EA's New Simpsons Game is Too Awesome For The App Store

EA's New Simpsons Game is Too Awesome For The App Store

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The new iOS game The Simpsons: Tapped Out is so popular that EA had no choice but to remove it from the App Store.

Back in February, Electronic Arts pulled the iOS game Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store because it sucked so hard that its mere existence was an intolerable affront to good taste. Today, the publisher removed The Simpsons: Tapped Out for the complete opposite reason: it's just too damn awesome for its own good.

The problem, to put a bit of a finer point on it, is that the "overwhelmingly positive" response to the game has clobbered the servers, resulting in serious connection and lag issues. Players who already have the game will still be able to play, but everyone else will have to wait until EA gets things squared away.

"To ensure current players have the best possible experience, we've temporarily removed The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store to limit the game's server capacity to its current players and address connectivity and lag time issues," EA said in a statement. "As soon as we have resolved these issues to handle greater player capacity, we will return The Simpsons: Tapped Out to the App Store so that even more people can enjoy this 'life-ruiningly fun' game. Meanwhile, thanks to everyone for their patience, and we will provide an update as soon as we have more information to share."

Pulling a game is never a good thing but if it must be done, I suppose this is the best possible reason to do it. There's no word at this point on when the game might return.

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Well that's better than forcing Tapped out players to submit to lag.

Fix it up, adjust for traffic, put it out as fast as possible to capitalize on the popularity.

A much better situation for EA then the Battlefield "game".

Well.... this is a pretty good thing, right?

I mean, a game being Too popular? Never can be a bad thing, right?

Why am I only finding out about this game now?

vrbtny:
Well.... this is a pretty good thing, right?

I mean, a game being Too popular? Never can be a bad thing, right?

well Call of Duty and Halo did become too popular

OT: well... at least it's better news for EA than that Battlefield thing, right? =P

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:
Well.... this is a pretty good thing, right?

I mean, a game being Too popular? Never can be a bad thing, right?

well Call of Duty and Halo did become too popular

True, but I was thinking less along the line of franchises and more of "new" games.

Agree with you on Call of Duty (not necessarily Halo, but Halo Fan-Boy ^-^)

But, I mean, there have been soooo many crud IOS games, it's nice to have a good one. And supporting new developers and such.

Obviously it needs a new version of Origin to run better.

vrbtny:

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:
Well.... this is a pretty good thing, right?

I mean, a game being Too popular? Never can be a bad thing, right?

well Call of Duty and Halo did become too popular

True, but I was thinking less along the line of franchises and more of "new" games.

Agree with you on Call of Duty (not necessarily Halo, but Halo Fan-Boy ^-^)

But, I mean, there have been soooo many crud IOS games, it's nice to have a good one. And supporting new developers and such.

won't talk about the iOS games because I don't have an iOS system so I don't have an opinion on it (it's crazy how expensive iPhones and iPads are down here =P)
and to be honest, Halo at least does have COLORS and some relative LORE to hook you in
so yeah, credit where it's due

teh_Canape:
won't talk about the iOS games because I don't have an iOS system so I don't have an opinion on it (it's crazy how expensive iPhones and iPads are down here =P)
and to be honest, Halo at least does have COLORS and some relative LORE to hook you in
so yeah, credit where it's due

Down where? *Looks down to the side of chair.*

Oh, right. Australia?

And, Yep, Halo Lore is great :) And you don't spend 50% of the gameplay looking down iron sights or hiding behind cover waiting for your head to regrow. Also, you play as a armour-wearing supersoldier, so that's pretty cool.

Also, I love your avatar. Rarity and anime-chick headbumb for the win.

Pull it for a couple days to raise the media and buzz about it, then jack the price up more like it.

Baldr:
Pull it for a couple days to raise the media and buzz about it, then jack the price up more like it.

Exactly. This IS EA we're talking about.

Never heard of this until today. Might check it out if they don't charge 10 for it.

vrbtny:

teh_Canape:
won't talk about the iOS games because I don't have an iOS system so I don't have an opinion on it (it's crazy how expensive iPhones and iPads are down here =P)
and to be honest, Halo at least does have COLORS and some relative LORE to hook you in
so yeah, credit where it's due

Down where? *Looks down to the side of chair.*

Oh, right. Australia?

And, Yep, Halo Lore is great :) And you don't spend 50% of the gameplay looking down iron sights or hiding behind cover waiting for your head to regrow. Also, you play as a armour-wearing supersoldier, so that's pretty cool.

Also, I love your avatar. Rarity and anime-chick headbumb for the win.

actually, Argentina =P

the only downside I see on Halo, though, is that for the most part, it feels like it's the Headquarters or something, where all the internet tough guys and idiots gather to spew stupid bullshit
but hey, so does Call of Bullshit, so I digress
btw, that's Hanako from Katawa Shoujo

That seems like a game I'd actually play. What's it even about?
I'm seeing a lot of hate, but EA has apparently released some really good games on iOS, maybe they're actually not the bad guys this time? Then again, I'm not seeing any of it on Android, so screw 'em!

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:

teh_Canape:
won't talk about the iOS games because I don't have an iOS system so I don't have an opinion on it (it's crazy how expensive iPhones and iPads are down here =P)
and to be honest, Halo at least does have COLORS and some relative LORE to hook you in
so yeah, credit where it's due

Down where? *Looks down to the side of chair.*

Oh, right. Australia?

And, Yep, Halo Lore is great :) And you don't spend 50% of the gameplay looking down iron sights or hiding behind cover waiting for your head to regrow. Also, you play as a armour-wearing supersoldier, so that's pretty cool.

Also, I love your avatar. Rarity and anime-chick headbumb for the win.

actually, Argentina =P

the only downside I see on Halo, though, is that for the most part, it feels like it's the Headquarters or something, where all the internet tough guys and idiots gather to spew stupid bullshit
but hey, so does Call of Bullshit, so I digress
btw, that's Hanako from Katawa Shoujo

Apologies, here in the UK "down under" is the nickname for Australia. Mainly because Australie is supposed to be on the exactly the opposite side of the Earth to us.

Also, it was nice to have another person agree that a major franchise does have some positive points, rather than just "OMG THIS GAME TOTALLY SUCKS. RAWRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

..... ain't ever watched Anime...... well, aside from Highschool of the Dead, because...well..... boobs and Zombies.

vrbtny:
Apologies, here in the UK "down under" is the nickname for Australia. Mainly because Australie is supposed to be on the exactly the opposite side of the Earth to us.

Also, it was nice to have another person agree that a major franchise does have some positive points, rather than just "OMG THIS GAME TOTALLY SUCKS. RAWRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

..... ain't ever watched Anime...... well, aside from Highschool of the Dead, because...well..... boobs and Zombies.

well, honestly, I've only ever played Combat Evolved (say that because the MP I've played of the others wasn't enough to say that I actually did play them =P
that and Combat Evolved is amazing)
also, Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel, not an anime
it's free, so I suggest you giving it a try, as far as I know, it was made by "amateurs" but it has a very professional feel and does character development really well

Let's not confuse popularity with quality.

I am not saying that the game is bad, but it is kind of an undeserved assesment that it is too awesome.

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:
Apologies, here in the UK "down under" is the nickname for Australia. Mainly because Australie is supposed to be on the exactly the opposite side of the Earth to us.

Also, it was nice to have another person agree that a major franchise does have some positive points, rather than just "OMG THIS GAME TOTALLY SUCKS. RAWRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

..... ain't ever watched Anime...... well, aside from Highschool of the Dead, because...well..... boobs and Zombies.

well, honestly, I've only ever played Combat Evolved (say that because the MP I've played of the others wasn't enough to say that I actually did play them =P
that and Combat Evolved is amazing)
also, Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel, not an anime
it's free, so I suggest you giving it a try, as far as I know, it was made by "amateurs" but it has a very professional feel and does character development really well

CE is the best, and has aged.... decently, compared to many other games.

Always willing to try out new things. So.... to da visual novel!!!

vrbtny:

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:
Apologies, here in the UK "down under" is the nickname for Australia. Mainly because Australie is supposed to be on the exactly the opposite side of the Earth to us.

Also, it was nice to have another person agree that a major franchise does have some positive points, rather than just "OMG THIS GAME TOTALLY SUCKS. RAWRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

..... ain't ever watched Anime...... well, aside from Highschool of the Dead, because...well..... boobs and Zombies.

well, honestly, I've only ever played Combat Evolved (say that because the MP I've played of the others wasn't enough to say that I actually did play them =P
that and Combat Evolved is amazing)
also, Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel, not an anime
it's free, so I suggest you giving it a try, as far as I know, it was made by "amateurs" but it has a very professional feel and does character development really well

CE is the best, and has aged.... decently, compared to many other games.

Always willing to try out new things. So.... to da visual novel!!!

yeah aging tends to play against so many good games
such as Deus Ex or System Shock 2 =P

What are the odds it gets chopped up into DLC packs?

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:

teh_Canape:

well, honestly, I've only ever played Combat Evolved (say that because the MP I've played of the others wasn't enough to say that I actually did play them =P
that and Combat Evolved is amazing)
also, Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel, not an anime
it's free, so I suggest you giving it a try, as far as I know, it was made by "amateurs" but it has a very professional feel and does character development really well

CE is the best, and has aged.... decently, compared to many other games.

Always willing to try out new things. So.... to da visual novel!!!

yeah aging tends to play against so many good games
such as Deus Ex or System Shock 2 =P

Totally. It is why I still play BattleFront II or NightFire... or Battle for Middle Earth.

Also, downloading that visual novel now :)

It better be worth it O_o

vrbtny:

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:

CE is the best, and has aged.... decently, compared to many other games.

Always willing to try out new things. So.... to da visual novel!!!

yeah aging tends to play against so many good games
such as Deus Ex or System Shock 2 =P

Totally. It is why I still play BattleFront II or NightFire... or Battle for Middle Earth.

Also, downloading that visual novel now :)

It better be worth it O_o

it's free, so it's not like you're losing anything, right? =P

Bradeck:
What are the odds it gets chopped up into DLC packs?

Bout 100%. And when the game is re-added to the store, it'll cost 5x as much. There will also be a 'premium' edition that costs even more but allows you access to the better servers.

vrbtny:

teh_Canape:
won't talk about the iOS games because I don't have an iOS system so I don't have an opinion on it (it's crazy how expensive iPhones and iPads are down here =P)
and to be honest, Halo at least does have COLORS and some relative LORE to hook you in
so yeah, credit where it's due

Down where? *Looks down to the side of chair.*

Oh, right. Australia?...

Well... They aren't exactly what you would call cheap... The iPod Touch 4th gen 8GB model is sold here for $219 AUD, that is the cheapest! The most expensive iOS device over here is the iPhone 4S 64GB model at $999 AUD! Who would pay $1k for a phone???

Sylveria:

Bradeck:
What are the odds it gets chopped up into DLC packs?

Bout 100%. And when the game is re-added to the store, it'll cost 5x as much. There will also be a 'premium' edition that costs even more but allows you access to the better servers.

Also, iOrigin will now be required to play.

Speaking of which, how is iTunes method of selling stuff not restrictive, but Steam is?

Stupid sexy video game!

Why do I suspect that it will return to the app store very soon and with a tripled pricetag?

vrbtny:
Well.... this is a pretty good thing, right?

I mean, a game being Too popular? Never can be a bad thing, right?

Well, yes and no, I wouldn't be surprised if pulling it is being done in part to find some other methods to make money off of it. I wouldn't be surprised if EA was looking at the game's popularity, and deciding they released it for too little money, and pulled it so they can find some way to make more money off of it given that there is still demand to buy it.

I wouldn't be surprised if it costs more when it goes back up.

I could be wrong, but it's just a suspician.

Be amazing if EA realised it's selling partly because it's of a low price tag and didn't screw with it. Steam's proved this enough times, when they've done 80% off a game and it's sold far far more than the five times more needed to recoup the discount.

Come on EA, be sensible and take the money, while not pissing off a whole new swathe of people who haven't heard about your evil yet.

Taking it all at face value however, it's a great move by EA, actually caring about the quality of the game experience enough to risk some bad feedback to make it better.

There's always going to be entitled gamers, and if they have to wait a few days to buy the game they want, well, it'll still be there in a few days, and it's not the only game in the world.

Baldr:
Pull it for a couple days to raise the media and buzz about it, then jack the price up more like it.

Those were my thoughts exactly. I know it's cynical but I assumed they realized it was super popular and decided to raise the price. Of course the free publicity they're getting now doesn't hurt either.

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:
Well.... this is a pretty good thing, right?

I mean, a game being Too popular? Never can be a bad thing, right?

well Call of Duty and Halo did become too popular

OT: well... at least it's better news for EA than that Battlefield thing, right? =P

How exactly are those two game franchises "too popular"? No one is hurt by them, they keep thousands of people in jobs supporting their family's, millions upon millions of people play and enjoy them, and they have even managed to bring a lot of people into the gaming fold. Don't like them? Don't play them. Oh yes, too popular indeed. Whatever will you do.

Don't bother with the 'games get dumbed down/copied too much, blahblahblah' either. One look at my Steam library will show you near on one hundred RPGs and indie games that have nothing to do with brown shooters. Another look at the FPS genre will also reveal to you a thriving assortment of colours and styles, from future-punk to WW1, magic to tech, hyper real to cartoonishly over the top.

I really hate the fad of being against big things.

DVS BSTrD:
Well that's better than forcing Tapped out players to submit to lag.

...

I GET IT!!!

OT: Well, that's kinda stupid. This doesn't seem like the logical thing to do in this situation.

sir.rutthed:

DVS BSTrD:
Well that's better than forcing Tapped out players to submit to lag.

...

I GET IT!!!

OT: Well, that's kinda stupid. This doesn't seem like the logical thing to do in this situation.

Good work
You get a cookie

Grey Day for Elcia:

teh_Canape:

vrbtny:
Well.... this is a pretty good thing, right?

I mean, a game being Too popular? Never can be a bad thing, right?

well Call of Duty and Halo did become too popular

OT: well... at least it's better news for EA than that Battlefield thing, right? =P

How exactly are those two game franchises "too popular"? No one is hurt by them, they keep thousands of people in jobs supporting their family's, millions upon millions of people play and enjoy them, and they have even managed to bring a lot of people into the gaming fold. Don't like them? Don't play them. Oh yes, too popular indeed. Whatever will you do.

Don't bother with the 'games get dumbed down/copied too much, blahblahblah' either. One look at my Steam library will show you near on one hundred RPGs and indie games that have nothing to do with brown shooters. Another look at the FPS genre will also reveal to you a thriving assortment of colours and styles, from future-punk to WW1, magic to tech, hyper real to cartoonishly over the top.

I really hate the fad of being against big things.

it was supposed to be a really bad joke about hating popular things makes you cool
I don't hate any of both franchises, I already noted the good things from Halo, and the ones of CoD are that it has good controls and a pretty addictive multiplayer, along with a pretty cinematic campaign mode

as for the dumbing down, there is some in CoD and you can't deny
compare both the first one and any of the post-MW ones and you will see
but as long as it's playable, it's fine

is it clear now?

 

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