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March 7, 2014
Comments Off on Mis-read “Sin City 2: A dame to kill for” as “Sim City 2: A dame to kill for”

Mis-read “Sin City 2: A dame to kill for” as “Sim City 2: A dame to kill for”

Which sounded much better…


Sim City Noir

Sim City Noir (obviously nothing to do with EA or Maxis really)

City Photo: D3cker / Reddit


Update: Nice to see Calvin Chan was way ahead of me…



March 8, 2013
Comments Off on Sim City

Sim City

Metacritic: SimCity

Metacritic: SimCity

Metacritic highlights the difference between a reviewers’ preview or “review” experience and a paying customers. Polygon has revised its score from a 9.5 to a 4:


The experience currently on offer is now significantly altered from what was reviewed, and there is simply no guarantee that the existing server issues will go away, nor what further changes may be made to the game in order to address them.
Russ Pitts, Polygon Features Editor and SimCity reviewer


Shame, because SimCity was looking good, and I was looking forward to it. I played SimCity 2000 endlessly when it came out. Luckily, SimCity 2000 is still available and playable (and even older versions) which the latest version of the game probably won’t be in thirteen years because of the need to connect to a server. What are the chances EA will keep a server running for thirteen years? As they say about SimCity 2000 “If this game were any more realistic, it’d be illegal to turn it off!” Well, perhaps it should be illegal to cripple a game for paying players by not having enough servers available to make it playable and add a bunch of social features we didn’t really want.



SimCity 2000


Does always connected DRM prevent piracy? At best it’s a delaying tactic for pirates and disruptive for paying customers. Unless you simply suspend customer sales, as Amazon have done.


SimCity - piracy

SimCity – piracy


Fwiw, there’s a petition to try and persuade EA to be more customer friendly in the future:


[M]ore than 60,000 gamers have signed it. In a tweet from the official SimCity account on Friday, Bradshaw told players: “We have no intention of offlining SimCity any time soon but we’ll look into that as part of our earning back your trust efforts.” It’s likely major structural changes will need to be made and a large patch distributed to free gamers from the online component.
– SimCity: ‘The problems are behind us’, The Guardian



Update: Lucy Bradshaw at Maxis has called the way people logged on and played the game dumb: “So what went wrong? The short answer is: a lot more people logged on than we expected. More people played and played in ways we never saw in the beta. OK, we agree, that was dumb, but we are committed to fixing it” and offered them a free PC download game from the EA portfolio.