Well the hardware could have done it
As evidenced by this real-time 3D animated scenery in broadcast quality here:
It's just that your average PC couldn't do it. :)
I don’t know if my gaming habits had started to become dominated by RTS and FPS games by the time SimCity 3000 made its delayed debut in 1999, but for some reason I don’t recall it registering on my radar. Strange, for not only was SimCity 2000 one of my favourite games - as it remains to this day - but its sequel was also a …
I think that your memory is failing you worse than you think - Rush Hour is the SimCity 4 addon, doing just what you said there.
SimCity 3000, at least according to Wikipedia, didn't have any add-ons...
I never placed 3000 even though I loved 2000. Does it use proper 3D meaning I can run it at a decent resolution on a modern PC?
also, wikipedia says "A version of SimCity 3000, known simply as SimCity for iPhone, was released in 2011 for the iPhone and iPod Touch"
If anyone can confirm it runs well on W7 I am going to find a copy on eBay!
To not quite* answer your question, "Can I run it at a decent resolution on a modern PC?"
I'm running it under WINE on my Fedora 18 box at 1280x1024 resolution without any problems. From what I can tell from the WineHQ website, it doesn't support widescreen resolutions, but it still gets a gold rating.
If I get a chance, I'll try installing it on the wife's Win7 laptop and let you know if it works...
* I should be a politician!
If the intent is to make me buy the new one it's failing miserably, all this series of articles is doing is reminding me how much I enjoyed the old games, and making me want to get hold of a copy of one of them.
EA can take their always-online crap and shove it where the sun don't shine.
Seems like the SimCity launch is suffering from fairly massive technical DRM-based failures at the moment
No coverage of said story on here though - isn't this the sort of story that The Register usually thrives on?
Check out the new SimCity on Amazon...out of 700 reviews (currently), 619 of them are ONE STAR!! In addition they are charging an outrageous $60 for it...it's SimCity for crying out loud.
I would have pre-ordered if it had been $30...after hearing about all the problems I think I'll just skip it.
Someone after my own heart. I even tried OTTD on my nexus 7 and likewise got annoyed with the interface. Fantastic idea as I wasted many a week on TT in my youth and would love to have revisited it on a device I could take to work to use while in meetings... I mean on lunch.
As for Sim City 3000, it was one I kind of skipped. Played it a little but I always ended up going back to 2000 for reasons I cannot recall now.
The lack of street level was a killer as far as I was concerned.
I saw the advert for the 3D walk around the city bit and as a young lad thought that looks fun!
I'm not entirely convinced it would have required a powerhouse computer either, and besides those were the days when everyone was replacing their machine every couple of years because that's about all they were good for. SimCopter was also released a couple of years prior to 3000 and that was 3D.
When I saw 3000 was then just a rehashed 2000 it just felt disappointing, hence I never played it, and I lost a good amount of my childhood to 2000, and TT.
... in a charity shop for a quid last year and it's fun to just spend an evening building up Grahamville (hell, if Sheldon can have Sheldonopolis...!) and seeing, for instance, how much you can boost property values in an area by getting rid of noisome neighbours and building lots of parks and planting trees :-)
Indeed. From Daily Writing Tips:
The verb pore, with the meaning “examine closely,” may derive from two Old English words, a verb, spyrian, meaning “to investigate, examine,” and a noun, spor, meaning “a trace, vestige.”
The noun pore, meaning “an opening in the skin,” is not related to the verb in the expression “to pore over.” The noun comes from a Greek word meaning “a passageway.”
The verb pour, meaning to transfer water or some other substance from a container, came into English by way of Old French from a Latin verb, purare, “to purify.” In ritual practice, objects are purified by pouring water over them. The English word pure comes from Latin purus, “pure.” The Latin verb came from the Latin noun.