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Op Ed

games.on.net - SimCityís launch woes: Another nail in the DRM coffin, a red flag for games reviewers.
Many games sites, including this one, were offered access to a review event where SimCity could be played in a controlled environment prior to launch. Many sites (although not this one, for reasons detailed here) published their reviews based on these events or, in some cases, on additional playtime on specific dedicated review servers. Some sites waited, played on the live servers ó or tried to! ó and then published their reviews. Thatís fine ó after all, what other options are there?

High-profile site Polygon initially gave the game a glowing 9.5 out of 10. Then, they knocked it down to 8. Then, they knocked it down to 4. Thereís a collective gasp from the crowd. A four out of ten! Thatís a genuinely bad score! That ainít no seven.

No. Itís not. And it doesnít matter, because Metacritic ó which is the only reason publishers actually care about review scores ó never alters a score, once itís been published. So the Metacritic entry for SimCity from Polygon still stands at Ď95í. In fact, according to Metacritic, the critical consensus is sitting at a nice, healthy, 81. The servers could catch fire tomorrow, EA could shut down the servers, fire everyone at Maxis and flood the entire office with venomous snakes, and the Metacritic score would remain unchanged forever. Bonuses for everybody! Or not, as the case may be.

Meanwhile, the average user score is 1.7. Out of ten. Is anybody surprised?

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12. Re: Op Ed Mar 8, 2013, 11:19 Creston
 
ASeven wrote on Mar 8, 2013, 09:31:
InBlack wrote on Mar 8, 2013, 09:29:
I wonder what the game is really like though, even those glowing 9.5 reviews are very suspect. My bet is that even if the game was performing 100% as advertised it would still be a buggy mess, with artificial limits on size and terrible AI....

Eurogamer Sweden gave it a 100%, a perfect score, calling it the best game ever made. And people still wonder why nobody thinks gaming journalism is honest anymore.

Yeah, I called those fucking toolbags out on the first day. I guess EA spends a lot of ad money in Sweden. There was another Swedish pos review site that gave it a 95.

Anyway, monkeys will keep buying this shit, and publishers will keep fucking them over, because, well, they're monkeys! It's not like they're clever enough to understand that, hey, maybe I should refuse to be treated like shit by EA and its ilk.

Just keep on lapping up that EA shit, monkeys! You do yourselves proud. Who knows, maybe five years from now, EA will make you one of their shills! Then you too can go on forums everywhere and proclaim that it's ridiculous that people hate EA for this sort of thing.

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