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Because urban planning can look like crap in HD, SimCity gets the Instagram treatment

Hipsters all up in my SimCity? Never thought I’d see the day. Still, this is pretty cool – Ocean Quigley, Creative Director at Maxis, recently took to his blog to show off the variety of filters you can implement in your SimCity game. The filters range from ‘Juicy’, seen above, to my personal favourite, ‘Black & Red’, which you can see after the break. Apart from looking pretty cool and allowing you to customize your SimCity experience just the way you want it, these filters also make SimCity more accessible to colourblind gamers, as Kotaku points out. And that’s worthy of applause in its own right.

If you’d rather not browse through (dapper Danny) Ocean Quigley’s – seriously, how awesome is that name? – blog, here are the links to the relevant posts:

Color Filters!

More filters

Even more filters

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New SimCity Will Reticulate Your Splines in 2013

If, like me, you have fond memories of whiling away hours in SimCity 2000 – or, indeed, any of those lighthearted simulations with a ‘Sim-‘ on the front – you’ve got one more reason to pray that the Mayans got it wrong. Accompanied by the above trailer, Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced a new SimCity game at this year’s Game Developers Conference. As of now, there’s no word on whether this new title (which is already available for preorder on Origin) marks a reboot of the SimCity series, or if this game will slot into the lineup as SimCity 5. Either way, for those of you who might be concerned about whether the franchise’s trademark zany sense of humour is still alive and kicking, here’s a quote from Maxis Senior Vice President Lucy Bradshaw : “You never know when a giant lizard might just trundle around the corner and kick the buildings down.”

Welcome back, SimCity. We’ve missed you.

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