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

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 when you look at t...

 
 
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Maxis details SimCity's upcoming 3.0 patch

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 issues will be a...

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

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. "I feel bad fo...

 
 
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SimCity's 2.0 update adds more bugs than it fixes

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 Reddit thread. Her...

 
 
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SimCity, Colonial Marines, and The Silence

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 argument is that any ...

 
 
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Why people hate Electronic Arts

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 those of their com...

 
 
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Upcoming SimCity patch will address top requested fixes

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 some minor content...

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

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 in the Attracti...

 
 
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EA scrapping The Sims Social, SimCity Social

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 whole Facebook ga...

 
 
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SimCity: Cheetah speed returns, Mac release June 11

"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 cheetah speed ...

 
 
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Free Nissan Leaf content paves way for greener SimCity

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 such dirty, miser...

 
 
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Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing

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 paint. We make jok...

 
 
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EA: DRM is a failed, dead-end strategy

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, and thus had no i...

 
 
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A SimCity highway that will make you soil yourself

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, as a fellow nam...

 
 
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We don't wait for games to not suck

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 claimed that it ...

 
 
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Elder Scrolls Online, Riccitiello Resigns & Transistor!

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 angry about Sim...

 
 
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Super Meat Boy dev says DRM is more dangerous than piracy

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 personal blog compari...

 
 
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SimCity has sold over 1 million copies since launch

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 despite all of ...

 
 
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EA's free games for SimCity players includes SimCity 4

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 with instructi...

 
 
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EA censors its own support number on its forums

[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 -- replaces the phone ...

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

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 candid response...

 
 
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SimCity can be played offline, according to anyone but EA

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 server issues. Let...

 
 
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We need to stop letting hate define us

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 singer, wrote about ...

 
 
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Jimquisition: SimShitty

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 J...

 
 
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Maxis has 'no intention' of making SimCity offline

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 doesn't include t...

 
 




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