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4 comments by TKAzA on Oct 3rd, 2013

RockPaperShotgun have had a sneak peak into EA and Maxis's Plans for user made content in Sim City.

It only makes sense to open up their biggest title to the modding scene, but will all the restrictions they are putting in place damage the relationship between maxis and the modding community?
Guess time will tell, the response thus far is positive yet concerned one.

For the most part Maxis have always been very open with modders, The Sims 3 has a huge catalog of downloadable content, from furniture, to characters even full houses and mansions are all downloadable in game.

Testing waters, but still not putting out fires.

Quote:Believe it or not - despite EA and Maxis' insistence on constant connection - SimCity has mods. Due to a lack of official tools, they're not particularly elaborate, but people have managed to tinker around under the simplified simulation's hunkered down hood. Before now, however, Maxis didn't really acknowledge, well, any of it. But now, it appears that the developer has had a change of heart. It's hoping to open up a dialogue with modders on its official forums, which is good news! Er, kinda. Problem is, there are still no plans for mod tools, and Maxis has no intention of changing whatever they want.Maxis appears to be both encouraging modding and sliding a leash around its neck. If you're hoping to add features you feel Maxis so very wrongly omitted, well, you might be disappointed:

"We would like to have a discussion with our fans regarding user-generated content and the creation of mods in SimCity under our new forum section called ‘User Generated Content'. Our goal is to ensure that we provide a place for all of our players to have fun while assuring them that the gameplay experience is safe and has integrity. It's difficult to determine what makes a ‘good' or safe mod and what mods cross the line. Clarifying guidelines for UGC will help players understand where that line is and protect both our UGC and non-UGC community. Ultimately we want everyone to have fun with the game, no matter how you play it."

The developer also posted a few explicit guidelines. Here, unfortunately, is the big one: "UGC that effects the simulation for multiplay games and features are not allowed." Unfortunately, SimCity doesn't have single-player in a traditional sense, but there's no word on how this will work with private regions or sandbox mode at the moment. Maybe those could give modders a bit more wiggle room?Right now, however, Maxis mainly seems to be interested in "encouraging the creativity of its players" through asset swapping and other cosmetic changes. That's a very limited spectrum of creativity, but then, this is the new SimCity we're talking about. I guess I don't really expect much better. And that - still, somehow - makes me distinctly sad.
By Nathan Grayson on October 2nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Ichiman94 Dec 6 2009, 5:27am says:

simcity 4 4ever
make new simcity (simcity societies is pieceofsh!t)

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nukeu Dec 24 2010, 1:32am replied:

bad its bad enough the EA TOKE OVER MAXIS (which may rest in peace) this rate i dont think theyl ever make a simcity as good as the last 3 (excluding societies)

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nukeu Sep 3 2009, 11:43pm says:


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Mavis130 Apr 28 2009, 6:39pm says:

Great game... I suck at it though. My plan is to make surrounding cities with lots of agriculture and industrial and have a central city with all of the residential and businesses. If it works... I am awesome!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Supraliminal Jun 3 2010, 12:52pm replied:

That is exactly what I do too.
In a perfect city you just can't have dirty industry,
you build a neighbouring town just for that.

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GOHANSS2 Sep 14 2008, 1:43pm says:

¡ME GUSTA MUCHOSIMO!(I like the game!)

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1234ABZ Jan 2 2007, 3:04pm says:

;( Arghh! Whay is there hardly ANY mods/downloads on this site! There is NO downloads and ONE mod.

Come on like simtropolis has thousands of downloads.
( :) Im a Member to simtropolis too :) )

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Cryptex Sep 4 2006, 11:46am says:

This is a very good game, and obviously the leader in city building. But I prefer City Life over Sim City.

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LilRazor Aug 21 2006, 9:50am says:

Cheats :
Effect Code
Toggle the 24 hour clock : stopwatch
Set time of the day (military format): whatimeizit <hh:mm>
Change city name : whererufrom <name>
Change mayor name : hellomynameis <name>
Unlock all rewards1 : you don't deserve it
Set magnification level : sizeof <0-100>
1,000 more Simoleons in treasury: weaknesspays
No power requirement for all buildings : fightthepower
No water requirement for all buildings4 : Howdryiam
Hide empty zone color : zoneria
Toggle cell warnings : tastyzots
Start recorder : recorder
Green tinge on map : gol
Empty Zone colors disappear2 : zoneria
Advisors wear llama masks : dollyllama
Display frame rate : fps
Display terrain values when query button is on3 : terrainquery
Stop news bar movement : barstuck
More pedestrians run when you look at them : watchmemove
Propellers will not rotate but still work : renderprop
Improve the environment : flora
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Have Fun .... :)

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nabegheye_gharne21 Aug 8 2006, 1:12am buried:


please give me aserial namber because my CDkey is invalide.please!please!please!please!
My E_mail is

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