3 Facts About SimCity on Its 30th Anniversary

February marks one of the biggest arcade and video game anniversaries of 2019 – the 30th anniversary of SimCity. While SimCity is not a game you would have found on an arcade cocktail table, it is one of the most important and significant games to have been developed in the 1980s.

In simple terms, the gameplay involves building a city. Of course, the reality is much more complex as you become immersed in the intricacies of urban planning. People loved it, and it became a success.

Several versions have been released over the years, and people continue to play the newer games in the franchise today, expanding SimCity’s fanbase even further.

Not only that, SimCity is viewed by many in the video game industry as being one of the most influential games ever made. One of the reasons for this is its open-ended nature. In other words, there is no way to "complete" SimCity. Of course, this is a common feature of many modern games, including some of the biggest. Minecraft is a good example. Back in the 1980s, though, it was unique.

So, to mark the 30th anniversary of the original SimCity, here are three interesting facts about the game.

3 Facts About SimCity

1. SimCity was developed by Will Wright, a video game designer who would go on to develop The Sims.

2. The idea for SimCity came from another game Wright developed – Raid on Bungeling Bay, a game released in 1984. One of the elements of that game was an island editor that Wright used to create the various locations that would make up the gameplay. He said he liked doing that more than actually playing the game, so he started adding more elements and developing the concept further. This eventually became SimCity.

3. SimCity is not only an open-ended game, but it's also a simulation game. While it's not strictly the first (many believe that moniker belongs to Fortune Builder, a ColecoVision game from 1984), SimCity launched the simulation genre and made it mainstream.

The original SimCity was released on computers and consoles, so you won’t find it on an arcade machine. However, many of the best games from that era are played best in their full-size arcade incarnation. Plus, you can still play them that way today – check out our range of arcade machines now.