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The story behind OpenSimcity

I’ve always loved playing SimCity since I was little. I used to play the Super Nintendo version for hours on end. That version was really cool. It had 4 seasons (winter, spring, summer and fall) and many landscapes, settings to choose from. It was a great success at the time. It was clearly the most popular video game.

Then SimCity 2000 was released. It was almost like a revolution.

Lots of new things to use, better graphics, more innovative and the game engine.

it was more advanced. So that was very good news (except for the fact that the

the seasons were gone).

But the follower that came after SC2000, SimCity3000 was a real disaster. Well

there were more tools, advisors, and more advanced terrain (the witch was shit

because you couldn’t build anything on it) but nothing special. Tea

The graphics were probably the worst part. It was more advanced but everything just

it looked like shit. It was a blurry hell. I’d say this doesn’t feel like a

upgrade more like a delayed downgrade. It was fun in 2 weeks, but no more.

And after that failure, a new version would be released, SimCity 4. This time, the

The MAXIS programmers learned that they had learned a lesson, not to launch anything that

It is not useful. So they made good graphics, added fun tools, more effects, more

unique buildings and neighboring cities. This was a small step up from SimCity

2000, but a big step up from SC3000. However, this was not intended to be a

strategy based city planning game but more like fun modeling

program (like 3DMax or Maya) and creating amazing effects. It was not hey I have

I managed to have 1 million inhabitants, but more like Hey, look what a beautiful city I built.

The game also required a new high-end computer with more than a GB of RAM,

a high-end graphics card with at least 128MB, an Athlon2500XP or one with

Pentium 2,5GHZ to be able to play (but even that was not like that).

You can clearly see what happened to one of the best games on the planet.

This is not specific to SimCity, but to the entire gaming industry. Tea

The graphic surprise effect is all that matters today. I personally love the good

graphics, but not when I have to buy a better computer to use it,

when can i experience lag and when the whole game is based on that


What will happen to SimCity5? There are rumors that they are already being built.

but why have I expected anything from him. If SC4 was too much for my pretty new

PC from what I wonder what will SC5 be like. This will probably be the latest version if

they actually build it. Why? It will be a failure. No one will be able to use it. People

who already experienced SC4 will definitely not buy it. It’s kind of a joke


The solution

Let’s start a new project based on open source. Let’s call it OpenSimcity.

Part Two – The Project

The idea is based on an objective programming, OOP. This should be easy to

done, easy to check for errors and tweak the code. We will create this game

from the beginning and do better. And when I say better, I don’t just mean

faster performance or some new features. I mean a completely new structure, a

brand new ground to stand on. This will be unique.

Graphics should be advanced but at the same time not mastering the

play. It should include many options for people who have other types of

taste. Also, the game will likely take a few years to complete and by then,

Graphics cards will be more powerful than we’ve ever seen. GPU

performance grows 40% per year, while CPU only grows 10%. Therefore, all

graphics must be done in OpenGL to release CPU power. Real time

zoom should be possible.

Unlimited area. Instead of the idea that the user can have 3 or 4 sizes to choose from

come in, why not customize it? User can etc print X (width) and Y

(height) and get a map in the size of your choice. The user

must have the ability to resize (increase or decrease) under the


Ability to choose the climate. There should be an option for what throughout the year

weather you want to have. How cold or warm and how dry or wet and so on.

Also, an option if you want to have floating (changing) climates with seasons or

a static climate.

More default buildings. It should also be easy to add new buildings or

remove the old ones.

The engine should not be easy, medium, hard or advanced, but rather an effect of

the number between 1-1000 that you give.

However, the interface must be a choice between easy, middle, hard, and


Cost and assets must be fully customizable.

The game must include online games. Competing with your neighboring cities,

friends or strangers. Could you etc. choose to compete with X number of citizens

or have the largest possible population in X time. Or it could be played without

right, just have fun. It might also have the ability to trade land with

your neighbors.

Ability to import maps from all versions of SimCity.

I can make the list longer, but you get the point. Long live OpenSimcity.

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