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SimCity

Developers leave Maxis to form new sim-focused studio


Jellygrade is a fun name
Jul 16
A few notable developers who worked on SimCity have left Maxis Software to form a studio of their own with the intent to continue making simulation games. The studio, Jellgrade, has been formed by creative/art director Ocean ... read
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EA considers previously impossible offline SimCity


Survey asks if customers would like it (no sh*t)
Jul 05
According to a customer survey being sent to SimCity players and posted on Reddit, Electronic Arts is thinking about adding an offline mode to the recently released game -- a mode EA said couldn't be done because of reasons. ... read
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SimCity Mac

Mac version of SimCity pushed back until August


Update 5 brings more bugfixes
Jun 06
Sad news Mac gamers: you'll have to wait another few months before you can get your hands on SimCity. The release has been pushed back until August, since Maxis has decided that it is "not ready for primetime yet." With the t... read
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EA sales

EA: SimCity sales 'solid,' Crysis and Dead Space were not


Well, that's unfortunately backwards
May 07
Electronic Arts held an investors' call today, and one of the talking points was the performance of some of its biggest properties. Unfortunately, some of the information that was divulged was sort of disheartening. EA appear... read
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SimCity

EA on SimCity's launch issues: 'This won't happen again'


Labels president believes the game has 'recovered'
May 07
Discussing the SimCity launch fiasco in a call with investors today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau referred to the title as "a great game that has recovered from a challenging launch." Although that sounds disingenuous whe... read
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SimCity

Maxis details SimCity's upcoming 3.0 patch


Looking to fix a majority of the road issues
May 07
Maxis has revealed what SimCity players can expect out of the upcoming 3.0 patch. A majority of the update will focus on the road system, such as traffic, transit, vehicles, and so on. Air pollution, trading, and data layer i... read
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SimCity

Will Wright: SimCity's server issues were 'inexcusable'


'I kind of did predict there'd be a big backlash about the DRM stuff.'
May 07
Game Industry International caught up with legendary designer Will Wright who shared his thoughts on the train wreck of a launch SimCity suffered with all of the server issues players experienced when trying to play the game.... read
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SimCity

SimCity's 2.0 update adds more bugs than it fixes


There's just too much poop everywhere
Apr 25
The SimCity 2.0 patch was released this week and has fixed some of the issues people were experiencing. Unfortunately the patch has also spawned a ton of new issues, most of which you can learn about in this ever growing Red... read
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Keep your head down, then rewrite the story
Recently, John Walker at Rock, Paper, Shotgun wrote a compelling article on SimCity, and how Electronic Arts' maintenance of radio silence has demonstrated total effectiveness in getting everybody to shut up. The basic argume... read feature

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Worst company in America? You decide.
It wasn't much of a surprise when Electronic Arts was recently voted the Worst Company in America by readers of Consumerist for the second year in a row. Though the game publisher's sins are arguably less substantial than tho... read feature

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SimShady

Upcoming SimCity patch will address top requested fixes


Servers will be down during this April 22, 1 PM PST update
Apr 19
On April 22, SimCity will continue its arduous trek to becoming a game worthy of its name. The Update 2.0 patch will address "a number of top-requested bug fixes and improvements," according to developer Maxis. Along with som... read
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SimCity

SimCity + toothpaste = $$$$$$$$$$!???!?!?!


You have to buy real products to get the new DLC
Apr 17
SimCity's latest stunt sees a tie-in with Crest and Oral-B tooth products, where if you buy specially marked packages of toothpaste and stuff, you'll be given a code to the new Attractions Set downloadable content. So what's ... read
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EA scrapping The Sims Social, SimCity Social


Oh, and Pet Society ... ha ha
Apr 15
The Sims Social is being scrapped by Electronic Arts, along with fellow Facebook games SimCity Social and Pet Society. In the case of SimCity, this will be a case of a game shutting down less than a year after launch. That wh... read
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SimCity

SimCity: Cheetah speed returns, Mac release June 11


It's kind of like the game I bought, now.
Apr 10
"Do you like to play with Cheetah Speed?" SimCity's Facebook asks. "No, I prefer not having basic functionality that keeps the game from being boring and painfully slow!" But for the rest of you, you may be happy to hear that... read
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N!$$AN RULES!!!

Free Nissan Leaf content paves way for greener SimCity


In news that I swear didn't come on April 1
Apr 02
Guys, EA heard you. Your complaints about SimCity have finally been answered! "Why is my city so polluted and gross?" "Why would someone build a coal plant between a school and hospital in downtown?" "Why must my sims live su... read
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Jimquisition

Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing


Jimquisition is a thing that happens!
Apr 02
Join Jim as he celebrates the 100th episode of Jimquisition ... and complains about EA. Again. Companies (mostly EA) have started to learn they can get away with pulling their familiar stunts by giving them a new coat of pai... read
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Games boss swears EA Maxis decided on the SimCity online stuff
Electronic Arts may have been one of the last big wielders of SecuROM, and SimCity's online woes reek of it, but EA Labels president Frank Gibeau claims to hate DRM. According to him, such anti-piracy measures have failed, an... read feature

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SimCity video

A SimCity highway that will make you soil yourself


Weeeeeeeeeeee!
Mar 27
Given the limited space that EA Maxis expects prospective city managers to construct in, one might be forgiven for thinking that there's not much room for bizarre experimentation in SimCity. This is not quite true, however, ... read
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A Critic's Manifesto
A couple weeks ago, I posted my review of SimCity on ScrewAttack. I gave the game a 1/10, which is the lowest I've ever scored anything. That review sparked a surprising amount of controversy amongst one of my roommates who c... read feature

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Elder Scrolls Online, Riccitiello Resigns & Transistor!


The Destructoid Show makes fun of a giant corporation
Mar 19
Hey guys! Here's today's Destructoid Show.  Big news, in terms of business stuff -- EA's John Riccitiello has resigned from his role as CEO. EA is offering a generous choice of one of eight free games for customers ... read
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Meat Boy dev on DRM

Super Meat Boy dev says DRM is more dangerous than piracy


Refenes weighs in on the SimCity fiasco
Mar 19
Tommy Refenes has shown no problem speaking his mind in the past. With the SimCity situation fresh on everyone's minds, he seemed eager to share his opinion once again. Refenes wrote a well thought-out post on his person... read
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SimCity sales

SimCity has sold over 1 million copies since launch


It's the best selling SimCity game of all time
Mar 18
According to Electronic Arts, SimCity has sold over 1.1 million copies, making it the fastest selling SimCity game to date. About half of those sales have been for the digital version of the game.  It's interesting that ... read
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SimCity

EA's free games for SimCity players includes SimCity 4


Plus Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and more
Mar 18
Electronic Arts is trying to make good for all their disastrous launch issues with SimCity by offering select PC games free to players. Starting today, players that have activated their copy of SimCity should receive an email... read
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EA being EA

EA censors its own support number on its forums


If nobody calls, it must mean nobody has any complaints!
Mar 16
[Editor's note: As I indicated in the third paragraph, I assumed that blocking the phone number on the forums has likely been a long-standing practice. As ZiggyMoff posted in the comments, Valve does something similar -- repl... read
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SimCity

Subset offline mode didn't fit Maxis' vision for SimCity


Developer responds to SimCity backlash
Mar 15
After a rather eventful day of people tinkering with SimCity in order to play offline, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw has written a "straight answers" blog post addressing the game's always-on design. Those hoping for a ... read
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Evidence mounts that 'always-on' requirement is total bunkem
There is mounting evidence that, despite EA Maxis' claims to the contrary, SimCity is wholly capable of being played offline -- a capability that would have saved buyers a week of hassle and tons of creativity now lost to ser... read feature

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We are the Pretty Hate Machine
I was recently inspired by a blog entry from a member of Fall Out Boy. If you're already rolling your eyes and making snarky remarks in your head, then this article is targeted at you. Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy's lead singe... read feature

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Jimquisition: SimShitty


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Mar 11
DRM is back again, and it's here to stay! Games are a service, so we're told, but who do they really serve? SimCity's failure to launch thanks to ludicrous DRM restrictions has been the hot topic of the week, and naturally there's a Jimquisition afoot to skewer Electronic Arts right in its Electronic Nads. Time to put a bit of stick about, wouldn't you say? read
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Claims the problems are 'almost behind us'
While SimCity's DRM-in-sheep's-clothing continues to cause playabilty issues, EA Maxis has declared its intent to keep the game tied to a server. The company will do "everything it can" to make your game playable, but that do... read feature

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SimCity freebie

EA to offer free PC game for SimCity players


So it's come to this
Mar 08
After a disastrous launch week for SimCity, Maxis and Electronic Arts are going to offer a free PC game via download to players as an apology. "On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email ... read






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