'SimCity' rebuilt for age of climate change
San Francisco - Climate change is coming to SimCity.
A new version of the city-building computer game that factors in real-world consequences of energy choices has won endorsements from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and the director of the Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
"We are updating SimCity with technology of today and introducing it to a new generation of gamers," Maxis studio senior vice president Lucy Bradshaw said at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
"It gets under your skin; exposes you to the idea of cause and effect and that choices you make have repercussions," she said.
Millions of people have played SimCity since the computer game designed by Will Wright was first released in 1989.
Host of features
The original title won a broad, devoted following and led to a successful franchise of Sims strategy games in which players manipulate worlds and animated characters in simulations of real life.
Sims 3 Showtime software released on Tuesday as an addition to the latest version of the game lets players act out fantasies of becoming famous singers, acrobats, magicians or DJs.
The $40 expansion pack adds a host of features including letting players send their characters into other people's games via the internet with a capability called SimPort.
While the franchise has thrived, it has been nearly a decade since the release of the last version of SimCity for desktop or laptop computers. A Maxis team will have a fresh SimCity title ready in 2013, according to Bradshaw.