SimCity Beta Opens This Weekend: Best Hour of Your Life?

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2013 - 03:12 AM |
Tagged: SimCity, beta

When we first heard about the new SimCity we collectively swooned: it looked to be the best implementation possible for a SimCity game. Each subsequent information release made us slightly less warm to the upcoming game. While being honest about things that your users hate is better than surprising them at the end: best-case scenario would have been to provide the product we want.

EA has just announced beta access this weekend. The expected bad news: Origin might spend longer setting it up than you will spend playing it.

The beta will run throughout this weekend, but that is not the only time constraint which beta testers will need to endure. So it turns out that all EA needs or wants from us in their beta test is a single hour of playtime. Consequentially, that will be all the time they will give us. That seems somewhat ludicrous to me given the time it will likely take to install and setup the game as well as the typical amount of time required to do anything meaningful with a traditional SimCity game.

Beyond that, the signup page is now closed with still several days to go until the beta opens. Yikes.

It is like EA is trying to drown its publicity to prove that PC-centric titles do not sell or something. Oh well, I will still probably be purchasing the title when it comes out March 5th -- but EA certainly does not respect the value of "Shut up and take my money".

Source: G4TV

January 21, 2013 | 10:35 AM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

Always online DRM?

No thanks EA.

January 21, 2013 | 10:37 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

Always on DRM
Have you checked the Price of it? Full + then some
Screwed up Beta

EA and how to Screw up a franchise.
Haven't got time to write about all of them.

Nope, won't be buying it. (Yes I would love to but)
So you may well be one of the few. (Until it goes budget)

January 21, 2013 | 12:54 PM - Posted by arbiter

Aint that video/image best used when talking about apple?

January 22, 2013 | 09:51 AM - Posted by KngtRider

Scott you should have read the EULA first, there are a number of 'new and interesting' clauses on this closed beta.

January 22, 2013 | 10:57 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Didn't sign up for it, my computer is still dead. I'm laptopping it.

Also why I've not been in IRC lol.

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