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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Much-Delayed SimCity Coming to Mac August 29th




SimCity for Mac will be released on August 29th after being delayed several times in order to "ensure a great experience" for players, EA said today.

The Mac version was originally set for a February release, but was delayed to June 11th and then again delayed until August. The PC version of Sim City was released back in March.

SimCity's PC launch was more than a little rocky, largely because the game can only be played online. EA requires that the game be connected to its servers at all times to facilitate 'region play' where the cities of multiple players are connected to share utilities and citizenry.

At launch, SimCity's servers were overwhelmed with traffic and the gameplay experience was extremely poor. Today, EA seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and users are playing the game as intended.

Currently, the PC version is available via the EA's Origin store for $40, or as a digital deluxe edition with extra buildings and add-ons for $60.

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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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Too little, too late. This game sucked from the beginning and I stopped playing it. The city size is ridiculous. The only place this game runs well is in the garbage can, where it belongs, with EA.

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SimCity for Mac will be released on August 29th after being delayed several times in order to "ensure a great experience" for players, EA said today.

The Mac version was originally set for a February release, but was delayed to June 11th and then again delayed until August. The PC version of Sim City was released back in March.

SimCity's PC launch was more than a little rocky, largely because the game can only be played online. EA requires that the game be connected to its servers at all times to facilitate 'region play' where the cities of multiple players are connected to share utilities and citizenry.

At launch, SimCity's servers were overwhelmed with traffic and the gameplay experience was extremely poor. Today, EA seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and users are playing the game as intended.

Currently, the PC version is available via the EA's Origin store for $40, or as a digital deluxe edition with extra buildings and add-ons for $60.

Article Link: Much-Delayed SimCity Coming to Mac August 29th
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:49 AM   #3
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In the UK it's 45 and 65. How does that make sense :/
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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Too little, too late. This game sucked from the beginning and I stopped playing it. The city size is ridiculous. The only place this game runs well is in the garbage can, where it belongs, with EA.
played it for 2 weeks I think. I just keep following them on social networking sites, in the hope of ever seeing an update about bigger maps. Not expecting it . They're just focussing right now on selling DLC (10$ for a few props)
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:55 AM   #5
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Too little, too late. This game sucked from the beginning and I stopped playing it. The city size is ridiculous. The only place this game runs well is in the garbage can, where it belongs, with EA.
Meh... I'm torn about this. I actually enjoyed playing the game via Bootcamp, but I'd much rather have it native Mac. Rebooting into Windows and waiting for a million Windows Updates to install is exhausting.

I think half of the reason I stopped playing was Windows, but the other half was the city size limits and general bugginess.

Since it'll be free for me to download on the Mac side, I'll probably install it... but by then Summer will be over and I'll probably be on to some other game.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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If this version has a "Classic Mode" that supports both offline and large independent cities, I'm in!
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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There might be an off chance that this game might be a worthy sequel and will work perfectly on launch.

But since this is EA, I'm not counting on it though. No sale.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 11:59 AM   #8
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Disappointed to hear all the negative reviews and extended delays on this game ... Spend many many hours on the original versions back in the day!

I am hopeful for some improvements as I was excited when this was first announced.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:01 PM   #9
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trying to reserve judgement for now...

I still don't understand why they're forcing players to be online to actually be able to play the game?! It just feels like EA is trying to force something onto users that's somewhat unnecessary, rather than allowing the user to decide for themselves how that want to utilize the gameplay options available to them.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:09 PM   #10
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:09 PM   #11
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played it for 2 weeks I think. I just keep following them on social networking sites, in the hope of ever seeing an update about bigger maps. Not expecting it . They're just focussing right now on selling DLC (10$ for a few props)
That is why this game exists.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:09 PM   #12
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I still don't understand why they're forcing players to be online to actually be able to play the game?! It just feels like EA is trying to force something onto users that's somewhat unnecessary, rather than allowing the user to decide for themselves how that want to utilize the gameplay options available to them.
I would guess it is a system to help prevent piracy. The Xbox One was also trying to use that kind of system where the console had to check in with the servers and I believe that was an authentication check.

Publishers have been pushing these changes hard.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:12 PM   #13
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Don't bother... game is crap. Spend your money elsewhere.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:16 PM   #14
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in the uk it's 45 and 65. How does that make sense :/
vat.

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Too little, too late. This game sucked from the beginning and I stopped playing it. The city size is ridiculous. The only place this game runs well is in the garbage can, where it belongs, with EA.
Agreed. Yet when this game does poor sales, EA will blame the Mac gaming market rather than themselves and poor corporate decisions.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:17 PM   #15
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EA please... I'm done with you.

The game is still corrupt. Even after update 6 we still got bugs and problems. Besides those bugs... it's totally boring after you played a week or 2. You will build everything within 2 weeks, and then you are staring at your screen thinking "What is the point of this". There is no overall goal, no competition.. nothing.

You build everything in the game, and you'r done. Don't tell me there is a leader board with "most mined raw ore" and sorts... because after you know the game a bit, every non-logical person can get in those leader boards.

It's almost crap beside the graphics.. those are nice.

EA good by, and good luck.. I will not buy anything anymore from you..
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:24 PM   #16
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:27 PM   #17
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To be fair, the game has improved a lot in the last few months. RCI actually matters now, and the next update will have much needed road tools added. Of course, that should have been in 1.0...

That said, I'm not buying the game again (I returned it after the first 2 weeks) until they address the ridiculous city sizes. I don't think that'll ever happen, though, because then the Glassbox engine would really start to fall apart.

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. it's totally boring after you played a week or 2. You There is no overall goal, no competition.. nothing.
SimCity has never been about those things. It's about creating goals for yourself, and being creative in designing the city you want. SimCity actually has more "gamey" goals than the previous games, with the leaderboards, great works and various industries, and they feel a bit out of place for a SimCity game.

The thing is, the game doesn't allow for much creativity. There are no terraforming tools, and the city sizes are so small that you are essentially forced to design for maximum space efficiency, and that makes for boring cities.

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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:28 PM   #18
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I was actually looking forward to this game.., until I read you guys comments
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:28 PM   #19
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vat.
Not unless VAT is 75% (it's not, it's 20%). With current exchange rate and VAT $40 is 31.20, they're adding 50% to the price because we drive on the wrong side of the road so they had to reprogram all the sims.

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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:29 PM   #20
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EA please... I'm done with you.

The game is still corrupt. Even after update 6 we still got bugs and problems. Besides those bugs... it's totally boring after you played a week or 2. You will build everything within 2 weeks, and then you are staring at your screen thinking "What is the point of this". There is no overall goal, no competition.. nothing.

You build everything in the game, and you'r done. Don't tell me there is a leader board with "most mined raw ore" and sorts... because after you know the game a bit, every non-logical person can get in those leader boards.

It's almost crap beside the graphics.. those are nice.

EA good by, and good luck.. I will not buy anything anymore from you..
+1 to your comment. I have never known a company more hell bent on self destruction than EA. They have a great catalog of games that they try to seppuku with each new iteration. Worse yet we've gotten so invested in their IP that we moan and groan while still turning over the credit card. At some point I will have to man the eff up and stop buying ea (they don't even deserve CAPS)
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:42 PM   #21
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Can we just delay it indefinitely?
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 12:58 PM   #22
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SimCity for Mac will be released on August 29th after being delayed several times in order to "ensure a great experience" for players, EA said today.

The Mac version was originally set for a February release, but was delayed to June 11th and then again delayed until August. The PC version of Sim City was released back in March.

SimCity's PC launch was more than a little rocky, largely because the game can only be played online. EA requires that the game be connected to its servers at all times to facilitate 'region play' where the cities of multiple players are connected to share utilities and citizenry.

At launch, SimCity's servers were overwhelmed with traffic and the gameplay experience was extremely poor. Today, EA seems to have ironed out most of the bugs and users are playing the game as intended.

Currently, the PC version is available via the EA's Origin store for $40, or as a digital deluxe edition with extra buildings and add-ons for $60.

Article Link: Much-Delayed SimCity Coming to Mac August 29th
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1 - It's EA;

2 - It can ONLY be played online.

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IT SUCKS.

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I still don't understand why they're forcing players to be online to actually be able to play the game?! It just feels like EA is trying to force something onto users that's somewhat unnecessary, rather than allowing the user to decide for themselves how that want to utilize the gameplay options available to them.
Buy the classic SimCity 2000 on Gog.com and have more fun.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 01:03 PM   #23
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And collectively the world shrugs and goes "who cares"

Until they release a proper version of this i can play on the train, or in my hotel room without having to connect to the inter webs ill treat it like i treated Diablo III, a game with leprosy
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Awful game - a series of design blunders to justify the always on DRM mean it's no fun to play.

Avoid at all costs.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 01:20 PM   #25
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Was planning to buy the Mac version on launch-day. They lost my $60 due to the delay.
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