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EA are working on a better refund service for Australians

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EA are working on a better refund service for Australians

Around the time that SimCity was imploding, EA told players that they couldn’t have refunds - unless they’d bought a boxed version, and then only within 14 days of purchase, as per Origin’s then-policy.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took exception to those stipulations: the country’s consumer law dictates that players have a right to insist on a refund when a product has a major failure.

Now, EA have agreed to create a consumer redress program for Australians who bought a faulty game through Origin from January 2012 onwards.

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SimCity developer Maxis shut down by EA

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SimCity developer Maxis shut down by EA

Maxis Emeryville, the core EA Maxis studio and SimCity developer, has been shut down by owner EA today. Maxis was one of five studios working under the EA Maxis umbrella, and over the last six years has release Spore, Darkspore and SimCity - all of which launched with a lot of criticism. 

SimCity designer and lead scripter Guillaume Pierre broken the unfortunate news on Twitter this evening. “Well it was a fun 12 years, but it's time to turn off the lights and put the key under the door," he said.

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SimCity 2000 Special Edition is temporarily free on Origin

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SimCity 2000 Special Edition is temporarily free on Origin

You usually need to work your way up to becoming a mayor of a city, or at the very least have enough money and favours to call in. 

Not today, though. SimCity 2000 Special Edition is the latest game on Origin to be given away for free, so you can bankrupt an entire city of mold it into a prosperous utopia without kissing a single baby or making any deals with organised crime. 

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SimCity modders do what Maxis couldn't: expand its maximum city size

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SimCity modders do what Maxis couldn't: expand its maximum city size

Is SimCity finally fixed? The server fires that hobbled Maxis’ game at launch were put out and, many months later, we got our much-coveted SimCity offline mode. Now we might even see an end to that third great quibble with the rebooted city builder: its claustrophobic city limits.

Project Orion is a mod already published in beta which pushes back those boundaries - with a few, heavy compromises.

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Play four hours of SimCity for free in an oddly-timed trial

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Play four hours of SimCity for free in an oddly-timed trial

EA and Maxis have released a demo for the their contemporary city-builder, due out in, er, March 2013.

So it’s a bit late, but there’s now a free trial of SimCity to play around with. You get the run of the reboot’s single player feature-set, and four hours to make your mark on an otherwise unblighted stretch of green land.

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MicropolisJS lets you play the original SimCity in your browser

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MicropolisJS lets you play the original SimCity in your browser

It’s barely a week since we had Maxis’ latest SimCity updated with an offline mode, something we’ve been asking for since it launched, and another always-online SimCity has popped up. This one’s a little more understandable, though. It’s a remake of the original 1989 SimCity that you can now play in your browser.

I’ve been playing it all afternoon and I’m a rubbish mayor.

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All aboard the local-motive: SimCity offline mode coming today via update 10

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All aboard the local-motive: SimCity offline mode coming today via update 10

I guess this is it, then. Once you’re done downloading Update 10 for SimCity, you’ll be able to turn the internet off once and for all. You’ll retreat into the personal middling town-building simulation you’ve always wanted, and never grace our front page again.

Thanks for reading. You’ll see us again in the PCGamesN Post-Apocalyptic Pamphlet, shoved hastily through your postbox by a member of the Rebel Alliance against Skynet in 2018. Until then, enjoy life in offline mode, courtesy of Maxis.

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Night-mayor nearly over: SimCity offline mode is just a spot of "final testing" away

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Night-mayor nearly over: SimCity offline mode is just a spot of "final testing" away

“Too little, too late" is the refrain I hear most often in the comment threads for articles like this one - and perhaps that’s true. Maxis certainly have a long way to go in re-earning our faith, and there are still inherent problems with SimCity’s simulation that will likely never be solved - at least not in this iteration.

But in the very near future, it’s going to become a game you can play on the train, or for 40 minutes during a power cut until your laptop battery drains to nothing. Which is something, right?

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Sim City creator Will Wright talks about Sims with SimCity director Ocean Quigley

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Sim City creator Will Wright talks about Sims with SimCity director Ocean Quigley

Excited about SimCity? It’s only a bit over two weeks away till its release and everyone has their breath held. Here is a lovely video of Will Wright, the creator of SimCity and The Sims, talking to Ocean Quigley, the Creative Director of the new SimCity.

Stop what you’re doing, go grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage, sit down and watch two of the biggest Sims fans talk about SimCity.

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Sim City trailer shows disasters are a triumph of destruction

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Sim City trailer shows disasters are a triumph of destruction

Maxis understand that, for as many children out there who like to build sandcastles, there are some kids who just want to see the world burn. Their latest trailer shows off four means in which our fair and bustling cities can be leveled by natural, and unnatural, disasters. So if you were the kid who on their day down to the beach was found using French bangers to explode their brother's three-tiered sand palace, this is for you.

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Sim City coming to Mac, beta registration available now

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Sim City coming to Mac, beta registration available now

At Gamescom, Maxis's Jordan Edelstein spoke about Sim City's development, detailing Sim City World, the community focused multiplayer half of the city-builder. Sim City World will allow players to collaborate, sharing resources and population across a network of connected, online cities. Edelstein also revealed that Sim City will be available on Mac (as will the Origin service itself). Sim City beta sign-ups have started today too, ahead of the game's launch in February 2013. The site's just crashed, naturally. Why not frantically refresh it, to inspire it back to life?

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