"Quick! During GDC while no one is looking!" -EA, probably.
This was not on the list of pre-selected disasters; I don't know how to deal with it.Read More
Fun fact: When I was a child growing up in Portland I thought Oregon Trail was only a thing kids in actual Oregon played.Read More
Electronic Arts has been on a losing streak lately. Their launch of SimCity 5 was a nightmare. They just won their second Consumerist Golden Poo Award in a row for being the worst company in America, and now they're closing down what were once popular Facebook games. The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society all posted goodbye statuses to their Facebook pages informing players they have until June 14th before the games are gone for good. Considering the drop off in play, this probably won't upset that many people.Read More
Electronic Arts has done a terrible job with the launch of the newest SimCity, and things have just gotten worse since someone hacked the game to show that it can run offline, calling into question EA's claims that forcing players to be online in order to play is required for the game to run properly, and not just sneaky digital rights management.Read More
To state that the launch of the latest SimCity video game has gone poorly for Electronic Arts would be putting it kindly. Despite what they assure us were their best efforts, the PC game has been plagued with server issues from the moment it went live. They've been scrambling to correct this matter, and things seem to be smoothing out, but the majority of this past week was a hellish one for virtual cities everywhere. Well, EA knows they "done goofed," and they're going to offer a free game to everyone that's had to deal with their shenanigans.Read More
It's been almost 10 years since the last time you had the change to build your own thriving, or perhaps less-than-thriving city in a new verison of the premier city-sim, SimCity. Now, after that cool-off period, the time has come to rediscover the thrill of, uh, taxes! And finance! And, like, zoning laws! You can expect SimCity 5(000?) to look really pretty and have more granularity (and llamas!) than any previous entry in the series, but don't be fooled, the images in the trailer are not "representative of actual gameplay." Nonetheless, I'm sure it'll be great and I'm glad to see some new life injected into this wonderful little genre that hasn't gotten much love lately.Read More
YouTuber TheImperar has uploaded an awe-inspiring video detailing his (or her!) elaborate construction of three mega-cities in SimCity 3000: Armadasanti (for the Spanish Armada), Parasanti (for 'paragon'), and crowning achievement Magnasanti, which TheImperar says took 3+ years to build.
Weighty dictums like "trial and error calculations were imperative" and "micromanagement for absolute perfection" flash onscreen throughout, as do diagrams and calculations underpinning what almost certainly must be the most impressive SimCity ever built.
Look on the video after the jump, ye mighty, and despair:Read More