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Submitted by JonahFalcon 613d ago | news

Electronic Arts announces free games for patient SimCity gamers

Electronic Arts has finally revealed the list of free games that will be given away to SimCity users who had to endure the disastrous launch of the game that left many gamers unable to play their title due to server load and the lack of offline play.

Ironically, one of the free games is SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition. (PC, SimCity)

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Saryk  +   613d ago
That is a good way to make up their mistake!
Bimkoblerutso  +   613d ago
I don't really see it that way. Most people were never going to buy these games in the first place, and yet a great deal of them could STILL potentially make EA money through microtransactions and DLC.

You know...as opposed to a refund that would guarantee a loss for their broken, piece of crap game.
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JackBNimble  +   613d ago
Well I would agree with you if the game was broken , but it's not and never was. The servers were the problem, and I expected this would happen months ago when I decided to buy the game.

Anyone who thought that there would be a smooth launch with an online only game was only fooling themselves. The servers are up and running now, the only thing not working is the leaderboards.

Anyone who bought SimCity expecting something else should have done a little more research. I new exactly what I was getting when I purchased the game ,and that is exactly what I got (minus the leaderboards).
Bimkoblerutso  +   613d ago
I imagine you're sitting there with an ironic grin on your face right now, because I don't know how anyone could honestly say the game is fixed with a straight face, much less that it was "never broken."

Even if you don't consider the server issues "part" of the game (which would be ridiculous to consider, but we'll do it anyway just for the sake of argument) you still have retarded AI, crazy balance issues and a plethora of game-breaking bugs that have not been fixed yet.

Though let me just say, I salute your loyalty to EA/Maxis, having apparently known all of this would be present in the game beforehand.
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Hydralysk  +   613d ago
No, a good way to make up for their mistake would be refunds for people that wanted them.

This is like walking into a hardware store to return a hammer because they built it out of rubber, and then being told "Well I can't refund you even though you have a receipt, but I CAN give you a screwdriver of your choice!"
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Godmars290  +   613d ago
No its not. EA's already made their money on those titles - two of which were what, $10 when they first came out? - so they're not losing anything by giving them away for the mountain of mistakes involved here.
dmeador  +   613d ago
Exactly. It basically costs them nothing to let those players download a game for "free". If the Scewdriver in Hydras example came from Star Trek replicator then it would be more accurate, haha.
JackBNimble  +   613d ago
But it is still a free game for me that I would have otherwise had to buy. I'll take it thank you very much, I couldn't careless if it doesn't cost EA a dime to give away.

Just another game for my collection.
steve30x  +   613d ago
The biggest way they could make up for their mistake would to patch the game to get rid of the always online drm. That drm is the only thing that put me off buying the game.
wallis  +   613d ago
This actually shows the exact level of disdain EA have for their customers. So long as we get something in the end it's okay to take our money. They say sorry and they flutter their eyes but its like your mugger leaving you a card; God Damn it I don't want a card I would have much preferred not being mugged. The only real difference is that a mugger isn't a f*cking millionaire and I rarely carry what a special edition game costs in my wallet so I'd lose less from the whole experience.

Good going EA you make muggers look good.

Edit: Oh goody, Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
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Derekvinyard13  +   613d ago
Lmao @ wallis
Kran  +   613d ago
Here I thought they'd choose games from 2007 or something

The ones they chose are... actually a little fair. Debating between Dead Space 3 and Medal of Honor Warfighter. They're both terrible games so I hear, but still. Probs go for Medal of Honor or something.
Lisica  +   613d ago
Dead Space 3 is good. MOH Warfighter is crap.
tommygunzII  +   613d ago
I thought the servers for MOHW were taken down already.
Kran  +   613d ago
Pfft. As if I give a damn about the multiplayer. The MOH 2010's multiplayer was garbage and unplayable. Every time you spawned, you die. It was an unfair advantage all the time.
GiggMan  +   613d ago
I was holding off until this list came out. Looks like I'm going to purchase Simcity when I get off of work.
LessThan2Tflops  +   613d ago
Hmmm not bad Dead Space 3 is on the list
cleft5  +   613d ago
I love that Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition is on that list. The irony of it is just so hilarious. EA is basically giving out a bunch of $20 games that are tired and old. And the few $60 games have a ton of microtransactions in them.

I am so glad I brought Tropico 4 instead of this game.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   613d ago
Only in the gaming industry...........
Sarobi  +   613d ago
Deadspace 3 or Need for speed...hmmmm
Derekvinyard13  +   613d ago
Dead space 3
Si-Fly  +   613d ago
Now I'm glad I never bought ME3 :)
kupomogli  +   613d ago
For those that want their money's worth, Dead Space 3 or Need For Speed Most Wanted are still higher priced and both are good games.
Nicolee  +   613d ago
i don't get any email of the code yet
CaulkSlap  +   613d ago
Well I'll definitely take Dead Space 3. Free is the only way I was going to get it if those bastards insist on making it an Origin based game.

After Origin and Simcity I am just done with EA. I hope they keep driving away paying customers until bankruptcy.
josephayal  +   613d ago
free games? i need my money BACK
Skate-AK  +   613d ago
Hahahahaha. I can't believe one of the free games is SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition.
nix  +   613d ago
few days earlier: "why the game is not working! stupid freaking EA!!!! i want my money back!!!!! blah blah!!!!"

"EA to give free game"

"that's awesome!!!!! thanks EA!"

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ironic morons.
Psychotica  +   613d ago
Make it BF4 and I will be happy..

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