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(Penny Arcade)   If you buy the gamer-est toothpaste around (Crest Oral-B), you can get exclusive DLC in SimCity or currency in that Facebook game they're shutting down. Now that's synergy   ( divider line
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1933 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 Apr 2013 at 12:26 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-04-17 12:40:16 PM  
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tricycleracer: A month in and I'm already bored of the game.  It's very shallow compared to past SimCities.

They already have your money.  They don't care.
2013-04-17 12:42:25 PM  
2 votes:
It doesn't feel like EA and Maxis sat down and tried to create the very best version of SimCity possible, it feels like they designed the game that would be the easiest to control, monetize, and sell to advertisers.

I'll take "No Duh" for a thousand, Alex.

I've said it before and I'll say it again because it just doesn't stop being true:

If you buy a product from EA, Ubisoft or Activistion-Blizzard at this point, you deserve anything that happens to you as a result.
2013-04-17 02:27:29 PM  
1 vote:

FunkOut: TeDDD: You've been warned, Farkers: you can whine and snark and politic-tab all you want, but if you complain about EA then you've just gone too far.

I mean, after all, Monsanto is as we speak turning peasant children into squashes, or something, and therefore you have no right to complain about anti-consumer practices.  No, not even if they affect you directly in ways the child-veggies do not.  Listen to me, I'm evolved and have perspective.

Considering people who love playing games just seem to complain about them and the companies who make non-stop, it's making me think gaming is one of the worst possible ways to spend your time in this life.

God forbid people have negative reactions to a substantial change in their hobby that they have been passionately involved with for the past 25 years... especially when some company buys a beloved franchise and that has an almost 20 year legacy and makes it a shadow of it's former self in the name of greed....

I don't complain about it much, but the original SimCity (1989) was one of the first PC games I played (I bought it along with X-Wing).  I have every sequel up to 4, which came out in 2003.  That is 14 years of a game. 14 years of investment into a franchise.  Of course I am going to feel a little miffed when a large corporation, known for taking good companies with excellent franchises (Westwood, BullFrog were my faves) and then using that devoted fan-base to sell a piece of crap that has considerably less functionality then the originals, all in the name of profit.

What is even worse is that I am scared that this kind of business practice is becoming the norm, all in the guise of stopping piracy (which is directly related to profits, of course).
2013-04-17 12:51:36 PM  
1 vote:
With each passing day, I become more at-peace with my decision to not buy SimCity.
2013-04-17 12:40:09 PM  
1 vote:

tricycleracer: A month in and I'm already bored of the game.  It's very shallow compared to past SimCities.

Probably because there really isn't that much to do with the game itself. I guess you could play it again when more DLC arrives.

Turns out that shrinking the game to suburb dimensions and eliminating the ability to run it as a sandbox (the city looks nice, I wonder how it would look after a few disaster hit at the same time?) kind of limits the replay value.
2013-04-17 12:02:02 PM  
1 vote:
Maybe this is a campaign to actually clean up gamers. Next DLC will come after purchasing Axe deodorant and body wash.

/Love the actual page where they have the game next to a PS3 and 360.
//Fark EA
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