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Indeed.

I remember someone tried to argue that the game being single threaded was actually a good thing, because it meant less work for the developers and simpler coding. Imagine if they released Crysis or Battlefield 3 single threaded only. People would have a freaking field day. SimCity is totally exempt from all this, though; EA says so. rolleyes.gif

Well, multi-threaded or not multi-threaded doesn't really matter. If a piece of software can maintain acceptable performance levels and be single threaded...I call that good programing. Plus multithreading can hurt an application as well.

Just because a piece of software is using eight threads at 95% doesn't make it good...I'd take a single efficient thread over four to eight poorly used threads any day. I've seen it happen a few times where the developer made something multi-threaded just because they wanted to or could, but then it was found that the overhead of splitting up a processes or combining the output again hurt the application more than it helped. Depends on if the work can be done in parallel or not. A good example is a data base app. If multiple I/Os can happen at the same time multi threading can really help. However, if there are dependencies or validations that must be performed as the data is written that take longer than a write then it can hurt performance as you will soon get a large queue of operations to run. These types of operations are called sequential for the whole reason that they can be done simultaneously. There is actually a whole math equation that has been developed for this. Research Amdahl's law...though I should warn you that it won't be light reading. I have an entire book dedicated to it by my desk and it is probably a good 300 pages long.
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I think I know about 2 people who still run dual cores in their main rigs...and I'm not even including people who know what Linux is either. The kind of person who is still running a Pentium 4 is not going to buy this game, no matter how much marketing EA does. (The only kind of game they'd play is Farmville)

well I wouldn't put a ring around ppl some are happy with what they have and if a game runs on it even with low settings they are fine, I had a mate who up untill last year when I upgraded this rig was using a pentium 2 it took 5 minutes to boot but he just switched it on went made a drink, now he is even happier with a Athlon 64 775 be
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well I wouldn't put a ring around ppl some are happy with what they have and if a game runs on it even with low settings they are fine, I had a mate who up untill last year when I upgraded this rig was using a pentium 2 it took 5 minutes to boot but he just switched it on went made a drink, now he is even happier with a Athlon 64 775 be

Yep, most people don't realize how much faster a new PC can be...Especially if they have an SSD, but the fact remains that most people who would have this game have dual cores or quad cores that would be going mostly idle.
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The way I first remember simcity
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The way I first remember simcity


I remember it similar to this except it was orange and black on the CGA monitor.
 
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I remember it similar to this except it was orange and black on the CGA monitor.

the amstrad cpc 464 version I had that aswell


I was 22 when this first came out
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