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Weekly Recap March 16th: Star Wars First Assault, Piston Steam Box Priced, SimCity Goes Offline
Star Wars: First Assault finally gets some media assets leaked while SimCity stinks up the joint for EA. Koch breaks out Saints Row 4 and Xi3 finally puts a price on their unofficial Steam Box. These stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Recap.
SimCity's Lucy Bradshaw Defends Always-On DRM, Says EA Didn't Force It On Them
Lucy, why? Why? The gaming community really is trying hard to believe that Maxis isn't just some shell of EA composed to do their bidding and screw over their own fanbase, but these new comments about Maxis being in complete control of the always-on DRM and EA not force-feeding it down the developmental pipeline just makes both EA and Maxis look incompetent.
SimCity Hack Lets Users Destroy Anyone's Online City Thanks To Always-On DRM
Since the top brass at EA were dumb enough to go through with the hated and repined always-on DRM, there were consequences to be had. SimCity has been a disaster in the media circles since launch all because of the DRM, and now things have gone to the next level as a hack has been discovered that lets anyone invade any of the online cities and lay waste to them...permanently.
EA's SimCity Viral Marketer Gets Banned From NeoGaf
Hey remember way back when, we did an article about EA's viral marketing campaign and most people shrugged and said “what else is new?” well, you could consider this the poorly funded sequel that was made to cash in on the oh-so-poor reputation EA has brought upon itself. Electronic Arts continues to dig a grave that would make most undertakers envious, as one of their damage control viral marketers were outed and banned on NeoGaf.
SimCity Offline Mode Achieved By Hacker
EA you're about to get the smackdown laid down upon thee by none other than the gaming community itself, as a hacker has gone and electrified the gaming world by proving that EA, you lied about SimCity not being able to run in offline mode. Not only did the hacker achieve a great feat, he put it on YouTube for added proof.
SimCity Offline Mode Possible, Says Maxis Engineer
EA has constantly been running around getting Maxis to say that SimCity cannot be altered to run in offline mode for single-player interaction, that the game was designed from the ground up for multiplayer. Well, John Walker of Rock, Paper, Shotgun managed to get an interview with an engineer at Maxis who wished to remain anonymous, and the engineer says SimCity can run offline with minimal effort from the design team.
SimCity's Always-On DRM Is A Disease, Says RPS
Rock, Paper, Shotgun has always been vocal about always-on DRM; always championing consumers and warning gamers about the hazards of this abominable service. Things really came to a head when RPS's John Walker finally threw away the niceties and called always-on DRM a disease and that it's the broken game that needs to go away.
SimCity Becomes Noir Film
Amid all the controversy over SimCity's troubled launch, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that some gamers are actually having fun with it. YouTuber Calvin Chan has published a stylish video tribute to the metropolis he created.
SimCity's Offline Mode Officially Canceled, Gamers Stuck With Always-On DRM
Over the weekend I thought Maxis did a great job of going at the problem trying to resolve the issues created by always-on DRM. Apparently after Lucy Bradshaw tried to amicably restore peace between Maxis and gamers, someone at EA recognized that Maxis was actually on the road to redemption and decided to hold a gun to the Maxis employee running the Twitter account.
SimCity Will Be 100% In A Few More Days
Crisis almost averted. General manager at Maxis, Lucy Bradshaw, has sent out a new update letting gamers know that SimCity's launch fiasco is almost a thing of the past (although I'm hoping the memories resonate well enough within the gaming community that this always-on stuff never repeats itself again). In the post Bradshaw states that the game isn't quite 100% but give or take a few days and they'll get there.
Maxis Tells Gamers Not To Blame EA For SimCity Launch Fiasco
Maxis wants to take all the brunt of the SimCity fallout from gamers, consumers and fans alike. They don't want you putting the blame on EA, even though anyone with a single-digit I.Q., and hayballs for eyes could tell you that EA is to blame. Nevertheless, General Manager of Maxis, Lucy Bradshaw, is trying to play the deflection game for the Imperialist Publishing Nation known as EA.
SimCity Ads Suspended Due To Bad Press
There's no sense promoting a product if the service it's attached to doesn't work, right? Well, that's EA's thinking at this point. The director of marketing has decided to halt online advertisements for SimCity in the way of all the negative press generated because of the company's decision to force everyone online with the always-on DRM.
Weekly Recap March 9th: Thief On Next-Gen, SimCity DRM Fiasco, Tropes Vs Women In Games
Thief gets the official reveal, Battlefield 4 gets teased and SimCity causes gamers a lot of heart ache while causing EA a lot of bad press. These stories and more in this edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap.
SimCity DRM Inspires Petition, Dragon Age 3 Boycott
Many gamers are unhappy that the latest SimCity requires players to stay logged into EA's servers. A new online petition demands that the always-on restriction be removed from the city-building game.
SimCity Owners Will Get Free Game
It's been three days since SimCity's launch and gamers are still experiencing issues. To compensate gamers for their inconvenience, EA has decided to give each SimCity player a free game.