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Old 2013-03-19, 00:22   Link #241
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Well, seems that they are going to patch traffic a bit. Forcing sims to take alternate routes to get to their destinations, regardless of distance if the road is too crowded. Doesn't fix the Highway entrance bottleneck though.

There was something else I saw tody that was also getting ixed but for the life of me I can't think of it.

Also, those free game choices are pathetic.
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Old 2013-03-19, 00:28   Link #242
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Old 2013-03-19, 02:59   Link #243
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Also, those free game choices are pathetic.
It speaks:

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Old 2013-03-19, 03:30   Link #244
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BF3 isn't that bad of a freebie... except to enjoy the experience you need to pay for all the different xpacs which means EA is just getting more money out of your pocket...
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Old 2013-03-19, 19:21   Link #245
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BF3 isn't that bad of a freebie... except to enjoy the experience you need to pay for all the different xpacs which means EA is just getting more money out of your pocket...
Good old EA they know how to give there dying fans freebies
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Old 2013-03-19, 23:56   Link #246
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I'll probably get DS3, but who knows if i will ever play it.

Friend pointed out that the games are either extremely old, or have DLC/Cash shops. I did find it hilarious that they'd offer SimCity players SimCity 4 though, I'm pretty sure the majority of folks would have that already.
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Old 2013-04-23, 03:06   Link #247
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I have yet to buy this game -- as if that'll ever happen. As a matter of consolation, I've actually been playing the Facebook game. However, my slow butt didn't even notice the announcement until today:

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EA Shuts Down SimCity Social And Several Other Facebook Games
http://www.businessinsider.com/ea-ki...k-games-2013-4

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http://forum.playfish.com/showthread.php?t=2968221

To think, this news came a week ago.

Anyways, consider this as a guaranteed foreshadow to the current game. Others have made similar comments long before this. But, let's just say - the future shutdown will be swift.

And btw, I did not pay a single penny to play the Facebook game. I feel smart - and dumb (for playing it at all) - at the same time.
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Old 2013-04-23, 04:03   Link #248
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Isn't the current game still fine? They did say there are a millions of players anyway.
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Old 2013-04-23, 04:32   Link #249
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Isn't the current game still fine? They did say there are a millions of players anyway.
For a forced online game, having players is not enough. Without a subscription fee, they had to sustain themselves by selling DLCs. If the DLC sales are lackluster then it doesn't matter if they have millions of players.

It is one thing to sucker millions of people to pay for a bad game. It is another to tell the gamer to spend more money on that game after the fact.
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Old 2013-04-23, 05:42   Link #250
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New patch did go a fair way to fix a number of the problems, which is nice.
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Old 2013-04-23, 06:20   Link #251
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New patch did go a fair way to fix a number of the problems, which is nice.
That's like saying a badly made car finally had working breaks installed. Good luck to them, for the sake of those who paid them full price for the game. But I am not holding my breath they they could fix a game that never worked.

It reminds me of Napoleon:Total War. That game had massive AI bugs, mostly because the person who codes AI simply left the studio and never came back. He was the only one who knew how the game worked. Eventually the studio just gave up on fixing it and decided to focus on a new TotalWar game instead. They literally told their customers "sorry, we don't have the resources to give you what you wanted, but the next Total War would be better we promise".

As I say, the proof is in the DLC. If only a tiny proportion of players buy DLC, the game is doomed. We just have to wait for the numbers to see which way it goes.
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Old 2013-04-23, 06:34   Link #252
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New patch did go a fair way to fix a number of the problems, which is nice.
Nah, I'll be aiming my money towards another expansion set to Civ V. If EA wants my money, they'd have to rebuild SimCity from scratch. So, that means I'll be waiting on the next game -- IF -- it comes out and done correctly.

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According to a blog post by Maxis General Manager, Lucy Bradshaw, there are no plans to create an offline mode for SimCity (2013).
http://www.ea.com/news/simcity-updat...wers-from-lucy

Someday, this game will have its plug pulled - and everything will be gone. And just to let you know, I still have my SimCity 2000 and 3000 cities (if I want to).
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Old 2013-04-23, 07:56   Link #253
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Well, they're trying, I'll give em that... but yeah the the hole they dug initially still towers above them.

New Civ stuff soon isn't there?
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Old 2013-04-23, 09:44   Link #254
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Well, they're trying, I'll give em that... but yeah the the hole they dug initially still towers above them.
Another recent example of a broken, unfixable game was the FFXIV. When the core game is rotten, even throwing money at it can't fix it. Square Enix eventually had to abandon the game code entirely and start from scratch because you can't patch a bad game to make it good.
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Old 2013-04-23, 10:30   Link #255
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Oh, wow, that's bad. I wouldn't say SimCity is that bad. The game is still somewhat unsound but it is playable to a basic or moderate level that can be quite fun for few hours. It's just a shame (and unsurprising) that the core features they were touting failed so badly initially their dicks came out of their collective noses. Despite that there are a few key systems which they have been patching, which were broken, like RCI and worker/shopper distribution. I'd say hopefully EA learns from this, but lets not kid ourselves. If they take anything from this, it will be the wrong thing - something like 'simulation games don't sell!'

This weeks Jimquisition about pasta would probably be kinda apt for this discussion in a way.
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Old 2013-04-24, 09:48   Link #256
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The 2.0 patch appeared to have generated new bugs. Like trees that make siren noises.

All in all, the opinion is that there are MORE crashes and bugs than before the patch. That traffic still doesn't work, the sewers are over-flowing, and fire now burns indefinitely.

I think this proves it; Simcity is fundamentally broken in its basic code, and as such they couldn't fix it in any realistic way. Don't know if it is more or less broken than old FFXIV, but we will find out if it is still unplayable in 12 months.

http://www.reddit.com/r/SimCity/comm...heres_my_list/
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Old 2013-04-24, 13:51   Link #257
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So they didn't even manage to get what a 15 year old game did right.

Derp.
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Old 2013-04-24, 18:08   Link #258
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That was an amazing thread. I have never felt as sorry for a collective group of gamers as I do now.
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Old 2013-04-25, 02:59   Link #259
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That thread is gold, although I've never actually had the game hard crash on me. Although some of those bugs I'm pretty sure were there before 2.0.
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Old 2013-04-28, 00:21   Link #260
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Hmm, interesting:

https://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:EA

Looking at the 10 year graph... EA never recovered from the financial collapse of 2008...
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