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SimCity Social doesn't sound too promising

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Granted it's a Facebook game, but I hope this is not a sign of how EA designs the new SimCity


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It's an overhyped application for Facebook. What do you expect? :P
I've tried it. It's not nearly as fun as SC4 and the social bit is irritating.
How the hell does this constitute 'news'?
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SparkleMagic91
Jun 29, 2012 - 07:04 PM

How the hell does this constitute 'news'?


It must be a slow news day.

How the hell does this constitute 'news'?


Because it's a news article about SimCity
I'm sorry, I didn't realise there was a link to an article. It seemed like someone was just expressing their own brief view which would be better shared on the forums.
It's EA's Cityville, clearing ripping off the game. I think it feels a little better, but it's still a Facebook give me your money to get somewhere game.
2 things:
1. The game isn't even done yet. Just look at how long it took for Cityville to get to the point it's at now. Let's also hope that SCS (not Simcity Societies) does not end up like CItyville has.

2. Do you honestly expect that it will be like SC4? It's a FACEBOOK GAME. It's just the same as all other Facebook games, it requires large amounts of Social interactions with friends.

In my opinion, SCS and the social interaction is a great thing for the entire franchise. Just look at how many people have liked it, 736 thousand! It's great advertising, hopefully it will encourage more people to try SC4 and Simcity.

2 things:
1. The game isn't even done yet. Just look at how long it took for Cityville to get to the point it's at now. Let's also hope that SCS (not Simcity Societies) does not end up like CItyville has.

2. Do you honestly expect that it will be like SC4? It's a FACEBOOK GAME. It's just the same as all other Facebook games, it requires large amounts of Social interactions with friends.

In my opinion, SCS and the social interaction is a great thing for the entire franchise. Just look at how many people have liked it, 736 thousand! It's great advertising, hopefully it will encourage more people to try SC4 and Simcity.


The reason for the 736 thousand likes is because EA bombard your email address to like the game and get 5000 free extra simoleons to spend in the game.

I tried the game but quickly became irritated due to the constant spam requests. The implementation of the energy consumption feature is just plain stupid. The most annoying of all was having to constantly click on businesses to collect income. I also hated the constant bombardment of purchase diamonds offers every time I click the mouse.
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A Nonny Moose
Jun 30, 2012 - 08:05 AM
Cynically, could they be trying to recoup the mess that resulted from SC:S?

jacksunny, on , said:

2 things:
1. The game isn't even done yet. Just look at how long it took for Cityville to get to the point it's at now. Let's also hope that SCS (not Simcity Societies) does not end up like CItyville has.

2. Do you honestly expect that it will be like SC4? It's a FACEBOOK GAME. It's just the same as all other Facebook games, it requires large amounts of Social interactions with friends.

In my opinion, SCS and the social interaction is a great thing for the entire franchise. Just look at how many people have liked it, 736 thousand! It's great advertising, hopefully it will encourage more people to try SC4 and Simcity.

The reason for the 736 thousand likes is because EA bombard your email address to like the game and get 5000 free extra simoleons to spend in the game.

I tried the game but quickly became irritated due to the constant spam requests. The implementation of the energy consumption feature is just plain stupid. The most annoying of all was having to constantly click on businesses to collect income. I also hated the constant bombardment of purchase diamonds offers every time I click the mouse.


Again, it's no different from any other Facebook game.
I clicked Like, because I liked the game.

It's not really made specifically for the core group. But I still find it fun either way.
Ugh... I’m sick of the whiners. If you think you won’t enjoy, don’t bother buying it, and keep your crap to yourself. It’s just a mini game for Facebook… WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL???

Cynically, could they be trying to recoup the mess that resulted from SC:S?


SimCity Societies was fine… Just a different style.

A Nonny Moose, on , said:

Cynically, could they be trying to recoup the mess that resulted from SC:S?

Recoup?? Your telling me the game already failed before they even got started!?!?

NO, that information is WRONG. If it failed, they wouldn’t keep saying it will be released in 2013. Especially they keep having new articles about the game engine all the time!!


Do you listen to what you're saying? SimCity Societies is dead. He wasn't talking about SimCity 2013.
Nothing we weren't expecting from this 'social' wave. Don't expect SC2013 to be much different.
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A Nonny Moose
Jul 01, 2012 - 10:21 AM
From what I've seen recently SimCity 2013 will be a totally new approach. Will Wright said they had "programmed themselves into a corner" with SC4.

SC4 has a large fan base, and I don't see much erosion of it with the release of the new game. Surely we all play more than one game?
what corner? one might ask. Still lots of improvement possible on SC4
Personally, I don't see how SC2013 and SimCity Social are related...

SC2013 is being developed my Maxis. SimCity Social is completely unrelated to SC2013, other than the name SimCity (which EA is using only to promote sales of SimCity 2013). This is because EA owns Maxis, so it owns the SimCity franchise. Any way they can juice the money out of Maxis, they will. Despite this, the game is still being developed by Maxis, and I have faith in what Maxis can do. After all Maxis made the original SimCity, SC2k, SC3k, and SC4; not the other failure of a game, SimCity Societies.
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Halen Of Dania
Jul 02, 2012 - 10:04 AM

Personally, I don't see how SC2013 and SimCity Social are related...

SC2013 is being developed my Maxis. SimCity Social is completely unrelated to SC2013, other than the name SimCity (which EA is using only to promote sales of SimCity 2013). This is because EA owns Maxis, so it owns the SimCity franchise. Any way they can juice the money out of Maxis, they will. Despite this, the game is still being developed by Maxis, and I have faith in what Maxis can do. After all Maxis made the original SimCity, SC2k, SC3k, and SC4; not the other failure of a game, SimCity Societies.


indeed. The only thing closest I can see now that is a relation to anything that that will be in sc2013 will be the regional build, and that isn't even completely social. It's an unfair comparision and is completely besides the point of this news piece and was a waste of a debate !!!
enough said !
SimCity Social is marginally better than CityVille, is a ploy by EA to make Playfish generate hype/attention for SC2013, and I play it.
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chocolate_city
Jul 04, 2012 - 04:21 AM
IF its nothing like new Sim City... then why do it... This is just a taste of whats to come... I really really really really want to be wrong...
The criticisms of SimCity Social in this article remind me so strongly of SimCity Societies fatal flaws. The lack of any serious detrimental effects, happiness of citizens reflected but not really tied to any simulation, the large variety of buildings acting as little more than visual props due to the lack of simulation... However this is no surprise at all, this is just how Facebook games are. I don't know why anyone would see this as some sort of omen for how the new Simcity will play.

I get quite the opposite impression - it is the Facebook game that uses the brand to promote an easy, shallow game. The new Simcity goes in the opposite direction. This is backed up by a presentation video I saw here a while back which showcased both games, after Simcity Social had been done, the presenter (some Maxis boss I think?) said: "and now for our hardcore fans..." to lead on to Simcity 2013. Cynics may say that I'm just buying into marketing spin, but the presenters statement makes sense in light of all the things we're hearing about GlassBox - people who just want to mess around plonking down buildings without consequences wouldn't care about fancy agent based simulation, so the fact that Maxis keeps mentioning it makes me think they're aiming for a more serious audience.
You're talking about Lucy Bradshaw. E remember her back in the day when she was working on The Sims 2 NightLife. To me it is no coincidence that she's been through The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and is now on the team for SimCity 2013. She did a great job promoting and directing The Sims teams and EA is trying to recycle the brands it acquired from Maxis. And since The Sims was such a great success they are applying the same recipe to SimCity. Sure the hardcore fans won't like it but We are not a representative part in the Marketing game. EA, Maxis and SimCity are following in another direction, period.