Simcity 5 Preview door JoyStiq
Every car on the road is owned by a Sim and lives in a Sim’s driveway. If a building is on fire and there’s a traffic jam there, the fire trucks won’t be able to get to the fire and the building will burn down. If an ambulance is going down a road and there’s enough room, cars will pull over to the shoulder — if it’s a tiny road, then a Sim could die. So each Sim has a bearing on the city they’re living in.
“Because it’s SimCity, we have to be able to simulate thousands of Sims,” Quigley noted as he showed off how the GlassBox engine simulates each Sim’s life. “It’s not SimHamlet — it’s SimCity. So we built this simulation engine to support many, many thousands, tens of thousands of Sims and vehicles in flight simultaneously. So each one of those Sims is a real Sim.”