Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 14:18 UTC
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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Reality Check
by westlake on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 22:07 UTC
westlake
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2010-01-07

Amazon PC Bestsellers (5 PM ET Tuesday)
EA Games in Top Ten

#1 FIFA Soccer 13 (Download)
#2 SimCity (Download)
#3 Command & Conquer Ultimate (Online Code)
#5 Medal of Honor Warfighter (Download)
#6 Battlefield 3 Ultimate Shortcut Bundle (Online Code)
#8 FIFA Management 13 (Download)

No. of EA games in top 25, eleven, in the top 50, twenty-two. The Sims franchise is in excellent health.

SimCity is not a flop.

SimCity's 2,112 1-Star reviews on Amazon.com--- rants seems a more appropriate description --- have had no effect on sales.

Bioshock Infinite, a defiantly single player game with no online components and a Metacritic rating of 95, ranks #13 in Amazon PC game sales, retail boxed, and #28 downloaded.

SimCity is out of the news because its players have settled into the game, others are being drawn in --- and the geek is on the sidelines with nothing more to say.

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