There are two major stories weighing heavily on the minds of gamers today. Many are up in arms over the major announcements that EA has made. Yes, nearly a year after the game’s launch, Sim City (2013) will finally have an offline mode. This has created a divide that has almost all but ignored their Battlefield 4 announcement as well. Also, the most peculiar marathon event is the latest to raise 1 million dollars in charitable donations.
PC gamers! Grab your pitchforks and torches, EA has changed stances on one of their most criticized games in their library…again. Then again, you may want to douse those flames and put the pitchforks back because the company seems to be doing what they can to make their two most controversial titles work. Turns out, Battlefield 4′s major issues (memory leaks, bugs with audio and performance and much needed tweaks to artillery) have been addressed. Great, it’s about time.Hopefully this will help with continued crashes lost single player campaigns.
Sim City is an entirely different beast though. After saying “it can’t be done”, then saying “we’ll look into it”, EA is finally giving players the opportunity to play the game offline without the issues of online play and server access. While it is still unclear if this will have any negative bearing on the gameplay itself, something very interesting is happening. Groups of gamers are taking to social media to express their dissatisfaction with EA’s policy move, saying it is too late to undo the damage they did over the last 10 months. Others are showing an appreciation for EA’s attempt to give the populous something they can enjoy a bit better, even if they originally said it was an impossibility.
Our stance on this is simple: EA hasn’t been everyone’s favorite company for a while now. That doesn’t meant that we need to hold a grudge. As long as a company is putting the time and work in to eventually let players enjoy their games better, we think there are more important battles to fight. What do you think?
I watched a guy play Mike Tyson’s PunchOut blindfolded this weekend, it was pretty wild. I checked in on this stream throughout the entire week to see people playing and beating games in amazing time utilizing everything from exploits to what I can only imagine is dark magic. Awesome Games Done Quick has spent the last week doing what our inner 13 year old could only imagine with some of the best games ever made. During the stream that went on all week, developers from games like Borderlands 2, I Wanna Be The Guy, Minecraft and Metroid Prime all stopped in to tell stories about their respective game’s development and also provide some reaction to the speedruns. During the event, there were even world records smashed live on stream. The grand total for the event reached almost $600,000 and when totaled with prior year earnings broke over $1,000,000! As speedrunning becomes more popular, I hope that events like Awesome Games Done Quick continue to grow and do great things for those in need!