GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

March 6, 2013 -

In a cheeky promotion to support its SimCity back catalog title, Good Old Games takes a slight dig at the problems associated with the new SimCity game during its launch. In a tweet offering an alternative to the trials and tribulations of connecting to EA servers, GOG says that it has a SimCity game that you won't have any trouble playing.

While it's kind of a funny promotion, people that are having trouble playing the new game probably don't think it's all that amusing. Still we'll file this one under the category "you can't beat the classics."

And eventually EA will straighten out its launch day troubles just like Blizzard eventually did with Diablo III. Still, developers and publishers should learn a lesson about the perils of their games requiring a constant connection to a server in order to play... or at the very least have a better way of saving the game's state when a game session crashes / gets disconnected...

Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the link.


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Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

"Still, developers and publishers should learn a lesson about the perils of their games requiring a constant connection to a server in order to play."

In the weeks after Diablo 3's release, EA said that they would learn from the mistakes made by Blizzard. And then they repeated every single one of them anyway.

They won't learn a damn thing from this; if anything, it will only encourage them.

Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

And eventually EA will straighten out its launch day troubles just like Blizzard eventually did with Diablo III

The only reason Blizzard fixed it's launch day troubles was because players were leaving left, right and center until it hit a stable level.

Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

It's not a "promotion", though, that's the price gog had it listed under for a while now.

Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

It's promoting that they have a DRM free Sim City game. You're thinking "sale", not "promotion".

Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

Hair splitting, but fair enough.

Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

This is easily the funniest thing I've seen all day.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

I don't understand why they don't rent extra computing capacity for the first week or two of an online game launch.

Re: GOG Promotes Old SimCity With New SimCity Jab

Because they are keenly aware of three things: one, that doing so costs money; two, this will straighten itself out in a week or so; and three, their customers never remember that every "mandatory online" game is going to have trouble in the first week.

 
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