The FUTURE CITY COMPETTION uses SimCity 4 Deluxe software for its VIRTUAL CITY component. We know that not every on is proficient in this gaming platform. Below are some helpful resources to get you started.
SIMCITY AND MAC PLATFORMS
For the 2014 Future City Competition educators will have a choice of which software to use SimCity 4 Deluxe or the New SimCity.
SIMCITY 4 DELUXE-
Please note that Sim City 4 Deluxe is only available for PC. Starting in 2012-13 EA no longer produced a MAC version of its SimCity 4 software. There are limited MAC version CD's on the market. If your school uses a MAC based platform and you already have SimCity uploaded on your server please do not delete it. If you do not already have a version on your server then you will want to use the new SimCity for MAC.
The new SimCity is available on both MAC and PC platforms. This new version is a cloud based gaming platform meaning that the software and your city are stored remotely on EA's Origin site. To play this game you will need access to the internet on all devices you are going to play the game on. Please check with your IT specialist regarding firewalls and internet access. This game is not compatible with iPads.
To determine which software to use and their hardware requirements please see
SIMCITY ACCESS: DOWNLOAD 'KEYS'
Starting in 2012-13 all registered schools and organizations will be given a SimCity download 'KEY' so they can download the software onto their servers. We will no longer be distributing CD's with the software.
Registered Educators will recieve Download 'Keys' via email from Naional. Download 'KEYS' will activate on August 1and will cease to be valid December 30 of the same year.
Always consult with your IT department prior to and during the install of your SimCity software. You want to make sure it will
be available when and where your students need it. Firewall and network issues are
the most frequent problems that come up.
DOWNLOADING YOUR SIMCITY GAMING SOFTWARE
Here’s a link to our FAQ about this topic:
If they simply open up all tcp:80 & tcp:443 to the world then it won’t be an issue for the students to connect & play based on that FAQ.****
If you are unfamiliar with the SimCity software the following links should help you get started.
The video below is available on the national website and hosted on YouTube. It introduces the SimCity4 Deluxe software used to design your virtual city, and the basic requirements and tips for a successful VIRTUAL CITY.
SIMCITY 4 TUTORIAL POWERPOINT
The SIMCITY 4 TUTORIAL POWERPOINT will provide you with a brief overview of what you need to know before getting started its a good place to begin to get an overview or your next steps. The powerpoint is available on the National website under Virtual CITY, you can go directly to it by clicking the link below
This was produced by our New York Region and provides a more in-depth introduction to the game.
SIMCITY 4 DELUXE MANUAL
The SimCity 4 Deluxe Manual has all the instrucitons you need to know to play SimCity including; getting started, references, regions, and mayors mode. You can download the SimCity 4 Deluxe Manual on the National website or you can download by clicking on the link below.
This is an abridged table format of the manual with all the important keys and information on how to play the game.
If you are unfamiliar with the look of the game you can check out SCREEN SHOTS a collection of representational images from SimCity designs. As you can see, using predesigned buildings and components you can get a fairly realistic look for your FUTURE CITY design.
All teams entering the FUTURE CITY COMPETITION are required to use the Medium City Starter Region provided by National. You can download the Medium City Starter Region zip file on their website at the following link
IMPORTING MEDIUM CITY STARTER REGION
For instructions on how to download and import the MEDIUM CITY STARTER REGION click on the link below
MOVING YOUR CITY
For instructions on how to move your city from one region to another click on the link below
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Even the most advanced player runs into problems now and then. We have collected several of the frequently asked questions and identified problems while playing the game and provided answers that we hope will get you through. You can access the FAQS page from the link below
SIMCITY 4 ORDINANCES LIST
This is a detailed descriptions of the ordinances in SimCity 4 and exactly what they do. You can download this document at the link below.
You can get technical support from Electronic Arts on their Facebook page at the link below or by phone at the Electronic Arts support line 1-650-572-2810.
You've created your VIRTUAL FUTURE CITY now what? You will need to save your file and then send it the Georgia Regional Future City Steering Committee so that we can process it and distribute it to our judges.
You will need to send the entire MEDIUM CITY REGION FOLDER to ensure that all changes you have made to your region are seen by the Judges. If you don't, and changes you made are not recieved this may result in a lower score. You cannot resubmit your entry.
You must send the MEDIUM CITY REGION FOLDER from your MY DOCUMENTS/SIMCITY 4/REGIONS FOLDER.
For complete step-by-step instructions for saving and submitting your VIRTUAL CITY component please click on the link below
BE A PART OF THE FUTURE! DESIGN YOUR FUTURE CITY TODAY!