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SimCity players to get free game from EA

SimCity players to get free game from EA

SimCity's launch has been a mess, nay, a disaster. With server problems plaguing the always-online simulation game, many fans are rightfully pissed.

Well, EA is trying to offer an olive branch following the game's troubled launch. No, you won't be able to get a refund. Instead, EA is offering a free game.

Read more: PC downloads available in one week »

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Report: SimCity referral marketing suspended pending server fixes

Report: SimCity referral marketing suspended pending server fixes

The messy saga of SimCity's launch continues. EA has already committed to adding servers to alleviate the poor online connectivity, but the company is reportedly making less conventional moves as well.

Read more: 'Please stop actively promoting the game' »

"76 right now, but Polygon's score is still listed as 95 (and not the revised "40"). Metacritic ..."
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EA continues to add servers to alleviate SimCity crush

EA continues to add servers to alleviate SimCity crush

The ongoing server problems with SimCity's always-on DRM connection to Origin has forced EA to push even more servers online. and disable several features. The troubles even forced Amazon to pull the game from its store for a short period of time yesterday.

Read more: Leaderboards, cheetah mode disabled »

"Not this guy, I'm in the military and spend a fair part of my time disconnected from the ..."
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SimCity launching more servers

SimCity launching more servers

The launch of Maxis's new SimCity has been something of a mess, to put it mildly, with players facing long queues to even launch what is chiefly a single-player game. Good job, always-online DRM. Maxis has issued a statement saying it's "putting everything we have" towards fixing up the servers and squashing bugs. The city-building sim launches in Europe today, so let's hope that doesn't overload things further.

Read more: Live ops team "working 24/7" »

"They said the same about the Assassin's Creed games. Still got cracked."
- Mr. Goodwrench    See all 219 comments


SimCity review: return of a classic

SimCity review: return of a classic

It's fitting that the newest entry into the SimCity franchise is again simply called SimCity: it's a return to the bedrock principles of the series, but still incorporates enough complicating factors to keep would-be mayors on their toes for the hours it will take to grow a city to maturity. This is a fine reboot, containing some great new additions to the franchise while also reserving some room for it to grow in the future.

Read more: Fun and frustrating »

"Always online is just so horrible idea. Especially with a company like Electronic Arts who will ..."
- Kolzig73    See all 127 comments


SimCity to get city size expansions

SimCity to get city size expansions

SimCity has been put through its paces with two rounds of beta testing, which means that by now you might have tried it for yourself. If you found the cities too small for your liking, rest easy. Creative director Ocean Quigley says cities will get bigger as computing power increases.

Read more: Game needs to run on 'your dad's PC' »

"My dad's computer is pieced together from my last build and is quite a capable gamer. So..."
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How Will Wright plays the new SimCity

How Will Wright plays the new SimCity

You may have thoughts about the new SimCity--the city size; a lack of terraforming; its always-online DRM requirement--but your opinions don't matter. No, Will Wright, that's who we want to hear from. Metaphorically sitting in a big red leather armchair to tell a story like a beloved uncle, the SimCity creator talks about the first game in the series he hasn't worked on, his first impressions, and how he builds his cities.

Watch: Thanks, Uncle Will! »

"I remember when i begged my parents to buy sim city on the snes it was hours on end of fun, ..."
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SimCity second beta starts February 16

SimCity second beta starts February 16

Did you miss out on the first SimCity beta? No worries, as EA and Maxis will be running another one over Valentine's weekend. Urban planning is so romantic!

Read more: Stress test to last one day »

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SimCity trailer shows off digital deluxe version

SimCity trailer shows off digital deluxe version

EA and Maxis have already announced the digital deluxe edition of SimCity. But since showing is more effective than telling, they've produced a snazzy new trailer to display the features that come in the set for 20 extra bucks.

Read more: Great Britain, France, and Germany »

"Or a bust, lol. Still, to be able to say you bought DNF BOS is worth something."
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Three tips for building a successful SimCity

Three tips for building a successful SimCity

It's been a decade now since the last real SimCity. Think about it: George W. Bush was still president. Pluto was still a planet. Unless you really love the series (and many do), it's probably been a long time since you sat down and had an honest go at building New Gotham City or New New York.

That was the certainly the case for us when we sat down to play EA's SimCity reboot for the first time earlier this month. But after several hours, and several abject failures, we were able to figure things out and get a real metropolis going. Here's what you should be thinking about when you jump into SimCity yourself in a couple months.

Read more: Tracking resources online »

"Forgot another tip: Make sure you ALWAYS have internet connection. Unless of course the server ..."
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SimCity preview: preparing for the future

SimCity preview: preparing for the future

SimCity creative director Ocean Quigley is not the type to obsess over building a perfect replica of New York City. He is not obsessed with building the perfect seaport or an accurate toll road. Having been the art director for the series going back to at least SimCity 4, his background is in art, which may explain why he tends to paint his worlds in broad and colorful strokes.

"I don't have a top-level philosophy on how things should go or how things need to go. I'm more of a tinkerer and an experimenter with it," he muses, "so it's more important to me to get a somewhat plausible representation of the systems that make up a city than to have a particular agenda about what cities should be like or need to be like."

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"Is it sad that I really want to somehow be able to play the SNES music with this (which can't be ..."
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SimCity beta coming next weekend

SimCity beta coming next weekend

SimCity isn't coming until March 5, so you'll have to wait for the flowers to bud before you can start your urban layouts. But you might get your chance to play a snippet of the game as early as next weekend, when the beta kicks off.

Read more: 'One hour slice' of SimCity »

"It actually is a terrible deal, because that credit is a max of $10 on 5 games, none of which ..."
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SimCity introduces itself in new video

SimCity introduces itself in new video

If city building games can be spoiled, then you have been warned. Past the break lies the first few minutes of the new SimCity. A new video released by EA and Maxis shows off the game's introduction, which highlights the many building opportunities you'll have in the upcoming series reboot. Marvel at the traffic, admire the flow of electricity through the city, and see the Space Center--one of the "Great Works" players can build when the game comes out in March.

Watch: 3... 2... 1... »

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Why you'll 'never lose' in SimCity

Why you'll 'never lose' in SimCity

Maxis has already detailed the unspeakable fates that can befall citizens of your SimCity, but those disasters are setbacks. You won't actually lose the game, and in fact the developer has intentionally made it impossible to lose the game. According to lead designer Stone Librande, the closest you can come to a failure state is being flat broke and buried in loans.

Read more: 'It might be very painful to recover' »

"you can set your session to private. Although, if every game still contributes to some kind ..."
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SimCity trailer demonstrates inter-city play

SimCity trailer demonstrates inter-city play

EA's banged on about how urban planners will be able to connect cities in SimCity, and now demonstrates that nicely in a new six-minute video. Each city can hook up with neighbouring cities, run by you or your chums, to import and export resources like electricity and policing, or just to be friends I guess.

Watch: Police go out, firefolk come in »

"Man, I really would love to play this game, but always online DRM will keep me from getting it ..."
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