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EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told GamesIndustry International that SimCity’s online requirement was born out of the creative vision of Maxis’ development team, not the “evil suits at EA.”
Gibeau likens SimCity to an MMO, and has harsh words for DRM controls. “DRM is a failed dead-end strategy; it's not a viable strategy for the gaming business. So what we tried to do creatively is build an online service in the SimCity universe and that's what we sought to achieve,” he told GamesIndustry International in a wide-ranging interview at this week's Game Developers Conference.
Not to keep banging on Electronic Arts over the problems SimCity faced in both design and online infrastructure, but the distinction Gibeau is drawing seems disingenuous. Does an online requirement magically stop being DRM and become an MMO when it has some minor gameplay attached to it?
For that matter, calling your game an MMO when you can only fully interact with three other players at a time and another 12 through more limited means is questionable. And no, passively connecting to global leaderboards and a basic commodity market doesn’t count.
Nonetheless, SimCity is “the fastest-selling and biggest SimCity we’ve ever built” according to Gibeau. For all those players’ sake, I hope Maxis is able to fix the crippling simulation-related problems that currently plague large cities even when the servers are functioning perfectly.
I’m still not over being angry at EA over the whole debacle. Can you tell?
Well couldn't EA have said no to the idea anyways?
I totally agree with Adam.
Idc who's fault it is it shouldn't have been done , maxis is the dev so obviously they implemented it but ea published it so its on them also
Sure, blame the game devs. Doesn't excuse the lies you tried to feed us, EA.
The blame game now huh? Don't worry, I'm still mad at them as well. One of the reasons I have yet to purchase the game, even though I would like to play it.
I don't really believe anything out of EA's mouths. My wallet has been closed to them for a good year now and will remain so until I see some serious positive change. If that means missing out on some great games then so be it. Besides, there's plenty of other publishers putting out quality stuff as well as the indie scene.
Who is this message trying to reach? Core gamers are going to blow this off and casuals wont hear this. Anyone who has been following this fiasco is just going to roll their eyes and shake their head.
Also saying it was all the developers fault after this blows up in your face is pretty classless.
Hahaha! This is awesome I love me some corporate in fighting.
Maxis was never this stupid. Lie harder EA.
This doesn't really matter anymore but I think at this point it's a little late to answer. And Adam makes some really good point,I don't think people will ever get over the decision they made.
What that title says to me is their trying to push blame somewhere by pointing fingers......