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SimCity On Sale Through Microsoft

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Have the teensiest money left over from your holiday haul and don’t know what to spend it on? Save it? Bah!

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On sale now at Microsoft.com is the SimCity Limited Edition. Regular price is $39.99, current is $14.99. That is not a bad deal at all! Remember with the Limited Edition you get Maxis Man and Dr. Vu, which are some pretty zany characters that add some neat circumstances to your game. Couple that with Cities Of Tomorrow and.. well you’re going to have a very technological city indeed!

 

(Sidenote, glad to be back!)

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SimCity Update 9 Blog

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SimCity Update 9 Release

The holiday season is upon us, Mayors! That means good food, friend and family time and game Updates! Today, Update 9 releases and I’m delighted to tell you about some of the new fixes and upgrades that await you. And because you all deserve presents for being the best city Mayors around, Maxis is excited to give everyone the Attractions Set, free of charge! Happy holidays indeed!

Attractions Set

Attractions Set

Got the holiday blues? Pull off the road, sit a spell and take a gander at one of these roadside attractions to ease the drive. Available to everyone, the Attractions set includes five roadside attractions: Giant Garden Gnome, Dolly the Dinosaur, Llarry the Llama, MaxisMan Statue and the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. Each attraction adds happiness and will also act as a tourist destination in your city. There is no need to download additional content in order to activate this set. Simply go into your Tourism Palette and they’ll be waiting for you. Spread the cheer throughout your city all year round with these attractions!

Improvements

This Update brings with it a whole host of improvements and upgrades. The SimCity Cities of Tomorrow MegaTowers operate more efficiently now and the overlays better convey the status of each floor. We’ve also sent our MagLev drivers back to be reprogrammed and these high tech trains should now operate and move more efficiently on their routes.

 

Below you can find the Update 9.0 release notes. The release date of Update 9.0 will take place on 12th December 2013

Attractions set: Available to everyone, the Attractions set includes five attractions: Giant Garden Gnome, Dolly the Dinosaur, Llarry the Llama, MaxisMan Statue and the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. Each attraction adds happiness and will also act as a tourist destination in your city.
MegaTowers: Fixed issue where in some cases Sims in populous MegaTowers would not move efficiently between levels. This will address the issue some players have seen where apartment levels request shopping while mall levels request shoppers when there are enough shops and shoppers available in the MegaTower.
MegaTowers: Fixed an issue where Sims in Megatowers were sometimes complaining that there were not enough jobs when they were actually overworked on too many 24 hour shifts. Sims in this situation will now accurately inform players that they are overworked. The excess jobs require more workers to fulfill the needs of the work deficit.

Note: The issues the MegaTower updates address may be difficult to recover from within an affected city. If you chose to work through this period of time it may be a while before you experience the full changes. Alternatively, you can demolish MegaTowers within your city to take the changes straight away.

Maglev: Fixed some cases where Maglev trains would no longer run when many trains group together at the same station.
Maglev: All Sims that get on the Maglev will now reliably disembark when reaching their stop
New: Support for Mac trackpad, mouse, magic mouse support. Pinch to zoom, two finger scroll to pan the camera, two finger rotate to rotate the camera
New: Added Option for turning off motion blur. This gives you a more customized experience for better performance
MegaTowers: Tuned so that radiation has more of an impact on MegaTowers. Sim Feedback will alert to radiation causing a decrease in happiness
MegaTowers: Should no longer complain about the lack of shoppers and not enough places to shop at the same time.
Health: Sims will no longer complain about too many deaths after MediDrones are placed in the city and the deaths per day reads zero
Processor Factory: Fixed an issue where bypassing Medium Tech industry buildings and just having high tech industry buildings would would lead to the Processor Factory remaining locked
Mac: SimCity will correctly update when enough disc space has been made available
Mac: Fixed an issue where the ‘Disable Random Disasters’ would revert back to ON after restarting SimCity
Trading: Power, Water and Sewage services provided to neighbors will now generate income for the city providing the service
Trading: ControlNet services provided to neighbors will now generate income for the city providing the service
UI: Amount of Sewage treatment available in the region will be more accurately reflected
Sandbox: Demolishing or turning off prerequisite buildings in sandbox mode will no longer cause their corresponding modules to become locked for Academy, OmegaCo, and MegaTowers.
Graphics: Fixed issue where futurized planes would change to regular planes after landing
Random Disasters: Previously queued disasters will no longer occur after disabling them in the in game options.
Achievements: Regional achievements unlock more quickly when the correct criteria are met.
Launch Arcology: Fixed an issue where the Launch Arcology would not accept new colonists after being turned off and on.
Garbage: Fixed an issue where garbage trucks would go back to the depot at 6pm in densly populated cities even though there was still garbage to be collected
Streetcars: Addressed an issue where Streetcars would get stuck and group together
OmegaCo: Production of OmegaCo will no longer display as producing x out of 0 crates and drones
Graphics: Futurized bridges will appear futurized in region view

Happy holidays, Mayors!

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SimCity: Commercial Building Concept Art

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MaxisGuillaume has released some more concept art! These consist of two low wealth, mid density commercial buildings.

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SimCity Concept Art: Low Density & Wealth Residential Homes

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Following in the footsteps of SimGuruSarah, MaxisGuillaume will be posting concept art over the coming weeks. The first images he has shared is of basic low density & wealth homes.

Thanks to Bryce for the heads up.

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SimCity Cities of Tomorrow Review

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The first expansion pack for SimCity, Cities of Tomorrow, brings an all new way to play your game. Featuring impressive visuals, a catchy soundtrack and deep gameplay, does the future look brighter for this game?

SimCity started with a large hurdle back in March when the game servers couldn’t handle capacity. Game features were turned off, such as cheetah speed and the global market, and many critics adjusted reviews to reflect the launch of the game. Since then SimCity has received many updates which brought new features, free content and bug fixes. With the launch behind us, Maxis have turned their efforts to the first SimCity expansion pack titled Cities of Tomorrow.

Cities of Tomorrow gives you the ability to take your cities into the future (sound familiar?). While some may regard it as a cosmetic change from the trailers, that’s far from the truth. You can create a utopian society underpinned by clean technology, or allow a giant corporation to plunder and pollute. In addition you can build into the sky with MegaTowers, play with two new city specialisations and watch your city transform into an all-new futuristic look!

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SimCity Cities of Tomorrow Preview

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Today we were extremely lucky as @Charlie_Sin, a PR at Maxis for The Sims 4, joined our SimCity region and shown off loads of content from Cities of Tomorrow! As we played we made sure that we took plenty of screenshots and a video of the launch arcology in action.

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SimCity Live Stream with SwwSims and SimFans

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We are live streaming SimCity with swwSims (from Platinum Simmers) and Dan (from SimFans)! Check out all of our streams below – and we may have a special visit from Charlie who works on the Maxis PR team.

Watch live video from Beyondsims on www.twitch.tv

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