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Maxis: That's Rain on Your Leg

The SimCity Blog has a follow-up to recent outcry over plans to require an internet connection to play the upcoming SimCity revival (thanks GameSpot). Lucy Bradshaw explains to players how this will make the game "even more fun." Here's a bit:

Running the regional simulation on our servers is something we also use to support features that will make this SimCity even more fun. We use the Sim data to update worldwide leaderboards, where you get to see your city or mayoral standings as compared to the other cities in your region and between all of the regions in the world. And since SimCity is a live service, we're also using the data to create weekly global and local challenges for our players that keep the gameplay fresh and surprising.

We think this is the best SimCity ever and it wouldn’t be possible without the technology that powers our game. SimCity was designed to be connected from the ground up. We built the game around GlassBox, which takes the game to another level. And, we’ve given the player control over how to play. You can set your region to private and never interact with other people, or you can play exclusively with friends or join a public region.

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23. Re: Maxis: That's Rain on Your Leg Dec 22, 2012, 13:45 eRe4s3r
They say they are really running simulations on regional "passive" cities on their own servers which I have to admit is one of these things that piss me off to no end in Sim City 4 (namely, cities are only very very barebone'ish interacting, if at ALL) then that would be at least an interesting concept. But I don't buy it for 1 second that my 6core high end gaming PC has less computational power than their servers.

And certainly not if 1 update cycle is 3 minutes per city... (and why 3 minutes, even if the local PC is slow, it could be 5, 10, 15 or 30)

Or basically, the technical facts they state are interesting, but they are still selling bullshit. There is no way their servers can calculate whatever they calculate faster than my PC sends it there and receives it back and 3 minutes.. holy hell, there is not a lot of things a PC can't calculate in 3 minutes....

It will be hilarious if the final game only uses 2 cores though. Because that would mean they intentionally gimped it.

Also, this whole thing screams "server emulation" to me. Even if they are not down, but I would want a server emulator just so I could tweak and mod the game. It's like they are asking not to be bought.

Well at least for me it's a no-sale. No Subway is the death sentence imo. Subways are what makes cities work. This is not sim city. It is sim-ville. Sure 16 villages kinda make a city, but in the end it's not what Sim City is about.
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