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I’m Back! … Again!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

It always hits around the first day of Fall. It’s like the changing of the leaves triggers something in my brain. Unlike other mammals whose instincts tell them to collect food and hibernate, cooler temperatures always send me into virtual worlds. I haven’t touched a video game in 6 months but now I’m back into SimCity, adding another 30 hours to my total play time in the past week. There are still a lot of irritating bugs, but I managed to get up to 80 million dollars in my city, which is a new personal best. Blizzard, those sweet marketing geniuses, obviously read my mind and sent me 7 days of free play time too, which I foolishly activated before installing the game. Now I’m trying to play while the background downloader is running and it keeps crashing my game, but it’s still so nice to be back!

I guess gaming is like my form of hibernation! Thankfully I still have this lovely pink blog on which to share my gaming adventures. For some reason if I write about it, it doesn’t feel like gaming is so much of a bad thing to spend my time at! Plus I have been toiling away trying to improve my drawing/painting, hoping someone someday will buy something I’ve done and I’ve already started working on a few of my own characters. Yaay for gaming inspiration!

I’m not sure if anyone still reads this thing or not, but either way I will likely be posting more as the nasty cold season approaches!

SimCity Review (Final)

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Alright so after 117 hours, I’m pretty much done with the game. I guess that’s a pretty good hours of enjoyment vs game price ratio! I just feel like I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I got almost all the achievements and the final straw was two more of my biggest cites “stopped functioning properly” and the roll back option that says it should take a few minutes, has been processing for days. I think it’s still worth the initial $70 to check out and play for 100 hours or so, but if you get frustrated easily, I’d still give it some time before jumping in!

Now I’m headed back to Azeroth, where I have (yep it’s disgusting) over a year of play time, and yet there’s still new things to do!

SimCity Review Take 2

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

SimCity is finally up and running after one of the worst releases of all time. Now that it is, I hate it even more than when it wasn’t working because now I can’t stop playing!!! It’s so much fun! I have a region I’m playing with my two little brothers and we each have a few cities. I find it really fun trying out different cities with different specializations. My main one is a mining city that turns the alloy and recycled plastic into processors which I sell for big bucks on the “global market”, lol. I made it up to 10million simoleans and a 200k population in that city. I managed to build the solar farm Great Works with that city too by setting the trade port to “use locally” for all the different components (alloy, plastic and processors). It took me ages to figure that out and then it takes ages for your city to produce and ship everything to the Great Works site. It was definitely worth it though with the Solar Farm because it makes it so all the cities in your region that are connected to the site don’t need to create any kind of power and can just buy it for cheap from the farm. Now I’m working on the Archology site and trying to make a tourism specialized city.

I’ve had the game for a total of 144 hours… I’ve worked for 15… I’m now at 91 hours played! I don’t think I even played WoW that much when I first got it! Though that was probably only because I had a life back then, lol… I’d write way more about the game… but instead I’m going to go play it!

Thanks for reading!
MM <3

Sim City Sucks…

Friday, March 8th, 2013

I was having a hard time deciding if I should get the new Sims University expansion or the new Sim City. After much deliberation I decided on Sim City because I hadn’t played a Sim City game since I was a kid and The Sims 3 expansions I have so far have all been buggy and frustrating to play on my computer. So I purchased, downloaded and updated Sim City (about an hour long process) and then started my city in a region with my little brother. It was pretty easy to get the hang of and before long I was really enjoying the game.

Then after a couple hours all the servers crashed and were unable to connect. I couldn’t get my city to load and neither could my brother so we quit for the night. Then when the servers finally did get working again the next day, every single American and European one had a que time of at least 20 minutes. I waited then selected my game, but it wouldn’t load so I had to wait in que for another 20 minutes. Finally I got back into my city and worked away for about an hour. I noticed that the Community College I’d placed the night before when the serves were going wonky wasn’t there, so I tried to put down a new one. An alert came up and said my town wasn’t functioning properly so did I want to abandon it or roll it back to a time when it was working? I chose to roll it back, since obviously I didn’t want to abandon my sweet city!

So it rolled my city back to when it was “functioning”… To when it had 0 simoleans and a population of 0… I thought that couldn’t be right and tried to take a closer look at my city, but it didn’t work and I had to restart the game and am now in another 20 minute que. So as far as I can tell I have 8 hours played and absolutely nothing accomplished. This all brings to mind the experience I had with The Sims Medieval. Another game from Maxis/EA that would glitch out and make a 20+hour campaign suddenly corrupted and unplayable. I get that launches can be a tricky thing with any online game but this is just ridiculous…

If you’re considering buying Sim City, it’s probably awesome but you won’t be able to play it. Don’t waste your money, save it and buy the game in a month, or two months, or spend it on another game! Like World of Warcraft! Which I have been playing a lot, decided to take a break from to check out Sim City, and am now thankfully able to retreat to!