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Sim City 4 Deluxe edition
pea-brain | August 14, 2009 | geronl

Posted on 08/14/2009 4:39:54 PM PDT by GeronL

Has anyone tried this game SimCity4 Deluxe Edition?? I know its old and has a lot of devoted fans at certain cult-like websites. I have always wanted to try this game but I never got around to it.

There seem to be a few "free download" sites but these cannot be legal, IMO. I want to buy it so I can feel a bit like a liberal and I am put into total control of their teeny virtual world!

*evil laugh*

Seriously though, has anyone tried it?


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1 posted on 08/14/2009 4:39:54 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

If it’s old enough you should be able to find a legit legal copy pretty cheaply either via amazon or even Walmart/Fred Meyer/Best Buy budget bins.

If nothing else can go to http://www.direct2drive.com/ though I think their prices are high.


2 posted on 08/14/2009 4:45:37 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: GeronL

Personally, I think you should try Age of Empires. When I get down conquering ancient civilizations always cheers me up.


3 posted on 08/14/2009 4:47:14 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: GeronL

Its quite fun. Of course, you have to apply the LAFFER CURVE to your taxation policies.

If you get the game, download the Network Addon Mod (NAM), it lets you fool around with the traffic system and add a bit more realism.

The major downside was the traffic was unrealistic - the road systems in real life can support way more traffic than the game does. The NAM fixes that, and adds some flexibility to roadmaking (which I always enjoy).

I’m kind of obsessed, I have a multiscreen setup and when I played a lot, I had google earth on one side and SC4 on the other, trying to duplicate real places.


4 posted on 08/14/2009 4:50:05 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: randomhero97

France sure surrenders in a hurry.


5 posted on 08/14/2009 4:51:06 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: GeronL

Yeah I did. When playing I went to the birth registrars office (just to look around) and it wouldn’t let me in.


6 posted on 08/14/2009 4:53:20 PM PDT by steveo (Two Thousand Ten - Never Again)
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To: Crazieman
I have often thought that we the people should send a copy to all demorat politicians.
7 posted on 08/14/2009 5:01:49 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: GeronL

I’ve got Sim City 3000 deluxe. It hates me because I refuse to raise taxes or make my city a smoke-free, no-nuke wussy world.


8 posted on 08/14/2009 5:05:55 PM PDT by meyer (Do not go gentle into that good night - Rage, rage against the dying of the light.)
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To: GeronL

It’s really fun to raise your sim’s tax rates and then limit their health care coverage


9 posted on 08/14/2009 5:08:39 PM PDT by DCBurgess58 (The deterioration of governments begins with the decay of the principles on which they are founded)
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To: GeronL

Fun game. How realistic is it? Play it for 30 minutes and you’ll have more executive experience than Obama had before he was elected to the presidency.


10 posted on 08/14/2009 5:08:59 PM PDT by Textide
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To: GeronL

Simtropolis.com has many addons for the game.


11 posted on 08/14/2009 5:09:02 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Hows My Posting? Please Contact flag@whitehouse.gov)
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To: GeronL

You should just try World or Warcraft (WoW) and just get it over with. Lol You can kill and break things with that one.


12 posted on 08/14/2009 5:12:43 PM PDT by republicangel
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To: Crazieman

That does sound a bit obsessed. =o)


13 posted on 08/14/2009 5:15:28 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Oh yeah, I’ve played the heck out of some SimCity 4! Great game. I’ve managed to get my cities mostly crime-free, lowest possible tax rates, and a population so big that even my (at-the-time) monster computer was chugging just moving from screen to screen.

I highly recommend it!


14 posted on 08/14/2009 5:15:30 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: randomhero97

Counquering is fun too. Maybe someone can come up with an add-on that lets 2 cities go to war?


15 posted on 08/14/2009 5:16:22 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I always liked the SimCity line of games.
You could also try Half.com and eBay, in addition to the other suggestions.


16 posted on 08/14/2009 5:17:21 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: republicangel
I don't just want to break things, I'll probably get a wargame too.

I want to build things

17 posted on 08/14/2009 5:17:47 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Dallas59

I did drop by there


18 posted on 08/14/2009 5:18:19 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Have any screenshots of your cities? I saw some whoppers


19 posted on 08/14/2009 5:19:40 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: OneWingedShark

I will look around. I will not risk a virus by downloading illegal copies


20 posted on 08/14/2009 5:20:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

My daughter’s friends love the Sim games.


21 posted on 08/14/2009 5:20:24 PM PDT by republicangel
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To: republicangel

The Sims is a whole ‘nother ballgame. =o)

I wanna build cities not people.


22 posted on 08/14/2009 5:21:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Or, even better, a way to ‘plug-in’ your cities into a national (ie team) grid and then pit the ‘nations’ against each other... cities could be damaged from bombardments and troops and all sorts of stuff.

*insert maniacal laugh*


23 posted on 08/14/2009 5:23:58 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

I was looking at the Mods some people have for the GTA: San Andreas. They almost rewrite the whole game. They can put in new character models, new vehicles and other things. It seems to me if we dump the missions it comes with someone could rewrite the whole thing into a wargame quite easily.


24 posted on 08/14/2009 5:26:33 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

That’s the beauty of half.com / eBay, the resale market. :)
{My opinion, of course.}


25 posted on 08/14/2009 5:26:47 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: GeronL
Not many city bulder games out there. Grand ages Rome is ok...but not alot to work with...



Mostly a battle game.
26 posted on 08/14/2009 5:28:11 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Hows My Posting? Please Contact flag@whitehouse.gov)
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To: OneWingedShark
Want a nuclear explosion?

just click it

27 posted on 08/14/2009 5:31:01 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Dallas59

Thanks.

It looks like SC4 is a good one.


28 posted on 08/14/2009 5:32:01 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

We’ve got Sim City 4 around here somewhere, I haven’t played it in a long time. My college-age daughter plays it occasionally.

Unfortunatly, we are both addicted to The Sims 2. We bought The Sims 3 a few months ago, and she likes it a lot, but I don’t.

Even more unfortunately, I have recently found Facebook Farm....


29 posted on 08/14/2009 5:35:40 PM PDT by SelmaLee
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To: GeronL

I like Sim City 4 Deluxe. It’s the kind of thing you either like or you don’t. If planning and developing a city doesn’t sound like fun to you, skip it.

But if it sounds cool, you gotta give it a try!

There’s the tedium of laying down the infrastructure and giving the citizens the things they need to grow and become better educated. You grow your city and get your baseball stadiums, federal prisons, universities etc.

What really gets me off is building the mass transit systems for when my city becomes densely populated. I like laying out the subways and busstops and trying to get the Sims to use them. There’s a ‘route query’ tool that lets you click on a building (say a big residential building) and it tells you how many Sims are going to work by car, bus, train etc. And it shows you where they’re going, so you can try to figure out where to place your mass transit stops. Once you get your subway and train stations cooking, you can build an above ground monorail.

Then you can just sit back and check it out, watch it run really smooth. Like I said, that really gets me off for some reason.

You can build up the neighboring regions so that some regions are only agricultural or industrial and so the sims in your major city have some place to go and work and the economies get interconnected.

I think it’s really cool and you can literally lose yourself for hours at a time in this game. If you’re in a bad mood you can drop the budget for sanitation and police down to nothing and watch crime take over your city and trash pile up in the streets... Or create your own little police state with a high population of police officers.


30 posted on 08/14/2009 5:37:26 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: SelmaLee

Facebook Farm... Farmville?
haha

Just do not play Harvest Moon then.

If you decide SC4 is just too much of a burden.. =o)


31 posted on 08/14/2009 5:39:35 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Prodigal Son

That sounds like a game for me.

When I was playing GTA-SA I wanted to build my own city. LOL.. It would be cool if you could build a large 3-d city and walk or drive through it.

I guess we have to wait a decade for computers to catch up with a dreamer


32 posted on 08/14/2009 5:42:55 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I started out with Simcity 2 I think then went to 3 then to 4. Plan on spending a LOT of time. It’s very addicting, much like FR is. I highly recommend it and I’m not a gamer or much into games. But SimCity is much more than a game to me.

I have said since I first started with SimCity that EVERY politician for EVERY elective office should be required to spend several months running SimCity and being successful at it. It would probably virtually eliminate all the liberals, as they couldn’t get a successful city running with their total lack of understanding how the real world works.

Again, I highly recommend it. I just wish there was some way we could use it to filter out the idiots for public office with it.

#8^D


33 posted on 08/14/2009 6:06:44 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: hadit2here

It sounds like a good game. I think I will. Will it run on Vista?


34 posted on 08/14/2009 6:10:59 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Yes, it will run on Vista. I play it on a Vista machine. However...you may want to shut off some the extra graphic heavy applications that Vista is known for. It can drag the game down. Every once in awhile I would get a crash to desktop, due to scrolling and zooming in and out too quickly. So be aware of this when you start playing. Simtropolis.com is great site to learn about this game.


35 posted on 08/14/2009 6:20:56 PM PDT by Commander X (Hey Barry, what are you hiding?)
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To: Crazieman

Any issues running SC4 or the NAM on Vista?


36 posted on 08/14/2009 6:26:21 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Commander X

There is also a really really really old computer around here somewhere. I was thinking of downloading some old games to a CD for it, but it only has 64MB of RAM or something.


37 posted on 08/14/2009 6:27:10 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Commander X

Anyways thanks.

I am probably going to get a laptop soon,. probably a Toshiba cheapo. I think I will tell them to add an extra GB of RAM


38 posted on 08/14/2009 6:28:13 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Don’t know. I’m smart enough to not touch Vista. =]


39 posted on 08/14/2009 6:39:03 PM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: GeronL

Sim City 4 is OK. I gave it up for The Sims and for other city-builders. It’s still available in some Walmarts and Best Buys, and Amazon.com.

You might like some of these historical city builders (many of the old ones are still available from Amazon):

The “Anno” line of PC games: “Anno 1701” and the recent “Anno 1401” (called “Dawn of Discovery” here in the U.S.). A combination city-building and ship trade route game.

All the Rome city building games: “Caesar IV” and the earlier “Caesar 3”, “CivCity Rome”, etc.

Older city-builders: “Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom”, “Pharaoh”, and “Children of the Nile.”


40 posted on 08/14/2009 8:41:25 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: GeronL

You’re asking for nothing but heartache and frustration by trying to run any game (other than Zork) on any old or underpowered box. Max memory, fast HD, high end video card, plus any other tweaks is the only way to run most any game. Gaming software is known to totally push the limits of any machine— and O/S.

I’d recommend a dedicated box just for games— for a number of reasons. But trying to make any game work on a slow, RAM poor box will never work. You have to realize that the Windoze O/S will take a majority of any RAM and CPU cycles, leaving precious little for any software running on it. You can ge a cheap box today with 2+ Gigs of Ram and a hot CPU and video card that will run games pretty good.

But don’t even think about putting a game on an old, slow box. You’ll hate it. Hate the game. Hate the frustration.


41 posted on 08/14/2009 9:01:06 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: hadit2here

I could just download some really small game files for it like Pac-Man and DSig Dug and let the kids have the old compy. The one I am going to buy is for courses I am taking, 25% off through the college site for what I am looking at. Its a basic Toshiba laptop but I am going to make sure it has at least 2GB.

I should think an older game like SimCity4 shouldn’t be too taxing. I am also looking at MS Flight Simulator


42 posted on 08/14/2009 9:42:37 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Thanks I will keep those in mind. I think I will go with SC4 for now.


43 posted on 08/14/2009 9:43:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Buy a 3-4 year old machine (Look for first generation dual core processor) should run SC4 quite well.

A first generation dualcore processor, motherboard, 2GB RAM, 7900gtx or radeon x1600 video card, shouldn’t be more than about $300-400. Would run it great. Make sure you hunt down windows xp, don’t put vista on it. If you must have a new OS, use Windows 7.

SC4 can tax a computer handily on large, robust cities. The computer I recommend will handle it.


44 posted on 08/15/2009 3:29:08 AM PDT by Crazieman (Feb 7, 2008 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1966675/posts?page=28#28)
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To: Crazieman

I saw a Toshiba at Wal-Mart for a good price that comes with 3 GB of RAM. That should be good I think.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11040413


45 posted on 08/15/2009 6:41:06 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Crazieman

Its Vista but the 3 GB of RAM should make up for that right?


46 posted on 08/15/2009 6:42:13 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I was also thinkng about Flight Simulatr


47 posted on 08/15/2009 6:47:06 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Lazamataz; MeekOneGOP; JohnHuang2; writer33

anybody else have an opinion?


48 posted on 08/15/2009 7:36:24 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL; Fiddlstix

I am worthless as I don’t have games on my
‘puter and just don’t play them, ya know?

But Mr. Fiddlstix is quite knowledgeable
on tech stuff on ‘puters and maybe can give
you a few idears ????


49 posted on 08/15/2009 8:06:16 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: MeekOneGOP

OK, thanks


50 posted on 08/15/2009 8:19:29 AM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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