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SimCity is headed to the big Apple, not to be confused with the Big Apple (New York City). We're talking about the Mac platform, with availability scheduled for June 11, 2013, Electronic Arts (EA) announced in a forum post today. For those who already own the PC version of SimCity, they'll receive the Mac version at no additional cost, and vice versa. Why won't the Mac version be available sooner? EA says Maxis is creating a native version optimized for Mac OS X as opposed to a simple port, hence the June launch. There will be standard and Digital Deluxe versions, both of which will be available in digital download form only. Perhaps the greatest news is that SimCity will support cross-platform... Read more...
Electronic Arts beat out AT&T, Ticketmaster, and several other companies to advance to the semifinals in the Consumerist's annual "Worst Company in America" award, as voted by the people (an anti-popularity contest, if you will). If EA pulls out a victory, it will repeat as Grand Champion of the not-so-prestigious award, and if you think companies aren't paying attention to the results, think again. Peter Moore, chief operating officer at EA, penned a blog post in defense of the company he works for, stating that "the tallest trees catch the most wind." Beyond deep thoughts, Moore points out that this is the same poll that last year voted EA a worse company than ones responsible for the biggest... Read more...
PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, confirmed on Wednesday that a sequel to its hugely popular (and highly addicting) Plants vs. Zombies tower defense game is in the works and slated to launch in "early summer." Details are sparse, with the only thing PopCap Games willing to divulge at this point is the title, which is (insert drum roll here)... Plants vs. Zombies 2! The original PvZ game featured a variety of zombies (or "walkers," as many people now know them as) intent on crossing your lawn, destroying your plants, and breaking into your home in search for tasty brains. An earlier press release promised the sequel would see a spring release, though that's obviously now been pushed... Read more...
Electronic Arts may still be smarting from its less-than-stellar launch of SimCity, but the videogame giant has more tricks up its sleeve. It’ll be looking for a win with Fuse, the long-awaited FPS that has you fighting your way through a mess of baddies with a team of elite fighters. The game is expected to be available May 28 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A look at the action in Fuse. Image credit: Insomniac Games Unlike the typical FPS, which has you flexing the trigger finger of a single warrior, Fuse puts you in charge of the whole team and lets you switch from one fighter to another. If you’ve ever been told you have a penchant for micromanaging, this game might be right up... Read more...
Rest up, soldier, Battlefield 4  is nearing release. Electronic Arts has begun sending out invitations to the press for a Battlefield 4 press event scheduled for March 26, 2013, one which will "celebrate a new era" of the popular gaming franchise. It will take place during the 2013 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, an event that runs from March 25 through 29. A leaked image similar in style to Battlefield 3 suggests a modern day setting for Battlefield 4. It's unknown if the image is real, though it does look strikingly similar to the official teaser invitation. The image depicts an armored soldier running in the rain wielding a pistol and sniper rifle, with several tanks... Read more...
Electronics Arts over the weekend announced that it's been able to improve server response time by 40x for its new SimCity title, thus reducing serving server downtime due to its decision to incorporate a DRM scheme that requires a persistent Internet connection. Not a moment too soon, EA also noted that the number of SimCity players has doubled since the title launched. There's still more work to be done. "The situation is good, but not good enough," said Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager of EA's Maxis Label. "And since my boss is one of the negatively affected (!) - we’re still driving hard to get everyone online, playing together, and no hitches. "Tens of thousands of new players are logging... Read more...
If nothing else, give Electronics Arts (EA) credit for acknowledging how "dumb" it was to not be fully prepared for the demand its SimCity game would attract, given that the publisher is insisting on a DRM scheme that requires an always-on Internet connection. Unfortunately, that's not where the boneheaded decisions end, that's just the beginning. To make matters worse, EA offered frustrated gamers a refund, only to renege on that promise. If you're a publisher wondering how not to launch a product, just follow EA's lead on this one. All that said, EA is at least attempting to make nice with angry gamers, first with a candid explanation of what went wrong, followed by a free game offer. "So what... Read more...
The problem with DRM schemes is they tend to punish honest paying customers with a level of inconvenience that's annoying at best, and crippling at worst. Every once in awhile we're reminded of this, such as the current server SNAFU that's affecting SimCity, an otherwise well-received game with favorable reviews. Electronics Arts (EA) is a big proponent of DRM, and when you load SimCity, it has to first check in with the mother ship to make verify you're not a digital pirate. After that, it requires an always-on connection. Fair enough, but if you're going to go through the trouble of attempting to weed out unscrupulous users who may have obtained the game through illicit means, you better make... Read more...
It's a tossup between Linux and Mac as to which is the red-headed stepchild of computer gaming, though things are improving on both platforms. As it pertains to the latter, Electronic Arts announced the official launch of its Origin game distribution service to Mac, giving Apple users access to many of the same features found on Origin for Windows, including cloud storage to save/continue games and social connectivity via a friends list. "One new feature will be of particular interest for gamers who play on both PC and Mac machines: dual-platform play. For select EA games (that are available on both PC and Mac), you can buy a title once on Origin, and when you log into Origin on either Mac or... Read more...
PC gamers are in for a treat. I can confidently say that after watching the latest Dead Space 3 trailer, which looks every bit as spooky as fans of the franchise were hoping, but also features great voice acting and sound effects. In the event Dead Space 3 turns out to be a turd, it will have nothing to do with cinematics or the ambiance. Developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts, Dead Space 3 is a survival-based third-person shooter that follows protagonists Isaac Clarke and Sergeant John Carver as they battle reanimated human corpses on a frozen planet called Tau Volantis. There will be two ways to play the game: alone as Clarke or in co-op mode. The trailer shows both types... Read more...
If you've been around computer games for awhile, you may remember building sprawling cities on an Apple system way back in the day (when you weren't crossing the Oregon Trail, that is). Well, SimCity is heading back to the Mac platform six months from now, Electronics Arts announced today. "Whether you owned a Macintosh or a DOS PC, we all have memories of laying down zones and reticulating splines from our youth," said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA’s Maxis Label. :To the millions of SimCity fans out there, we’ve been listening and can proudly say that your calls have been answered. SimCity has a long legacy on the Mac and the team at Maxis is ensuring... Read more...
Years ago, you could walk into a computer store like Software Etc. and browse aisles and aisles of computer games and software. And today? Well, if you're a fan of boxed PC games, then taking trips to your local GameStop is a quick way to end up depressed, as the PC titles in most locations have been demoted to a single rack. Digital distribution is the wave of the future, and as far as Electronic Arts is concerned, that's where the focus should be. EA has said before that it believes digital downloads will overtake boxed game sales in the future, and lest anyone forgot, company COO Peter Moore recently reiterated that belief in an interview. According to Moore, that time is fast approaching.... Read more...
Game developer Zynga has made a fortune in part by altering existing game concepts into their own creations, such as Words With Friends (an obvious take on Scrabble, with a social twist and other elements that are Zynga's own). As far as Electronic Arts is concerned, however, Zynga went too far with The Ville, which EA claims infringes its Facebook game The Sims Social. "Zynga's design choices, animations, visual arrangements, and character motions and actions have been directly lifted from The Sims Social," said Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of EA's Maxis label. From Zynga's legal vantage point, EA is off its rocker on this one. Zynga claims The Ville is just another game in its Ville franchise,... Read more...
We don't know if Electronics Arts' upcoming update for Battlefield 3 qualifies as the mother of all game patches, but it's certainly in contention for the update crown. EA said the update, which will roll out on June 4-5, is "a big one," an understatement of epic proportion, considering the multitude of tweaks, changes, enhancements, and fixes included within. "The next Battlefield 3 update goes live June 4-5 on all formats. As usual, the period between the last update and this upcoming one has been spent listening to our community, tweaking parameters, balancing performance, and eliminating issues that we have found with your help," EA announced in a blog post. "In short, the June update will... Read more...
Which company do you loathe more to do business with, Electronic Arts or Bank of America? They're two very different operations, but nevertheless, both companies advanced to a 'championship' round of sorts in an annual poll by The Consumerist to determine the Worst Company in America. When the dust settled from more than 250,000 votes, Electronic Arts emerged victorious, if you want to call it that, winning the comically titled '2012 Golden Poo' award (we're guessing it doesn't smell like roses). "To those who might sneer at something as 'non-essential' as a video game company winning the Worst Company In America vote: It's that exact kind of attitude that allows people to ignore the complaints... Read more...
We're big fans of full contact Football and, up through the 1980s, Basketball could be considered a contact sport until the NBA decided that that league's multimillion dollar Basketball  stars shouldn't be so much as sneezed on when driving to the basket (seriously, is the NBA really more entertaining without these kind of hard fouls?). But full contact Bingo? That's a new one to us, though not to Electronic Arts, which apparently decided to file trademark applications for the term earlier this month. EA submitted two separate applications for Full Contact Bingo (serial numbers 85560267 and 85560275), one that applies to "Entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game;... Read more...
PopCap Games has been acquired by Electronic Arts (EA), as had been rumored some time ago. Originally, the offer was thought to be $1 billion, but the actual deal price turns out to be $750 million. PopCap had previously said it was looking toward an IPO, in the October timeframe. The two companies, quite naturally, lauded the other party quite a bit in released statements. EA CEO John Riccitiello said, “EA and PopCap are a compelling combination. PopCap’s great studio talent and powerful IP add to EA’s momentum and accelerate our drive towards a $1 billion digital business. EA’s global studio and publishing network will help PopCap rapidly expand their business to more... Read more...
PopCap Games, creator of well-known and popular casual games such as Bejeweled, Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies, is about to be acquired, according to a new report. The price is a cool $1 billion, according to multiple sources. That's right, $1 billion.  With a $1 billion price, which could be as high as a 10x multiple (with PopCap's revenue estimated at about $100 - $150 million), the most obvious choice, Zynga, was out of the running. The price was simply too rich for its blood.  So who was the big winner?  Other names bandied around included Google, Disney, and Activision.  Activision is the large gaming company without a stable of casual games, and with a  market... Read more...
If you're a fan of Razer's peripherals and EA's catalog of games (and in particular Battlefield 3, Dragon Age II, and Mass Effect 3), this just might be the happiest day of your life, other than that one wild night at college when...never mind about that. So what makes today the second best day of your life? Razer and EA are joining forces to deliver co-branded, licensed gaming peripherals themed after the aforementioned titles. "We expect nothing but the best gaming equipment to complement our major entertainment franchises," said Patrick J. O’Brien, Vice President of EA Entertainment, Electronic Arts. "Razer’s excellent track record in producing phenomenal gaming peripherals makes... Read more...
Tetris. Just the mere mention of the world gets most gamers in a tizzy, even if it's the only puzzle game that they're ever been attracted to, or even played. With over 100 million copies sold in one form or another, there's no question that Tetris has been a runaway hit, and now it's coming to even more gamers. Just when you thought a retro game may finally be reaching its end of days, Electronic Arts and Blue Planet Software have joined to release Tetris for the PlayStation Network. This means that millions of PS3 owners will now have the opportunity to download and play the game with crisp 1080p high-definition graphics, 5.1 surround sound and online multiplayer with other Tetris lovers around... Read more...
EA Announces New Ship Date for The Sims 3 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., February 3, 2009 - Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that The Sims 3, the highly-anticipated flagship game from the best-selling PC franchise, The Sims will launch across the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch and mobile devices summer 2009. The Sims 3 PC will ship to store shelves worldwide starting June 2, 2009."The Sims 3 is an incredible game that lets you play with life, create art and show off your creations," said Ben Bell, Executive Producer, The Sims 3. "In the game, players are inspired by endless creative possibilities like the new Traits and Lifetime Wish features which allow players to create Sims with real... Read more...
The Wii Fit is all the rage these days. Selling like hotcakes, it was only a matter of time before another company tried their hand at virtual fitness. The first up to the plate is video game giant Electronic Arts. EA has unveiled its take on fitness. Unlike the "eastern" oriented Wii Fit, which focuses on balance and stretching, this "western" styled fitness game takes a more cardiovascular approach to fitness.  EA Sports President Peter Moore has geared the game towards women, especially mothers, and aims to give people a more strenuous workout by distracting them with the fun of video games, yet still get them to sweat. "It can't feel like a workout," he said, "the team has to figure... Read more...
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