SimCity Apology Offers One Of Eight Free Games

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SimCity Apology Offers One Of Eight Free Games

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Still upset over the SimCity debacle? EA hopes to soothe your rage by offering a free copy of one of its recent hits.

At this point, I probably don't need to remind you all of the controversy that sprung up immediately following the release of SimCity, suffice to say that the game did not work as advertised on launch and many prospective fans were quite miffed, not only by their inability to play a title they'd shelled out their hard-earned cash for, but also by EA's response to the outrage. It was only a few days ago that the company officially acknowledged that it had made a grievous error in its handling of the situation, but now that everyone is on the same page the mega-publisher hopes to win back a bit of the fan affection it lost by handing out free copies of a number of its most popular, recent games.

This morning EA announced exactly which games would be employed in this mea culpa scheme. Have a look:

    Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
    Bejeweled 3
    Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
    Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
    Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition)
    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
    Plants vs. Zombies
    SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

That's a solid list of undeniably good games, but you'll notice that many of them feature qualifiers reading "Standard Edition." This means that if you were to select, say, Battlefield 3, the version of the game you would receive for free would be the initial, launch version of the game. This includes none of the downloadable additions released following the game's launch. This is especially crucial to note in the case of games like Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 whose current incarnations consist largely of post-release DLC. Using Battlefield 3 as an ongoing example, if you were to walk into a GameStop right this minute you'd find two very different versions of the game sitting on store shelves, the Standard Edition and the Premium Edition. The latter includes all of the game's DLC content and is priced at $60, while the former does not and will only set you back $40 (or $20 if you opt for the pre-owned version). The iteration of Mass Effect 3 on offer features a similar scheme, only GameStop lists the Standard Edition of the game at a mere $20 brand new.

The key point here is that instead of offering its latest, greatest games which could only otherwise be had by shelling out full retail prices, EA is instead hoping to make up for its mishandling of SimCity by granting players free access to the least expensive versions of what are otherwise quality games. It's just a nice bonus for the company's bottom line if suddenly owning these free titles pushes players to purchase downloadable additions for the titles (of which there are many).

As a further caveat, players are only able to select the PC versions of the above-listed games, and will need to have a functional Origin account to download the free titles. Yes, before you ask, this makes the total cost of distribution shouldered by EA for this scheme effectively $0.

That said, these are still free games, and I'm not about to gaze into the abyssal maw of a gift horse. If you're still interested in picking up a free title, full instructions on how to redeem your gift are available on EA's support site. Assuming you've authenticated your copy of SimCity within Origin, once the promotion begins -- EA claims that "everyone worldwide will have access no later than 5:00PM PST on March 22 and will have until March 30 at 11:59PM PST to redeem" -- you need simply fire up the client to find a pop-up window with a link allowing you to select and download whichever one of those games you prefer. Say what you will of EA, but the company has made it exceedingly simple to take advantage of this free game offer.

Source: EA

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If I buy SimCity right now will I basically get Dead Space 3 for free, or was it only for people who have previously authenticated their game?

Not really the best selection of games. I dislike FPSs and racing games and already own ME3, so the choice would be between Plants vs Zombies or SimCity 4 (which is great for the irony value).

This is the same stunt sony pulled after their snafu with the PSN hack; apologizing by offering free games, which, coincidentally, have sequels coming out next month. That's not an apology, that's salvaging the situation by salvaging some more money from your pockets. they could at least try being a bit more subtle about it. Hey, how about this? give away the full edition of quality games and generate some goodwill so that people will want to buy the next game you release? god knows you could use it...

I've been looking at getting most wanted for awhile now, free sounds like a good price thanks EA *zoink*

Nghtgnt:
Not really the best selection of games. I dislike FPSs and racing games and already own ME3, so the choice would be between Plants vs Zombies or SimCity 4 (which is great for the irony value).

As stated above, NFS: MW isn't a bad choice.

I can't wait to hear about the dl servers going down from too many people downloading games.

I like that you saw both angles of this, as it clearly costs them zilch but gives them possible revenue by only giving out the basic editions of those games that generally have poop loads of DLC.

still, free is free i suppose, enjoy your free game simcity buyers!

Last I checked Simcity 4 didn't work on windows 7. All the others seem like "buy our DLC!!!!" games.

Worgen:
I can't wait to hear about the dl servers going down from too many people downloading games.

"in response for the Origin Servers being unable to handle to unforseen demand for the free game EA has offered in lieu of the SimCity 2013 launch, EA has offered one free DLC pack for a game of your choice."

nah, would never happen, no one in EA has ever heard of free DLC.

also, lol, offering SimCity 4 because the new one was bad.

synobal:
Last I checked Simcity 4 didn't work on windows 7. All the others seem like "buy our DLC!!!!" games.

have SimCity 4, and Windows 7.

Semi-Stable, just make sure compatibility mode is turned on and the right resolution is chosen.

Floppertje:
This is the same stunt sony pulled after their snafu with the PSN hack; apologizing by offering free games, which, coincidentally, have sequels coming out next month.

Must have missed that Dead Nation sequel. Even the DLC didn't come out until I had beaten the game like four times.

Man, I should go look for that sequel.

I'm waiting for EA to crash and burn. They clearly have a large "casual" audience that keep them ticking over buying the rehashed sport franchises over and over, the people who were surprised sim city turned out to be unplayable. Eventually though, even the least attentive customer is going to start to notice the massive shafting that comes with every EA game these days. At some point they are going to run out of customers. I'm sure as they go down they will be screaming about the filthy pirates and how they did EA in.

synobal:
Last I checked Simcity 4 didn't work on windows 7. All the others seem like "buy our DLC!!!!" games.

I've played it on Steam on my Windows 7 computer.

synobal:
Last I checked Simcity 4 didn't work on windows 7. All the others seem like "buy our DLC!!!!" games.

Never had issues with SimCity 3000 or 4 on Windows 7 64bit, unlike SimCity 2013 ironically....

Okay, I've ruled these ones out:
Bejeweled 3 - I do not like bejeweled
Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition) - Story driven, I did not finish (nor particularly like) the first one, haven't played 2.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition) - This game is shit.
Plants vs. Zombies - Already have it on Steam
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition - Already have it on Steam

That leaves these:
Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Standard Edition)

So which game should I choose? I haven't touched the Battlefield series except for Battlefield Heroes, which I liked. I haven't played any Dead Space games (do they need to be played in order?). I absolutely loved Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, but I'm concerned Need for Speed: Most Wanted might not have enough new to offer.

Any suggestions?

P.S. Thanks

P.P.S. >inb4 "you should choose to demand a refund hurr hurr", I already bought the game and I wouldn't even consider a refund if EA were offering 'em, on the off chance mods (or a new CEO) eventually fix it. This game may feel unfinished, but it's got a solid foundation that just needs DRM removal and fleshing out.

Kalezian:

Worgen:
I can't wait to hear about the dl servers going down from too many people downloading games.

"in response for the Origin Servers being unable to handle to unforseen demand for the free game EA has offered in lieu of the SimCity 2013 launch, EA has offered one free DLC pack for a game of your choice."

nah, would never happen, no one in EA has ever heard of free DLC.

*Looks at every single multiplayer for Mass Effect 3 being free*

They barely do it, but when backed into a corner they will use it.

OT: The only games I don't have that I am interested in are ironically SimCity 4 and possibly Dead Space 3, but I never played the first two.

God knows I would never want to get Warfighter.

So in order to make up for EA's terrible service, they are allowing affected customers to suffer some more under ever more of their terribly serviced games with Origin. Nice.

    Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
    Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
    Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition)

Let's placate people by letting have their pick of all the other franchises we ruined!

Zachary Amaranth:

Floppertje:
This is the same stunt sony pulled after their snafu with the PSN hack; apologizing by offering free games, which, coincidentally, have sequels coming out next month.

Must have missed that Dead Nation sequel. Even the DLC didn't come out until I had beaten the game like four times.

Man, I should go look for that sequel.

alright, wipeout and dead nation didn't. but it's not like they were expensive to begin with so it hardly cost sony anything to give them away. you kinda missed the point there. Infamous, Little Big Planet and Ratchet & Clank were the only big titles they offerend and all three had sequels coming out in 2011. no way that's a coincidence.

synobal:
Last I checked Simcity 4 didn't work on windows 7. All the others seem like "buy our DLC!!!!" games.

I willing to bet there is some way to get SC4 to work on Windows 7. EA maybe "Evil"(though I don't consider them so), but they aren't going to offer a free game that isn't going to work. If Origin doesn't give the person a patch that allows it to work on W7, I would say there is one out there on the Internets that will do the trick.

If I can play old DOS games on my PC, with a special free program(DOS BOX), then there is something out there for SC4.

On the second part:

Why can't people look at it from the normal perspective of, "At least I'm getting a FREE game out if it". Granted you won't get multiplayer, but you are perfectly able to play the single player without DLC.

People should be grateful EA gave them anything at all, cause EA didn't have to do jack. Though I keep forgetting that there are too many glass half empty people out there.

I actually wish I had bought SC5 when it launched, a minor bit of annoyance from my first purchase is an amazing price to get another game.

Worgen:
I can't wait to hear about the dl servers going down from too many people downloading games.

Let's be honest here, half a dozen people would probably stress the Origin servers.

Friend of mine tipped me off about ME3 being on the list. Basically the only reason I got SimCity. Found it for 40$. ME3 is worth 15$ at a discount store so all in all 40$ for two games that will both betray me SimCity at launch and ME3 at the end? Quite the deal.

Though this really is just a PR stunt to ship more SimCity copies. You have like till march 22nd to get your copy registered. That's a MASSIVE time window for an "apology".

I genuinely hope that most people grab SimCity 4 from this as it'd set the message that yes, people do want SimCity; just not a broken-ass multiplayer-only version of it that everyone has been bitching about. Seriously, if you complained about SimCity 2013 after buying it then this may be the best way to get your point across. DO IT!

"Gift Certificate Apology"

Sure, it looks like a kind and fair gesture, but it's an old trick to not only keep a customer's business and (usually) them legally entangled but here it also ties the recipient more closely to EA's service system (Origin).

To put it another way:
With a refund, a customer could rightly reject the bad business that warrants an apology to begin with and do something else with that money. (logic suggests that money would most likely go to a similar product; like a competitor's)

But with this, they get to keep the customer's money (which is especially important to them this time of the fiscal year), AND take the customer's continued business as justification for their stupid scheme. Who knows? Maybe enough customers will forgive them and stumble head-first into the next game that pulls the same kind of shit again.

(Before some apologist comes into whine about how I'm only picking on EA here. I) They are the only subject of the topic, it's kind of implied. But II) EA are by no means the first company to employ this, nor will they be the last.)

Caveat Emptor

Covarr:

That leaves these:
Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Standard Edition)

So which game should I choose?

Battlefield 3 is IMO the top of the heap as far as military shooters go, its far better paced and balanced than CoD tends to be, and the vehicular combat and large maps add a lot of depth, that said if you don't like military FPSs there is nothing here for you, and the campaign and Co-Op are awful even by genera standards.

Dead Space 3 is a third person "horror" shooter that plays a bit like a much better RE4 with controls that aren't terrible. As for the story, the game starts with a recap of the past games IIRC but you still might be a bit lost, although if you enjoy DS3 you can pick up the first two cheap, and 2 is the best in the series so that's worth checking out. Overall I love the franchise but I recommend you approach it as a tense third person shooter with a horror setting, because if you look at it as a true "horror game" and expect to be scared you are gonna end up disappointed.

P.P.S. >inb4 "you should choose to demand a refund hurr hurr", I already bought the game and I wouldn't even consider a refund if EA were offering 'em, on the off chance mods (or a new CEO) eventually fix it. This game may feel unfinished, but it's got a solid foundation that just needs DRM removal and fleshing out.

I think I love you.

DVS BSTrD:

    Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
    Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
    Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition)

Let's placate people by letting have their pick of all the other franchises we ruined!

ME3 was amazing up till the last 15 minutes, DS3 is excellent and doesnt change all that much from 2 I have no idea why people hate it so much other than the negative hype, and Metal of Honor was never good. Can we stop with the "EA RUINS EVERYTHING WHHHAAAA" nonsense?

OT: ITT some people complain about free shit, cuz "EA IS EVILLLLLLLLL" While others react reasonably.

Welp, I was correct. All first party titles that will cost them absolutely nothing, and offering a better simcity to boot!

Phishfood:
I'm waiting for EA to crash and burn. They clearly have a large "casual" audience that keep them ticking over buying the rehashed sport franchises over and over, the people who were surprised sim city turned out to be unplayable. Eventually though, even the least attentive customer is going to start to notice the massive shafting that comes with every EA game these days. At some point they are going to run out of customers. I'm sure as they go down they will be screaming about the filthy pirates and how they did EA in.

Yeah! Then all you HARDCORE gamers can have all the gaming to themselves! Fuck those casuals! Boo! But what would you whinge about? Oh.... You'd still whinge and whinge and whinge...

DVS BSTrD:

    Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
    Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
    Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition)

Let's placate people by letting have their pick of all the other franchises we ruined!

And forget that they also helped create them at the same time those evil fuckers!

Floppertje:
This is the same stunt sony pulled after their snafu with the PSN hack; apologizing by offering free games, which, coincidentally, have sequels coming out next month. That's not an apology, that's salvaging the situation by salvaging some more money from your pockets. they could at least try being a bit more subtle about it. Hey, how about this? give away the full edition of quality games and generate some goodwill so that people will want to buy the next game you release? god knows you could use it...

Oh yes, because even when EA gives out free games as an apology for a serious fuck up, its somehow a giant conspiracy theory to get into your wallet. Lets look at the number of sequels to the games on this list, shall we?

Battlefield does have a sequel
Bejeweled does not have a planned sequel
Dead Space does not.
Mass Effect does, but its not coming out in 2013
MoH has been canned due to poor Warfighter sales
No sequel for Need for Speed
Plants vs. Zombies- no sequel, but Popcap is rumored to be working on it.
Simcity 4: Well, there is a sequel, but it just came out and its coincidentally the game that's giving away one of these goodies.

So when you count everything up, its 2 games with confirmed sequels, 1 with an unconfirmed sequel, and 5 with no sequel. Yep, this is all a giant conspiracy to get you to buy future sequels to these games, grab your pitchforks everyone!

Unbelievable, people already are getting a pretty damn good selection of games (excluding Doorfighter and Bejeweled), and even then it isn't enough goodwill for some people, because they aren't handing out GOTY editions.

    Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
    Bejeweled 3
    Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
    Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
    Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition)
    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
    Plants vs. Zombies
    SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

That's a solid list of undeniably good games

Hmm....

Anyway, it's nice to see PopCap games along side their bigger brethren.

Mypetmonkey:

DVS BSTrD:

    Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
    Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
    Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Standard Edition)

Let's placate people by letting have their pick of all the other franchises we ruined!

And forget that they also helped create them at the same time those evil fuckers!

Oh really? EA developed those games? It didn't just publish them?

I find myself slightly amused that this list includes a game they gave away for free last Halloween and the previous game in the series (which actually, by most reports, worked.)

And Warfighter. Ho. Talk about a backhanded apology.

Still, there's a decent list of offerings there, some of which still sell for a good $40, so I'm willing to consider that their intentions were at least in the right place.

DVS BSTrD:

Mypetmonkey:

DVS BSTrD:
Let's placate people by letting have their pick of all the other franchises we ruined!

And forget that they also helped create them at the same time those evil fuckers!

Oh really? EA developed those games? It didn't just publish them?

No publisher no game...

But don't worry... Continue to shit on them and ignore that... Whatever works for you.

carlh267:

Floppertje:
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Oh yes, because even when EA gives out free games as an apology for a serious fuck up, its somehow a giant conspiracy theory to get into your wallet. Lets look at the number of sequels to the games on this list, shall we?

Battlefield does have a sequel
Bejeweled does not have a planned sequel
Dead Space does not.
Mass Effect does, but its not coming out in 2013
MoH has been canned due to poor Warfighter sales
No sequel for Need for Speed
Plants vs. Zombies- no sequel, but Popcap is rumored to be working on it.
Simcity 4: Well, there is a sequel, but it just came out and its coincidentally the game that's giving away one of these goodies.

So when you count everything up, its 2 games with confirmed sequels, 1 with an unconfirmed sequel, and 5 with no sequel. Yep, this is all a giant conspiracy to get you to buy future sequels to these games, grab your pitchforks everyone!

Unbelievable, people already are getting a pretty damn good selection of games (excluding Doorfighter and Bejeweled), and even then it isn't enough goodwill for some people, because they aren't handing out GOTY editions.

What, you need more evidence that EA is about as subtle as a rhino with a wrecking ball?
the games don't need to have sequels, they all have a ton of dlc that you have to buy to get the full experience. as for casual games and stuff that came out 10 years ago... they don't count for the same reason it wouldn't count if they were handing out keychains...
what is it costing them to give you these? nothing, because it's just a download. just as it would cost them nothing to give the full game. Don't take this as greed on my part though, I have no horse in this race because i didn't buy simcity to begin with so i'm not getting anything. I'm just calling them as I see them, and the way i see it, EA has some terrible business practices. before you say that i just think they can't do anything right, I think they can (although they won't). stop with the bullshit DRM, stop twisting developer's arms to make their games fit in your business model and sell games on their own merit. if they can do that, i'll buy it, say 'thank you' and get the dlc too when it comes out.

Their handling of SimCity at launch was terrible, and their business practices are generally crappy. All is not forgiven, but come on...this is a DAMN fine apology. Deal with buggy servers for a few days and get a full priced game, possibly one released last MONTH, for free? So what if it is games with DLC, you can play the games without DLC, and if you want the DLC, clearly you wanted to play it in the first place. That is a HUGE compensation for being stalled from playing Simcity for a few days. I can play other games for a week if it means getting $40-$60 worth of free stuff.

If this is how they apologize for crappy launches, then I sincerely hope they botch more launches.

Hey remember that time Activision/Blizzard had that always online Diablo 3 thing??

Yeah.... Remember what they did to compensate that.... You know... Basically saying "Fuck You Customer"... Yeah that was heaps better! Herpa derpa derpa EA bad derpa doo daa day!

Mypetmonkey:
Hey remember that time Activision/Blizzard had that always online Diablo 3 thing??

Yeah.... Remember what they did to compensate that.... You know... Basically saying "Fuck You Customer"... Yeah that was heaps better! Herpa derpa derpa EA bad derpa doo daa day!

I was offered (and accepted) free wow time >.>...

Since I play wow I was happy with it.

They also gave me 1 or 2 year (I forget which) subscriptions to gaming magazines and all their purchase pets when their magazine closed.

All in all Blizzard has done right by me 90% of the time. Diablo 3 overall being the other 10%.

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