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Before it was released, SimCity Creative Director Ocean Quigley (who has since left Maxis to form an independent studio) said that SimCity's GlassBox engine was "built to be moddable." That may be true, but SimCity the game is a curated always-online ecosystem, not a fertile, offline ground for experiments which would otherwise interfere with the official multiplayer experience. The two seem at odds with each other, but yesterday, Maxis wrote that it encourages us to "create, redistribute, and consume Mods for SimCity." How does that work?

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I wonder what caused Maxis to have a change of heart regarding mods?
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I wonder what caused Maxis to have a change of heart regarding mods?

The belief that they would recover some more $ from their disastrous product by appealing to another niche.

It would be nice to say they wanted people to actually enjoy the game but based on the restrictions it definitely seems to be the former.
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I wonder what caused Maxis to have a change of heart regarding mods?

The belief that they would recover some more $ from their disastrous product by appealing to another niche.

It would be nice to say they wanted people to actually enjoy the game but based on the restrictions it definitely seems to be the former.

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