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[Event Blog] General: Launching

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,572MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

One of the most difficult phases of any game's development is the launch, a good or bad one can make or break the game. In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at a recent launch debacle featuring EA's The Sims. Check it out before talking about it in the comments.

I bought my copy of SimCity on Friday. While I've never been particularly interested in zonal planning nor the ins-and-outs of sewage disposal, something told me that I should probably poke around Origin and see what else EA has managed to milk from the, by now, sore and tired cow of the (The) Sim(s) (Insert noun) franchise.

Read more of Adam Tingle's Tingle's Touchy Subjects: Launching.

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  • BattlerockBattlerock Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,393Member
    After the swtor launch, I decided it best not to expect to just login during minute one of game launch. I had been relatively new to the genre outside of world of war craft. In typical tunnel vision fashion, I just thought all games would be like wow. Thats not reality though. Found that out with Swtor. Im sure there were some very fruatrated people and the momentum shift from positive due to the hype turned right at launch for quite a few people. Gw2 on the other hand had a pleasant launch with early access easing the influx of gamers and the positive vibe lasted quite a while before alot of people realized they dont like the game but they kept playing because of all of the positive vibe. In hindsite take out all small things that influenced your minds like a rough launch , and well SWtor is way more game than GW2.
  • PhntmIcePhntmIce A tale int eh Desert Correspondent McMinville, TNPosts: 16Member

    Online Only is pure STUPIDTY.  This means any one in a rural area with spotty, limited, or no internet access can never play this game, ever.

    Meanwhile it won't stop a single pirating for very long.  Give them an extra day or two of work.  While ailenating your player base and pissing of the people who payed for the game.  Making hem think thrice before purchasing next time and maybe even going the pirate route so they can enjoy thier game in peace.

    Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

    "Nothing is Impossible, just highly Improbable."

  • VancePantsVancePants Los Angeles, CAPosts: 43Member
    Originally posted by PhntmIce

    Online Only is pure STUPIDTY.  This means any one in a rural area with spotty, limited, or no internet access can never play this game, ever.

    Meanwhile it won't stop a single pirating for very long.  Give them an extra day or two of work.  While ailenating your player base and pissing of the people who payed for the game.  Making hem think thrice before purchasing next time and maybe even going the pirate route so they can enjoy thier game in peace.

    Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

    The amount of players in those rural areas with, what, no access to Internet? Slow Internet? is decreasing every day. It's much more practical for EA to save on the cost of physical production and risk losing those rednecks in Montana and Pennsylvania. Also... it's greener!

    And it does slow piracy, even if it doesn't stop it. 

    Mo Money, Mo problems EA!

    :D

  • birdycephonbirdycephon Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 1,314Member
    Should have waited til saturday when they added more servers. Or you could have clicked change server and play on an EU server.
  • GeezerGaz82GeezerGaz82 EnglandPosts: 51Member Uncommon
    I thought the screenshot for the post was a photo of london at first lol, I really like the look of what I've seen of this game, it sounds pretty cool.  I agree it's stupid that it's manditory that the game is online only, but it doesn't bother me or anyone I can think of in my area who doesn't already have internet access at home.  It's a small minority of PC users  that have been unfairly blocked from being able to play Sim City, but I doubt EA will care all that much because like a lot of businesses, they only care about the majority
  • KothosesKothoses GalwayPosts: 758Member Uncommon

    I thought this was some angsty anti establishment kids blog.... then I saw it on the staff articles... 

     

    The Bias and pandering nature of this article removes a lot  of integrity from it, and its a shame as its a subject matter that really needs to be discussed.  The middle of the article actually approaches a level where the subject matter could be discussed but then rapidly falls into the usual "F**k the man, skrew the mainstream" rhetoric of many of the member blogs I read.  If you are on staff, you should be able to do better.

     

    PS since I never group up in GW2 I can has an offline version of those?  

     

    Promoting thought a new Gaming video blog http://www.youtube.com/user/quinnthalas discussing games, gamers and the internet with gameplay footage as background.

  • ArduArdu Hallandale, FLPosts: 55Member

    EA totally sucks! They ruined another franchise.

     

    They screw up the fundamentals of what’s makes a SimCity game. Overall SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition is the best SimCity of all time.

  • zastrophzastroph UranganPosts: 242Member
    Im a fan of the original, but lucky for me, I am what marketing gurus refer to as a lagger, whic means I don't buy thing as soon as they are available, and with the knowledge of what they did, I doubt I will!
  • marksteelemarksteele Newtonville, ONPosts: 26Member

    Yes, at first simcity COULD have come back from this. Then came topics calling modders "hackers"

     

    http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/9368164.page

     

    and then came the forum mods going about DELETEING EA'S OWN SUPPORT NUMBER from their forums

    http://www.reddit.com/r/SimCity/comments/1adofo/simcity_forum_censors_ea_customer_care_phone/

     

    This is a new low for the game industry. They took a PR nightmare and made is much much worse. For shame EA. For shame.

  • MibletMiblet BognerPosts: 333Member
    Originally posted by VancePants
    Originally posted by PhntmIce

    Online Only is pure STUPIDTY.  This means any one in a rural area with spotty, limited, or no internet access can never play this game, ever.

    Meanwhile it won't stop a single pirating for very long.  Give them an extra day or two of work.  While ailenating your player base and pissing of the people who payed for the game.  Making hem think thrice before purchasing next time and maybe even going the pirate route so they can enjoy thier game in peace.

    Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

    The amount of players in those rural areas with, what, no access to Internet? Slow Internet? is decreasing every day. It's much more practical for EA to save on the cost of physical production and risk losing those rednecks in Montana and Pennsylvania. Also... it's greener!

    And it does slow piracy, even if it doesn't stop it. 

    Mo Money, Mo problems EA!

     

    It's DRM, not distributional at all. Even those items sold through retailers with a physical copy get to enjoy the online only aspect. The funniest part of it is that it is this type of DRM that makes people consider piracy when previously they never would have. Also whilst more people have access to the internet than ever before, and this number is following an upward trend, a great many of those have access via internet cafes or libraries.

    Whilst the internet is far more prevelant than ever before to assume everyone has it is either niave, or out of touch with reality.

     

    Nobody should be praising or defending this form of DRM, it does nothing beneficial for you as a consumer, but in most cases (as in this one) causes problems for those legitimate consumers of the product / services. As mentioned this won't halt piracy, it may slow it but some will enjoy the challenge and break it. In fact by defending the DRM people are contributing to the problem as DRM is getting more and more intrusive and disruptive, all while people are giving it the thumbs up. People should be annoyed if after paying money they have a product they cannot use, even if only for a few months, for problems that aren't theirs and that weren't a consideration in the pricing of the product.

    Companies should be considering why people pirate the games in the first place and trying to make the use / purchase of the products easier for their consumers so that the aim of the product can be achieved (enjoyment).

     

    *Edited due to me forgetting to allow mmorpg scripts, turning this into a single big block of text.

  • erictlewiserictlewis Cottondale, ALPosts: 3,026Member Uncommon

    It is really too bad simcity had a great fanchise and now ea had to go screw that up.  It kind of reminds me of spore and how messed up that all was. 

     

  • ArduArdu Hallandale, FLPosts: 55Member

    This video reflects my views about the new SimCity game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XMSPRz08jQ

     
  • erictlewiserictlewis Cottondale, ALPosts: 3,026Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ardu

    This video reflects my views about the new SimCity game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XMSPRz08jQ

     

    Wow that is great and true and so funny!!

  • hardiconhardicon jackson, MSPosts: 358Member

    i can see kingofhartz has not been playing wow for long to think so highly of it.  wow had so many problems at launch with servers being down and stuff.  it was really bad to say the least.  but to answer the question tingle, yes a game can come back from a bad launch, wow did it and became one of the most successful western mmos if not the most successful (not sure about western sub numbers vs global sub numbers but pretty sure it has more in the west than any other mmo).

     

    not to mention plenty of games have come back from bad launches to be successful so its entirely possible.

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