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SimCity 3000
Developer(s) Maxis
Publisher(s) EA Games
Designer(s) Will Wright
Series SimCity
Release date(s) January 31, 1999
Genre(s) Simulation
City-building game
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
ESRB: E
OFLC: G
Platform(s) Windows, Linux, Apple Macintosh, Nintendo DS.
Media CD, DS game card.
Input Keyboard and mouse (PC, Linux, Mac); touchscreen and gamepad buttons (DS).

SimCity 3000 (SC3K) is a simulation/city building computer game and the third installment in the SimCity series of games. It was published by Electronic Arts (EA) and developed by series creator Maxis, a wholly owned subsidiary of EA. It was released for Windows, Macintosh, and, through an arrangement with Loki Games, Linux. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (591x715, 173 KB)Box cover for the computer game SimCity 3000. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Maxis Software is an American company that was founded as a video game developer and is now a brand name of Electronic Arts (EA). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... A screenshot from The Sims: Deluxe Edition. ... The SimCity series, a well known example of the city-building game type. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Windows redirects here. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ... Apple Inc. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... “NDS” redirects here. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit ÄŒeské Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... It has been suggested that Keystroke be merged into this article or section. ... Operating a mechanical 1: Pulling the mouse turns the ball. ... Touchscreens, touch screens, touch panels or touchscreen panels are display overlays which have the ability to display and receive information on the same screen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the general term. ... The SimCity series, a well known example of the city-building game type. ... “Computer Games” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Publishing is the activity of putting information in the public arena. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... Maxis Software is an American company that was founded as a video game developer and is now a brand name of Electronic Arts (EA). ... Windows redirects here. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Loki Games was a software firm that ported several computer games from Microsoft Windows to Linux. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ...

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Gameplay and changes from SimCity 2000

There were many changes between SimCity 3000 and its immediate predecessor SimCity 2000 (SC2K). These changes spanned both the integral city management aspects of the game, as well as its graphical and landscape aspects. These changes gave the game a feel greatly different from that of SC2K. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 463 KB)In-game screenshot of SimCity 3000 Unlimited, circa July 2001. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 463 KB)In-game screenshot of SimCity 3000 Unlimited, circa July 2001. ... SimCity 2000 (SC2K) is a simulation/city building computer game and the second installment in the SimCity series. ...


In a pattern which has continued throughout the SimCity franchise, the number and complexity of city services increased between SC2K and SC3K. The most notable change was that the concept of waste management was introduced in SC3K. In previous versions of SimCity, this aspect had been ignored. However, in SC3K, once a city has a population greater than 1,000, garbage would begin to accumulate and would have to be disposed of at the expense of the city. Farms and agriculture structures were also introduced, appearing on large light industrial zones in a city with low land value and little pollution. In Sim City 3000, there are three zoning densities compared to "SC2K's" 2 density model. In addition to their limited life span, power plants are now vulnerable to decreasing maximum output at a constant rate after they have gone through about three quarters of their life span. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Waste For the company, see Waste Management, Inc. ... For other uses, see Farm (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Pollutant be merged into this article or section. ...


Although the concept of neighbor cities was introduced in SC2K, it was greatly expanded upon in SC3K. For the first time, the player could interact with his or her neighbor cities, negotiating rudimentary business deals with other mayors, such as the sale or purchase of water, electricity, or waste management services. These generate a monthly charge which is either added to or subtracted from the player's treasury, in accordance with the deal. Canceling a neighbor deal will incur a substantial cash penalty. From time to time, the simulated mayors of neighboring cities will call meetings to renegotiate the terms or price of these deals. Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ... Transmission lines in Lund, Sweden Electric company redirects here. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Waste For the company, see Waste Management, Inc. ...


Although not strictly a city management aspect, SimCity 3000 simulated the effect of land value on construction much more realistically than in SimCity 2000. In the latter, most buildings fell into a wide stratum that did not reflect land value very effectively; every building was more or less suited to neighborhoods of every economic disposition. In SC3K, land value created very distinct neighborhoods which tended to contain narrow income bands, creating well-defined slums, middle class areas, and wealthy areas. Land value is also determined by the city center effect where buildings that are at the city center have higher land values and those buildings on the borders have lower land values. The city center effect is determined by the location of buildings within the city. However, over time, land value "inflation" would cause almost every area of a city to become expensive, so that wealthy neighborhoods covered most if not all of the map. Property tax, millage tax is an ad valorem tax that an owner of real estate or other property pays on the value of the property being taxed. ... A neighbourhood or neighborhood (see spelling differences) is a geographically localised community located within a larger city, town or suburb. ... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ...


Business deals were another new concept to SC3K. For allowing certain structures to be built within the city, the player can receive a substantial amount of funds from them. The four business deal structures are the maximum security prison, casino, toxic waste dumping site, and the Gigamall (a large shopping mall). Business deal structures however have serious negative effects on a city. The toxic waste dump cripples both the land value and residential desirability in the area surrounding it and produces massive pollution. The prison dramatically decreases land value. The casino increases city wide crime and the Gigamall weakens demand for local commerce. Supermax is the name used to describe control-unit prisons, or units within prisons, which represent the most secure levels of custody in prison systems. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Toxic waste is waste material, often in chemical form, that can cause death or injury to living creatures. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


There were several changes to the graphical interface in SC3K. Although the game retained the pseudo-isometric dimetric perspective of its predecessor, the actual landscape became more complex and colorful. In SimCity and SC2K, the playable landscape was brown, like the color of bare dirt. In SC3K, the playable landscape was a more realistic green color, simulating grassland, along with other colors that progressively change by height, from beige (beach sand) to green to brown (bare ground) to white (snow). In SC2K, land could either be flat or sloped, and all slopes were of the same steepness. In SC3K, there were five distinct steepness of slope, creating more varied landscapes. However, in SC3K, there are no waterfalls and hydroelectric dams, which are common in SC2K. Also, for the first time, there were different types of trees which could appear on the playable map. In SC2K, there were only pine trees, while in SC3K, oak trees prevail, but other types of trees exist, depending on the elevation of the terrain. An isometric drawing of a cube. ... Example of a dimetric axonometric drawing from a US Patent (1874) Dimetric projection is a form of axonometric projection, in which its direction of viewing is such that two of the three axes of space appear equally foreshortened, of which the attendant scale and angles of presentation are determined according... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hydroelectricity is the worlds leading renewable energy source. ... Subgenera Subgenus Strobus Subgenus Ducampopinus Subgenus Pinus See Pinus classification for complete taxonomy to species level. ... Species See List of Quercus species The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (from Latin oak tree), and some related genera, notably Cyclobalanopsis and Lithocarpus. ...


Advisors and petitioners

SimCity 3000 and its revision Unlimited feature seven advisors, each covering a specific issue, who help players make proper decisions in the game by providing recommendations and advice. As opposed to previous versions of SimCity, the advisors actually give in-depth advice which is helpful to the player. In SimCity 2000, the advisors' advice usually consisted of the advisor discouraging the player from even considering budget cuts to that advisor's department.


There are also petitioners, many of which are citizens of the players' cities, that request players to modify city policies, such as lowering tax rates, or enacting an ordinance. Some are outside interests, often pushing proposals which would harm the city in exchange for a boost to its financial coffers. A local ordinance is a law usually found in a municipal code. ...


News tickers

In addition to advisors, a news ticker scrolls along the bottom of the screen, displaying pertinent information about the city in the form of news stories, such as indicating that the city needs more schools, or how well a particular city department is functioning. Generally, when things were going very well in a city, the news ticker would display headlines which are comical, or even nonsensical and often seemingly useless to the player. Examples of such headlines being: "Semicolon declared sexier than comma in grammarian's fête," or "(City Name) prints all wrong numbers in phone book, leads to 15 marriages" or quotes from a "Tommy B. Saif Sez." Other headlines may be labeled "(City Name) News Ticker" or "From the Desk of Wise Guy Sammy". On occasions, the ticker will even provide a foreshadowing of an approaching disaster, for example, sometimes reading "Did you feel that big truck pass by? What? It wasn't a truck?", "Tidal waves reported off coast", "strange sightings reported between Areas 50 and 52," "Mrs. O'Leary buys prize-winning cow," or perhaps another quote from a set range of different headlines before an earthquake occurs. There are various cheats that can cause the news ticker to display strange headings, such as entering in the cheat bar "simon says ****" where **** is whatever you please and **** will appear as the next message in the ticker. Or typing the word "bat" in the cheat bar, which causes the ticker to say, "Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-BATMAN!" There are many others as well. A News Ticker is a small screen space on News television networks dedicated to headlines or minor pieces of news. ... A headline is text at the top of a newspaper article, indicating the nature of the article below it. ... Fête is a French word meaning festival or holiday, which has passed into English as a label that may be given to certain events. ... Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ... This article is about the U.S. Air Force installation in Nevada. ... Catherine OLeary (a. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


Landmarks

Independent real-world landmarks were also introduced for the first time in SC3K, but are mostly for aesthetic purposes (though placing a building would open up an option in the city ordinances window for tourism advertising), and are free of construction cost. In SC3K, a maximum of ten landmarks can be built in one city (a cheat code in the game may disable this limit), while Unlimited imposes no limit whatsoever. Examples of landmarks featured in the original SC3K include the Parthenon, the CN Tower, Notre Dame, the Bank of China Tower, the Empire State Building, the Pharos of Alexandria and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center with each tower a separate building. The Parthenon east façade The Parthenon from the south. ... This article is about the CN Tower in Toronto. ... Notre Dame de Paris: Western Façade For other uses, see Notre Dame. ... BOC Tower at night The Bank of China Tower (short: BOC Tower; 中銀大廈) is a huge skyscraper in Central, Hong Kong. ... The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, New York on the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. ... Graphic reconstruction of the lighthouse according to a comprehensive study of 2006. ... “WTC” redirects here. ...


Disasters

The game features a number of disasters which the player or game could inflict upon one's city, including earthquakes, tornadoes, riots and UFO attacks. However, there never appears to be any casualties (Sims are disrupted but not killed). The population only decreases if they are forced to move when residential areas are destroyed by the disasters. An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of stored energy in the Earths crust that creates seismic waves. ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ... Teamsters, armed with pipes, riot in a clash with riot police in the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934. ... “UFO” redirects here. ...


Development

Prior to the acquisition of Sim developer Maxis by Electronic Arts in 1997, plans were originally made in 1996 to develop SimCity 3000 as a fully 3D game, in tune with the emergence of 3D computer and video games.[1] Although the idea was deemed impractical by employees for being too graphically demanding, Maxis management pushed for the concept, and the game was developed for a year.[1] A pre-release screenshot of the original version suggests graphics similar to those seen in both SimCopter and Streets of SimCity, and was intended to include extensive micromanagement.[citation needed] When the game was first unveiled in the 1997 E3, it was "an experience still regarded as an embarrassment."[1] The 3D version of the game was expected to become a flop, and its future release was even thought to be the fatal blow to an already poorly performing Maxis, which had failed to release profitable titles in the years since SimCity 2000.[1] The phrase mergers and acquisitions (abbreviated M&A) refers to the aspect of corporate strategy, corporate finance and management dealing with the buying, selling and combining of different companies that can aid, finance, or help a growing company in a given industry grow rapidly without having to create another business... Maxis Software is an American company that was founded as a video game developer and is now a brand name of Electronic Arts (EA). ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... SimCopter is a 1996 computer game from Maxis. ... Streets of SimCity is a 1997 racing and vehicular combat computer game published by Maxis. ... E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E³, was an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association. ...


After EA completed acquisition of Maxis, Luc Barthelet was assigned by EA as the new general manager of Maxis.[2] He was troubled by the 3D SC3K, questioning the viability of a game with such graphics.[3] Eventually, the 3D version was completely scrapped, Lucy Bradshaw was brought in from EA in November 1997 to lead the SC3K project, and a new revision based on SC2K's pseudo-isometric dimetric projection and sprite-based graphics was redeveloped from scratch.[3] The new plan focused on retaining the core engine of the game, improving more minor features in the game instead, such as larger maps, new zoom levels, and additional gameplay parameters.[3][4] An isometric drawing of a cube. ... Example of a dimetric axonometric drawing from a US Patent (1874) Dimetric projection is a form of axonometric projection, in which its direction of viewing is such that two of the three axes of space appear equally foreshortened, of which the attendant scale and angles of presentation are determined according... In computer graphics, a sprite (also known by other names; see Synonyms below) is a two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ...


The second version of SC3K would receive a more positive reception during its appearance in 1998 E3, and was well-received after its release in February 1999 (although Maxis originally intended the game to be released by Christmas 1998; regardless, EA willingly waited until the game was completed).[4]


Re-release

In 2000, the game was re-released and went by different names such as SimCity 3000 Unlimited and SimCity 3000 World Edition, amongst others. This added, among other things, East Asian and European building sets, additional terrain colors and wild vegetations, a snapshot feature, an improved version of the Building Architect Tool (a very basic pseudo-3D design tool based on cubes), four additional disasters, additional landmarks, and thirteen scenarios (along with a creator based on Microsoft Access). A number of pre-made cities are also available, including Berlin, Madrid, Moscow and Seoul. SimCity 3000 (SC3K) is the third computer game in the SimCity series of games. ... SimCity 3000 (SC3K) is the third computer game in the SimCity series of games. ... East Asia Geographic East Asia. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimémez (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... Look up Seoul in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


BAT

The Building Architect Tool interface.
The process of producing a building in Building Architect Tool.

Like SimCity 2000's SimCity Urban Renewal Kit (SCURK) tool, SimCity 3000 had its own building modifier called the BAT (Building Architect Tool). However, the BAT was based on the idea of building blocks (not unlike LEGO bricks). Because of the negative reactions on the limited possibilities with the SCURK, BAT2 (Building Architect Tool Plus) was introduced with the ability to add custom-made props. Image File history File links A screenshot of SimCity 3000s Building Architect Plus. ... Image File history File links A screenshot of SimCity 3000s Building Architect Plus. ... The user interface is the part of a system exposed to users. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1152x258, 66 KB)Changes made during the production of a custom house in SimCity 3000s Building Architecture Plus. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1152x258, 66 KB)Changes made during the production of a custom house in SimCity 3000s Building Architecture Plus. ... SimCity 2000 (SC2K) is a simulation/city building computer game and the second installment in the SimCity series. ... For other uses, see Lego (disambiguation). ...


Despite the huge amount of buildings and artists involved with the BAT, it has not gained the cult-status the SCURK has. Another possible reason is that the BAT did not allow people to create and edit cities by placing buildings free-of-charge, unlike the SCURK's city editor, thus lessening the BAT's appeal.

See also: The Building Architect Tool for SimCity 4

SimCity 4 (SC4) is a 2003 simulation/city building computer game; the fourth installment in the SimCity series of games. ...

SimCity DS

Main article: SimCity DS

SimCity DS is a heavily modified version of SimCity 3000 for the Nintendo DS (or most likely a rewrite), released in Japan on February 22, 2007 and in North America on June 19 and in Europe on June 22. The game inherits SC3K's graphics, but makes use of the handheld's dual screen to display additional interfaces at once. System specific features are also prominent, such as the use of the systems' integrated microphone, which is used to blow out fires and the touch screen which is used to control the interface. The game also features a Save the City mode in which the player must help one of several cities recover from a disaster and reach a specific target to succeed. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... SimCity DS (SCDS) is a simulation/city building computer game and the Nintendo DS installment in the SimCity series of games. ... “NDS” redirects here. ... is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c d SIMply Divine: The story of Maxis Software; page 7: But It's 3D!. Geoff Keighley and GameSpot. Retrieved on October 13, 2006.
  2. ^ SIMply Divine: The story of Maxis Software; page 8: The Saving Grace. Geoff Keighley and GameSpot. Retrieved on October 13, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c SIMply Divine: The story of Maxis Software; page 9: A New Focus, a New Mission. Geoff Keighley and GameSpot. Retrieved on October 13, 2006.
  4. ^ a b SIMply Divine: The story of Maxis Software; page 10: Third Time's Still A Charm?. Geoff Keighley and GameSpot. Retrieved on October 13, 2006.

Geoff Keighley is a Canadian videogame journalist. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ... Geoff Keighley is a Canadian videogame journalist. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ... Geoff Keighley is a Canadian videogame journalist. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ... Geoff Keighley is a Canadian videogame journalist. ... GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information. ...

External links

  • SimCity 3000 at MobyGames
  • SimCity 3000 Unlimited at MobyGames
  • Official SimCity 3000 website
  • Official SimCity DS website
  • Official SimCity website: SimCity 3000 Music Downloads, official and free downloads of music from SimCity 3000 (in MP3 format), as well as printable covers and CD art.
  • SimCity 3000 Resource Center, a SimCity website run by Maxis employee Wren Weburg, created in anticipation to the release of SimCity 3000.
  • Patch and instructions for playing SimCity 3000 under Linux kernel 2.6.

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