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Friday, March 8, 2013

SimCity: One Minute Review

SimCity is one of my favorite video game franchises of all time, and this newest iteration has tons of features that I dreamed about when I played the older versions. It's also very pretty to look at.

I will not, nor will I ever, buy this game.

When people talk about what's wrong with video games today, they're usually my age and whining about gamers focusing on achievements and single-player campaigns that play like extra-long tutorials.

But they're wrong. That isn't what's wrong with video games today. SimCity is what's wrong. Forcing your players to log onto a server for a single-player experience is what's wrong. Inevitably nuking your game in a few years by shutting down the servers so your loyal customers will be forced to buy the next iteration and never again play the old one is what's wrong.

Franchise loyalty is also what's wrong. In my Utopian future, gamers will never pre-order. They will play demos and pay attention to reviews before they buy anything. And when this happens, the quality of video games will shoot through the fucking roof.

(This was supposed to just be an embedded video. Then it got out of hand.)

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