A new update to developer blog
for the new SimCity
has word on Maxis' efforts at addressing user complaints about the urban planning sequel. This includes complaints that the residents of the city are not as simulated as promised, and lead designer Stone Librande explains that while the Sims in the game do not have fixed residences or jobs, they do have persistent happiness states, admitting that adding more detailed persistence is a performance trade-off. He also says they are fixing the artificial stupidity that the AI drivers demonstrate, as realistic as idiotic drivers may be. This video offers a look
at SimCity "congestion avoidance tuning." Also, Computer and Video Games
notes some tweets by EA's Erik Reynolds
explaining he's being 1000% transparent
in admitting they are deleting forum posts
about hacking SimCity
to play offline. He does not forbid the discussion, but says
as a violation of their Terms of Service, it can't take place on their forums (he says they support mods, but parses this with "hacks are not mods"
), so users should: "Please move it to other places and continue the dialogue."