Obscure Maxis Game SimRefinery Now Playable

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Well, it is a bizarre one. Some time in the past, recreation historian Phil Salvador wrote an in-depth history about Maxis Business Simulations, a Maxis offshoot designed to use gameplay ideas to real-world functions. One of the story’s focal factors is a recreation prototype developed in collaboration with Chevron in 1992 referred to as SimRefinery. It was by no means accomplished, and was presumed misplaced. Fortunately for all of us, that is not the place the story ends.

Ars Technica posted about the piece, and one in every of its readers occurred to be mates with a retired chemical engineer. Long story quick, that particular person had a duplicate of the mysterious recreation on a 3.5″ floppy disk. Better nonetheless, it labored. And, even higher than that, they’ve determined to add the sport to the Internet Archive. 

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Keep in thoughts that this program was designed for chemical engineers and plant staff, and that it is incomplete. Don’t assume that you’ll learn to run a plant your self, both. Its intent wasn’t to indicate the mechanics of how crops function, however as an alternative to indicate how numerous components of a plant are related and might have an effect on each other.

Even in the event you aren’t eager about enjoying the sport, take a look at Salvador’s piece that set this entire factor into movement. And Ars Technica breaks down all the saga of how the sport was shared here.


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