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SimCity 4 available for macs in the Mac App Store and on Steam

This is not the freshest news, but I’ve just discovered SimCity 4 in the Mac App Store where it’s been available since April this year.

In addition, the mac version has become available on Steam, so your previous purchase for Windows is now cross-platform. I’m not complaining. :)

More screenshots from Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.

The best games of E3 had no guns

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The mix-up that brought same-sex relationships to The Sims

Same-sex relationships in Maxis and Electronic Arts’ life simulator game, The Sims, were originally cut from the game and re-added accidentally due to work from an old design document, according to the New Yorker.

Speaking with the publication, programmer Patrick J. Barrett III said that shortly after he came onboard, he was given an old design document to work on for implementing social interactions between sims — one that still included gay relationships. When the game demoed at E3 in 1999, two female Sims were seen smooching during the live simulation, and the company ultimately decided to keep the feature.

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Planets³ by Cubical Drift was successfully funded on Kickstarter. They surpassed their $250k goal by an additional $60k in the last week of the campaign. The French team is also updating their website so you can preorder online as a late backer.

The main features of the game are:

  • Marked progression, with clearly defined zone levels
  • Scalable UI: you craft what you need (a map, a watch, radar…)
  • An ‘In Game’ vehicle construction system to build your transport solutions
  • Natural elements taken into account, such as planets alignment, because all the planets are in motion!
  • Realism, with features like pipelines to transport resources, different smelting furnaces for metal, electric circuits management, farming and animal husbandry

Estimated release is Q4 2015.

(via retronator)

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth was announced at PAX East today.

As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space.

It sounds and looks a lot like Alpha Centauri 2 to me. Which is all I’d ever hope it would be.

Civilization: Beyond Earth is scheduled to arrive Fall 2014.

(Source: facebook.com)

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Announce Trailer - “A New Beginning”

First look at the premise of the new Civilization game.

The new Transport Tycoon is now available worldwide.

iOS App Store: http://bit.ly/GzLslg
Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GA0kzw

The Sims 3 Into the Future: Producer Walkthrough

A look into the gameplay of the last Sims 3 expansion pack, before The Sims 4 hits early 2014.

The Sims 3 Into the Future is coming October 22, 2013.

The Sims 4 Gameplay Trailer

EA has released the first look into the next Sims at this year’s Gamescom.

Mashable reports that SimCity for mac has a release date: August 29th. Looking forward to that date.

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Supernauts is a game I had on my radar for a while, but until now, not many details were know about this superhero simulation other than it had gorgeous graphics.

Developed at the Finnish studio Grand Cru, the game finally received a preview yesterday at Polygon. They report that the building phase of the game is not unlike Minecraft, while missions involve Lemmings style puzzle solving.

Studio’s CEO Markus Pasula quoted LittleBigPlanet and Lego bricks as inspiration besides Minecraft. “When we founded the studio, we wanted to make games for creative people,” he told Polygon. “So we looked at the games that allow people to do that and thought of how we could bring it to mobile.”

For more details read the full article.

Official Patterns screenshots.

As a follow up to the news of Linden Lab buying Desura, Linden Lab’s Minecraft-like game Patterns is now available on Desura with a 75% sale this weekend.

More details and screenshots have emerged about Transport Tycoon in a Gamasutra article and their Facebook page.

The game is being completely rewritten and it looks like it uses (at least the visual style of) the latest iteration of the isometric engine that was last used in Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion.