American McGee tells SimCity owners to relax and stop turning everything into World War 3

Well that certainly makes some sense.

Posted By | On 25th, Mar. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


American McGee needs no introduction. The veteran PC developer has a lot of experience under his belt and in an interview with Forbes, he revealed his thoughts on the recent SimCity debacle and why both the parties need to calm down.

“There are right and wrong ways to solve the problem, for sure. Customers have a right to expect that products they’ve purchased perform as advertised,” he said.

“That being said, developers and publishers face extinction if they can’t solve the piracy issue while at the same time addressing the demands gamers make regarding connected and accessible games (I see these two things going together).”

He is based in China and there are plenty of gaming companies there that aren’t affected by piracy and make profitable games.

“Western developers have some obstacles to overcome before they get there. Not sure I see how incendiary media coverage or player reactions are warranted when things don’t work as expected,” he revealed.

“Do gamers or the media think EA or Blizzard wanted things to go so badly at launch? Do they think all the screaming and gnashing of teeth actually helped resolve those issues more quickly? There’s got to be a balance to the relationship.”

His analogy was quite humorous as well.

“Just because you’ve given a restaurant your business doesn’t entitle you to throwing molten cheese fries in your waiter’s face if your margarita comes out frozen instead of on the rocks. People need to relax a little and stop turning everything into World War III – Gamers vs. The Man. There are no winners in that scenario.”

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  • Fake123

    Always on-line isn’t just about Piracy. Always online also exist to prevent users from modding the game (like we did with all other SimCity), in the case of SimCity 2013, they prevent gamers from modding the game so they can sell more DLC (two DLC are already available).
    Another big problem with EA’s new SimCity is that gamers can’t resell the game in a few months from now when they are done with it. No more used games on Craig’s list. So, EA’s always online is not to fight piracy but to squeeze more out of already paying customers.

  • three7s

    Seriously? If new restaurant refused to serve you food on opening day, do you really think the restaurant will remain open.

  • Goee

    When one buys a game that is far from complete, only to discover that the company is far too busy trying to up sell more and more, without taking the time to complete their original release, it does feel as though one is being shafted deep. The whole concept of DLC is obscene to me. It is obvious that these games have been hacked to pieces just so their parts can be sold separately, leaving the original release only a shadow of it’s true form. If there is going to be an add-on then release it whole. Have some respect for the art, have some respect for your customer. If it wasn’t for Bioware, I would never ever spend a cent on EA releases. Alas now EA has made Bioware into a company of programers and stockbrokers, taking away the beauty, the artistic creativity, complexity and quality; just to try and leech more and more from the public.


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