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SimCity EULA to be Fixed

The SimCity Facebook Page has a follow up to the story we helped break on Sunday about worrisome language in the EULA for the upcoming SimCity reboot suggesting beta testers would lose access to all EA games for failing to report bugs in the beta (thanks Joe). Here's word:

Heads up, Mayors – it’s been brought to our attention that there’s been some confusion regarding the bug-reporting policy in the EA beta test agreement for SimCity.

Don’t worry – EA has never taken away access to a player’s games for failing to report a bug. In fact, we’re in the process of updating our agreement to make this point clear before the beta starts this Friday. If you have any more questions, read our FAQ:

Hope to see you in the beta Friday!

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32. Re: SimCity EULA to be Fixed Jan 23, 2013, 20:08 Redmask
Panickd wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 19:02:
It actually is as easy as saying, "if you don't like it don't buy it". That's how companies take notice of whether people are happy with what they are doing. And you assume an awful lot about the design of this game without being privy to the developers thoughts.

I've worked in the industry and given the buying power lecture to many people. I'm sure you've said your piece about things that you aren't always happy about and other people get to do the same. The assumptions are common sense, none of the design elements require a persistent internet connection. It is no way convenient for a designer to put core functionality like production AI on the server side and I know that from experience. Following the producer on twitter even he seems exasperated by having to put some of this stuff into the game but his hands are tied. I would love to believe that these things were gameplay related but the actual features and evidence seems to point to the contrary.

Does that make SimCity an inherently bad game? I hope not, I actually like the series and want it to be the best game it could be but I think the business side of EA is yet again creeping into another classic. The past results haven't been very kind so I don't think I'm just being cynical here. I guess we will have to agree to disagree and let the game speak for itself.
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