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I haven't played SimCity 4 after a couple years. So I tried to install it again today. The installation went as normal, however, when I want to boot up the game it never does. It never shows the picture of the bridge. Nothing happens. The mouse just loads in a circle for a couple seconds then nothing happens. I've tried doing the task manager way to see if it's still running but nothing shows up. Tried checking process but SimCity 4.exe is not there as if the PC doesn't recognize it. I don't know if it's a hardware issue or not. I've updated my PC rig to run high end of games could that be the cause? The strange thing is that also with SimCity 4 launcher, it doesn't launch either. I'm not able to register either in EA through internet during installation because it says there's a problem. I'm using the CD version. Any ideas to run this game?
The image on the gallery is only 1.3MB, and heavily compressed, so please view the full image via the link below or in the comments. Please click the image in the comment, then full size, and feel free to zoom in wander around Wolfskreut in a super high-res image. Enjoy!
A wide scale mosaic of the city of Wolfskreut.
This image comprises of the entirety of the city, the borders have been trimmed to provide a more seamless transition, but apart from a 2 tile removal, every square is shown!
Comprised of 33 individual images, this mosaic is made up of over 51,000,00 pixels and the PSD file is a staggering 143MB! This is the largest image I have ever shared on ST!
Hope you enjoy!
View the full hi-res picture here.
(A slightly compressed version can be found here , for those with slower internet. )
By ST Challenges
Parks and Plazas
Create a custom park or plaza Lot
Season 3 - Challenge #11 - Custom Content (44 days)
Thanks to @philforhockey51 for the challenge idea.
Following tourism, roundabouts and congestion, finally, a challenge the environmental advisor would approve of!
Amongst the bustling nature of city life, places are created where people can play, relax, or enjoy an ice cream (or two). Recreational areas perform a key role when considering city planning. How do they blend in with the surroundings, or interact with the culture and environment? They are vital to the look and feel of an urban centre, including less dense areas in the suburbs. Of all types, shapes and sizes, there are many famous examples in real world cities.
This challenge involves producing a single recreational area Lot, such as a park or plaza.
You may create any lot that functions as a ploppable park, and along with lotting techniques, use any range of custom props and textures to enhance the appearance.
Of course, the obvious tool of choice would be the Lot Editor by Maxis. However, an alternative would be to use the PIM-X, which includes its own advanced editor for creating lots. This can be downloaded from the LEX, and there's also a user guide linked in the description. As usual with a lotting challenge, the choice is yours. There are lots of ways to go about it, and it's really what you feel most comfortable with using.
Once completed, a screenshot should be taken showing the Lot built in the game. Daytime is preferable for this, unless your Lot contains dominant night lighting effects that you'd like to present.
The Lot can be of any size or park style, although a larger area will allow more detail to be added. Dependencies (props / textures) are highly recommended to enhance the detail. Any number of dependencies can be used, which are available to download from a public exchange (e.g. STEX, LEX).
See the Possible Ideas section below for a few examples.
This is a Custom Content challenge running for 44 days.
To qualify for entry, please ensure your entry complies with the following requirements:
This challenge is only open to SimCity 4 Deluxe / Rush Hour.
The Lot must be an original piece of content (created by yourself), and not previously released on the STEX or other public exchange.
Only a single, standalone Lot is submitted.
The Lot is created using the Lot Editor or SC4 PIM (X-Tool).
The Lot appears and functions as a ploppable park.
As usual for a custom content challenge, submitting entries is slightly different than a regular event.
There is a two-step submission process; using the STEX for uploading and the Gallery for voting:
On the STEX
The Lot uploaded in the STEX Challenges category below.
The upload has a full title.
A description with basic information, including any dependencies used.
At least one in game screenshot of the Lot.
This is the Challenges STEX category. People will be able to download and test your content before proceeding to vote.
In the Gallery
One screenshot to showcase the Lot in action. This will be used as the voting submission. It can be an image included with your upload, or a different image taken specially.
Your image corresponds to the title of your upload.
These will be approved by a Challenges Team member and then added to the gallery album before voting opens.
Here are a few ideas to get you started, just giving examples of ways to go about this challenge:
Note: The following is not a complete list, or a requirement:
A type of garden (example list) City square (example list) Planted grass area Fountains Ornaments Monument or memorial area Pond or small water feature Arrangement of exotic plants Community garden area Flower garden Model village Paved seating area BBQ or picnic area Playing field or casual sports area Kids playground Tennis courts Mini golf Maze
A new leaderboard system is currently running for this season. This has been designed to incorporate all challenges, linking with each set of results.
Each place in a challenge has points on offer -- the higher you finish, the more points you gain. Then at the end of the season, prizes will be given out to the top 10 in the final standings, with the winner being crowned the Grand Champion!
This Custom Content challenge is eligible for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
Full details and the current standings can be viewed in the following topic:
Voting will start on the 15th of October, an announcement will be made when that is available.
Like with the city-building challenges, votes will be cast by rating images inside the album. You may rate any image you wish at any rating you wish. Try to rate as many as you can as this will help the album ordering.
The winners will be the top 3 ranked images after a 12 day voting period. Reputation prizes will be awarded based on the number of entries, and the overall average rating. See this topic for more info.
For this Custom Content challenge, rep prizes will be distributed slightly differently. This time the top 5 placed entries will earn reputation, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards. As this is a longer challenge, the amount of rep and points will be greater.
After the challenge has concluded and the winners announced, all submissions will be made available for the community to enjoy.
Please post below if you have any questions.
This thread can also be used as a way to showcase the development of your creations.
Good luck to all competitors!
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