The new SimCity...*sigh*

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  1. Haggis and tatties

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    ^^I think "Really feels bad" translates into "Bugger, they are complaining too loudly, do something".:lol:
     
  2. Patrick O'Brien

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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.
     
  3. Squiggy

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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.
     
  4. Haggis and tatties

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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.
     
  5. ThunderAeroI

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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.
     
  6. Robert Maxwell

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    I used to collect the boxes, until I asked myself why I was using up valuable space hoarding massive amounts of empty cardboard boxes. I mean, I put the manuals on a bookshelf (so I can get to them without having to hunt down a box), and apart from looking nice, what do the boxes do?

    So, I got out of that habit.
     
  7. JarodRussell

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    I don't collect boxes, but I do want to have something physical that I can put on a shelf. I don't like these oversized boxes that were standard up to ten years ago, I also don't care for oversized collector boxes. The standard DVD and bluray casings are mighty fine, though. And steelbooks are truly wonderful.
     
  8. Robert Maxwell

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    I'm cool with games coming in jewel cases, considering I have a few racks for those. The DVD-style cases are just stupid, though. But it seems all the console manufacturers have gone to that format, so naturally PC game manufacturers had to follow suit.
     
  9. ATimson

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    Why are they stupid? They're pretty much the best compromise in size - big enough where they can still fit a manual, small enough that retailers are happy.
     
  10. JarodRussell

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    That's my thought as well, I think it's the ideal size and format.
     
  11. Squiggy

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    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9xAVadoMwzA#![/yt]
     
  12. Ancient Mariner

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    "Don't cry. We'll play SimCity 4." :lol:
     
  13. Robert Maxwell

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    What "manuals"? You mean the 10-30 page booklets they occasionally include?

    Don't make me laugh. :p
     
  14. ThunderAeroI

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    The best part is at the end where he tells them to shot him in the head if he buys another EA game....and then tells them to preorder Battlefield 4.

    Edit: after watching this video it is different then the one I watched. Still funny though.
     
  15. Emher

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    Cheetah speed works fine for me.
     
  16. TheGodBen

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    Are you sure about that? Because it was still disabled as of 9 hours ago. You can click on the button and the game will claim it is running at cheetah speed, but the simulation still runs at normal speed.
     
  17. Emher

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    I was so sure I saw the animations change when I hit the button. But I checked, and right you are.
     
  18. Alidar Jarok

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    They don't have Cheetah Speed, but they do have Placebo Speed ;)
     
  19. TheGodBen

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    Add this to the list of user complaints about SimCity: The game pads out the population figure to make your city seem bigger than it is. For the first 500 sims, everything runs as expected, but after that point the game starts multiplying the population figures non-linearly. At 1,500 sims, the game claims your population is roughly 5,000, and at 15,000 sims the game claims your population is 100,000. The extra 85,000 "phantom sims" play no role in the simulation, they're completely fake. They don't have homes, they don't go to work, they don't pay taxes. They presumably exist to try and hide how small the cities in the game really are.

    I can understand why Maxis did that, simulating hundreds of thousands of individual sims would probably have killed most computers. But having the game cover up how small the cities are by lying about your population seems really dishonest.
     
  20. Robert Maxwell

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    That's actually kind of clever, and makes sense in a statistical sort of way. Beyond a certain number, there's no real benefit to simulating that many individuals.