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Old March 10 2013, 08:15 PM   #91
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Re: The new SimCity...*sigh*

I still don't understand the appeal of this new SimCity (not saying that it has no appeal, I just don't get it). For me, what was interesting about the old SimCity games (and other similar games) was that you were calling the shots, and slowly building your city according to your wishes and preferences. It was a bit like cooking. Now it seems to me that what EA wants to put six other cooks in my kitchen who get to add spices and ingredients in my pots while I'm cooking, and I don't see how it could be entertaining in any way.
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Old March 10 2013, 08:56 PM   #92
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I still don't understand the appeal of this new SimCity (not saying that it has no appeal, I just don't get it). For me, what was interesting about the old SimCity games (and other similar games) was that you were calling the shots, and slowly building your city according to your wishes and preferences. It was a bit like cooking. Now it seems to me that what EA wants to put six other cooks in my kitchen who get to add spices and ingredients in my pots while I'm cooking, and I don't see how it could be entertaining in any way.
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Old March 10 2013, 10:06 PM   #93
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I think we all know the real reasons why they are pushing this always on DRM, because it stops second hand sales, and gives them full control of the game you bought, so in a way your only renting the game, they never loss control of the game.
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Old March 10 2013, 11:10 PM   #94
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Now that a few days have passed, have the server troubles settled down?

And has cheetah speed been reactivated yet?

I've watched some players streaming on Twitch, and the game itself - once they actually get in - looks like a lot of fun, despite the smaller map sizes. I'm tempted to pick it up, but don't want to deal with server problems or the lack of cheetah speed so will hold off deciding until they're both fixed. Anyone know what the current state is?
Worked great over the weekend for my and my brother. We've built some cities in a region and started interacting them with each other.

It really is a great game. Different then the older ones, but in a good way gameplay-wise and challenging. So much you have to keep an eye on. I really do enjoy the co-op possibilities, it allowed me to bail out my brother out of some issues with his city while he provided education for the region.
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Old March 11 2013, 12:01 AM   #95
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Cool, thanks for the feedback to everyone who replied to my question.

Sounds like server problems are more or less sorted out now, so I just need to wait for them to fix cheetah speed and then I'll probably pick up a copy. Thanks!
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Old March 11 2013, 12:10 AM   #96
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Re: The new SimCity...*sigh*

As a lifelong SimCity fan (well, for the life of the franchise, anyway), I was thrilled about the possibilities of SC5. I'd take smaller cities for the challenge of managing a region. It's different, but that'd be a new challenge, one that I could embrace. But the always-online, server-only-save, component just rubs me the wrong way.

I'm glad I have a Mac and didn't rush to purchase this right away. By the time the OSX version is available, perhaps I'll have a clearer picture on the long-term viability of the game. At least I still have my locally-saved, full-sandbox Minecraft game.
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Old March 11 2013, 01:39 AM   #97
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Re: The new SimCity...*sigh*

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I still don't understand the appeal of this new SimCity (not saying that it has no appeal, I just don't get it). For me, what was interesting about the old SimCity games (and other similar games) was that you were calling the shots, and slowly building your city according to your wishes and preferences. It was a bit like cooking. Now it seems to me that what EA wants to put six other cooks in my kitchen who get to add spices and ingredients in my pots while I'm cooking, and I don't see how it could be entertaining in any way.
I suppose it's a bit like the appeal of Minecraft multiplayer, it's fun to build with other people sometimes and explore their creations, as well as cooperating on large projects. It's not what I wanted out of the next SimCity game, but I can see why others would enjoy it. If they ever offer an offline mode in the future and I see it on sale, I might pick it up.

For now, I'll probably get Tropico 4 instead as it has cleverly been reduced to 75% off. It may not be a perfect replacement for SimCity, but it does allow me to ban contraception on a whim, or assassinate citizens for holding the wrong political views.
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Old March 11 2013, 02:52 AM   #98
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Re: The new SimCity...*sigh*

I also think the fact you cant change for public services to your neighbors quite stupid. So what if i want a city in my region to be a massive landfill, or on that does police. I can sell sewer but not garbage...thats garbage.
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Old March 11 2013, 02:03 PM   #99
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EA offer free PC game to Sim city owner over "Dumb" sim city launch.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21741528

Electronics Arts has apologised for the shambolic launch of the latest version of town-planning title SimCity.
Gamers have reported long queues to play, bugs and other glitches since SimCity launched on 5 March.
The company said the way it had set up the launch had been "dumb" and that it "really feels bad" about the way gamers had suffered.
As compensation, all those who bought SimCity will be offered a free Electronics Arts PC game this month.

Oh well, at least your getting a free game out of all the hassle.
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Old March 11 2013, 02:11 PM   #100
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EA offer free PC game to Sim city owner over "Dumb" sim city launch.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21741528

Electronics Arts has apologised for the shambolic launch of the latest version of town-planning title SimCity.
Gamers have reported long queues to play, bugs and other glitches since SimCity launched on 5 March.
The company said the way it had set up the launch had been "dumb" and that it "really feels bad" about the way gamers had suffered.
As compensation, all those who bought SimCity will be offered a free Electronics Arts PC game this month.

Oh well, at least your getting a free game out of all the hassle.
While it's nice they are offering people a free game, could their description of the issues be any more patronizing?
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Old March 11 2013, 02:21 PM   #101
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^^I think "Really feels bad" translates into "Bugger, they are complaining too loudly, do something".
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Old March 11 2013, 02:31 PM   #102
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I am enjoying the game. I like the region idea and playing online with others. Not a big fan of the small city size.
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Old March 11 2013, 04:55 PM   #103
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Re: The new SimCity...*sigh*

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I think we all know the real reasons why they are pushing this always on DRM, because it stops second hand sales, and gives them full control of the game you bought, so in a way your only renting the game, they never loss control of the game.
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True, but it's the future of gaming...and media in general.

In 10 years, I doubt video games will be sold to take home...and I'm sure DVD sales will dwindle while Netflix-like systems take over.

Am I a huge fan of it? No. Is it inevitable and am I going to swallow it like I swallowed getting an $900 television to watch HD programming? Yes.
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Old March 11 2013, 05:57 PM   #104
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I dont think people have a issue with digital delivered games, i am sure most of us have steam and console accounts with a plethra of digital games across the board and never had a issues with them, i think its more this specific form of DRM that people have a problem with, and no matter what the game has been its always been this form of DRM that caused these similar issues.
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Old March 11 2013, 07:09 PM   #105
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I actually collect the boxes and dislike digital downloads. But as Squiggy said it is the future and I doubt it will be prevented. There is too much money in it for it to go away.
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