EA Wins "Award" For Charging People To Complain About SimCity

For the past eight years Choice, Australia’s biggest independent consumer organisation, has been running the Shonkys — an awards ceremony that names and shames Australia’s ‘shonkiest’ products and services. The Shonkys are taking place right now and EA Australia has just won an ‘award’ for its handling of the debacle… » 10/28/13 11:00pm 10/28/13 11:00pm

The Fallacy Of "Keep Your Politics Out Of My Video Games"

It can often feel as though some people who like video games want to have it both ways: They want games to be taken seriously and acknowledged as an exciting artistic medium, but the moment someone critiques a game's politics they respond, as if cued by an invisible conductor: "It's just a game! Stop taking it so… » 10/14/13 9:00pm 10/14/13 9:00pm

In An Era Of Online Launch Fiascoes, Gamers Deserve Some Rights

On October 1, President Obama took the stage at a press conference and did something unusual for the leader of the free world: He explained why a website wasn't working. Specifically, Obamacare's overloaded online service healthcare.gov, which hadn't had a particularly smooth launch. For a moment, the president sounded … » 10/10/13 2:30pm 10/10/13 2:30pm

A team at Maxis is exploring the possibility of making an offline mode for the always-online SimCity, because you demanded it, according to an official update on the state of the game. (But they can't offer bigger cities; hurts performance.) Previously, Maxis management had said that an offline mode was rejected as… » 10/04/13 11:30am 10/04/13 11:30am