Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sim City 5 launch was a mess...sound familiar?

Sim City 5 launch was a mess...sound familiar?

Error 37 Part II?
Why do you have to connect to the internet given that you're playing solo? If you're going to force people to play online, have the severs work. The kicker is when the sever drops the game, you might lose your data. And, I am not shocked EA is involved in this bullshit. And, I find it strange that they would pay for all these severs given that it will cost more money to keep them up and running.
Once again, the game is receiving great reviews for its content, but negative reviews for its service. I know you're worried about pirated copies, but this is at the cost of your loyal customers. From Wiki, ((These issues included network outages, problems with saving progress and difficulty connecting to the game's servers. As a result, some reviewers were unable to review the game, labeling the launch as a "disaster" and the game as "unplayably broken", urging players to avoid purchasing the game until the issues were resolved. ))
From BBC, ((The always-online requirement won criticism from many players who said it was unnecessary and was more about preventing piracy than improving gameplay. ))
I do think it is a slap in the face of the super fans that love the Sim products. I find it funny that someone hacked into the game and was able to play it offline with little or no problems. And, I love that EA and Maxis refuse to even consider having the game have an offline play.
From CVG, (("I can't reveal numbers but I can say that we experienced a significant increase in demand in the days leading up to the launch and it caught us off guard. It was our fault that we underestimated our fans and to that end, we should have known better," Bradshaw said. ))
Damn right you should have known better. Instead of mistrusting your user base by forcing them to play online, how about making the product the best it could be? By making a good brand, you actually earn brand loyalty and people will come back for more of your product.
So, they took the Offline element off late in the game.  


MC said...

I love the fact that at every turn, they got caught lying and exposed for it.

Semaj said...

I also like that EA keeps saying they will not remove the DRM online stuff despite the harsh blowback.

You're right it is an embarrassment. They should have just came out stated it was a pirate issue and not a play-ability one.

Someone really needs to step in and hire a good PR firm and right the problems with this company. I think they went into the right direction with firing the CEO, but more needs to be done.

I am still not sure who to blame for the Mass Effect incident.

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