I love you, PC gaming.
By Tim Colwill on March 15, 2013 at 9:15 am
Ah, PC gaming. If your game ships without something in it, the players will just add it in — and if it ships with something unpopular feature, the players will take it out. That is exactly the case with SimCity, which an enterprising modder has altered in order to allow you to play offline, on your own, forever.
There’s a couple of catches, which will no doubt eventually soon be ironed out: you can’t save your game unless you reconnect to the servers, and of course region-sharing features are completely impossible. But it demonstrates very clearly that the need for online servers to perform simulation is entirely untrue — something an anonymous Maxis engineer confirmed on Wednesday.
The mod also allows you to enter debug mode and play gain access to edit outside your region boundary, including highways, and to view the actual population number instead of the “fudged” population count returned by this interesting bit of code. You can see a video of it in action here on YouTube — it hasn’t been released yet, but it’s only a matter of time.