Maxis Apologises For SimCity Launch...With SimCity

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 4:38 PM
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We heard previously that Maxis/EA would be giving out free games in apology for the rocky launch of SimCity.

We've now been treated to the list of games you'll be able to choose from; including SimCity 4 Deluxe...

I'm still not sure if this is a clever attempt to quiet all the consumers complaining about SimCity's lack of an offline mode, or a complete coincidence. Needless to say, it's somewhat amusing.

The full list of available games is as follows: There's some big names in there, although none of the new DLC (such as Mass Effect 3: The Citadel) which are rated rather well.

The legal disclaimer also had this nice little note: "USERS WHO ARE BENEATH THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIRED TO ACCESS INTERACTIVE ONLINE SERVICES WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE GRANTED A COPY OF SIMCITY 4: DELUXE EDITION AND BEJEWELED 3 INSTEAD"

So, with at least the immediate problems from the launch slowly fading, and EA's apology being made, I'd hope it's time to wrap the whole mess up. Lessons have been learned however, and the old adage of "once bitten, twice shy" will surely be relevant in the future...

Are any of you going to be claiming one of these games? Which one? Tell us below.

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02:41 Mar-20-2013

I have all games other than ME3, Bejeweled 3, and SimCity4..
Bejeweled- Aint nobody got time fo dat
So what should i take, ME3, or SC4??

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06:41 Mar-20-2013

I haven't played SC4 yet, but I have played ME3 and IT'S AWESOME! So go for ME3.

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07:30 Mar-20-2013

Yeah definitely ME3 but he should also purchase ME1 & 2 to enjoy the full story ;)

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08:39 Mar-20-2013

Get ME3 , you won't regret doing that.
Probably the best RPG in 2012

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11:20 Mar-20-2013

ME3 it is :D

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00:29 Mar-20-2013

I would take SimCity 4 over this new SimCity anyday. We can play offline with SimCity 4 :)

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03:49 Mar-20-2013

Whats wrong with the online? Its not like you have to have a beefy connection.

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06:28 Mar-20-2013

It being online is a pain for anyone who doesn't have unlimited bandwidth. Or if you like me and only connect to the internet when I'm about to go on it.

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10:58 Mar-20-2013

The internet in my area isn't that stable. It drops now and then, which happened to me a lot in Diablo 3. Talk about a pain in the butt. No way I'm doing that again. If a game doesn't have offline mode, I won't buy it!

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00:25 Mar-20-2013

Very suitable front page picture. :)

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20:27 Mar-19-2013

So if I bought this game now would I get a free game or is just for ppl who have had the game before 3/18.

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20:33 Mar-19-2013

I advise against it. But you must purchase install and REGISTER SimCity by 26th march to be eligible. Again tho fair warning needed. I strongly advise against it, just purchase the game you want free for cheaper by its self. (without sim****ty)

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18:04 Mar-19-2013

it says "axis Apologises For SimCity Launch...With SimCity" underneath the picture...

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16:48 Mar-19-2013

Wait, what does Bejeweled 3 have to do with EA? Or does EA own Popcap?

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14:40 Mar-19-2013

Sounds like EA's doing some Damage Control.
But is it Working?

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17:05 Mar-19-2013

short answer: no
long answer: of course it is XD they can poo in a case, sell it and people will be clambering to grab it.

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10:35 Mar-20-2013

With the right Publicity they can make it happen!

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13:38 Mar-19-2013

BF3-Have, Finished Story, Dominating Multiplayer
Bejeweled 3- Dafuq? Nawww
ME3- Maybe I should get that
MOHW-Have, Finished Story, Multiplayer Sucks
NFSMW-Have, Beat MW List, Play Multiplayer occasionally
PvZ-Have, Finished
SimCity 4 DE- Should I??
So,, ME3 Or SimCity 4 DE?

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15:20 Mar-19-2013

ME3 was really fun IMO.

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16:47 Mar-19-2013

Mass Effect 3! GET MASS EFFECT 3! :D

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12:41 Mar-19-2013

Got ME3, already have BF3 :D

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12:20 Mar-19-2013

Woah, never thought it was going to be this big.

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13:30 Mar-19-2013

me too. i was at the game-store yesterday and thinking if i would buy SimCity for the free game. and didnt think BF3 , ME3, DS3 would be free
but meh, i bought TR xD

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12:13 Mar-19-2013

So EA trying to win us back with free games eh!
Its not going to work!
Btw I'm loving Battlefield 3 at the moment ;)

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10:42 Mar-19-2013

And everyone thought they'd just give out crappy games that were 10 years old. :P

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10:00 Mar-19-2013

how to get the free games

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09:35 Mar-19-2013

I'm sure they profited more on the people who bought it for a free game, than they lost on the free game.

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09:22 Mar-19-2013

Yeah gotta say very impressed by that list I thought it would be all Indy games but that is very impressive. I still think it's a way of brushing the whole thing under the carpet.

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09:24 Mar-19-2013

Yeah... BF3 tho :3

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09:59 Mar-19-2013

Yeah would have never had thought that would be one of the free games I'm sure all those who were let down on launch will be thrilled with that freebie

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08:52 Mar-19-2013

And how many of us said "Oh its ea they'll just give us a crappy indy game". But hey they surprised us all... i mean bf3... wow.

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08:37 Mar-19-2013

Free games for those who activated simcity before march 18 right?

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09:27 Mar-19-2013

Yup, those after are out of luck though. Oh well, I'll wait until everything is resolved before I even buy it.

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