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.