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SimCity creators ask for faith as problems “almost” over

SimCity creators ask for faith as problems “almost” over

This past week the re-launch of the SimCity franchise was threatened with connectivity and crash problems galore - but according to the MAXIS label under EA Games, they're almost in the clear. Speaking as General Manager for the MAXIS label this weekend for a widespread blast this morning, Lucy Bradshaw gave a tentative nearly-all-clear with an assurance that "the core problem with getting in and having a great SimCity experience is almost behind us." Bradshaw also made it clear how much she appreciates those who have stuck with the development team in this hour of panic.

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SimCity increases stability and considers ‘offline mode’ in the future

SimCity increases stability and considers ‘offline mode’ in the future

SimCity has updated its blog and has stated that its making good progress in restoring stability to its servers. Lucy Bradshaw, the General Manager of EA's Maxis Label, stated that tens of thousands of new players are logging into SimCity everyday. SimCity's launch on March 5th was admittedly a huge failure. The always-on DRM and the server issues with the game resulted in a majority of players being unable to login, download the game, or even unlock their game.

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EA offers all SimCity owners a free game

EA offers all SimCity owners a free game

EA's SimCity launched with disastrous results. EA wanted to prevent piracy of the game, so they added the Always-On DRM feature that would require players to login to its online servers in order to play their game. While the Always-On DRM feature is good for protecting against piracy, it resulted in an unmitigated login disaster for SimCity. Many gamers were unable to login, downloads were severely slow, people weren't able to unlock their games, and many were unable to enjoy a game they've anticipated for so long.

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The Sims 3 University Life expansion pack now available

The Sims 3 University Life expansion pack now available

If you're a fan of EA's game The Sims 3, a new expansion pack for the game has launched this week. The expansion pack is called The Sims 3 University Life and is available to download for Windows and Mac gamers now. If you buy the Origin download version of the upgrade pack you'll get some exclusive items, but it is available as a physical retail game as well.

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Activision is pulling away from licensed games

Activision is pulling away from licensed games

Activision has announced that they will be moving away from the licensed games, meaning there will be fewer games from the James Bond, Transformers, Men in Black, and Spider-Man series. Rumor has it that James Bond will be seeing its end really soon. Activision is following the same move that Electronics Arts made back in 2008. EA Games president, Frank Gibeau, said at the time that "the days of licensed-based, 75-rated games copies are dead like the dinosaur."

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Gears of War creator promises future with “true horror games”

Gears of War creator promises future with “true horror games”

Those who are fans of true horror games may like where this is going. It has been said that more "true" horror games will come when we finally make the move from disc to digital. The comments come by way of Cliff Bleszinski, who many will recognize from not only being a creative director with Epic Games, but also one of the people behind the Gears of War franchise. The interesting part here, the comment from Bleszinski came at the end of some rather normal Dead Space 3 talk.

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Dead Space 3 now available, DLC coming in March

Dead Space 3 now available, DLC coming in March

The time has come, folks. The latest installment in the Dead Space series has arrived. Dead Space 3 is now available for purchase at retail stores in North America, as well as on EA's Origin gaming service. Plus, Electronic Arts announced that DLC is coming for the game next month for $10 to prove that there's even more to come after the initial release.

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SimCity four-day beta starts January 25

SimCity four-day beta starts January 25

While SimCity won't officially release until March, it turns out that eager gamers who may not be able to wait that long will be able to play a little bit of the new game later this month. EA Games and Maxis have announced that they'll be hosting a beta throughout the weekend starting on January 25 and ending on January 28.

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