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

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

EA Honestly Believes SimCity Has Been A “Success”

SimCity had one of the most catastrophic launches in video game history. Even after the server problems went away, fans slowly found out the game was a city-building mirage, with many key features and mechanics simply not working. Somehow, at EA, this qualifies as a "success". » 7/25/13 12:30am 7/25/13 12:30am

When Will Gamers Say Enough Is Enough?

I've seen some very similar responses to today's Xbox One news, whether it be the mandatory 24-hour "check-in" or the restrictions on game lending. It's a defensive sort of reply, brought up by somebody who doesn't see the news as downright terrible. » 6/07/13 3:00am 6/07/13 3:00am

SimCity Disaster Watch Continues: Mac Version Pushed To August

Originally slated for a June 11 release — that would be this coming Tuesday — EA and Maxis have pushed back the Mac version of SimCity to an unspecified date in August because, as senior producer Kip Katsarelis tells it, "we do not believe it is ready for primetime yet." Thank goodness for foresight. » 6/06/13 4:45pm 6/06/13 4:45pm

SimCity's Problems Have Caused This Family Nothing But Suffering

Meet the Rogers. They live in that tiny little house. One of the first families to move into my burgeoning metropolis of Windfall Islands, they are stalwarts of the city, having stayed in the same spot, in the same house, for what feels like an eternity. » 5/07/13 11:30pm 5/07/13 11:30pm

SimCity 2.0 Update Brings A Rash Of New Bugs

This week, hopeful eyes turned to SimCity as the troubled city-building game received its first major patch. Maxis has promised that SimCity 2.0 would fix a number of problems in the game, but it sounds like the 2.0 patch has also brought with it a raft of new, equally annoying bugs. » 4/24/13 5:30pm 4/24/13 5:30pm

Am I An Idiot For Playing SimCIty?

Never write a question in a headline if you don't really want people to answer the question, but there it is. I'm wondering how stupid I should feel for playing the new SimCity day after day last week—while I was on vacation! Especially since I was getting angrier about the game day after day. » 4/22/13 5:00pm 4/22/13 5:00pm

Happy One-Month Anniversary, SimCity. How's It Going?

One month ago today, EA and Maxis released SimCity into the wild. The game's launch was… troubled, to say the least. In fact, you could very easily call it a disaster. Server woes, a debilitating online requirement, AI shortcomings, lost cities, and slow customer-service left many gamers angry. » 4/05/13 5:20pm 4/05/13 5:20pm

Your Complete Guide To The SimCity Disaster

Misinformation. Server errors. Fan backlash. Since EA launched SimCity two weeks ago, the online city-builder has been nothing short of a catastrophe for everyone involved. » 3/18/13 4:00pm 3/18/13 4:00pm

SimCity Buyers Get Free Copy Of Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Or One…

If you register a copy of SimCity by March 25, you get a free copy of one of eight PC games from EA's catalog, including Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3. » 3/18/13 12:25pm 3/18/13 12:25pm

Coder Discovers Mandatory 20-Minute Offline Timeout in SimCity

Last week, two of our writers played SimCity and deliberately turned off their Internet connections, both finding their games continued normally and then abruptly ended after 20 minutes. Someone now has posted what appears to be code for the game that orders a shutdown after a disconnection exactly that long. That… » 3/17/13 5:00pm 3/17/13 5:00pm