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EA finishes 'SimCity' server upgrades after troubled launch

EA to Zynga: Enough already, The Ville is The Sims and we're going to sue you

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According to a report from The Verge, EA has decided to sue social gaming company Zynga over striking similarities to one of its most popular franchises, The Sims. Zynga’s new game “The Ville” was unveiled at an event last month in San Francisco, causing us (and everyone else) to think...
EA to Zynga: Enough already, The Ville is The Sims and we're going to sue you
Original 'SimCity' creator Will Wright calls EA's botched game launch 'inexcusable'
'SimCity' for Mac delayed until August
EA shutting down 'Sims Social' and other Facebook games, insists 'activity has fallen off'

The Sims vs. The Ville, EA files suit against Zynga

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Electronic Arts‘ has apparently had enough of its too-close-for-comfort neighbors The Ville. The gaming giant has filed suit against Zynga, accusing the game maker of essentially ripping off their popular game The Sims Social. The copyright infringement case was filed in a San Francisco federal court today, calling The Ville...
The Sims vs. The Ville, EA files suit against Zynga

Sim City issues show perilous nature of 'always on' gaming

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Electronic Arts and Maxis launched the newest iteration in the venerable Sim City series earlier this week. While initially praised for its accomplishments and integration with other players by previewing media, the game was marred by monumental server and connectivity issues. Since launch, Electronic arts claims to have brought on...
Sim City issues show perilous nature of 'always on' gaming

Sim City – preview

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The classic city building simulation is back, with a deeper simulation than ever and a fascinating new multiplayer modeAbout 23 years ago, Will Wright and his team at Maxis software changed the course and meaning of video game design forever. They did it with Sim City, a brilliant urban sandbox...
Sim City – preview

SimCity for Mac pushed back to August

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To put it mildly, the EA Maxis team has learned a few hard lessons about launching only when ready. The company is putting that theory into practice: it's delaying the launch of SimCity for Mac from June 11th to August. The OS X version just isn't "ready for primetime,"...
SimCity for Mac pushed back to August

Electronic Arts and Maxis will release The Sims 4 on PC and Mac in 2014

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Electronic Arts and Maxis have confirmed development of The Sims 4 today, revealing that the popular life simulation video game will be launch initially on PC and Mac in 2014. Fans will undoubtedly be delighted with the news, although there’s a degree of skepticism given how flawed the launch and...
Electronic Arts and Maxis will release The Sims 4 on PC and Mac in 2014

EA v Zynga: is there a case?

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Electronic Arts announced on Friday that it is suing Zynga for copyright infringement, alleging that The Ville is an 'unmistakble copy' of Sims Social. But is there a case and what does it mean for the industry?On Friday afternoon, Lucy Bradshaw, the general manager of games studio Maxis, posted a...
EA v Zynga: is there a case?

Sign up to the SimCity beta to start creating your next anarchic industrial empire

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Video game developer Maxis has announced a beta period for its upcoming reboot of the open-ended city-building simulator SimCity. It was revealed on the official SimCity Twitter account a little earlier today, and if you’re interested in participating (the beta runs from January 25th to 28th) you just need to...
Sign up to the SimCity beta to start creating your next anarchic industrial empire

Asia gets its first BlackBerry 10 launch dates: Z10 on sale in Singapore March 7, Malaysia March 9

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It’s approaching one month since RIM BlackBerry launched the BlackBerry 10 platform, and revealed the touch screen Z10 and keyboard-sporting Q10 devices. Now, finally, eager BlackBerry fans in Asia — there are plenty of them — have news of the first confirmed launch dates. BlackBerry has confirmed that the Z10...
Asia gets its first BlackBerry 10 launch dates: Z10 on sale in Singapore March 7, Malaysia March 9
SimCity reboot announced at EA Game Changers event at GDC
'SimCity' beta happening next weekend, lets players try the game for one hour
SimCity impressions: We waited ten years for this?

Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

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One of many images from EA's filing demonstrating the similarities between The Ville and The Sims Social. EA v. Zynga complaint It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Zynga, whose less-than-stellar earnings report last Friday was quickly followed by allegations of insider trading by no fewer than...
Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

We Built This SimCity On A Shaky Foundation Of DRM

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EA’s anticipated SimCity launch has officially become a cavalcade of fail. Amazon is temporarily suspending sales of digital copies of the game in the face of massive negative buyer feedback, with the electronic title managing to accrue an overall rating of one star on the retailer’s site. This comes after...
We Built This SimCity On A Shaky Foundation Of DRM
'The Sims 4' coming to Mac and Windows in 2014

SimCity enables budding city developers on Mac starting June 11th, 'update 2.0' in the works

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SimCity's reboot has seen its fair share of tumult since launching for PC earlier this year -- massive queues to log in, downed servers, and a messy (attempted) public relations cleanup. Things have more or less leveled off for the game since its rocky start, and its developer, EA...
SimCity enables budding city developers on Mac starting June 11th, 'update 2.0' in the works
EA goes after CityVille with today’s launch of SimCity Social

Maxis announces The Sims 4

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It's only been a couple of months since the launch of SimCity and the debacle that followed (which still lingers today), but Maxis and EA want to cleanse your pallet with a new addition to the Sims franchise: The Sims 4 is coming to PC and Mac in 2014. Electronic...
Maxis announces The Sims 4

SimCity launch debacle drags on, as EA disables features

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Even if you have little interest in SimCity, it's worth paying attention to the messy launch of the series' long-awaited reboot. Like it or not, this is the future of large-scale video games. For three days now, players have complained of issues connecting with the SimCity's servers. One report...
SimCity launch debacle drags on, as EA disables features

EA Apologizes For SimCity Disaster, Says It Was "Dumb" And Offers Free Game To Players

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Electronic Arts’ SimCity was easily the most anticipated game of the season, but its launch was an unmitigated disaster because the DRM solution Electronic Arts and Maxis dreamt up means users have to always be online if they want to play. Sadly, EA’s servers weren’t up to the task and...
EA Apologizes For SimCity Disaster, Says It Was "Dumb" And Offers Free Game To Players
Admitting it was "dumb," EA says it has added SimCity servers and will give players a free game

Microsoft Creative Director Defends Always-Online, Insults Customers, Murders Logic...All In One Day!

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Remember that whole SimCity thing, where the always online requirement of the game turned into launch failures, massive backlash, and caused EA/Maxis to lie like it was their job? Yeah, good times. It was almost as if the whole debacle was some kind of how-not-to-do-video-games piece of performance art. Well,...
Microsoft Creative Director Defends Always-Online, Insults Customers, Murders Logic...All In One Day!

Shorter Maxis: no, seriously, there will be a Mac version of SimCity, and it will be the same.

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Shorter Maxis: no, seriously, there will be a Mac version of SimCity, and it will be the same.: seldo: Yes, it will be the same. Exactly the same. Yes, identical. Compatible. Unioned. The same. How many ways do we have to say this? Now. Now. Now. Now. Now....
Shorter Maxis: no, seriously, there will be a Mac version of SimCity, and it will be the same.

Sims 4 announced as single-player offline title

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Maxis is developing a new instalment in the 150m-selling series - just as creator Will Wright calls SimCity problems 'inexcusable'The sims are back - again. Series developer Maxis has announced that it has a new instalment of its life simulation in development for PC and Mac. The new game will...
Sims 4 announced as single-player offline title
Sprawling cityscapes of 'SimCity' shown off in new intro video

Maxis GM: Our Vision Is More Important Than Our Customers & Lots Of People Love Our Crappy DRM

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Well, it's been several hours, so obviously someone must have done something stupid over at the SimCity franchise. I could run through a long list of links from our coverage of this debacle, but I'll make it easy on you. The key links are the launch debacle, the backlash, and...
Maxis GM: Our Vision Is More Important Than Our Customers & Lots Of People Love Our Crappy DRM
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