver is slow as hell what is really needed to play games in Virtualbox is VT-d/IOMMU


RE: Great
By jimhsu on 3/7/2012 4:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
4 should work on Windows 7. There are some tweak/patches for the graphics that need to be downloaded though.


RE: Great
By AnnihilatorX on 3/9/2012 8:53:03 AM , Rating: 2
4 works on Windows 7. Try the compatibility option, it crashes less often with that.


RE: Great
By MrBlastman on 3/7/2012 12:04:20 PM , Rating: 2
I actually have had a lot of fun with the fourth one. I can see though if you have the vanilla one how you might have been dissapointed with it. The expansions add tremendously to it--and I only paid five bucks total for everything... Thanks Steam! :)

It's really fulfilling to start a city from the ground up and end up generating such a large positive cash flow by the time you have 200k citizens that you can't spend it all. This is much easier said and boasted about than done.

The fourth one is more manageable than say the second. The second one was hard! (stupid bulldozers and terrain--cost more than anything else).


Where it belongs
By FITCamaro on 3/7/2012 12:14:34 PM , Rating: 5
Man-made climate change only belongs in the imaginary world.




RE: Where it belongs
By Hafgrim on 3/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: Where it belongs
By FITCamaro on 3/7/2012 2:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah let's just make a worthless post generalizing that saying man-made global climate change is crap means I want to burn all the forest down and use every resource frivolously.


RE: Where it belongs
By ppardee on 3/9/2012 3:52:12 PM , Rating: 1
Did you know that there are more trees in North America now than there were when the first settlers arrived? Did you know that 7/8ths of the Earth's surface is covered in water and that water contains oxygen-creating plankton? Did you know that every year our estimated oil reserves increases? Did you know that hybrid electric/electric cars use more fossil fuels over the course of their expected use than traditional internal combustion engines because of the energy required to create the batteries?

So.. About that bigger picture... Have you actually ever looked at it? Sounds to me like you're only looking at the picture the sensationalist media wants you to see... That's like looking at the world through beer goggles.


RE: Where it belongs
By ianweck on 3/10/2012 11:40:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Did you know that hybrid electric/electric cars use more fossil fuels over the course of their expected use than traditional internal combustion engines because of the energy required to create the batteries?


I'd be interested in a source for this.


RE: Where it belongs
By TSS on 3/7/2012 5:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
funny thing is, in sim city 4, i always had perfect anything, except a really, really bad enviroment.

And no matter what i do, i always end up sacrificing economic development for the enviroment, or vice versa. Even though i had very little pollution and trees everywhere, it simply hates me having industrial zones.

There's probably a hint in there somewhere...


RE: Where it belongs
By AnnihilatorX on 3/9/2012 8:47:41 AM , Rating: 2
You can develop high tech industries, which have zero pollution. But before you get to that stage you have to have dirty industries before your city is developed enough economically workforce developed enough demographically

It's alright to pollute at the start.


RE: Where it belongs
By titanmiller on 3/7/2012 6:58:04 PM , Rating: 1
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. I hope you are. Climate change is real.


RE: Where it belongs
By FITCamaro on 3/8/2012 3:27:20 PM , Rating: 2
The climate changes all the time. I said man had nothing to do with it.


Great for Politicians
By siliconvideo on 3/7/2012 1:44:18 PM , Rating: 3
I think all politicians should have to pass a SimCity test before they take office. That way maybe they'd understand that there is a connection between production, quality of life and taxes just to name a few instead of just printing or borrowing money to pay for wants and needs. On second thought, SimCity is to complicated for politicians, all they care about is how to get re-elected.




RE: Great for Politicians
By Iketh on 3/7/2012 5:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
ROFL @ SimCity test! I agree 100%!


RE: Great for Politicians
By Kurz on 3/8/2012 10:12:54 AM , Rating: 2
There are times I wish DailyTech had a Tweet Comment function. Amazing idea my good sir.


Grrrr...
By Jeff7181 on 3/7/2012 1:20:36 PM , Rating: 2
How about a new Sim Ant?




RE: Grrrr...
By ppardee on 3/9/2012 3:54:51 PM , Rating: 2
I think that's what Spore was trying for... It didn't get there. Sim Ant might be a bit too educational for the masses today.


And in other news...
By ShaolinSoccer on 3/7/2012 5:32:03 PM , Rating: 3
By kensiko on 3/7/2012 10:45:27 AM , Rating: 2
So all this video is not what will be seen in the game ? Or it's a little different but the main visual effect is there ?




EA....
By Urbanmech on 3/7/2012 12:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
SimCity 4, fantastic. Societies was crap. I would love to see SimCity go back to the complexity of SimCity 4, but I just dont trust EA not to screw it up.




Yet again..
By TSS on 3/7/2012 5:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
Aw man, that trailer looks sweet! look at the graphics, this is going to be awesome!

quote:
images are not representative of actual gameplay


Goddamnit EA..... goddamnit....




By Adam M on 3/7/2012 5:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
I have always liked most of the Sim games, with exception of The Sims. I haven't played a Maxis game in years. I have been playing a lot of Skyrim, I could use a good game to break up the dungeon diving.




Don't call it a comeback!
By Motoman on 3/8/2012 10:12:43 PM , Rating: 1
I been here for years!




How about other natural disasters?
By MeesterNid on 3/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: How about other natural disasters?
By kattanna on 3/7/2012 11:05:14 AM , Rating: 5
lets also hope they add religion so we can have people protesting schools because they teach evolution or protest how sinful the world is if you place a casino somewhere.

and for super giggity good times.. I hope they let you place a mosque close by a temple


By lamerz4391 on 3/7/2012 11:31:34 AM , Rating: 3
Ooh, a generalizing religion basher. How original!


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By FITCamaro on 3/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: How about other natural disasters?
By gamerk2 on 3/7/2012 1:50:56 PM , Rating: 5
Schools teach SCIENTIFIC theories. Plus, all religions are easily debunked through inaccuracies within their own holy books [The first five books in the Old Testimate is the worst in this regard].

Then of course, you quickly run into the problem of "who defines what is a religion". Using your argument, should Mormanism be taught? What about the "Giant Queen Spider"? WHO DECIDES WHAT IS A RELIGION AND WHAT IS NOT?

Then of course, the minute taxpayer funds go toward teaching students some of the more conservative sects of Islam, you'd be one of the first people screaming from the heavens how the federal government is "promoting terrorism".

Hence why scientific theories that are generally accepted and backed by evidence are taught, rather then teaching a doctrine that is easily refutable by observational evidence that goes against their teachings.


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By MeesterNid on 3/7/2012 2:06:18 PM , Rating: 1
Here, buddy, this solves all of the problems you're listing: get government out of education! Done and done!

All of those things you listed are problems only when there is a concept of government run education. As soon as you take the government out of the business of educating people and let private citizens use their tax dollars (ala vouchers, etc) to send their children to a school of their choice (or even teach them on their own) the problems disappear!


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By sviola on 3/7/2012 2:16:09 PM , Rating: 3
You are really misinformed here. Quality public education is necessary to improve society and make sure the country has a future. The moment you only have private schools in your country is when people will stop going to school and in 2 or 3 generations there won't be a qualified workforce. This is the biggest problem most poor countries have: poor education.


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By MeesterNid on 3/7/2012 2:47:41 PM , Rating: 3
Thanks for informing me! Though from what I can tell we already are a generation or two into people not being qualified to enter the workforce, check out the occutards everywhere.

Now allow me to return the favor and educate you. You seem to be under the impression that the government somehow magically educates people. That is not the case! They take taxpayer money and then throw it, in large wads I might add, at public schools. I even mentioned the fact that that same taxpayer money will be given to the taxpayers (in form of vouchers) to be spent on education.

You also freaked out about the poor not getting educated. Well, since they don't really pay for current public education now and are subsidized by those that do I suppose that can continue and instead of direct subsidies to public schools they'll get vouchers like the rest.

Does that help?


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By sviola on 3/7/2012 3:56:38 PM , Rating: 3
Well, having lived for the last 2 decades in an emergent country, I've seen the issues of having only private quality education. Due to this, many important jobs(usually in engineering, science and health areas) that are required for a country to advance and grow are deficitary and lacks people, impacting the health of a country.

Also, by experience, providing vouchers for people to pay for something usually equals for them to find a way to sell those vouchers (usually at a discount so the buyer can have a profit) and have the money for themselves (I see this happening here, as there are mandatory transportation vouchers that employers must give to their employees every month).

If you think there is a deficit on qualified wokers now, imagine if there was no public schools. It would only be worse.

Also, if I may have ofended you in any way on my post, I apologise.


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By MeesterNid on 3/7/2012 6:57:11 PM , Rating: 1
Well come on now, good sir! At some point folks have to start taking responsibility for their own actions/destiny/children! You can't expect the government to not only subsidize the livelihood (or education in this instance) of poor folks, but to also enforce that they use those subsidies properly...or can you?

No apologies necessary as I was not offended. You simply have a differing view point.


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By Quadrillity on 3/9/2012 9:23:37 AM , Rating: 2
LOL! You got down rated for saying that people should be responsible for their own actions... My faith in humanity is quickly slipping.


By MeesterNid on 3/9/2012 11:04:19 AM , Rating: 2
:) What can you do, right?!


By Kurz on 3/8/2012 10:30:56 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm... I suggest you look up how an educational Vocher system works.

Perhaps its the students that say well... its hard to find an engineering job in my country that pays well. Perhaps I should look elsewear. Engineers and Scientists are a special breed of people, you cant expect an emergent country to foster these kind of minds.


By sviola on 3/7/2012 3:56:44 PM , Rating: 1
Well, having lived for the last 2 decades in an emergent country, I've seen the issues of having only private quality education. Due to this, many important jobs(usually in engineering, science and health areas) that are required for a country to advance and grow are deficitary and lacks people, impacting the health of a country.

Also, by experience, providing vouchers for people to pay for something usually equals for them to find a way to sell those vouchers (usually at a discount so the buyer can have a profit) and have the money for themselves (I see this happening here, as there are mandatory transportation vouchers that employers must give to their employees every month).

If you think there is a deficit on qualified wokers now, imagine if there was no public schools. It would only be worse.

Also, if I may have ofended you in any way on my post, I apologise.


By tamalero on 3/8/2012 12:44:20 AM , Rating: 2
Please tell me which school gives decent or great studying quality without costing a ridiculous amounts noone can afford and will get them in severe debt?


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By ppardee on 3/9/2012 4:17:25 PM , Rating: 2
Trying to separate the church and state education is a noble endeavor, but it is futile. No matter what you do, you're indoctrinating the kids one way or the other. What you call scientific theories will be debunked soon enough. The widely accepted creation myth in the scientific circles is absolutely absurd.

A giant mass of matter and energy (which came from no where? It had to always exist or it would violate the law of conservation of energy) exploded and generated lots of hydrogen and a bit of helium. These gasses got together en masse and ignited, during the massive nuclear reaction going on inside these giant balls of gas, other elements were created. This is, of course, impossible, but quantum tunneling allows impossible stuff like that to happen. Now, a bunch of these other elements got together and formed planets. At least one of these planets had just the right stuff and was in just the right place in its solar system to allow amino acids to form and then spontaneously reproduce, change and grow. These turned into single-cell organisms that reproduced asexually... Somewhere along the line, they turned into multicellular, sexually reproducing organisms that built tools and were able to create websites on which to argue how they came about. All of this happened randomly, though. Yeah... that's what I'm going to hang my hat on.

The universe is necessarily finite if you believe the current laws of thermodynamics. What are the odds that a planet with the right conditions would exist (Size, place, composition), that sufficient amino acids would be available and that these amino acids would arrange themselves randomly into a viable combination that would produce life (there are about 1.5 x 10^84 possible genetic combinations), that life would not be destroyed by a random event before it was able to become robust enough to survive, that it would be able to thrive and evolve into a sentient being... all randomly. I frankly would be embarrassed to admit in public that I believed that was definitely the case. This is what the people who call themselves scientists accept as the answer because they can't come up with anything more reasonable without resorting to God or "if you see something like that... a wizard did it!"


By ianweck on 3/10/2012 11:52:24 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
A giant mass of matter and energy (which came from no where? It had to always exist or it would violate the law of conservation of energy) exploded and generated lots of hydrogen and a bit of helium. These gasses got together en masse and ignited, during the massive nuclear reaction ....whole bunch of stuff


I have faith that this is exactly what happened.


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By fredgiblet on 3/7/2012 2:10:09 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
theories


inigomontoya.jpg

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_theory

To be fair it's easy to misunderstand, the general usage of of the word can mean anythign from the ACTUAL meaning all the way to "an idea I scraped off my underwear". But when it's used by scientists it has an actual meaning (or rather a couple actual meanings), that you should know if you're going to make informed decisions.

Of course that assumes you WANT to make informed decisions...


RE: How about other natural disasters?
By kattanna on 3/7/2012 2:23:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Of course that assumes you WANT to make informed decisions...


but that would involve effort


By Etsp on 3/8/2012 10:18:12 AM , Rating: 2
and independent thought!


By ppardee on 3/9/2012 4:20:30 PM , Rating: 2
I find it very interesting that most people who talk about other people making informed decisions are usually doing it when someone else doesn't agree with what they're saying...

Not saying you're doing it... just a random thought.


By ShaolinSoccer on 3/7/2012 5:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
You may hate religion but believing there isn't a God is illogical. Just watch the "scientific" show Through The Wormhole and you may change your view of God...


By Integral9 on 3/7/2012 12:44:22 PM , Rating: 2
That's easy. All you have to do is play the game and you'll get to experience that first hand.


By geddarkstorm on 3/7/2012 1:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
You mean the player?


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