About This File
This Mod is now updated for Version 10.0.
My first mod adds some much needed trending information to SimCity. Originally this mod was titled GlobalMarket.zip, I have renamed to Trend Pack, since that is more appropriate for the direction I am heading with this.
Global Market (Online Mode Only):
The first trend that is made available is the Global Market trend (previously only available from Main Menu). The Challenges button (top right) will now open the SimCityWorldPanel, instead of the original Challenges panel. The button icon has been updated to a world icon.
History Panel (Online & Offline Modes):
The other trends that are now available are accessible from the Leaderboards button (top right). This button will now open a new HistoryPanel. The button icon has been updated to be a trend icon. These trends show data points only for the currently active session, and the data stored locally. This data is stored to your local machine so if you switch to a different machine the past data points will not be displayed. Data points are collected every Sim hour (at 15m past the hour) and stored for one Sim year. So far the following trends are available:
- Population, Commuters, Visitors
- Budget, Mayor Rating, Zones, Government, Destruction
- Power, Water, Sewage
- Garbage, Fire, Health, Crime, Education
- Bus, Street Car, Rail, Boat, Air
- Mining, Metal, Oil, Electronics, Trade
- Casino, Stadiums, Cultural
I do not currently have plans to add any more trends at this time. Please post in the comments if there is any specific trend data that you would like to see.
The package contains modifications to:
To install this mod, unpack the zip file into your SimCityData folder. This mod was made using Oppie's SimCityPak tool.
Please be sure to delete any older versions of the GlobalMarket.package. The new package name is jTrendPak.package.
As I have been adding more trends I have started to notice an increase in the amount of time it take to load a city. Before trends I have seen ~30s load times, now I am seeing ~1m. I plan to look into the issue, but in the meantime, if you are concerned with city loading time please don't install this mod.
I have been doing some further investigation into the city load times and can't tie the increase in time to this mod directly. It seems that the load times are more a function of city age and number of agents present. If anyone notices any significant increase in load times due to this mod please post in the comments.
I am currently aware of an issue with the localstorage functionality implemented in the last version. This occurs when the data being stored exceeded the maximum quota size (~5mb). Once the quota is exceeded history data will no longer be stored, but is still viewable for the currently active sesssion. I am in the process of testing an update that would reduce the data size being stored and limit the maximum number of cities to prevent overfilling the quota. I will release the update as soon as testing is complete. Sorry for any inconvenience.
What's New in Version 1.1 See Changelog
- Added 3 new trends. Metals, Stadiums and Cultural.
- Added localstorage functionality.