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Passion For The Game This Quarter

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Alongside it’s quarterly financial results, EA have published a fun infographic about it’s games.

And as you’d expect, it includes fun facts about The Sims 4, SimCity BuildIt and The Sims FreePlay!

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SimCity (2013): Now Available on Mac App Store As An Offline Game

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Aspyr Media, known for porting The Sims 2 among other Mac games, has published the SimCity Complete Edition on the Mac App Store for £29.99.

The interesting thing about this is that it is an offline only version of the game – yep, no multiplayer at all. I assume this is because the game doesn’t require Origin, which is required to play the game online.

Although I’d recommend grabbing SimCity for £24.99 with multiplayer on Origin, if you want this on the Mac App Store then you can now grab it.

The Compete Edition of SimCity comes with the base game and:

  • SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack
  • Amusement Park
  • Airship Set
  • Heroes and Villains Set
  • French, British and German City sets.

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Origin: New Year Sale (50% off Sims 4!)

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Origin are holding a New Years sale where you can grab up to 50% off tonnes of PC games! With The Sims 4 standard edition only £24.99 and SimCity at £4.99, there’s plenty of deals for Sims fans! :)

Browse Origin Store

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5 fun predictions SimCity 2000 made about the future

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Origin have posted a blog highlighting 5 predictions that SimCity 2000 made about the future… but were any of them right? ;)

The year: 2000
The prediction: Engineers design the world’s first arcology, a massive building that serves as a self-contained city.

In SimCity 2000, $100,000 gets you a giant, self-contained metropolis that 55,000 people can live inside. In real life, that kind of cash might get you a three-bedroom house on the bad side of town. Or a really, really fast car.

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The year: 2001
The prediction: Portland, Oregon is annihilated when previously unknown volcanoes erupt in the downtown area.

Technically, this scenario isn’t impossible: Portland does sit on top of an extinct volcanic field called the Boring Lava Field. Thankfully that field has remained, uh, boring to this day. Talk to any modern historian and you’ll discover that Portland was not, in fact, destroyed by volcanic eruptions in 2001.

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Origin On the House: SimCity 2000™ Special Edition

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Are you a big fan of SimCity and wish to take a stroll back in time and play SimCity 2000? Well, Origin are currently offering the SimCity 2000™ Special Edition for completely free, On the House!

Simply click here to visit Origin and add it to your game library – you get to keep it forever.

Now you can design any city you can imagine and SimCity 2000™ will bring it, and its resident Sims, to life.

It has all the features, flexibility, art, animation, and power you need to create an environment of your dreams. Choose from a selection of bonus cities and scenarios to rule or ruin as you please. Build schools, libraries, hospitals, zoos, prisons, power plants, and much more… Lay down roads, railways, and highways. Explore the underground layer and build subways and utilities without compromising your aesthetics. Customize different buildings or design your own graphics sets from scratch.

This is the ultimate classic Maxis city-building and management simulation. If this game were any more realistic, it’d be illegal to turn it off!

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SimCity (2013): New Game Update (V10.3)

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After a long period of silence, Maxis have released a new update for SimCity (2013). This new update allows you to move your multiplayer cities to offline mode.

Update 10.3 is available now. This update adds the ability to transfer your Regions and Cities from the game servers to Single-Player for Offline play. To get the update simply restart SimCity.

How to transfer your Cities to Single-Player

    • Launch SimCity and connect to the game server
    • On the Main Menu select the PLAY tab
    • You will be taken to the Region select screen where you will see the Regions you have created on the server
    • Select a Region which contains a city you want to take to Single-Player
    • You will be taken to the games Region View
    • You will see a “Transfer Region” button, click this button to start the transfer process from Multiplayer to Single-Player
    • Once the transfer is complete, you will receive a notification of completion
    • Click OK
  • You will be returned to the Region select screen where you can continue to transfer additional Regions and Cities to Single-Player

You can also do this by highlighting your Region after selecting PLAY from the Main Menu. A “Transfer Region” button will appear. Clicking the button will commence the transfer process.

Note:

    • The whole Region and its Cities will be transferred for use in Single-Player
    • You will automatically become Mayor of cities within the Region unless it contains content you do not currently own.

- If this is the situation you will be able to visit the city which uses the content.
– The city will continue to trade and simulate automatically at the same rate it had when on the game server.

    • If you purchase additional content after transferring a region you may be able to claim cities using additional content, simply load any city in your region that you control, the next time you return to the Region Overview screen if you own the same or more content than the visited city you will be assigned control of the city.
    • The file size of the download can vary depending on the number of Cities in the Region. Each city has an approximate file size of 1MB.
    • Once you have transferred your region from Multiplayer to Single-Player, your Cities in that Region will be abandoned. Other players in your Region will be able to continue online in Multiplayer or also opt to transfer to Single-Player at a later time.
  • When you transfer a City to Single-Player, the most recent Region that was transferred will appear in the top left slot of your save games.