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SimCity Cities Of Tomorrow Available November 12
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Electronic Arts has announced SimCity Cities Of Tomorrow, an expansion for the latest iteration of the SimCity series. Scheduled to release on November 12 for Mac and Windows PCs the new addition to the game will give players the chance to upgrade their cities with new technologies and experimental urban planning techniques as they take them 50 years into the future.

“Will the world of tomorrow be a utopia powered by clean energy or an industrial society consumed by mass commercialism?” said Patrick Buechner, General Manager, Maxis Emeryville. “With SimCity Cities of Tomorrow, players can build the future as they imagine it. Transport your Sims on MagLev, power your cities with fusion reactors or tidal wave generators, manufacture a legion of drones to serve your Sims and build massive MegaTowers that dwarf modern skyscrapers. We’re giving you plausible technologies to take your cities onto a journey 50 years into the future. What will you create?”

Built upon the foundation of the ultimate city building simulation that has more than 2 million players worldwide, SimCity Cities of Tomorrow gives players the ability to transform their cities as they take them on a journey 50 years into the future. Using new technologies and experimental urban planning techniques, mayors will shape the destinies of their cities, thriving in a utopia of clean technologies, or a dystopia of hyper-commercialism.

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow gives players an entirely new way to dream about their city of the future. New regions, new future technology, new city specializations and new transportation methods will transform the way that cities take shape and evolve. Will they create a utopian society underpinned by clean technology under the auspices of the Academy, or encourage giant corporation OmegaCo to strip-mine natural resources and pollute in the name of feeding consumerism? For the first time in the history of the franchise, cities can be built vertically with enormous multi-zone MegaTowers that extend high into the sky and dwarf the rest of the city. Education and research will help players discover new technologies that make their cities less polluted, less reliant on natural resources, managed day-to-day by service drones and fueled by green energy. As the population increases, Sims will live, work, and play closer together. When players have finished deciding whether they want their Sims to live together in harmony, or as members of an exploited workforce, they can rain chaos upon them by unleashing an all-new disaster exclusive to this expansion pack.

The SimCity base game is available now on Mac and PC and developed by Maxis. SimCity is cross-platform compatible, so all players play together across the same servers. Players can play both versions with the same Origin account, allowing them to seamlessly continue their cities, achievements and leaderboard progress across the Mac and PC. Since its launch in March, SimCity has had seven major game updates that have made upgrades to the core simulation and provided game content and features at no additional charge.

Learn more about the game at the link below.

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SimCity: Cities Of Tomorrow
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Control Command Escape Benchmarks Parallels Desktop 9
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Control Command Escape has posted the results of benchmark testing of Parallels Desktop 9, the latest version of the award-winning software that enables Mac users to run Windows and other operating systems on their machines. CCE compared PD9's game performance to Parallels 8 and Bootcamp.

Another year, another version of Parallels to (hopefully) bring us closer to achieving Boot Camp levels of performance whilst remaining within Mac OS’s loving embrace.

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac is now available, and just like last year, we’ll see if it provides a substantial improvement in games performance over version 8. Again, we’ll record the performance of several Windows-only games running in three environments:

  • Parallels Desktop 8
  • Parallels Desktop 9
  • Native (Boot Camp)
We’ll be using the ubiquitous Fraps to capture various data, like frame rate over time, and record the output.
Check out the results of the testing at the link below.

Control Command Escape: Parallels Desktop 9 Benchmarks
Parallels Desktop

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Game Dev Tycoon Released At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | 1 comment

Greenheart Games' Game Dev Tycoon is available now for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The sim puts players in charge of a small game development company in the 80's and challenges them to create hit games and grow their company from a small garage operation to a world class developer.

Start your adventure in a small garage office in the 80s. Enjoy the hand-crafted level design while you develop your first simple games. Gain experience, unlock new options and create your first game engine.

Create games your way
In Game Dev Tycoon the decisions you make during development really matter. Decide which areas you want to focus on. Does your game need more gameplay or should you focus more on quests? These decisions will have a major impact on the success of your game.

Grow your company
Once you have successfully released a few games you can move into your own office and forge a world-class development team. Hire staff, train them and unlock new options.

Make larger more complex games
With experience and a good team, you can release larger, more complex games. Larger games bring new challenges and you will have to manage your team well to deliver hit games.


  • Start a game development company in the 80s
  • Design and create games
  • Research new technologies
  • Create custom game engines
  • Move into bigger offices
  • Forge a world-class development team
  • Unlock secret labs
  • Conduct industry changing products
  • Unlock achievements
  • The full game has many more features which are not listed here to prevent spoilers.
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GB HD Space
  • 1 GB VRAM
  • Notes:
      Minimum resolution of 1024 X 768
      Works on Retina displays
Game Dev Tycoon is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Friday, September 20, 2013

Borderlands 2 Sale Weekend At MGS2:51 PM
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Draws To A Close6:00 AM
Find The Hero, Save The World In Finders6:00 AM
Finding Teddy Coming To Macs October 106:00 AM
Pre-Order Redneck Revenge At MGS6:00 AM
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