SimCity is the city-planning and urban development simulator developed by Maxis and EA, released in March 2013.

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When switching servers, do I lose my existing cities?

I know that the regions and cities I play on are bound to the server I play on. So when I switch to another server, I basically have to start over there. However, if I switch back to the old server ...
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Is the HazMat Truck the only way to put out HazMat Fires?

I just had one break out, and the requirements for the HazMat garage are enormously expensive. Is this the only way to quench those special flames?
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Is the German High-Speed Rail Station any different from normal train stations?

Is the special German train station any different from the normal train station? Do I get the same upgrades to it? Do the German trains go faster?
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Is it possible to relocate a building expansion after it has been placed?

One of the new features to the game is that you can expand certain buildings adding to its value. You can add more classrooms to a school, add additional generators to a power plant, etc. I'm ...
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Are there any benefits to zoning with empty space?

I've seen a few videos and many screenshots with people using various designs for their zoning, and I'm curious as to their reasons behind them. The first design is what I've seen the most, though ...
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Does building the Arcology great work affect residential demand in individual cities?

The description for the Arcology great work reads as follows: Building this towering pinnacle of human architecture requires skilled workers and resources. This dense ecosystem contains everything ...
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Does demolishing or closing city hall upgrades and specialization HQs affect the region the same way it affects my city?

When I close or demolish an upgrade, any ploppable unlocked by that addon is automatically closed as well. Will the same thing happen to other cities in the region? I don't want to accidentally troll ...
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What type of resources should I consider for an initial city?

Each city location within a selected region has multiple attributes that dictate the resources that city will have to manipulate. These are things like coal, oil, water and wind. Is there a resource ...
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Are multiple cities required from the get go?

So the new SimCity is out and has a good focus on interdependent cities. My question is can I work on a single city or do I have to manage multiple cities (which also covers just getting other people ...
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What are the effects of upgrading the Mayor's Mansion?

I have plopped the Mayor's Mansion, and for every 4 or 5 hours of in-game time that I maintain an approval rating of 75% or higher, I am prompted to upgrade it. Since it is free to do so, I oblige. ...
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Does adding additional vehicles to city services increase coverage area?

After having been graciously granted two hours of server issue free playtime last night, I have some questions relating to police, fire, and health services coverage. Does adding additional vehicles ...
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In region public games, is there chatting?

I can't find this anywhere and I haven't been able to get past the server issues. If you join a public game in say a region that has 4 other players building cities, can you chat with those players in ...
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How can I increase the density of residential zones?

I've been playing the newly release SimCity 2013 for about a day but I'm really struggling with increasing my population with completely covering almost every inch of the map. While income is not a ...
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What does the line behind zoning symbolize?

When I go to zone some land I have a box that hugs the road symbolizing the buildings. However, there is also a depth line drawn at what I would assume is the possible largest building size. The thing ...
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How can I fix ground pollution?

In my city I am developing a bit of a ground pollution problem, this hasn't quite yet reached my water supply but it's getting close and already some of the nearby residential zones have started ...
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Does the water table replenish?

Does the water table replenish? I keep running out of water. I'm looking for a sustainable city, but I keep running out of water.
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Is there a way to fix air pollution in simcity?

I've noticed that wind direction changes in the game and now my town is directly downwind from my industrial area, causing pollution and zombie attacks. Is there a way to get rid of the pollution? I'm ...
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How much data does SimCity transfer?

I live in an area without cable or DSL, so my home Internet connection is a Verizon LTE modem on a limited data plan. I'd like to get the new SimCity, but I'm concerned about how much data is ...
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How to make concentric circle roads?

I can make a circle road. I use the shift key to make it an equal roundness. My problem is trying to make another road outside or within that circle. It is rarely anywhere near going inside or ...
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How do I increase the tech level of my industry?

I'd like my city to specialize in electronics, starting with the processor factory. One of the requirements of the processor factory is that I have to have 5 medium-tech industrial buildings in my ...
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Can I save my game locally?

I read in an article dating from December that SimCity games would be saved online. I have not yet bought the game, and I wonder if this is true. It would be bad enough to be forced out of the game if ...
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Can you play Simcity offline?

I know EA has come out and said that Simcity will have features that ultimately requiring that you must have an internet connection all the time while playing. I know the game is less than a few days ...
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Where do Sims come from when they use an airplane?

When you create an airport and Sims come to your city, where do they come from? Existing cities from other players, other cities in your game, do they just pop up?
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Is there any way to skip the tutorial city in SimCity?

You're stuck playing through the tutorial city whenever switching regions. Quitting the tutorial city doesn't skip it, and I'm not seeing anything else. Have any tricks up your sleeve? Edit: ...
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How do I change servers in SimCity?

I've seen posts about people changing what server they're playing on (eg. US1 or US2), but I've clicked around everywhere in the game and I don't see an option for it. Where do I find the option to ...
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What is the full list of regions, cities, and their resources?

It would be handy to have a web-based list of 'em, when coordinating regions with friends. What else would you do when you're waiting in queue? :P
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Are regions/cities sync'ed across servers?

If I start a region in one server, say US West 1, can I get to it in US West 2?
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How to change interface language of SimCity?

Apparently, there is no easy way to change the interface language of SimCity. I had installed it via Origin on Windows 7 system. OS interface is in English, but locale is different, therefore, Origin ...
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How do I turn off disasters in SimCity?

I don't mind if my city has disasters such as fire because my city has fire stations nearby. But I have no way to handle other disasters and these disasters happen too often. Is there any way to ...
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Can I charge for public transportation?

My city predictably is having money shortages. I am barely breaking even and have already taken three bonds. Suddenly I remember that I have a very nice public transportation (shuttle bus) system ...
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Does every garage represents one school bus or two?

When I click on an elementary school building, it shows me that I have two school busses. On the map, however, there is only one, in the covered parking spot. Does that mean that both busses are ...
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Should I keep some trees?

Maps are naturally populated with trees in a new city location, but I haven't yet found a way to add trees back to the location without placing parks and other "buildings". Should I do my best to ...
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Do Sims like a view?

In SimCity, if you were to zone for residential properties near what would be a scenic view - like a seafront or near cliffs overlooking the city or rivers for example, would the value of these ...
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What are the most effective ways to increase land value?

I've seen land value increases with the placement of Hospitals and Fire Houses, I assume parks do the same thing (though it seems like a much smaller increase). What are some effective ways I can get ...
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How can I limit zone density?

Most of the time I'm aiming for big, high-density RCI zones but sometimes I want to build smaller areas that can't blossom into huge pollution spewing factories. Can I limit the density with clever ...
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What's a good strategy for dealing with traffic?

I've placed some medium and high-density roads between the ultra-pollution industrial side of the city and the medium density residential/commercial side of the city. Now my city is at a size where ...
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Should I be worried about overwriting buildings?

When I place a new road or a building in a section I had previously zoned for RCI space, sometimes the new structure overlaps an existing RCI building. Simcity seems pretty relaxed about this, only ...
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Is it possible to fill abandoned buildings in SimCity?

In a new SimCity, sometimes buildings get abandoned, and I wonder if I should destroy and rebuild them, or there is a way to naturally fill them back up. I understand when the building is abandoned ...
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What is the cost with accepting global deliveries?

I have an oil power plant. To keep it running, I am accepting global deliveries. The expense of running is $856/hour The burning rate is 8.93k barrels/day (k? what does k mean?). What is with this ...
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Can I use a PC license to play the Mac version?

If I buy SimCity for PC, released this week, will I need to buy it again when the Mac version comes out or does the PC license entitle me to the Mac version? The SimCity Mac FAQ has recently changed ...
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Does the capacity of the road influence how many agents can travel down it simultaneously?

In SimCity each entity in the game world is called an 'agent', and each agent travels down roads seeking out other entities that require an agent of that particular type. An agent can be anything from ...
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Can I play SimCity on two computers at the same time?

I'm not familiar with Origin's DRM (or the one that will be used on the next SimCity), but if I got the game, would I and my girlfriend be able to play it at the same time, each on their own computer ...
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What bonus content is available for Simcity?

I have a developing interest in the new Simcity game coming out next month, and I'm starting to poke around to get a sense of things. I notice that if I preorder from Amazon, I get a "Heroes and ...