• Category Archives Gaming
  • Sometimes I go through a bout of mad gaming. I’ll keep track of it all here.

  • Adventures in Simulation -OR- SimDisappointment 4.0

    I hate to admit, that the last few months I’ve been thinking about SimCity again.  I was a huge addict in the past, even had an entire nation of interconnected cities.  I started long, long ago with SimCity on the SNES. The hey-day of my SimCity years was on SimCity 2000, when I played alot with my buddy Tom.  We invented competing nations of cities that went on for years.  I eventually upgraded to SimCity 3000 and then to SimCity 4, the last one I played.  I never attempted the newest version, as I read a ton of horrible reviews, and it seemed to limit your city size compared to 4.  See, I enjoy the game, but I enjoy designing massive cities more.  In 4 I had an entire region that was a massive metropolis.

    Yesterday, I came across an ad for Cities: Skylines.  After doing a bit of research I realized this is what the next SimCity should have been.  It looks amazing!  I even read 2 reviews that say it has dethroned SimCity as the top city simulator (which SimCity has ALWAYS been).

    Then I realized that it was on sale for $7.50 for the next day, price is normally $30.  So I bought it!  Thats a hell of a deal to stumble across.  So I downloaded it, got it installed, and naturally it runs like shit on my aging MacBook Pro.  I kinda expected that to be honest.  But hey, for $7.50 its worth it.  And someday once I get a good gaming PC, oh look I already have it!

    At this point I decided I needed some nostalgia, so I went to install SimCity 4 and look through my old cities.  This is where the frustration and disappointment set in.  You see, SimCity 4 was an old PowerPC application. It stopped working on Mac a few systems ago.  But there WAS a patch to fix it and make it work.  I went through the install process only to find out the patch no longer works, and nobody has updated it.

    Began researching what flaming hoops I needed to jump through to get this working, when lo and behold they re-released SimCity 4 on the Mac App Store, guaranteed to work with MacOS Sierra.  For $20 goddamn dollars. I know, thats not so horrible, but I already own it!!!  Not to mention I don’t have a spare $20.

    So here we are.  I have a craving to play something SimCity-esque, and I’m thwarted at every turn.  Back to Minecraft it is… Maaaaybe Diablo 3 if I’m feeling adventurous.

  • Is anyone NOT playing Pokemon Go?

    I am utterly amazed at the phenomenon Pokemon Go has become. In less than a week, Nintendo has changed the world.

    I’m on my lunch break at work sitting outside, and I swear every second or third person I see walking by here in Bangor is playing. Doesn’t help that the park across the street is a gym. I’ve never seen such a sheer amount of people playing a game before. It’s pretty amazing.

    Nintendo has managed to get people of all ages to get up and walk more simply to catch Pokemon! It’ll be interesting to see how long this lasts.

    I do agree with my brother tho, i wanna know when we’re gonna get an augmented reality game that lets you find the Dragon Balls 🙂

  • I’ve been lost.

    The unthinkable has come to pass.  I have purchased Civilization V.  I couldn’t help myself, the complete game with all content only cost me $12 on sale.  EVIL I TELL YOU!!!

    For those of you who don’t remember, Civilization games are HIGHLY addictive to me. I’ve been known to lose days playing them…  I had been toying with the idea of loading up Civilization IV lately, as I’ve been pretty excited watching all the videos for Civilization VI when it comes out this fall 🙂

    So if anyone wonders what happened to me, I’m most likely playing Civilization V.

  • SimCity

    Hello, my name is Seth, and I’m a SimCity addict.  I’ve been clean for 2 years, 7 months, and 14 days.  Ok, that number was just pulled out of my ass, but you get the idea.  I’ve been addicted to SimCity since the very beginning, and I’m talking the SNES version folks.

    The new SimCity, either 5 or 2013, comes out on March 5th.  I spent this evening watching some videos of the gameplay, and I’m practically blown away!  It looks pretty damn amazing.  They simplified alot of the stuff from SimCity 4 that got tedious, annoying, and just plain time-consuming. Power lines and pipes are a thing of the past. They were integrated into roads, so roads will transfer power and water automatically.  Its a pretty brilliant concept.  And the biggest thing. The BIGGEST, most amazing part that I’ve seen so far, is that everything isn’t on a flipping grid anymore!!  You can actually create diagonal roads, curved roads.  Its what I’ve always dreamed of in SimCity!  I seriously can’t wait to play this game.

    Biggest downside I’ve come across so far is there’s no release date for a Mac version yet.  I’ll have to suck it up and play it on Windows in BootCamp.  Oh well.

    Here’s a gameplay video for you all 🙂

  • Diablo 3: Now with more playability!

    I’ve gone back to Diablo 3.  After the last few patches, it doesn’t suck anymore!  I’ve actually made it to Act III in Inferno.  Before I was stuck on the first enemy in Act II.  (poison = bad)

    I’m not really sure which part of the changes makes it better, but overall its just… better!  And the new Monster Level system is pretty badass.  You can adjust the power of the monsters from 1-10.  Quin and I started new characters the other day, and we’ve been playing with level 10 monsters from the beginning.  In the middle of Act II, and we’re already level 26!  It boosts the bad guys power, life, and your magic find. Or something like that.

    Anyways, Diablo 3 is much better now.  If you played it before, TRY IT AGAIN!  Now if they’d just get off their asses and develop the PvP system…