Listen, I am the first one that will tell you how much I love the SIM games. Starting with SIM CITY I have lost hours of my life with this addictively creative and mind challenging game. Regardless if you play it by the book or evoke the uses of cheats so you can build the ultimate city you cannot deny the entertainment that any of these games provide.
So why do I consider them to be failures? Long term support and crapwear! I still have my old copies of SIM CITY and however compatibility on the latest PCs is sketchy at best. Not being able to even Launch the game. Perhaps it’s a challenge with a 64bit OS? It’s still frustrating. I have several other older games that do work just fine on a new PC.
Where the enjoyment is lost on PC games is this. Too long to install and all the added crap that’s installed. Some games I do not want on line or I do not want a different program running looking for updates. Let’s be honest after a short period there are NO MORE UPDATES so why do I need this application from EA on my PC? This is where the Play Stations and XBOXs excel. The games just work! Most of the time.
I find that Steam is bringing this console level of support to the PC that allows for background updates and a convenient interface. Something to think about.
What better way to breathe new life into these SIM games other than a refresh that allows for some new found compatibility.
I know that there are a lot of articles out there and I wanted to capture what I felt the top 10 tech items for 2013 were. In no particular order…
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Ridicule gargantuan tablets all you want. The Galaxy Note 3 may sport a gigantic 5.7-inch screen, but all that screen real estate is awesomely useful, the smartphone offers great battery life, and the included S-Pen stylus is incredibly useful if you like taking longhand notes.
A 2.3GHz processor and 3GB of RAM help power this massive device, and what you end up with is a smartphone that practically eliminates the need for a 7-inch tablet.
Massive smartphones aren’t going away—and the more we use them, the more we like them. And the Note 3 is pretty much the best “tablet phone” around.
The SteamOS beta has released to the public alongside the initiation of its beta program, which will put 300 prototype Steam Machines into the wild. For the estimated 7,129,999,700 of us not selected for that program, a living room machine running the new, free, Linux-based OS is still doable, though installing it may require some tinkering—Valve suggests you wait until 2014 unless you’re an “intrepid Linux hacker.” Challenge accepted.
At the time of writing, Valve has not officially announced that SteamOS 1.0 “Alchemist” is available for download. We expect a page to go live at store.steampowered.com/steamos/beta/ later today. [Update: it's live.] Steam Universe group officer Jvert (presumably Valve engineer John Vert), however, has confirmed that the correct download link is at repo.steampowered.com/download/.
Unfortunately, that download will most likely fail right now. To help spread the data, Steamdb has created an unofficial torrent, but use caution when downloading from any unofficial source. [Update: Valve has provided MD5 and SHA512 checksums to verify that your download is genuine.] You can find system requirements and installation instructions in the official FAQ—note that AMD graphics cards are not currently supported.
SteamOS is meant to free Steam’s game library from the desktop, extending Valve’s domain to the living room with a superior couch-based PC experience and some of the features that have become standard on consoles, such as media streaming services. For Valve, it’s also about declaring freedom from Microsoft—SteamOS will only run games with Linux support (of which we expect to see many more in the coming year). That bold statement is tempered by the ability to stream games from a Windows PC to SteamOS over a local area network, though how much it’s tempered will depend on how well streaming works.
We’ll be playing with SteamOS this weekend, and plan to have impressions and installation tips for you as soon as possible. If you’re the patient type, Valve’s Steam Controller and third-party Steam Machines will be available until next year, no “Linux hacking” required, presumably.
If you are a fan of The Walking Dead you might want to get in here and look at this. This is not meant to be the exact prison but it is my own idea and design based on the show.
If you are a child of the 90′s this will be an interesting flashback.