February 2003 News Archive

Friday, February 28, 2003

[SimCity4] Source: Matt Coats (SC4EVER.com Forums)
SimCity 4 for Macintosh Announced!
by Kevin Stange @ 7:55 PM EST
Good news to all the Mac users that have been wishing for the chance to play SimCity 4! Aspyr Media, the company that made The Sims for Mac possible, has announced that it has begun work on a Macintosh port of SimCity 4. Currently, the game is listed as in "early development," but they are targeting a release for May 2003.

Take a look at the MacGamer Article, and Aspyr's February newsletter.

Aspyr is suggesting your Mac meet these requirements in order to play the game (these may change before the release):
  • Mac OS X, version 10.2 or later
  • Power Mac G3/G4, iMac G4/eMac, PowerBook G4 (DVI model or better), iBook (32MB VRAM model only)
  • 500 MHz or faster
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 1 GB of free hard disk space available
  • Hardware 3D acceleration required: ATI Radeon or NVidia GeForce card (32 MB VRAM or better)

Thursday, February 27, 2003

[SimCity4] MaxisPaul: Plop Cheat and Patch #2
by Kevin Stange @ 12:52 PM EST
MaxisPaul (Paul Pedriana) sent over a completely unexpected email explaining why SimCity 4 has no plop cheat. He also goes on to mention a bit about improving SimCity 4's performance and a few other changes that will appear in the game's upcoming second patch. The note was quite long, so I decided to post it as an article. You can read the whole email over in the SimCity 4 Articles section of the site.

Special thanks to Paul for tossing some tasty breadcrumbs our way!

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

[SimCity4] Source: simcity.ea.com
New landmark download available
by Rand Huck @ 12:36 PM EST
Maxis has just released a third addition to their addon landmark list with the Sungrye-mun, based in Korea. The download can be found here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

[SimCity4] Source: simcity.ea.com
Maxis-made SimCity 4 city released
by Rand Huck @ 10:38 AM EST
Maxis has released a downloadable city (called "Prima"), a medium-area city of 156,000. The city can be downloaded here.

UPDATE: I have found people who have been having a hard time finding it on the site. I admit, it's quite difficult to find, but this is a direct link to the city.

Also, if you have RollerCoaster Tycoon, you might see it being saved as a Roller Coaster Tycoon scenerio. This is normal, and won't effect the download at all. Just download it into the \My Documents\SimCity 4\Regions\Downloads\ folder, and from the game, you can import it into your region.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

[SimCity4] Source: SimCity.com
.EXE Patches Released
by Kevin Stange @ 7:34 PM EST
Maxis has completed a revised set of patches for SimCity 4 that allow users to circumvent the automated patching system that was previously the only available way to update the game. This is especially welcome news to those who don't use Internet Explorer, like myself.

These patches come in five flavors for different regional releases. If you were having trouble with patching your game, head over to the SimCity 4 patches page and grab your region's .EXE release.

Monday, February 10, 2003

[SimCity4] Source: SimCity.ea.com
SimCity.ea.com releases new landmark from Seoul
by Rand Huck @ 10:38 PM EST
A new landmark has been released for SimCity 4; Seoul's City Hall Plaza, a great addition to a city's downtown of any size. You can find the download here.

Thursday, February 6, 2003

[SimCity4] Source: simcity.ea.com
SimCity.ea.com releases first SimCity 4 patch
by Rand Huck @ 7:53 PM EST
SimCity 4's official website released a patch that addresses several of the common bugs and problems. Major ones include crash problems (i.e. the one when you try My Sims mode with the Transportation CD), the difficulty of getting Houston-style skyscrapers, and making the auto-roads feature an option. For a full list of changes made, you can go to their BBS, and you can find their patch download here.
[SimCity4] Source: SimPage.net Forums
An Intelligent Look at the Forces Behind SimCity 4
by Kevin Stange @ 9:34 AM EST
Frank Bryan (aka TalonFrank) has written an excellent, in-depth article, entitled An Intelligent Look at the Forces Behind SimCity 4.

The article contains a massive amount of detail about how the game deals with different aspects of building your city, in an attempt to provide tips for better building.

The article is in the form of a 5 page PDF file, with a few illustrations making up pages 4 and 5. It's quite an interesting read, so definitely take a look if you have the time.

According to the article, it is a work in progress, and we can expect future updates. I look forward to whatever new information he comes up with.
[SimCity4] Source: SimCity.com
$100 for your thoughts on SimCity 4?
by Kevin Stange @ 9:12 AM EST
Maxis is holding focus groups that will gather feedback on SimCity 4 on Tuesday, February 11th in Encino, California. Qualified participants will get paid $100 for the 90 minute discussion. If you'll be in the area on that date, call (818) 905-9666 ext. 445 and ask to speak with Kelly for more information.

In other news, SimCity Day for Tuesday, February 4th, added two new SimCity 4 wallpapers that you can use with your computer. Head on over to SimCity.com's wallpapers page to take a look.

Saturday, February 1, 2003

[SimCity4] Source: SimCity.com
SimCity Day for January 28th
by Kevin Stange @ 2:07 AM EST
Maxis has released a download that you can use with your game!

The first download comes in the form of a landmark, The Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Click here to grab a copy for your game. Hopefully we'll be able to look forward to several additional landmarks in the near future.

Another noteworthy download is the SimCity 4 TV commercial, which Maxis has posted for all to see. If you haven't had the chance to see the commercial during your favorite TV shows, here's your chance to take a peek.

Maxis also updated the SimCity 4 FAQ page to help players get around some frequent problems that have popped up with the game.