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[Rock, Paper, Shotgun] Fear Not: Maxis Planning To Expand SimCity’s Cities

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...“We need to keep in mind that Sim City is a mainstream game, it’s not a game that is only going to run on high-end gaming PCs, it has to run in your Dad’s PC as well. That is just a performance decision. Given that was the performance constraint we decided to work under, we built a larger region environment and a bunch of the multiplay to work with 2km cities.”

“We’ll eventually get around to expanding the city size, but I can’t make any promises as to when.”...

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Yea, already read this. Believe it when I see it. Honestly though, the city sizes haven't bothered me so far. Region play is far more interesting now.
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it’s not a game that is only going to run on high-end gaming PCs, it has to run in your Dad’s PC as well.

This line is complete bollocks.
Its this simple.
Make big buildregions.
Make small buildregions.

We then have Two options: Big or Small.
Dad picks Small.
I pick Big.

This wont affect him in any sort of way. But really now, you didnt hear them say this about the earlier simcity games, youdont hear cities xl dev complain or tropico.
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Well that's great, as I'm already hitting the limits to my city... need to drain my oil well, and then work on rezoning the haphazard mess I made of it, to up my pop density again...
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Tired of hearing all these "we designed it to run on your dad's PC" comments. How difficult would it be to allow the user to define their own environments based upon their machines ability to perform?
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So... they designed it for a Pentium 4 1.8ghz laptop with 512MB of DDR and 11-year-old Intel integrated mobile graphics? I think not.

In reality, they are just lazy.
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Tired of hearing all these "we designed it to run on your dad's PC" comments. How difficult would it be to allow the user to define their own environments based upon their machines ability to perform?

Developers keep forgetting we have Settings for that reason.
Guess theyre too used to developing for consoles firsthand.
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So... they designed it for a Pentium 4 1.8ghz laptop with 512MB of DDR and 11-year-old Intel integrated mobile graphics? I think not.

In reality, they are just lazy.

Not lazy, greedy. This will come as a DLC. Either on it's own or part of a package .It'll sell a ton and they know it.
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Not lazy, greedy. This will come as a DLC. Either on it's own or part of a package .It'll sell a ton and they know it.
I really hope that's not true, it's bad enough that I bough the limited edition deluxe version, for the 3 added DLC items... and every time I load a map, I get thanked for being a sucker... and on he games main screen, it still advertises to me to buy the DLC I already have... annoying...
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Total annihilation did this what 16years ago.. Maps you played on depended on how much ram you had, you had a drop down box that filtered out the ungodly 64mb maps.. Of course you could attempt to play on those 64mb maps but if you had 32mb it ran really really bad..



How hard would it be to implement something like that or even take it out of the players hands and detect the specs of the machine on start up and adjust settings accordingly.
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