Zynga's CityVille Wants to Take Down SimCity

Zynga's CityVille Wants to Take Down SimCity

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It's time to get social once again, but this time in an entire city with Zynga's CityVille.

For its latest game, Zynga has unsurprisingly retained the suffix of "Ville" and added a new prefix to create its latest game: CityVille. CityVille is another social game just like YoVille, FishVille, FarmVille, and FrontierVille, but players must focus on building an entire city instead of decorating one small area.

CityVille, which should go live later this month in five languages for Zynga's first international launch, seems inspired by SimCity. Zynga calls CityVille its "most social game to date," giving players the ability to interact with each other in ways not seen before.

In CityVille, players must build their own city from the ground up. Homes, businesses, restaurants, schools, fire departments, post offices, and even roads must be placed so that the city's residents are happy. Players will earn money depending on how many citizens go out to eat or go shopping.

Residents themselves will change appearances depending on how their city is run, which will be one of CityVille's badges of honor that keeps players engaged, similar to how a pink cow in FarmVille was way cooler than a normal cow. Further, running a city properly unlocks rare buildings and decorations. Players will also be able to buy and sell goods from each other that they grow on farms or import from cities such as Rome or London. Visiting other players' cities will help them build or import faster, while you can additionally own property or run businesses in neighboring areas.

CityVille hasn't launched yet, so I can't tell if the game is deeper than previous Zynga offerings, but it certainly seems like it. However, Zynga's games usually have a way of sounding more in-depth than they actually are, so we'll have to wait and see until it's released. Still, I was impressed with Zynga's additions to FrontierVille, so if Zynga follows it up with even more gameplay mechanics in CityVille it could be on its way towards creating more engaging social experiences than seen from the company in the past.

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CityVille?

City Village?

Well which one is it, a city or a village? Do they just mean town?

I can't see they taking down SimCity when they can't even decide what kind of settlement they're creating.

Son of a...

Gah.

That's amazing. Those people just take old tycoon ideas and simplify them to hell, but because it's so integrated into Facebook, they GET MILLIONS to play that?

Building a city. Well, isn't that original?

Haha, that shouldn't be much of a problem considering Sim City already took itself down.

Not like you could compare the games anyway.

Soville nowville theyville areville plagiarisingville actualville gamesville? It'sville just ville goingville toville turnville outville toville beville anotherville scamville disguisedville likeville anotherville crappyville facebookville 'game'ville.

Tom Goldman:
Zynga's CityVille Wants to Take Down SimCity

It's time to get social once again, but this time in an entire city with Zynga's CityVille.

I know I'm generally one of the people who roll my eyes at those who complain about "Why did you post this story, you shouldn't publicize them!", and that my follow comment makes me a huge hypocrite, but hey it's the internets, and from what I've seen that's what you're supposed to do.

Why are you publishing anything for Zynga? I know they're a huge company now, but you guys know darn well that they use predatory practices, sell off their users information, steal ideas and then just throw money until problems go away, and just generally make life a little less worth living...Okay so that last one is a tad hyperbolic, but you get my general drift. I couldn't care less if they ended up using all this money to form the Uber-game in the next 5 years, the taste they leave in my mouth probably isn't going to fade, and yes I know I don't have to like them and if I don't then don't play the game, etc etc, but really you're giving them forum space for a preview snippet and then promising a second look?

Outlaw Torn:
Soville nowville theyville areville plagiarisingville actualville gamesville? It'sville just ville goingville toville turnville outville toville beville anotherville scamville disguisedville likeville anotherville crappyville facebookville 'game'ville.

You sir, just made my day, it took me a second for my brain to parse what I was seeing, and then I couldn't stop laughing. Well there goes all my unneeded indignant anger at them, curses.

Edit: Sorry for the double post, brain stopped working for a second there and forgot I should just edit my original post.

Jamash:
CityVille?

City Village?

Well which one is it, a city or a village? Do they just mean town?

I can't see they taking down SimCity when they can't even decide what kind of settlement they're creating.

I know right?!

and sim city is delishus. Unlike anything zynga has ever made.

HK_01:
Haha, that shouldn't be much of a problem considering Sim City already took itself down.

Ain't that the truth. I'm still waiting for a proper Sim City 5. Sim City 4 mods, and Cities XL can only sustain me for so long.

Explorator Vimes:

Tom Goldman:
Zynga's CityVille Wants to Take Down SimCity

It's time to get social once again, but this time in an entire city with Zynga's CityVille.

I know I'm generally one of the people who roll my eyes at those who complain about "Why did you post this story, you shouldn't publicize them!", and that my follow comment makes me a huge hypocrite, but hey it's the internets, and from what I've seen that's what you're supposed to do.

Why are you publishing anything for Zynga? I know they're a huge company now, but you guys know darn well that they use predatory practices, sell off their users information, steal ideas and then just throw money until problems go away, and just generally make life a little less worth living...Okay so that last one is a tad hyperbolic, but you get my general drift. I couldn't care less if they ended up using all this money to form the Uber-game in the next 5 years, the taste they leave in my mouth probably isn't going to fade, and yes I know I don't have to like them and if I don't then don't play the game, etc etc, but really you're giving them forum space for a preview snippet and then promising a second look?

It has absolutely nothing to do with the March Madness scam that should never have happened, then all of the Scamga advertising here that followed. It's also a sign that the videogame news fish are all gone and only the filty bottom-feeders like Scamga are doing anything today.

Outlaw Torn:
Soville nowville theyville areville plagiarisingville actualville gamesville? It'sville just ville goingville toville turnville outville toville beville anotherville scamville disguisedville likeville anotherville crappyville facebookville 'game'ville.

+ 1 cookieville to you sir.

Oh god, not another [insertrandomwordhere]Ville. People seem to have low standards, these days. Fucking Zynga..

That is all.

I'd play an actual SimCity for Facebook. Zynga and CityVille can die in a fire as far as I'm concerned.

Jamash:
CityVille?

City Village?

Well which one is it, a city or a village? Do they just mean town?

I can't see they taking down SimCity when they can't even decide what kind of settlement they're creating.

Maybe we can get the Superheroes of Definition: Merriam and Webster to take down Zynga for us.

You won't ever compare to SimCity/Pharaoh/Populous. Why? Because those games require you to play for more then six minutes a day to do anything.

"But why would we create an actual game when we can rip someone else's work off in some way and still make massive bucks from the cattle that is the average public buying stuff for our products?"

Something like that is what has to go on in the Zynga office on a fairly regular basis.

It's Zynga, we know how this shit goes. It'll be complete crap but do absurdly well because it's tied to all that social networking bullshit.

Jamash:
CityVille?

City Village?

Well which one is it, a city or a village? Do they just mean town?

I can't see they taking down SimCity when they can't even decide what kind of settlement they're creating.

I was going to post pretty much the EXACT same thing.

There is no way they can get anywhere NEAR simcity considering the intelligence of their main audience, I'm sure it will be something like "THIS PART OF TOWN DOESN'T HAVE A RESTAURANT!" *places a restaurant* "CRISIS AVERTED!"

I guess TownCityVille was taken

No. Just No.

Just because Simcity at has least some depth to it.

So, when are they going to make VillageVille?

As usual, just another stupid application for me to block on Facebook. It seems like every time I block one, another five pop up. I just blocked probably my tenth different horoscope app last night, for chrissake.

Jamash:
CityVille?

City Village?

Well which one is it, a city or a village? Do they just mean town?

I can't see they taking down SimCity when they can't even decide what kind of settlement they're creating.

Well they couldn't call it Townsville.

Roboto:

Jamash:
CityVille?

City Village?

Well which one is it, a city or a village? Do they just mean town?

I can't see they taking down SimCity when they can't even decide what kind of settlement they're creating.

Well they couldn't call it Townsville.

Why not? Powerpuff Girls did it.

Don't compare a Zynga game to Sim City just because it is about cities.

Inco:
No. Just No.

Just because Simcity at has least some depth to it.

QFT
And how well you do is based on your decisions, planning and budgeting, not how many friends you have or how much real money you give the game company.

Oh no they don't.

*Throws asteroid at Zynga headquarters before creating a volcano below it.*

I've actually won all the keys in the Zynga promotion to get beta testing for this game. It was part of the Zynga lotto challenge. So I'll be among the first to see this game, and how in-depth it may be. Thanks for the heads up, and the fair article.

And then they will say "why decorate a whole city, when you can focus on the lives of a small group of avatars?"

And then they make SimsVille.

And the cycle is complete.

They may WANT to take down Simcity, but I really don't see that happening. Anytime soon.

 

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