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Everything posted by Terring

    This mod is the real Rush Hour expansion pack. It's mods like this that keep Simcity 4 alive and kicking
  1. Persistent Automata Mod

    At last, my cars will not disappeared right after they appeared anymore.
  2. Less Abandonment

    Finally, no more rich Sims that comes to your city too early and let a big, black, ugly mess behind them.
  3. Imagine a city where most Sims (or even all of them) can work from the comfort of their home, without having to commute twice a day. A city, where industries and farms can produce their products without workers, and where commercial buildings run as access warehouses from where you can get whatever you wish delivered by a drone. Sounds like a science fiction concept, but actually it's a reality which is approaching us day by day. This is what happens if you combine teleworking and automation. Teleworking is the ability to work from wherever you want, even from your house. You don't have to spend time traveling by bus or car to get to your job. Just turn on your laptop, your smartphone or your PC and get to work. The benefits are enormous. Teleworking reduces traffic jams and air pollution, and make easier for the teleworkers to balance their family responsibilities and personal lifestyle, while protecting them from detrimental situations. In other words, teleworking allows you to work, listen to your favorite music and spend some time with your children, while you're protected from the rain and the seasonal influenza, all at the same time. Automation is the form of technology that can perform actions without human assistance. Automation today is at the center of a very hot debate. Some people claim that the technological unemployment it produces will eventually destroy our economic system and even our civilization, while others claim that automation can change our economic system to the better and liberate man from any kind of labor, allowing her/him to be free and pursue higher things. So, can we play with teleworking and automation on Simcity? And if yes, what results we'll get? Let's find it out. There is a mod named RCImulti made by @niloluiz. It's actually a pack with mini mods for various aspects of the game, like jobs and demand. The one I'm most interested about is the "homejobs", that deals with residential caps and adds jobs at the residential buildings, allowing Sims to actually work at home. OK, not exactly at their home. Technically, Sims can work at somebody else' home. This can simulate jobs like baby sitters and gardeners, but it's also the closest thing we can have for teleworking as well. All homes and apartment buildings will keep housing their Sims, providing this time some jobs for other Sims as well. How many jobs depends on the file you'll choose to use. The "10pct_homejobs_uncapped.dat" will provide 10% of the building capacity in jobs, so an apartment building that houses 100 Sims will provide 10 residential jobs. The "25pct_homejobs_uncapped.dat" will provide, you guess it, 25%. But the most radical file is, hands down, the "100pct_homejobs_uncapped.dat". It gives all the capacity of the building in jobs. In other words, the apartment building of our example will house 100 Sims and give jobs to 100 Sims at the same time! So, what will happen if all Sims can work at their home? What if all Sims can telework? I've made a little experiment to find it out, and the results are very interesting to say the least. For this experiment the only files I had in my plugins folder are the 100pct_homejobs_uncapped.dat and the Simoleon RH to get more money from taxes. No NAM, no CAM (although I'm not sure if the homejobs files are CAMpatible at all), no nothing. Only those two files. First, we need a city. A big one, with plenty of Sims, traffic, and unemployment. And no mass transit. I'm too lazy to build one from scratch, so I used the Big City Tutorial city from the Timbuktu region. No teleworking, for now. I've changed many things at this city, like adding parks and police stations and bringing more heavy industries. And as you can see, the city remained a mess, with a lot of abandoned and dilapidated homes. We all know that Sims are too lazy to pick the fastest route instead the shortest one, but I thing the main reason why there are so many abandoned homes is the serious lack of jobs. As about the traffic, it's bad in some spots. This city has only streets and roads. Not even a single avenue. So yeah, this city is miserable, even with all those parks and hospitals I've build. But what if we use the teleworking trick? What if all Sims had the alternative of working at their home? Will this technology solve both the traffic and the unemployment problems at the same time? The answer, is yes! After adding the 100pct_homejobs_uncapped.dat file at the plugins folder, I demolished all the abandoned and dilapidated homes to make room for new Sims to come. When that happened, the new Sims found a job. Instead of looking for a job at the offices and industries, finding nothing and leaving the city, they got residential jobs. In our case, they start teleworking. All Sims can now work, from factories or from their homes. Or from wherever they wish. Since Sims doesn't even have to get out of their homes, traffic has been having improved a lot. Safer streets, cleaner air... ...and a serious drop of car use! While experimenting and playing around, I discovered that the mod will affect immediately only the new Sims and not the older ones, unless they lose their previous job. If a Sim has already a job at a factory, it will not abandon it to start teleworking. Unless you remove her/his factory. Which I did. I removed and reconstructed the heavy industries of the city, to see if Sims will keep working to those factories. The result was that Sims dropped their previous jobs and start teleworking. We can imagine that those Sims are still working for those factories, from their homes this time. If you're an industrial robots administrator, why not supervising those robots from your house? But even with no workers, those factories are still running and producing goods. The only way this can be happened is by replacing the workers with machines and AIs. Maybe automation is indeed possible on Simcity. And yet, some Sims will still keep working on those factories. Maybe it's a hint that even teleworking has it's limits. We have tested the concept of teleworking on an already established city. But what will happen in a new city? The results are the above, plus one. We can now build cities with not a single factory or shop in them! Cities where all Sims can telework for corporations that might be in a distant city or even on another country. Or not. Maybe they're working for themselves, using their house as the HQ for their corporation. Or maybe they don't work at all. Maybe they let the machines doing all the hard job, so they can live however they want in a money-free society. So many potential, so many stories. And all the above, without having NAM yet. What will happen if we mix teleworking with NAM? Will both mods contradict each other, or they can coexist and even collaborate? Who knows? Maybe I'll experiment with it soon. Now I think we need a conclusion. For some of you, the above experiment is nothing more than a fun but unrealistic project with no practical use. For me, it's a small taste, an idea of the shape of things to come. The above idea might be a nice concept for making a futuristic city on Simcity, but it might also be how we'll be living in a not so distant future. Everything we take today as granted will be challenged and changed tomorrow. The story of our culture, our civilization and ourselves is also a story of change. And by the way, I'm a teleworker too.
  4. 2 new experiments about fully teleworking. NAM and plopable residential buildings. What will happen? Let's see... What will happen if you have both NAM and the 100pct_homejobs_uncapped.dat file? Telework allows even the laziest Sim to find a job, while NAM encourages them to take the fastest route instead of the shortest one. Because of this, the result of having both of them is very interesting. By testing this at different cities (including cities with mass transit) I got no traffic jams at all (I have the Ultra simulator), a rise of car use, an even further drop of commuting time, and few to no use of mass transit. If every Sim can work from their homes (or, technical speaking, work at their neighbor's home), you'll have no reason to build highways, railroads, buses, subways, avenues, farms, shops, offices, factories, even roads. Just lay down some residential zones, give them power... and that's all. Your city is ready. But how about plopable residential buildings? There is a reason why we have plenty of plopable commercial buildings and only a couple of residential ones. Plopable buildings can only receive, never give. Plopable factories can't spawn trucks and plopable residential buildings can't spawn commuters. Because of that, after ploping a residential building it's only a matter of time to get dilapidated and abandoned. But will our trick solve this problem? Let's use a plopable residential building. Something futuristic, cool and badass. The Habitation Units from @hdorriker. I tested 3 cases. Case A: Place the building on growable residential buildings. Case B: Remove those buildings and wait for a while before building. Case C: Place the building on undeveloped terrain. The results speak for themselves. The Case C abandoned in just a few months, while the rest cases are still here (even after 10 years) and provide some jobs to the nearest Sims, although the Case A provides slightly more jobs than Case B. I think it's time for a conclusion. 100% teleworking (or other kind of jobs like baby sitting etc) will indeed change the game radically. It might not help you solving the plopable residential problem, but it will obsolete the need of both commuting and mass transit. If this is what you want, go for it.
  5. I haven't test it yet. I'll do it very soon.
  6. The heresy has begun...

  7. My dad bought me a new computer. A HP Slimline Desktop PC 260-a109nv, with fully updated Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, 4 GB RAM and AMD processor A6-7310 APU with AMD Radeon R4 Graphics. I already have my physical copy of Simcity 4 Deluxe (yes, I still have it) but I'm going to download a digital one from GOG, just to make sure that it will be playing on my new PC. So, I want to ask just a few questions. Based on the info provided, do you think my PC is good enough to play Simcity 4? When it's the best time to buy the game? Right now it's 17 euros, which is a good price but I'd rather buy it on an even lower one. Is there any trick I have to know to ensure a smooth playing experience on Windows 10? What would you suggest me? How about the Lot Editor? Will it be playing on my new PC? If no, is there any alternative to make my lots? And finally... did you miss me? Cross your fingers, my friends. It's been 4 years, but finally...
  8. RCImulti - MODpack for SC4 Delux/RushHour

    This mod is one of the reasons why I'm not going to use CAM. It's very flexible and allows me to customize it as I want, which comes handy for various experiments and ways of expression. My favourite part is the homejobs, which in real life can be translated as teleworking, reducing many problems like traffic jam and air pollution. Very smart and very useful. Well done
  9. Show Us Your Small Towns

    After 4 years and 4 months, I'm finally back!
  10. Simoleon RH

    Before downloading anything, from a small building so something massive like NAM, get this mod! It will save your cities and your projects from the very start and you'll no have to worry for financial problems any more. Just low your taxes and have fun
  11. SimCity 4 Extra Cheats Plugin

    An advise. If you have a digital version from GOG, put the file (and only the file) on GOG Games / SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition / Plugins.
  12. SimCity 4 Extra Cheats Plugin

    Easy to use and very useful for a large variety of projects, from testing new lots to build large cities without worrying too much for cash.
  13. I'm coming home! But first...

    The game has been installed and set up. Thanks to your advices, it runs smooth like water and everything is OK. Now I want to get rid of an annoyance. Every time I open the game, Windows 10 brings a message about "are you sure you want to open this program?". When I choose "yes", it brings some small advices about gaming and options and all that jazz. Can I just open the game without unnecessary pop-ups and anything else?
  14. I Want to Be a...

    That sounds like a good idea . I've watched a couple of them and I think that the most important thing to make a good gaming channel is to enjoy what you're doing. Funny commentary, useful tips, a bit of knowledge and unique ideas are highly recommended, but if you actually love what you're doing, the result will be an enjoyable and pleasant to watch channel. Not a great game to stars? That's heresy! Simcity 4 is a brilliant game to start, with plenty of things to do and a lot of mods to use. I got a digital copy from GOG with only 4 euros. This kind of discounts are very common on GOG, so you may want to make a profile there and have the game at your watchlist. If you don't have a card to buy the game, ask your parents to do it. My dad helped me in my purchase. I would suggest you to upgrade your computer, but that is costly and I don't know if you can afford it. I also want to make some upgrades on my PC, but I can't afford it right now. Maybe later. Facecam is not that necessary. For me, the only reason to make a good use of a facecam is in a video with you playing an action game with your friends and having some funny moments during it. Just showing your face playing the game isn't that important. You don't have to buy the game and all the expansions at the same time. Buy the game when you can afford it. Then, when you have enough money, buy the expansions one by one. Slowly and steady, you can build the game brick by brick. Buy the game in doses, not altogether at once. To me honest, asking for money is not my favourite strategy. But if you really want to do it, I will not recommend you asking for money from people that you have never met. If you really need that money, why not asking from people than knows you? Like your closest friends, and you can play the game with them. This was our strategy when we were kids at the 90's. Asking for money from people who knows you is better than from completely strangers. That would be like asking from a random person you found on the street to give you some money to buy a game. I think that s/he will give you nothing. Or, even worse, will try to scam you! But it's more likely to have some help from your parents, your friends and your relatives, and you can thank them but letting them play the game as well. twalsh102's suggestion is the best one. If you can't afford something now, save your money until you can. Asking from somebody else is something that you should use only as a very last resort, not as a first one.
  15. My new PC came with an already installed trial version of McAfee. In a few days, the trial version will be expired. Does it means that McAfee will be just a useless sitting duck? If yes, can I remove it without the risk of making my computer and my OS (Windows 10) collapse? Anyway, I'll need a new antivirus. What I want is a good and free one (since I can't have 2 antiviruses at the same time) that is not going to mess things around. What would you suggest me?
  16. Searching for a new antivirus

    Thanks for the suggestion, folks. I removed McAfee, since the trial version is over and there is no point to keep having it. I also had Microsoft Security Essential in my previous PC with Windows 7 and I've never had any problem with that. So, I guess I'll stick with Windows Defender.
  17. And I thought Tiberian Twilight was terrible. Command and Conquer: Rivals is an insulting abomination!

    1. Haljackey


      I'm still playing Renegade online!

    2. airman15


      They can have my Generals: Zero Hour when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!

  18. I'm coming home! But first...

    I have successfully purchased and downloaded Simcity 4 from GOG for only 4.09 euros. Now all I need is to install it, but I don't have the time right now to do it yet. Until then, I'll need some extra advises. Since it's my very first time I install a game on Windows 10, what must I have in mind during the installation? Is there any trick I need to know before installing it? My PC is a multiple core one, so how can I make the game running on only one core? I have also a widescreen TV that I use it as a monitor as well for my PC with 1920 X 1080 resolution. What would you suggest me for this case? Any help and advice will be more than welcomed
  19. I'm coming home...

  20. I remember I had used this fix for Firefox. It worked, but only for a while. Maybe the updates have something to do with this.
  21. I can't stand this anymore. I just can't. Everything is going from bad to worse. No light, no hope. I'm sorry, but I can't smile anymore.

    1. catty-cb


      Sorry to hear that, not that it will help but I tend to remember the end of this poem when I'm having a bad day


      Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?
      Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?
      As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say,
      You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

      Its by someone called Edgar Guest

  22. San Francisco

    I remember driving at the roads of San Fran with my Audi TT on Midtown Madness 2. Good times Very beautiful recreation of the city you have here
  23. The Obituaries Thread

    Stephen Hawking, modern science's brightest star, dies aged 76