Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently introduced Apple Arcade, a subscription gaming service that will arrive this fall. The platform will feature a library of over 100 games, including exclusive titles from SimCity creator Will Wright and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. It will be available in over 150 countries and the games will be playable without a constant internet connection. None of the games will feature ads or microtransactions in which players pay for add-ons.Apple is helping fund development of the platform's exclusive games, which can be accessed from iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices via an iCloud account. Players can save their progress on one device and continue playing on another one if a file is backed up to the cloud. Apple hasn't announced the price yet.Apple's introduction of a subscription gaming service wasn't surprising since multiple reports earlier this year hinted at its arrival. But can the company turn Apple Arcade into a serious contender in the increasingly … [Read more...] about What’s the point of Apple Arcade?
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By Jessica Roy Los Angeles Times Published 10:00 PM EDT Mar 10, 2019 Jason Baker was studying political science at UC Davis when he got his hands on “SimCity.” He took a careful approach to the computer game. “I was not one of the players who enjoyed Godzilla running through your city and destroying it. I enjoyed making my city run well.” This conscientious approach gave him a boost in a class on local government. Instead of writing a term paper about three different models for how cities can develop, Baker proposed building three scenarios in “SimCity,” then letting the game run on its own and writing about how his virtual cities fared. He ended up getting an A. Playing “SimCity,” Baker said, “helped remind me of the importance of local government, which is what I ended up doing for a living.” Today, Baker is the vice president of transportation and housing at the nonprofit Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He served as … [Read more...] about How ‘SimCity’ inspired a generation of city planners