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Submitted by eTeknix 751d ago | opinion piece

Was EA Right About SimCity? The Evidence Says That They Were

It’s been two months now since the release of the latest Sim City, and it sure has been an adventure in terms of PR for both consumers and EA alike. Yet two months is a long time in the gaming world and people are quick to move onto the next farce and start yelling at that, forgetting whatever was wrong with Sim City in the first place. (EA, Industry, PC, SimCity)

MGregory666  +   751d ago
And watch the internet burn as someone defends EA (rightly so). Well structured piece, covered all the angles. I likes it!
eTeknix  +   751d ago
Thank you, I do think the game stinks though, and EA have made a complete arse of things here, but fundamentally it's one bad game from a developer that have otherwise created many great titles.

Their DRM has worked so far, but at the cost of consumer happiness, so its swings and roundabouts it seems.
MGregory666  +   751d ago
It's not even a bad game it was poorly launched.
brish  +   750d ago
EA released a game that didn't work.

I'm against piracy but I am for games that work and EA failed in that regard.
MikeMyers  +   750d ago
Are you suggesting it still doesn't work or it didn't work in the beginning? Two very distinct different things.

I am not defending their decisions but with piracy rampant on the PC this may have helped sales. Diablo III certainly sold well. We will have no idea how much it would have sold if it was DRM free but at the end of the day that game was a very big success on the PC. Does anyone know how many games sell over 10 million on the PC any longer that's not a MMO game? How about 4 million?
brish  +   750d ago
"Are you suggesting it still doesn't work or it didn't work in the beginning? Two very distinct different things."
- MikeMyers

I meant EA released a game that didn't work.

I have no idea if the game works now. Why should I bother to check if the game is in a working state now if they weren't concerned if the game would work on release?

I was looking forward to the game but after the forced always on DRM I decided not to buy it.

I have no doubt in a couple years there will be news about EA shutting down the servers and another uproar will occur when people discover they can't play the game they legally bought.
3-4-5  +   750d ago
SC4 was released in 2003 or so...

There is no excuse why the new Sim City game wasn't nearly perfect in every way.

They've had 10 years to create a new SC game and this is what they gave us.

From that standpoint it's pathetic. There shouldn't have been any issues or complaints or dumb ideas at all.

Whoever made this game isn't as talented or as smart as they think they are.

It's not a crap game, but no excuse for if not being better.
guitarse  +   751d ago
I agree MGregory, it's not without its charms, but a scar like this won't heal quickly for EA and it likely never will for this game. Sim City 4 FTW indeed.
majiebeast  +   751d ago
it sold 1.1 million in the first 2 weeks after that it sold only 500.000 i wouldnt say thats amazing.
Yetter  +   751d ago
It's pretty great for a simcity game.
eTeknix  +   751d ago
So it only went platinum then? what a massive bore that much have been for EA?!
guitarse  +   751d ago
Given the price of it, if EA can't turn a buck on 1.5 Million copies of a full RRP game that hasn't been torrented to death, with DLC and various other marketing crap that they put in there... then quite frankly they deserve their failings.
stubbed_out  +   751d ago
I like the idea of online play with friends, keeping all cities in synch with each other through energy deals etc.

However, EA have so much control over their product pricing through an Origin only game the game still costs £45!!!!!! and £33 from Amazon which is simply horrible.

They've effectively (for me personally) priced themselves way above what I'd believe would be a fair price for a product/service that has received so much vitriol. Mess mess mess.
uuaschbaer  +   750d ago
Analysis, evidence? That's a bit rich; he googled "simcity 2013 download." Maybe it's David Cage in disguise: during the day he revolutionizes the art of storytelling by inventing emotion (gosh, if only the Greeks'd thought of it first), but come nightfall he exposes shocking truths, such as that EA was right about something.
eTeknix  +   750d ago
So the evidence was easy to source, big deal! Having checked your profile, where are all the original articles you bothered to write? Did you go to work today and write original news articles? Didn't think so lol.
uuaschbaer  +   750d ago
"News article" ? Where will your mistreatment of the English language end? Actually, no, I didn't write an original news article today, but I'm inspired by you so let me give it a go:

My First News Article:

GROUNDBREAKING ANALYSIS EVIDENCE SCIENCE RESEARCH NEWS

I can't find a cracked version of simcity. Doesn't mean EA makes more money.
aliengmr  +   750d ago
Big win for always online DRM.

Lets hope the console gamers stay so fanatically anti-always-online or we could be in a world of hurt.

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