@jesus_phish: If you look at my earlier post you can see I put them throught all of my zoned areas. Pedestrians will use them to get to shops or bus stops or metro stations. They're useful if you want to allow people to get to the other size of the zoned area without having to go all of the way around. I can't prove it but I believe this helps my city a lot in that people will walk more to get to where they are going instead of driving.
Here is my first and only city at around 42k population right now. I have almost no straight roads and only 2 connections to the freeway on the edges. Virtually no traffic issues so far. Really enjoying this game.
I have to say that I'm proud of the community here on Giantbomb. I did a quick search through the comments on the reddit post about this for "kinect" and didn't get a single result. It's strange to me that people can ignore the fact that microsft failed so hard at that the first time and only generally made it better the second time. I will remain highly skeptical about this.
During the Game of the Year podcasts I kept thinking how great it was to get Patrick back in on the Bombcast. I really enjoy the different perspective and conversations that having him on brings. Then on the last one Jeff announced it was his last thing at Giantbomb and I got sad at work. That's not cool. Patrick will definitely be missed on the site.
I haven't pre-ordered a game since GTA: Vice city. I ended up having to wait a week past when it came out for it to show up at my house. Unless you count when I will sometimes "pre order" a game on steam minutes before it unlocks to get the pre order bonus stuff. I guess that probably still counts as far as companies counting the pre orders. I guess I haven't done that in a long time either.