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    Cities: Skylines
    SimCity (2013)
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  1. That’s a real shame. A big loss for the Mac community. We’ll figure out a way to get passed this, but it will never be the same or as easy as it once was. We’ll have to develop a comprehensive guide on using Wine or parallels with something like the GOG version of the game. RIP SimCity 4 on Mac 2003 - 2018
  2. We used to do that, but we specifically moved away from that model because we were running out of room for these images in members post panels. This new system was designed to break up a members awards and graphically show what parts of the site they spend their time in and are recognised for. We will need a slight tidy up in their layout, which we couldn’t do earlier because we wanted to keep them secret and unfortunately couldn’t test them without making them public. We'll work on that over the coming days.
  3. 2015 Trixie Winners - The nominations are in and they've all been counted. Here are the winners for 2015! City Journal Awards Best Airport We've seen many examples of airports in CJs this year, this members CJ has paid close attention to the design of their Airport, and we celebrate them with this award. Best Asian Style City Journal This award goes to the CJ which is the best example of a city created in the style of other Asian cities. Best CBD Every major city has a CBD, and our CJs love creating CBDs of their own. This award goes to the best example of CBDs that we've seen in CJs this year. Best City Journal Startup This award goes to our favourite new City Journaller whose first CJ has become an immediate favourite. Best European Style City Journal This award goes to the CJ which is the best example of a city created in the style of other European cities. Best Fictional City Journal This award goes to the best fictional city, a city which is neither sci-fi nor a real world recreation, but a city with its own style, history and location. Best Historical City Journal City Journals introduced a new way of learning and living a bit of history. From the Roman Empire to the 19th century, some players decided to go beyond the four predetermined tilesets and write their own little part in history. This award goes to the member who has better told us ancient stories and ways of life. Best Industry The gritty grime of the industry doesn't escape most cities, but this member has fully embraced the smog and pollution of their industry and created CJ which showcases how great their industrial zone is. Best Narration This award goes to the City Journal that makes us feel at home in the city, providing familiar landmarks while telling us the story of a city. Best Natural Environment / Landscape Area Some CJs are designed to show off the beautiful beaches, river valleys, and mountains in their region. This award is for the CJ that best showcases the region's natural terrain. Best North American Style City Journal This award goes to the CJ which is the best example of a city created in the style of other North American cities. Best Overall Design City Journallers pay close attention to how every part of their Journals look, from how their entries are formatted and posted, to how compose the images they post. This award goes to the member who has the best designed City Journal overall. Best Park Sometimes you need a break from the concrete jungle. Scenic beauty and recreation are elements of this award. This creator has created the ultimate in parks using a naturalistic setting. Best Photoshopping This award goes to the member who has the best photoshopping of any CJ. From creating different worlds, to balancing image colours, this member used Photoshop to enhance their images in the most creative way possible. Best Real World Re-Creation Many CJs are based off of real life locations, or share similar styles with real cities. This CJ goes beyond that to have the closest recreation of a real world location. Best Road Map This award goes to the member who has documented their city in the most amazing road map we have seen this year. Best Road Geek Every City Journal must have roads, but the recipient of this award paid attention to the detail of each and every road to ensure they had proper functionality and use for the Sims who would be using it everyday. Best Rural / Agriculture Cities and skyscrapers are great, but rural towns are fantastic too. This award is for the CJ that best depicts a rural area. Best Science Fiction City Journal The member who wins this award really deserves a lot of credit for designing cities and a region that we could only imagine in a Science Fiction novel. Best Urban Area This award goes to the member who has created the best city overall. Many CJs exhibit great parts of their city, but this award goes to the CJ which creates the best city overall. Best Use of Added Media Not all that we see in City Journals is real. But of them all, this CJ stood out above them all with the best use of added graphics, sound, or video in a CJ at Simtropolis. Best Use of Railroads Railroads are the backbone of many cities, transporting freight or commuters. This award goes to the CJ which has given us the best example of what a railroad can be. City Journal of the Year The nominations are in, and it was decided that this City Journal was the best creation this year. Most Entertaining City Journal This award is for the City Journal that is really fun. The text, the screenshots, and the everyday life of the theme city are very entertaining. Most Surrealistic City Journal This award goes to the surrealist CJ that we've read this year. Saddest City Builder Moment Caught on Picture This award goes to the creator who managed to document the lowest moment of their city. This could be from a natural disaster, a silly bug or from an incredibly bad planning decision. This members misfortune gave us a smile, and so we reward them with this token of our gratitude. Go back to category selection Custom Content Awards Best BAT Newcomer of the Year Big splashes have been made in the community this year by this new BATer! BAT of the Year The nominations are in, and it was decided that this BAT was the best creation this year. BATter of the Year This member is the best overall BATer this year. Multiple BATs at an outstanding level of quality, mixed with their ability to constantly help others in BAT threads makes this member the best BATer this year. Best Automata SC4 players are in love with their automata. We love to cruise the streets, hop a bus, ride the rails, and fly the friendly skies. This award goes to the member who has ensured we can do all of the above. Best Development Thread This award is for the person who curates the best development thread, through either providing an insight into their own creative process, writing tutorials or just by being the best at documenting the twists and turns of creating content for the STEX. Best Industrial BAT of the Year Industrial parks are an absolute essential in our cities. But they are often under represented as BATers choose more glamorous subjects. That is not the case for this member. We feel a sneeze coming on due to their dusty realness, because industrial structures have never felt a more reverential touch. Best Large Scale Project The scale and scope of this project is so impressive that it's taken a great amount of work to pull off. This award goes to the member who has created the best large scale project. Best Lotter This award recognizes the skill of the individual who puts a high level of polish to each lot creation, and has received acclaim from the community with every lot that is created. Best Props Every little helps. This award goes to the member who best added to the Lot Editor's custom palette. Best Re-Creation This BAT is the best recreation of a specific, real life building, done with total devotion to complete and thorough accuracy. Best Re-Lot Taking an existing building and giving it a new lease of life is an important skill. This award goes to the member who has created the best reLOT this year. Best Remake of a Building From Older SimCity Games A building from yesteryear, remade for this year. This award goes to the member who has made the best creation from a previous SimCity game. Big Building of the Year Buildings come in all sizes, but this is the best skyscraper, highrise or major complex created this year. Favourite BAT Team This award goes to the community's favourite BAT team this year. Highest Overall Quality This award goes to the person whose creations are consistently outstanding. Highest Technical Achievement in Custom Creations This award goes to the individual who has pushed the boundaries of custom content beyond what we once knew, and who have shared their discoveries with the rest of the community. Lot of the Year Buildings must go on some kind of LOT, and this LOT is the best we have seen this year. Mod of the Year All votes are now in, and it has been decided by the community that this Mod was the best creation this year. Most Beautiful Small Addition This award goes to the member who has created a tiny yet extremely beautiful addition to the game. Most Dedicated Modder This award recognizes the Modder who has stretched most to go above and beyond, to bring us their best possible work in some shape or form. Most Luminous Illuminator Lighting, or more specifically night lighting, creates such completely dramatic changes to the way we view our BATs in game. This award goes to the BATer who provided lighting that is the most realistic, most technically advanced, most beautifully fitting, or even the most outlandishly eye-catching. Most Important Discovery / Innovation It seems that some relatively small steps for Modders can lead to some pretty giant leaps for simkind. This award has been invented for the one who sits at the desk in the Mission Control of Modding. Houston, we have a Trixie! Most Improved BATter This award goes to the BATer who has shown the most improvement during the year. Most Inventive Creation With many different cities come many different ways which buildings or creations could adapt to their surroundings, and the only way to overcome this is to make an inventive creation to cover all bases. This member created the most inventive addition to our game. Most Realistic Creation This award goes to the member who has created a BAT which is extremely realistic. This is a fictional building, yet is so well detailed we could be forgiven in assuming it was a real world recreation. Most Useful Creation These creations fill a void that many of us feel came with the vanilla game. They are useful because they make our cities feel more complete. Most Useful Feedback in Custom Content Threads This award is for the person who provides great, behind the scenes support for other people's BATs. Helping out, giving valuable instruction, and doing those annoying but necessary tasks needed to bring a quality BAT to the STEX. Radio, What's New? Radio, Someone Still Loves You We saw radio ga ga... Small Building of the Year Buildings come in all sizes, but this is the best small building, house, shack, service, warehouse created this year. STEX Community Favourite When asked who was the STEX Community Favourite, most people chose this individual. Go back to category selection Forum Awards Best Tutorial While the game may be ten years old, new things and new ways of doing old things keep popping up. This award is for the member who demonstrated a useful procedure in a tutorial. Friendliest Forumer This award recognizes the most friendly forumer, one who is always piping in with good cheer and making newbies feel at home. Highest Quality Poster Many members have high post counts, some stretching well into the ten-thousands. But sometimes its quality, not quantity, that matters. This award goes to the person who may not have a high post count, but puts a lot of thought into their posts to ensure that each one matters. Most Engaging Off Topic This award recognizes the member whose contributions in the Off-Topic section are above and beyond the usual high quality. The winner has a positive attitude, and engages the readers of their posts by making relevant and useful comments. Most Helpful Post One post which went a long way to help. This award goes to the member who assisted many people with a notably informative and resourceful forum contribution. Most Informed Member on Real World Events This award goes to the member who is most likely to be reading the newspaper right now. This member is constantly engaged with global events and is relied on to keep us informed of what's going on in the world today. Technical Denizen The threads in our Bugs & Technical Issues forums discuss many issues. This award honours the best techie who answers the wide range of questions that people raise. Challenge Coordinators For making the Simtropolis Challenges possible. Go back to category selection Community Awards Best Avatar Some avatars are interesting; some not so much. This award goes to the member whose avatar was deemed the most entertaining. Enduring Dedication Award Simtropolis has changed much through the ages. The award goes to a member whose dedication, work, and contributions have helped make the site evolve into its current form. Funniest Overall Member This award goes to the member who helped spread some good cheer, keeping the community in good spirits. Merit of Team Spirit Without teamwork, a project can become chaos. This award goes to the team best able to overcome adversity and to stick together through thick and thin. This team has shown real dedication to making these projects work. Most Active Non-City Builder This award is for the user who does not play a city builder game, but still contributes a massive amount to the Simtropolis forums. Most Consistently Helpful Member The most consistently forumer is recognized for tirelessly answering questions when possible, often answering the same ones over and over with good cheer, is always eager to share knowledge and point the uninitiated toward the light. Most Welcoming to Newcomers Some just give a simple "Welcome to the site" to new members who join the site. This member was always there to meet and greet newcomers to the community. Simtropolis Walking Library Every community has a member who knows so much about the site we belong to. They are always there to provide us with historical facts about Simtropolis, and this award recognises them within the history of ST. The Member Who Was Everywhere This award goes to a member whose dedication, work, and contributions have helped make the site a welcoming and enjoyable place for all. We Miss You; Come Back In an online community such as this, people come and go as Real Life Syndrome takes over. Sometimes, we lose someone who we really would rather have kept among us. This award goes to the person we miss the most and wish to hear from in the next year. Best Dirktator It can only be... Staff Awards Thanks for all your continued hard work and dedication. Go back to category selection
  4. Trixie Winners Announced - The Llamas have finally been herded, the nominations finally counted, and the medals finally polished. Please join us in congratulating the Trixie winners for 2015 and 2016! The Trixies are a celebration of all types of community contributions, ranging from STEX uploads, CJ entries, all the way to forum posts. It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate all the amazing content shared over the past two years, and give a special 'thanks' to your fellow members. Nominations were held earlier this year, and since then we've been busy behind the scenes getting this reveal ready. The past two years have flown by, and we are fortunate enough to have an event which we can celebrate community content produced during this time. A big congratulations go out to all winners and nominees for the past two years, and also to everyone who took part in the awards. Whether coming up with ideas or making one or many nominations, the Trixies wouldn't be possible without you all. Winners Revealed Below Browse through the next two posts which will reveal who has won Trixies each year. We then welcome all recipients to take the stage and say a few words, meanwhile we also encourage everyone to take join in the festivities congratulating the winners and discussing the content. 2015 Trixie Winners City Journal Awards Custom Content Awards Forum Awards Community Awards 2016 Trixie Winners City Journal Awards Custom Content Awards Forum Awards Community Awards Click each of the above links to navigate to a specific section, or just keep on reading on... Without further adieu, the Trixie winners for 2015 and 2016!
  5. Site Suggestion Box

    We can look into this. In the background I’ve been slowly updating our standard emoticons to HD. These work like our Trixie emoticons where if you have a 72 dpi screen you see our normal icon, but on a higher dpi screen an HD version is used. Most people won’t notice, but this has made these icons cleaner and at the same time I’ve doubled the frame rate so that they run smoother too. I am all for adding new emoticons, but I can’t do that all myself. I’ll talk with the team, and maybe we can come up with a way for the community to help out while keeping the images within the same design style. I’ll update you again when we have discussed a way forward.
  6. I’m sorry, I don’t really know the answer either. The only thing that I can think of is that your keyboard drivers are out of date. I’d suggest reinstalling the latest drivers and try again.
  7. Night Light

    Hi, There isn’t really a download for nightlights on the Mac like there is for the windows version. All buildings that are nightlight capable need to be specially created. Have a look at this collection of files, these are all the buildings on the STEX which have Mac compatible lighting. http://community.simtropolis.com/tags/mac compatible/ Hope these help
  8. Why So Many Moderators Here?

    I'll add a few more comments in addition to what's already been discussed; The sites users are international, and we like to have a wide moderation base that can react to issues in different time zones. We don't actively seek this out when considering people for a moderators position, but it's a great benefit of having a large moderating group. Moderating is a voluntary position, and we understand that not everyone can dedicate their time to ST 24/7. Some can only fit in a couple nights a week, and that's fine. It's really useful to have a few eyes on the same area, so that when one of those eyes isn't looking, we have another set that can help out. We love having a broad range of views on issues behind the scenes. It's helpful being able to discuss issues with everyone before we take a stance on any situation so that our actions are representative of the morals of ST. It keeps all of the staff on the same page and means that we don't have dominant personalities orchestrating how the sites rules are enforced, but we have one unified stance. Lastly, the moderating team is pretty awesome, and I wouldn't want to have any less members than we do now. We don't have much to moderate these days, not in comparison to 10 years ago, but it's awesome having this great team who like to get stuck into other projects, are always willing to give their feedback and are generally just great people
  9. That was by design. We felt that in the past we had conducted interviews with lots of the regular members, and we wanted to get an insight into some of the people that you might not have heard from before but are doing great things around the site. We did try to get a couple 'big names' in there too, and I thought that their contributions helped balance out the less known members. Maybe there were more CJers than BATers, we'll try and balance that a bit better if we do interviews again next time. Heard you, and everyone else, loud and clear! We'll work out a way to have that better for next time. We may be limited for what we can do here in this respect, but we have just under a years worth of testing before it rolls around again, so we hope we can work out a more elegant solution. It sounds like we will try to keep a hold of doing this through posts, as it had some quite important benefits that you all appreciated. We'll streamline the process for next time! We could do that. My view is that you should be trying to nominate just one person for one award because there can only really be one definitive BAT of the Year. I can understand that it is difficult to make those clear distinctions sometimes, and that it might be best to remove the restriction on nominating only one member per award and instead limit it to the amount of times you can nominate a member for any award. As we continue to count the nominations we'll be taking the data and scaling the list back to a smaller amount based around how many nominations each award received. We will probably conduct another discussion next year, like we did with this year, around the awards list. Although next time we will bring our new refined list to the discussion and ask for advice on what else should be included. That way the list can stay responsive to what's happened that year through community discussion, and be more concise by removing superfluous awards. Keep the the suggestions coming, these have been great and will really help us formulate our plans for next year!
  10. The future of "Chat"...

    The STEX has less functionality than the workshop for sure, and we can't really do much about that, but modders have been submitting files on the STEX by linking to their workshop file. It works well enough, but further integration is beyond our control. I think recently we've had a good increase of use in our C:S forums. I see where we are now with C:S is a similar analogue to where we were in 2003-4 with the EA exchange. We fill the same demand with C:S players as we do with SC4 players, albeit with a reduction in scope from the workshop being a much better system than EA had ever implemented. We provide space for people to come and discuss the game, collaborate with others, share what they've done, talk with likeminded people. There are other forums for that too, the steam forums are similar to the EA forums. I think we are seeing a lot more new members come through in the C:S section because they are looking for a space that we were looking for 10 or more years ago. I hope they find that we provide that space for them, but we will need to continue developing the site to keep up with the different needs of this group.
  11. That happened to me the last time I was in chat too. It might have something to do with losing support for the chat client, but it is probably just a glitch.
  12. At a glance we can't be sure, but we will for sure let you know what the split is when the counting has finished! Even if 2015 gets a third of the nominations, that's much better than 2014. But we will let you know what the numbers are when we have them! There were a lot of default awards this year, we came to these by getting suggestions from the community, taking the ones which were suggested the most, and then pairing these down by staff consensus on what makes the most sense to include. Going forward we will be reducing these again, this time we will use nomination counts to help us make this decision. I think, as an experiment, the list building worked really well, thank you to everyone who helped out. Now it's on us to continue the development of these lists so that they stay appropriate to the content being created and nominated for. Now, off to start counting!
  13. We will for sure be doing some trimming for Trixies 2017. But it is so hard to get that balance right, 2013 and 2014 had lists which were probably too short, 2015 and 2016 have lists which are probably too long. I think we'll be able to find that balance for 2017. Either way, the community discussion we had helped us to reform what the base awards are, now we can use nominations to decide which ones are appropriate to continue on to the next ceremony.
  14. Hey, welcome to Simtropolis! :)

    I just have to say, your YouTube Cities Skylines series' are amazing,  a must watch for me every week. I'm sure our members would be enthralled watching your videos :8) they've made me rethink how I build my cities.

    Hope to see you around the forums sometime :thumb:

  15. Looks like we've just passed 300 nominations! There's just over a day left to submit your nominations, so if your still waiting, now is the best time to nominate