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Sid Meier’s SimGolf27 June 01 Sid Meier SimGolf Chat Transcript
Hi everyone, I’m Sid Meier and welcome to…
our very first SimGolf Webcast.
There’s a lot of stuff to talk about and…
we’ll cover as much as we can in this…
first hour. Thanks for coming and…
thanks for your questions.

maxismagaha presents the speaker with question #8 from mike17:
Will you be able to construct the course from scratch?
Yes, your first job is to start building the course…
the next screen shot show an empty landscape…
just waiting for you to build a cool golf hole.
The interface at left has three major buttons:…
Build Course, Add Buildings, and the People button.
The next screen shot shows us building the first hole.
Notice the variety of terrain pieces in the interface panel…
at the bottom of the screen. These are the…
basic building blocks of your course. As you…
will see however, building the course is just…
the beginning of SimGolf.
In this next shot we’ve built a couple of holes…
and our course is coming to life. In the interface…
can add to your course. Each building improves your course in a specific way.
A driving range increases the skill of your players who are long hitters, a snack bar generates revenue and increases the happiness of players who have become hungry,
etc.

maxismagaha presents the speaker with question #12 from mike17:
When do you intend to release SimGolf?
Right now we’re adding the fininishing touches and doing a lot of playtesting.
It looks like we’ll be out in October (2001).

maxismagaha presents the speaker with question #19 from mcrosser:
How much customizing will we be able to do?
Players can also create customized golfers and determine the golfers clothing, personality, and face
(including importing digitized faces from snapshots, etc.
and bodies for their golfers) see the current screen shot.
This allows you to put your entire family on the course or to create theme courses with Star Trek characters, your co-workers, international supermodels, or your favorite real golfers.
Of course you can share your creations through the SimGolf web site.

maxismagaha presents the speaker with question #13 from mike17:
Will you be able to host tournaments?
Yes you can host tournaments – the resident pro represents your ’alter ego’ in the game.
At first he must do all the chores at the course, from greeting guests, to selling sodas, to stamping out crabgrass….
As your course grows you can hire employees to handle these jobs and concentrate on improving the skills of your pro by playing practice rounds against other pros…
When you are ready, you can hold a tournament against a course full of pros with the chance of winning major prize money!

maxismagaha presents the speaker with question #116 from princess_sk8er:
Can you sell food and drinks?
Yes, one of the employees you can hire…
is a soda vendor who will refresh thirsty…
golfers. There is also a ranger to speed…
up play on slow holes, and a groundskeeper…
to get rid of those pesky dandelions.

maxismagaha presents the speaker with question #50 from bigjoekaiz:
Are the people shown around the edge of the logo actually in the game, or are they just concept art?
Yes, actually bringing the people to life has…
been one of the most fun parts of designing…
this game – using dialogue, animations, and golfer AI.
The golfers are really the primary feedback mechanism in the game – they tell you what you’re doing right at where you need to try something new.I don’t think this has been done before.

maxismagaha presents the speaker with question #39 from bugdan:
How do you play?
Well, in the tradition of great SIm games, we don’t tell…
you how you have to play. Your goal might be…
to make as much money as possible, or to create…
the most beautiful course, or the most…
outrageous course, or to build a Grand Slam course…
and win a tournament against a bunch of other pros.
It’s really up to the player.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #160 from fieryunicorn:
Will there be different sceanrios you can choose from?
Actually there are 16 areas of the world in which…
you can build your course, each with unique features…
Stonehenge formations in England, free buildings in some places…
You can build your course in one of four styles:
Parklands with woods, lakes, and forest…
Desert, with snakes, rocks, and target golf…
Tropical with palm trees, lakes, and alligators…
and English links courses with Pot bunkers, gorse, and sheep.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #42 from queenlinzofsims:
Sid, would you type “Hi Lindsey!” so I can tell people Sid Meier said hi to me? LOL
Hi Lindsey!

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #158 from aliclare:
Where did you get your idea for this from?
Well, I’ve always admired the games that…
Will Wright has done, and the golf course design…
idea seemed interesting and had a lot of…
building, managing, and game play possibilities….
but as with all ideas we really didnt know until…
we build a prototype whether it would be fun…
It turned out to be alot of fun.
In a few seconds I could plop down a tee, lay down a little bit of fairway, position the green, scatter around a few bunkers, and turn my little golfers loose.
There’s something mesmerizing about just watching my golfers whack that little white ball and seeing it sail through the air.
It reminds me in some ways of watching the trains run in RailRoad Tycoon or checking the traffic in SimCity.
But the game has actually grown to be as much about your golfers as the golf course.
Each golfer has a personality which affects their play and their interaction with other golfers.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #110 from bugdan:
Do players react to the courses according to their personalities?
Here’s a picture of a golfer making a great shot…
you can save these pictures in a photo album…
Golfers have different skills which affects how they…
respond to your golf course.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #205 from dollmistress:
What is the best (in your eyes) part of the game?
I really like the way that all of the game elements relate to each other in some fashion.
A fun, well-designed hole will make you players happy, happy players will pay more money to play,…
more money allows you to expand you course, a larger course generates challenges from other professional golfers,…
playing against other pros increases the skills of your pro golfer, your pro can win big cash prizes in tournaments held at your course,
more money allows to add a variety of buildings to your course, buildings add to the skill and happiness of your players, etc., etc., etc.
One of the things we learned with Civ is how interesting…
it is to have a variety of things interacting with each other…
in ways that create interesting decisions…

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #244 from proadam:
In The Sims House Party, if you throw a great party a guest celebrity comes. If you build a great course in SimGolf will a great golfer come and play?
Actually, if you build a great course you will…
have both celebrities AND great golfers come to your course.
You will be able to customize the celebrity file to include…
your favorite celebrities or download files that other SimGOlf players have created.
You can create your own great golfer files as well – including skills stats etc.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #249 from simmasterfran:
Is tigerwoods in the game?
Actually, you can customize your golf pro file…
to include any of your favorite golfers…
past or present.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #253 from queenlinzofsims:
Convince me that you have transformed one of the dullest games on earth into a game as addictive as The Sims. (Not to be comparitive or anything.)
Well, I thought city management was dull before I played…
Sim City. I thought history was dull…
until I made Civilization.
I thought sending people to the potty was boring…
until I played the Sims. You never know!
As you can see from the screen shot we’ve…
provided some special landmarks from Civ to…
help you to spice up your course.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #96 from bigjoekaiz:
I read about an example where an employee and an employer will be golfing with each other, and the employee’s future depends on how he golfs. How does a situation like this work?
I think the golfers stories is one of the neatest parts of the game…
Here’s an example…
of a story between a young married couple – Chip, the active, nice, and playful surfer –
and Olga, his active and playful gymnast wife.These youngsters are both enjoying their round of golf as Olga begins the conversion on hole #2.
Olga “Haven’t you felt there’s something missing in our life?”
Chip: “Well yes, now that you mention it.”
Later on hole #4…
Olga : “I’d love to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet.”
Chip: “I know just what you’re talking about.”
Unfortunately Chip hits his drive into the water on hole #5.
Olga: (on hole #5) “We could turn the extra bedroom into a nursery.”
Chip: (responds) “Then where would my mother stay?”
But chip hits a great recovery shot on hole #6.
Olga: “We could turn the extra bedroom into a nursery.”
Chip: “Sure, and we’d put a swing set in the yard.”
Hole #9 is a lovely flower lined hole with a scenic lighthouse, which has been rated on of the top 100 holes in the country.
Olga: “Let’s have a baby, when should we start!”
Chip: “Tonight sure sounds good to me!”
So here we have a HAPPY ENDING! and all…
because of your well designed golf course…
Stories are a great opportunity for players to…
customize thier games and share story files…
with other players. In fact, we are hoping…
to make a story creation tool available soon…
if you’d like to create stories and share them…
with other SimGolf players. I think we’ve time for one more question.

maxisgibson presents the speaker with question #258 from mcrosser:
Is there only one view level or can you zoom in?
You can change your zoom level, if you look…
at the interface in the lower left, there are…
zoom and unzoom buttons as well as rotate left,
and right, info screens and reports, and load/save.
We’ve got a lot more to talk about but we’ve…
run out of time for today. Next time we might…
take a closer look at the golfer stories along…
with a tool for making your own stories. I’d…
also like to go into more detail in terms of…
how you play the course and improve your skills.
We’ll also have more details on uploading and
downloading files. Thanks and see you soon.

simmastersteven says, Thanks to Sid and the other Firaxis employees who came today, we appreciate your taking time out of your busy schudule to spend some time with fans.

maxisdano says, Thanks for coming Sid!
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