Quote of the Day – SimCity to Become a SimCity Game

We look forward to getting Offline for SimCity into your hands as soon as possible.

-Patrick Buechner, General Manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio, in an official blog post

After all of the protestations that SimCity really needed to be an always online experience, which helped feed unrest as part of the disaster that marked the game’s launch, EA has finally seen the light as to what made past SimCity games enduring classics.  Beuchner goes on in his blog post about the offline mode to describe pretty much a baseline of expectations fans of past SimCity games might have reasonably expected to find in the game at launch.  Soon to be available, just a year late.

Of course, not everybody is happy and there are still plenty of problems to be fixed in the game, like city sizes and performance.

SimCity in 2013

SimCity in 2013

But with offline mode I might consider the game… if only it were free of the Origin malware content delivery system required to purchase and play it.  Always another hurdle with EA.

6 thoughts on “Quote of the Day – SimCity to Become a SimCity Game

  1. Knug

    I haven’t bought an EA game for years and I don’t use Steam – I hadn’t experienced the horror of the Origin CDS until I had to help debug my niece’s installation of the Sims.

    If “Content Delivery Systems” like Origin are the future of PC gaming, I suspect that I will be playing EVE and being a customer of GOG for many, many years to come.

    I hope for all our sakes, that Origin is the bad apple in the basket, and that other versions are nothing like it.


  2. zaphod6502

    I always find people who do not have a Steam account a very rare breed nowadays. Considering the bulk of releases are now integrated with Steamworks in addition to the convenience of digital downloads all being under one umbrella. Plus Steam has become an important enabler of indie titles and many indie companies wouldn’t be successful without the backing and buying power of Steam users.

    Steam is not without issues but for the most part is a reliable and efficient service that has been refined over many years of development.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    Steam gets by because Valve has been very careful not to piss people off… not too much in any case. There was a lot of trouble back when HalfLife 2 launched. But their behavior as a company is a large part of what got me past my objections to Steam. I’m still not 100%… what happens when Gabe Newell has the inevitable massive heart attack… but sales and what not have keep me in on it.

    The same applies to EA. Their behavior as a company is exactly why I find Origin unpalatable. That the software itself has issues is just piling on at that point.


  4. zaphod6502

    “I’m still not 100%… what happens when Gabe Newell has the inevitable massive heart attack… ”

    That is true with anything though. Many journalists were spreading doom and gloom about Apple post-Jobs yet they are still moving forward with great success. Let’s hope Gabe has an ironclad succession plan in place.


  5. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @SynCaine – SimCity 2013 with stand-alone mode, I’d go 50% off SRP on Steam, a pretty common Steam Sale price point.

    Installing Origin… like you said. I’m still annoyed about them merging various accounts into Origin without my asking. As far as I can tell, I couldn’t go back and play SWTOR again with Origin, which pretty much kills any possibility of that.

    EA just making SOE look good.


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