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Post by Eorl @ 10:04am 03/04/13 | 9 Comments
If you didn't think it could get any more interesting in the recent SimCity saga, EA and Maxis have today revealed the first DLC for the simulation title, a Nissan-branded LEAF Charging Station. Luckily the DLC is free for those who own SimCity, especially when it offers actual gameplay changes like permanent happiness for anyone who leaves the station and surrounding neighbours where placed.
Need an extra incentive to go green in SimCity? Maybe you need a little boost in the form of the new Nissan LEAF Charging Station that is available today. This free in-game item is the perfect way to kick start your desire to create a city that will make you (and your Sims) happy. In the case of your Sims, In the case of your Sims, the Charging Station provides happiness to the Sims that use it and a onetime wave of happiness to the nearby businesses. Need another bonus? It produces no sewage or garbage. That’s right! Green indeed.

The Nissan LEAF item is the Nissan LEAF Charging Station. The Charging Station will be a new destination in player’s cities where their Sims will drive their Nissan LEAF cars in order to re-charge them. Once they leave the Sims will find themselves happier.

Plopping down the Nissan LEAF Charging Station will add happiness to nearby buildings. Zoom in to the streets of cities and players will start seeing a percentage of their Sims from all wealth classes driving the electric vehicles. The Charging Station produces no garbage or sewage as well making it pollution free.
This doesn't mark the first time that EA has dealt with in-game advertisement, previously the Sims titles have included various product placements including Nissan itself. It seems Nissan were only interested in a short advertisement with the offer available for six months starting today. Oddly enough the charging station uses no power, which begs the question on what exactly the cars run on.

Players interested in obtaining the free DLC can do so via the in-game advertisement billboard or over here.



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Trauma
Posted 11:12am 03/4/13
Haha what bulls***. No downsides.. balance? What balance!?
DeadlyDav0
Posted 11:37am 03/4/13
I remember a while ago reading i think in PCPP how in game advertising was going to be the future of games. IIRC the article said how companies could advertise or sponsor s*** (like naming a vehicle the Toyota XXX) and this would likely make the game cheaper for consumers or reduce the costs of subscription gaming.

Never really saw much come of this although a while back i booted up splinter cell conviction months after release and was surprised to see that Maccas ad with shane warne was being advertised in game - cool i thought cause the game had been released a while ago but that ad was new @ the time. Also remember the f*****g pepsi machines in bionic commando.

Also, im probably well behind the times here but i assume you guys know about the hacker that proved you dont need to be online for the game to work (after they said the always online was needed so that the cloud server whatever could take part of the processing power). This IMO is worse than the BS that came with COD6's MP and the way that was handled (our p2p system is better than dedicated servers).
infi
Posted 11:31am 03/4/13
When are they releasing the DLC which enables reliable saving and loading of games?
paveway
Posted 01:22pm 03/4/13
when are they releasing the DLC that allows me to see other public games (that aren't all full) and other people to see my public games?
Hogfather
Posted 01:59pm 03/4/13
When are they releasing the DLC which enables reliable saving and loading of games?

Sounds more like an expansion TBH, DLC is just for little things.
Raven
Posted 02:24pm 03/4/13
I want the Ford F150 DLC so I can both offset the carbon offset of the LEAF, and crush the puny annoying LEAFs.
Darkhawk
Posted 04:35pm 03/4/13
Free DLC? As if I would pay for an advert!
eski
Posted 04:37pm 03/4/13
It's an absolute travesty what Maxis has done to this classic game. They took one of the most widely respected franchises of all time and turned it into a f*****g joke.
TicMan
Posted 06:39pm 03/4/13
I've been d***ing around with cities in a region and the results are pathetic. I have a 100% zoned residential city of like 200,000 people.

Another is 90% industry with everything done to trash it.. Multiple oil fields, coal and ore mines. Nothing to make happiness and its 100,000 people with 90% happiness.

Lastly my tourist town has so much crime for my one police car yet it's nearly 300,000 in pop with everyone being happy.

The one city I did make properly that had great income and good pop f***ed out and now I can't load it anymore.
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