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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?
Amen. This is always on co-op at best, not MMO and we don't need to beat a dead horse about how the game works offline as is.
WOW, I call total BS. I bet EA has forced maxis to take the blame. Another reason you boycott EA. They don't want to take the blame for their own mistakes.
This is getting annoying.
Well, I guess I could take the guy's word for it. I'd think they're going down with the Maxis ship in terms of profits anyway.
If it's not an MMO, it shouldn't have to be on-line for players to enjoy it. Simple, golden rule to most sensible people.
EA can point the finger at Maxis all they want. It will still come pointing at them as they own Maxis. The people that work at Maxis are EA employees.
They will get shuffled around by EA than Maxis to suite their needs on other projects. So stop trying to place this blame on Maxis. You are the big dogs of the Gaming World. You live up to the fact you guys made a mistake and admit to it. We as the gaming world will agree and move on. At least the mature of us will move on and in fact play your game. The immature of us will still whine and pout and we just ignore them.
As to where I sit in all of this? I like to play SimCity. I really really do....I just don't like the price of the game at all. For a PC game it is pricey. And in turn...I don't care too much about the online-always play anymore. Still been nice to have that Single-Player side there. After all we like to nuke our cities in piece.
Commence the firing of shots.
EA is FoS.
sure EA just keep making excuses
I think I can tell how you feel actually, Adam.
Right, the decision came from Maxis. Just like how EA told us that the game requires an internet connection to offload the massive computations glass box requires. Just like how it would take a huge effort to reprogram the game to work offline. How many more blatant lies does EA think they can get away with?
Frank Gibeau has a tiny head. It's like he's from Mars Attacks.
The way of the world now.
Classic EA. Blaming someone else over what they caused.
I'm just, like you guys, a humble gamer.
I've written a little something for the next EA CEO to regain the company's past luster. Also, I will add a little something to the list that I seemed to have forgotten yesterday.
Comment if you agree/disagree. :D
Riiiggghhht, because EA has never lied before or anything.