2016-2017 SimCity Instructions for Mac

2016-2017
SimCity Download
Instructions for Mac
SECTIONS:
Basics – Page 1
Troubleshooting – Page 2
Downloading & Installation – Page 2
Offline Play Instructions – Page 6
Saving the Game – Page 7
Code Workarounds – Page 8
BASICS
Origin Account Tips:
• Educators should manage and save the login information associated with each SimCity license so
they can be reused again next year.
• If you have teams that will be sharing computers, you can share IDs. See section “MULTIPLE
REGIONS UNDER ONE ORIGIN ID” on page 9 for details. Note: for each unique Origin ID, you will
need a unique email address.
Game Play Modes:
• Single Player/Offline: We highly recommend that teams create their cities in Single-Player mode
(offline). The game will be saved to the hard drive of the computer that the team is using.
• Multi-player/Online: If using this mode, the game should be set to “private” so that no other
online players can modify the team’s city. The game will be saved to Origin’s server. *Please
note that sometimes Origin has connectivity issues with their servers, which can impact a
team’s ability to access and play their game.
SimCity codes:
• SimCity codes are assigned to your FutureCity.org account once you complete the Program
Details Survey during the registration process. Please review the “How to Get SimCity Codes”
document at futurecity.org/resources if you are having trouble locating your codes.
• Note: You may redeem a single SimCity product code up on to five computers. See the section
on USING THE SAME ORIGIN ID ON MULTIPLE COMPUTERS on page 8.
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SimCity Specs for the Mac:
You will need:
Lion OSX 10.7.5 with a Core 2 Duo processor
• 2 GB of RAM
• 12 GB of Hard Drive space
• Either an Intel HD 3000, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M, or ATI Radeon HD 2600 graphics card.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If you encounter errors while downloading and installing SimCity, please refer to this helpful article
(http://help.ea.com/en/article/simcity-reported-errors-smcy-1/) from Origin regarding common issues and
solutions.
DOWNLOADING & INSTALLATION
Step
1
Instruction
Go to
www.origin.co
m and click on
Download
(left-hand side
of screen). If
you already
have an
Origins
account go to
Step 7.
2
Locate the
Download
button for
Mac.
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Screenshot
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3
Save
Origin.dmg to
your
Applications
folder. (You
might have to
select the
Applications
folder.)
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Open the
downloaded
file and wait
for this
window to
appear. Then
drag the
Origin’s icon
into the
Application
folder.
Launch Origin
from the
Application
folder. An
Internet
warning will
appear; click
open.
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Once the
download is
complete, this
Sign In box will
appear. Now
you can create
an account.
Note: While
we
recommend
that each
team have its
own Origin ID
and password,
it is not
required. For
each unique
Origin ID, you
will need a
unique email
address.
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Once logged
into Origin,
you can
redeem your
SimCity code.
Click on
“Game
Library”.
On the next
screen, click
“Add a
Game”.
A dropdown
menu will
appear that
says, “Redeem
Product
Code”. Click
on this button.
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Cut and paste
the 20-digit
product code
you received
via the Team
Center. (Note:
Some users
have
experienced
difficulty
when they
type in the
product code.)
Click Next.
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Confirm the
code is for
SimCity and
click Next.
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Go to the My
Games tab in
Origin to find
SimCity in
your list of
games.
Roll your
curser over
the game and
the download
window pops
up, click on
Download.
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Another
Download
Now window
will appear.
Click on
Download
Now.
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Once the
download is
complete,
scroll your
curser over
the game
image. The
Play screen
will appear.
Click Play. The
game will
load.
(Note:
Sometimes the
first time you
click Play your
computer may
freeze and you
will need to
restart your
computer.
Simply log
back into
Origin and
select the
SimCity
game.)
OFFLINE PLAY INSTRUCTIONS
EA has updated SimCity to allow for offline play – anytime, anywhere without the need for an internet
connection. Offline play is called Single-Player mode. It allows players to save games locally on a computer. An
internet connection is not needed for game play.
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*Future City recommends creating your Virtual City in offline mode.
Once you have downloaded SimCity and Origin, you no longer need an active Internet connection to play.
However, you will need to log in to your Origin account each time you want to play SimCity. Simply select
Origin -> Go Offline to switch to offline mode for your account. It should remain in Offline Mode until you
change it.
For further instructions regarding playing SimCity in offline mode, please refer to the “SimCity Tips & Play
Instructions” resource (at futurecity.org/resources - filter for SimCity.)
SAVING YOUR GAME
Your team will work on the Virtual City deliverable for many weeks and you will need to save your game in
order to keep progressing. In addition to your normal saves, we recommend saving a specific copy of your city
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you need another screenshot or other information for the slideshow, even if you’ve continued to progress
since that point.
Steps:
1. Save your game every time you play.
2. When your team decides it is time to complete Progress Report #1, use the “Save As” functionality to save a
differently-named version, i.e. “Team Name Progress Report 1.”
3. After saving the special version, go ahead and “Save As” again using a different file name. This ensures that
your city’s information for Progress Report 1 will be “frozen” and accessible even after you continue play the
game and making more progress towards your goals.
CODE WORKAROUNDS
What if you have more teams than software codes?
Option 1: USING THE SAME ORIGIN ID (AND SIMCITY DOWNLOAD CODE) FOR MULTIPLE COMPUTERS:
We have had some success with this process – but note: it has not been completely tested for all variations.
1. Create the Origin ID and download SimCity as described in the download instructions (steps 1-12).
2. Log out of Origin.
3. Move to the second computer. Log into Origin using the first Origin ID (step 1).
a. After you log in using the previously created Origin ID, it should download SimCity to the
second computer without a new download code.
b. We have successfully done this on up to 5 computers before getting an error. At that point, use
a new Origin ID and download code. And, repeat for another 4-5 computers.
Example of login information associated with each SimCity code to download license on 1-5
computers:
SimCity Code One: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-ABCD (16 digit code)
Email or username registered: Buildacity1@gmail.com
Password created: FutureCity1
(This login can be used on up to 5 computers when applying the exact login associated with this
license.)
SimCity Code Two: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-EFGH (16 digit code)
Email or username registered: Buildacity2@gmail.com
Password created: FutureCity2
(This login can be used on up to 5 computers when applying the exact login associated with this l
license.)
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SimCity Code Three: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-IJKL (16 digit code)
Email or username registered: Buildacity3@gmail.com
Password created: FutureCity3
(This login can be used on up to 5 computers when applying the exact login associated with this
license.)
Important: Educators should manage and save the login information assigned to each license
so they can be reused again next year.
LOGGING ON WITH SAME ORIGIN ID ON MULTIPLE COMPUTERS
Now that you have more than one computer sharing the same Origin ID, you can play SimCity on all of them at
the same time – if all accounts are offline.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Computer 1: log in to Origin and “Go Offline.” Play SimCity in Single-Player mode.
Computer 2: after computer 1 is “offline,” you can log in to Origin on computer 2 and “Go Offline.”
Computer 3: with computer 1 and 2 offline, you can log in with computer 3. “Go Offline.”
Continue as needed.
If you log in to Origin and the account is online with another computer/user, you will get a message
informing you the account is already in use and asking if you would like to close the other session. If
you click yes, you will be closing down the first user. This error message means that the user did not go
offline as instructed.
Option 2: MULTIPLE REGIONS UNDER ONE ORIGIN ID
If you have multiple teams sharing the same computer, they can share the same Origin ID and SimCity. The
steps for logging in and starting SimCity are the same as above.
Teams can share the same Origin
Account, but need to create their own
game/region.
Start at the first SimCity screen and make
sure you are in “Single Player” mode.
Select “Play” (not “resume”).
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Note: Because the games are stored
locally on the computer, the teams will
need to use the same computer each
time.
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You will see this screen. Select “Create
Game” to start another game-region
under this Origin account ID.
Follow the instructions above:
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•
•
Select a region
Give the region a unique name
Select a city site
Make sure the next time the team logs in
and starts SimCity that they select the
correct Region and City to play.
Rather than “Resume,” use the “Play”
button to select the correct Region and
City.
Note: anyone logging in will be able to
access any game. Make sure teams are
playing the correct game. You might
want to make back-up copies of games
(just in case).
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