Episode 4: Reticulating Splines

Who would have thought that simulating an ant farm would be so fun? Darren, Heath, and James discuss Maxis and the Sim Franchise in this episode of Nostalgiamatic. We'll fill you with more retro then you could buy for 500 simoleons.

Show Notes

Games Discussed

WoW, Mass Effect 3, King Aurthur's Gold, DOTA 2, Sim City, Sim Earth, Sim Ant, Sim Farm, Sim City 2000, Sim Tower, Sim Isle


Sim City (SNES)

Sim Earth

Sim Ant

Sim Farm

Sim City 2000

Sim City 2000 Box Art

Sim Tower

Sim Isle

Spore Reveal (2005)


King Aurthur's Gold

Before Mario

The new Sim City


  • Scattergories - The objective of the game is to score points by naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit.
  • Turbo Grafx-16 was indeed a console - Released in 1987 for nearly $400, over $800 in 2012 dollars.
  • The Sims was released in 2000


hatchethawk's picture

I was surprised you guys didn't talk about The Sims more. I was addicted to that game!

James's picture

Ya, we probably should have but we were focusing more on the original stuff, I'd say The Sims still fell in the realm of discussion though because Will Wright was still around when that game was created.  For me, I enjoyed it less than those earlier ones we mentioned.  I guess I like my God games more broad, but it still was a creative and enjoyable game regardless.

Any of you guys try the companion games that integrated with Sim City 2000? I had fun with two of them. The first one I remember allowed you to race through the streets of a city you made in Sim City 2000. Then another game, Sim Copter, allowed you to fly around your city doing missions in a helicopter. I didn't think they were very polished but still fun and quite innovative.

I really enjoyed the... epilogue? bit you left at the end of the show this time. "Here's the multi-verse!" "Shut down ALL the trash compactors R2!"