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Games "Why has the SimCity story gone away? It's a good question. And the answer for it reveals much about how both the games industry, and the games journalism industry, work." Telling - not just for the game journalism, but all of it. As a sidenote, you can always rely on Rock Paper Shotgun to bring the best gaming news. Under-appreciated gem of online news reporting.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

And in the great scheme of things is SimCity really all that important? Really?


Well, it kind of is. The whole lesson with all this is: "Yes, you can totally screw over people and still get away with bucket-loads of cash." You may not agree, but personally I feel that is an important lesson, both for the masses and for the companies feeding the masses.

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ferrels Member since:
2006-08-15

Sorry, but I have to disagree. It isn't important. It's a game and a crappy one at that, one designed for people who have no life and/or too much time on their hands....Most people have a lot more things of importance to focus on than a bad video game....or stories about a bad video game. And nobody forced anyone to buy that crappy game so you can climb down from your socialist soap-box about how so many people have been cheated. People get cheated everyday in all sort of ways with all sorts of products. It isn't like they bought fake medicines or something.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

And nobody forced anyone to buy that crappy game so you can climb down from your socialist soap-box about how so many people have been cheated. People get cheated everyday in all sort of ways with all sorts of products. It isn't like they bought fake medicines or something.


So, your point is that it's okay to screw people over as long as it's a product you don't care about?

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darseex Member since:
2010-12-06

First, just because the game belongs to a medium you don't enjoy doesn't mean other people don't. I'm sure there are plenty of things you do which others would consider to be a waste of time; there's no reason to be an ass-hat about it.

Secondly, it's important because there are a lot of people buying the game that don't understand the full implications of doing so (feeding EA and encouraging further poor behavior from them and other like-minded companies).

Third, it doesn't matter if a person 'has' to buy something to get cheated in that exchange. Are you suggesting that it's literally impossible to be ripped off in any exchange that doesn't involve food, water or shelter?

Fourth, complaining about a shitty company isn't socialism. It's the only way a free market will work, in addition to avoiding said shitty company's products in the future (see point #2).

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It's not so much about the game itself (which you obviously hate), it's about how the developer treats their customers. It could be the greatest game in the world or the worst ever released, and it would be the same problem. When a developer goes out of their way to screw over their customers and then turns a blind eye to the aftermath, it's an issue.

Granted, for me personally it just means I'll avoid that developer in the future, and as a casual gamer that's no big deal. But for people whose main hobby is gaming, it can be a big deal.

In short, just because it doesn't affect you doesn't mean that it's not a problem. The world doesn't revolve around you.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Nooo..the correct thing to take away from that is "Yes, you can totally screw over people with preorders and still get away with bucket-loads of cash and then watch the sales take a giant nosedive into the bargain bin" which frankly we already knew, see Aliens: Colonial Marines as an example.

To me the bigger lesson is thus: despite all the pundits saying "poo poo voting with your dollars don't work, poo poo" it very much DOES work, it just isn't a magic bullet and takes time. The CEO of EA is gone and the company is for sale, Ubisoft has done an about face and removed their nasty DRM to try to stem the bleeding, Activision is restructuring, it shows that voting with your dollars works and works quite well, its just not magic and like with anything dealing with a large entity takes time.

I think the next example of it working will be MSFT, either Windows 9 has a full windows 7 desktop and the ability to switch off TIFKAM or the company will continue to nosedive right off the map. All Simcity proved is that pre-orders is a scam that should be avoided because they can sell you a bag of magic beans with pretty screen caps or fake demos while having nothing but a pile of poo at the end of the day.

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