SimCity 4 Mac language change?
April 12, 2013 8:39 PM   Subscribe

So I have a copy of Simcity 4 for Mac OS, and the patch to run it on Intel. I'm looking to switch the language from US to UK English (I want left-side traffic) but all of the instructions I've found online to do such a thing are for the Windows version, and involve modifying the Registry, which by definition ain't gonna happen for the Mac OS version. What can I do? How do I change the game's language settings on Mac OS?
posted by DoctorFedora to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Do you know that it decides traffic based on language choice? You can change the language ordering for your account in System Preferences, or you can set that default for a single application using the defaults command if you know the application's identifier (com.something.something):
defaults write com.something.something AppleLanguages -array en-GB en
(the defaults system is maybe roughly analogous to Windows' registry.)
posted by hattifattener at 9:38 PM on April 12, 2013

Response by poster: Okay, that could be extremely useful.
posted by DoctorFedora at 9:41 PM on April 12, 2013

Response by poster: Hmm. I've got the "UKEnglsh" folder in the "SimCity 4 Data" folder, and I tried defaults write com.aspyr.simcity4.plist AppleLanguages -array en-GB en (as well as minus the ".plist") but it doesn't quite seem to be working as such. Maybe I've still forgotten a step?
posted by DoctorFedora at 9:49 PM on April 12, 2013

Best answer: If anyone knows how to do this, it'll be the people at Simtropolis:
posted by juliebug at 1:45 AM on April 13, 2013 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Thanks for the point in that direction. The Mac board seems… unenergetic… but there's still a chance!
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:28 PM on April 13, 2013

I think this is an option for the Network Addon Mod, which adds a thousand other awesome things and I recommend anyways. Simtropolis has the NAM and loads of info.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 11:04 AM on April 14, 2013

Response by poster: Unfortunately, NAM only supports allowing you to use it with left-side-traffic versions, rather than having any ability to change your traffic inherently (I already have it installed).
posted by DoctorFedora at 11:03 PM on April 14, 2013

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