I finally got to play a couple of hours of SimCity, I had no problems getting into the game or performance issues. A lot of the features are locked down, but they give you an hour (replayable) to build a small city. Tangradiville was a bustling little burg full of hope, with gambling and industry. We had a little issue with garbage collection, but the hour ended, and I'll have to start over again. I really wanted to see how working with other cities in the region worked, but it was not available in the beta. Evidently, you can buy power, water, garbage, police and other services from neighboring cities and sell those services back to them, if needed.