For practically every online game, those with bad connections to the Internet need not apply. Those with 56k or slower connections will find SimCity Buildit unplayable, limiting them to other styles of play. Those on something like AOL will have a very difficult time with most multiplayer online games, as their connection speeds tend to suffer. Also, because of the proxies and firewalls that services like AOL use to “protect” their clients, many online games are not available at all to them. Those with Cable or DSL (or faster) have the best chance at having fun in the genre of their choice. Because some of these games allow for 32 or more (sometimes thousands more) players at a time, the bandwidth provided by broadband proves extremely useful in keeping lag low (see terms below) and smooth gameplay high.
As a general rule in playing SimCity Buildit, try to play on a server located close to the computer the game will be played on. For example, a player in San Francisco will tend to get better connections to a server in Los Angeles compared to a server running the same game in New York. The server doesn’t have to be next door or even in the same city, but usually a game will have servers that are within 300-400 miles. Those will typically provide the best connections. For ping times (see the terms below), try to aim for no more than an average ping of 250-300ms. When pings start to get higher than that, the game will often become unplayable.
SimCity Buildit both a single-player and a multiplayer experience. There are some games (notably RTS and a few others) that have very little single-player training, which can make going online with them a little daunting. However, nearly every one of these games has multiple websites devoted to it, and most of these sites contain FAQs, player-written help files for newbies, forums and the like. Get questions answered before venturing online, as there’s not much more annoying than a newbie asking obvious questions that are answered in easy-to-find FAQs and manuals. You can read a good one about SimCity Buildit — the tricks and tips and more about the game — on this highly popular website.
Finally, after playing through the single-player game, try to get a multiplayer game going with a friend. And remember, just because you defeated the computer doesn’t mean that human opponents and teammates will act how the computer-controlled players did. Be prepared to learn new things. They’ll make more sense assuming you already know the basics.Comments Off