Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines

Click over to whatever website you visit most frequently to get news. Find the third headline on the page. Make sure that headline is in your post.


SimCity getting offline single player mode in next update

SimCity will receive an update that allows for offline play in the near future. Arriving as a free download with Update 10 for the game, SimCity‘s offline play will allow players to access all of their previously downloaded content in the new single player mode. The developer was last exploring the possibility of offline play for the game in October 2013.

While EA did not reveal a full list of details for the update, it did note that single player campaign save files will be stored locally, so players will no longer be required to have an internet connection when playing the game. EA recently allowed for official mod support of the game, which the publisher cites as a major reason for SimCity‘s new offline mode to begin with. Now, mods can be made “to the game and its components without compromising the integrity of the Online game,” an EA blog on the matter says. No release date was given for Update 10, though Maxis is in the “late phases” of wrapping up its development.



Now this makes me happy. I haven’t played the newest incarnation of Sim City, simply because back when it was released for Mac, it was still buggy, and slow, and it began to really chew through my internet data because it required a constant internet connection, rather than being the offline game that it’s always been. Hopefully this comes soon, so I can get back to spending my simoleons!!


Day 13 – Plugged In vs. Offline Time

How much of the day are you plugged in? Do you consciously set aside offline time, or does it happen whenever it happens?

I think the only time I’m ever truly offline, is when I’m asleep. 

God, that sounds so bad. But I find myself plugged in constantly.

Checking my phone to see what the weather is like before I get out of bed, and then grabbing my iPad to check my email… then it’s breakfast whilst watching the news, and checking my laptop to see which of my downloads have completed, and which have finished seeding. On my way to work, I’ve got my earphones in either listening to music or watching a tv show. From there, my day is spent in front of a computer screen, where I can do my work, look up info in our database, check out my RSS feeds, monitor my email and facebook, and, when I get a chance, write a blog post – such as this… all at once.

My life revolves around technology and the constant update of information, but that’s how our lives have progressed. We’ve become so reliant on being able to obtain information and live and conduct our lives online, the concept of actually being offline has become somewhat foreign.

Even now as I think about it, if I ever have a bath, I either bring my laptop or my iPad with me, so I can watch a movie whilst I relax.

If I read a book, it’s on my iPad.

If I’m playing a game, or making notes, it’s done on my phone.

And after all that, even during those rare occasion where I actually do have some free time, I play video games on my PS3.

I think that I need to consider taking myself offline more regularly, but being more proactive about it. Actually turning my phone off. Turn my iPad off. Read a real book, made from actual paper! I should try and schedule some time to fit it in.

I wonder if there’s an app for that?