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Simulation Not Available 29/06/2020 at 22:27 #128573
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I notice that Bristol is no longer available, despite no new loader version being released - I assume this is in relation to the upgrade to loader V5 as I successfully downloaded Gloucester last week, but why are we no longer able to download the .exe sims with no replacement?
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Simulation Not Available 29/06/2020 at 22:39 #128574
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All EXE simulations were withdrawn from being available when Loader V5 was released. Remember, the most recent of these simulations is now about a decade old, and are far from being upto modern standards.

I'm sure Geoff will be able to clarify the reasoning much better than my understanding behind this.

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Simulation Not Available 29/06/2020 at 23:35 #128580
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It's a massive shame to see .exe simulations withdrawn, and what makes it worse is the lack of any official notice in the download area which is likely to lead to many confused users.

Whether they are up to modern standards or not, there are many of us who still get a lot of enjoyment from these sims, and I don't see what is wrong with providing them on a legacy basis with a clear warning that they are not to the latest standard.

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Simulation Not Available 30/06/2020 at 02:00 #128582
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That's a damn shame.

Frankly, many of the exe simulators were more fun to fun than just about anything from the loader era. South Humberside, Worksop...

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Simulation Not Available 30/06/2020 at 21:27 #128675
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TylerE in post 128582 said:
That's a damn shame.

Frankly, many of the exe simulators were more fun to fun than just about anything from the loader era. South Humberside, Worksop...
I second that. I was planning on changing my PC soon, but won't be now as I will lose some of my favourite Sims.

I'm currently working through a Cambridge session at the moment - maybe I'm being a bit nostalgic but the old paged layout is a refreshing change to the loader SIM's and it is a shame that both this and other sims such as South Humberside, Bristol, Gloucester etc will not be available to new members. I really don't see why they needed to be withdrawn without loader replacements...…..

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Simulation Not Available 30/06/2020 at 21:29 #128677
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Red For Danger in post 128675 said:


I second that. I was planning on changing my PC soon, but won't be now as I will lose some of my favourite Sims.
You can copy/save the existing .exe files on on your old PC then put them back in the directory on your new PC, you don't strictly speaking need anything else, provided the core system files are on your new PC which they will be if you also have the loader.

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Simulation Not Available 01/07/2020 at 07:23 #128703
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From an extremely self-centred point of view, my OCD is quite happy the old exe simulations have been taken down. Simply because I only play SimSig through the loader as the exe sims didn't work properly for me on Wine and I found it a little bit annoying that there were sims I couldn't add to my collection It's also nice to think that a few more loader conversions may be forthcoming soon. But I know that that's in hand (at least in those cases which can be done) and that those involved already know and don't need me to tell them.

However, I do think the loss of such great sims as Trent, Bristol, Cambridge and others will hurt SimSig's brand image more than having some older sims there for those who are willing to take the risk Especially as they're all free (apart from Edinburgh which we know is in hand) and, indeed, many of the biggest and best free sims were the exe ones, they're quite a small percentage of loader sims these days. Since I've been using simsig I think Hong Kong East and Oxted are the only free sims to be released, plus a conversion of Peterborough and Livepool Lime Street to Loader format. I don't mind at all, I think SimSig's well-worth the money and those involved well-worth their pay cheques. In fact, I think the ability to pay people enough that they can concentrate on SimSig is surely bearing fruit with 2 new sims just recently released and more apparently on the way. But yeah I think they make excellent demos and don't do any harm.

Ah well it's not really for me to say, but do please, please keep the signal number plans available somewhere as they are absolutely excellent research materials.

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