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Actually, no. That only hurts the developers, not the publishers.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6187-Why-Boycotts-Fail-Where-Whining-Tantrums-Win


TL;DR: Boycotting almost never works. Whining & moaning does, contrary to what apologists would like you to believe.
Nice video, never thought of it like that. Especially loved his description of Activision and Bobby Kotick.
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While tech sites such as Ars, RPS or indeed OCN were inundated with SimCity articles, the more mainstream sites were not. And these are the sites the majority of SimCity's target demographic frequent.
Eh? Forbes, BBC, NPR, Fox, NBC? Actually I don't really know what counts as mainstream nowadays but the launch issues definitely showed up in many major news outlets.

If you're talking about the extreme details? Yea, those aren't going to show up outside of gaming and tech sites.
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This. And, it is cracked.
I don't think it actually has been yet, the only "crack" is letting you play offline indefinitely, but that requires you first sign into the server to load the city.
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Eh? Forbes, BBC, NPR, Fox, NBC? Actually I don't really know what counts as mainstream nowadays but the launch issues definitely showed up in many major news outlets.

If you're talking about the extreme details? Yea, those aren't going to show up outside of gaming and tech sites.
Yeah, I was talking specifically about details such as processing not being done on the servers despite their claims to the contrary. Or the AI issues etc.

I can remember reading a lot of articles on sites and seeing incorrect information repeated, I'll admit I don't care as much as RPS apparently do but still... Bad journalism and whatnot.

Mostly it just bothers me that EA can make comments like "DRM is dead, however now we will never OK an offline game.", and then get away with calling SimCity an MMO and ignoring the DRM issue.

Their silly DRM lusts have now made them start messing with fundamental aspects of their game's design, clearly to detrimental effect. And they get away with it, simply by refusing to use the word DRM, it is ridiculous.
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I think people are also tired of hearing about simcity and EA bashing. Not because they like EA but because its been over done at this point, "everyone knows simcity sucks so stop posting about it" is kinda the vibe.
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I played it, borrowed a friends origin account. Played for 6 hours, never went back. Just not as fun as it used to be.
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Love the Doctor Who reference! thumb.gif

I had no clue it was a doctor who reference as that is just the picture on the site, lol.

Also, this:
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There was obviously a lot of negative coverage, but I do not believe any "major" or old school news sites ran the story concerning things not being offloaded to servers.

A lot of sites also pranced around and didn't even mention DRM, or as RPS pointed out even more simply continued to spew incorrect information.

While tech sites such as Ars, RPS or indeed OCN were inundated with SimCity articles, the more mainstream sites were not. And these are the sites the majority of SimCity's target demographic frequent.

You must remember, most casual gamers have probably never visited RPS or sites of similar ilk. A lot of the ones I know still get game reviews magazines!
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post #27 of 137
I despise RPS and all such gonzo journalism, but I'm glad that they've got the balls to elucidate the continued absurdity of this SimCity debacle. Now if only they'd learn how to write, I might actually give them the page-view.
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It went away because people only care about what the media tells them to care about.

Like he says, EA wouldn't give him any material, so people had to be made to be angry about something else for a while.

Repeat ad-infinitum.

It also went away because the thing people were actually properly upset about (servers being blocked) was resolved and people could play the game.


Also, the irony of a site who are pretty much always dead set on whining about EA whenever possible, complaining that EA wouldn't give them any material to make a click-bait article.

It's not so much that people like to complain about EA as it is that EA's business policies have a tendency to produce things worth complaining about. Also, there's the issue of it being long standing, well-loved franchises that are being affected. I hardly think the same outrage would be evident had it been one of the Sim-Alikes such as the Anno series or Cities XL that had been hit with the EAisms. We complain because we honestly wanted to like the game, but got stuck with an unnecessarily limiting and flawed product. I don't boycott EA games as a rule. I judge each game by it's own merits. It's not my fault they keep repeating the same types of mistakes.

Maybe Dragon Age 3. We'll see.
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Maybe if EA would stop treating both their customers and employees like garbage, they wouldn't make so many damn headlines.

Just sayin' whistle.gif
 
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"RPS reporting on a story where RPS reporting something on RPS is still newsworthy because from RPS twitter where EA told RPS something in response to RPS when RPS ran the first story on RPS. RPS reports no change in original RPS story that appeared on RPS."

No one forgot about the SC debacle. Every major gaming/tech site reported the train-wreck in detail. Other things have happened in the last two months.
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