SimCity 3000, the third edition of the popular city-building series, was overlooked by most fans. It was probably one of the most out-of-place SimCity entries, with its jazzy soundtrack, goofy caricatures, bothersome petitioners, and memorable news ticker that gave useless information 95% of the time.
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-Mention which of the cursors have a 3D version. [Link]
-There are some more cursors which I'm not sure if they are used.. (Specifically: diagonal 1, diagonal 2, four way 1, four way 2, help arrow, left right, reg pointer, up down)
-Unused air port tiles/formations. Info
-There are some more audio files which might be unused. Needs looking into (specifically: gunshot sounds, different "abandoned building" sounds,etc.)
-The German version has different advisor portraits compared to the English release.
Hidden Autorun Art
A more or less recurring trope in games developed by Maxis around Y2K is the presence of a hidden illustration depicting the company's founding father, Will Wright, somewhat in the respective context of the game the disc is of. SimCity 3000 's LAUNCHER.EXE is by no means an exception. Though overlooked by some, clicking the application's Maxis logo opens the dialog box ABOUTDLG, containing but 204.BMP: Wright drawn in the same fashion as the City Advisors in game.
Unused Mouse Cursors
There are some mouse cursor graphics that are never used. Some of them hint towards certain functionalities that had been planned but then scrapped during development.
Debug Menu Text
Find out if this debug menu is still in the game's code
At 0xFCDF0 in SC3.exe, there is some text which was likely used for a debug menu during development, nicknamed "Gonzo" for some reason.
Gonzo Debug Window Debug Window Shown. Debug Window Hidden.
Unused Ticker Messages
Some very generic placeholder messages for the tickers.
End Generic Newsticker Messages here Test UI Msg 1I Msg 1Just Tastes Better TEXT TO REPLACEed Backwards Is SIX AM? TEXT TO REPLACErolling Entertainment EMPTY TEXT
SimCity 2000 Theme
A rendition of the SimCity 2000 credits music is found as SC2KBUG.XA. It can be enabled in-game by changing the four numbers at the end of the "SimCity 2000 Theme" line in the [Music] section of the game's AUDIO.INI file from 0,0,0,1 to 0,1,0,1.