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  1. Seems like I may have misjudged Polygon, as this has concerned them and thus have lowered their score of the game from 9.5/10 to an 8 due to the glaring issues with the game. I still think that score is too high, but I have to give them credit for their honesty. I foresee this happening with other reviews as well. Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to accuse people of corruption in the future. I don't retract anything I said previously - I still think the original review was nothing more than a corporate lovefest gush, and I don't even think SimCity deserves an 8. So you still believe that they were bribed by EA, but also that you misjudged them? I believe that it is likely their review scores are influenced by factors other than journalistic integrity, yes. That being said, I am happy to see them change their review score. But I think they mostly did it because of the public outcry. It's quite clear the game deserves nothing near perfect praise and a 9.5/10. Surely you must agree. I think that if the online element worked as it should, the game could certainly deserve 9.5. I found the one hour beta to be more engaging than many other highly-rated-by-reviewers games that I have played. Now arguably, game review scores are inflated in general, but that's endemic to the entire industry rather than confined to specific reviewers. And it looks like you got your wish, because the game is now rated at 4/10 by Polygon. I found all the betas to be extremely disappointing. Sure, the simulation and data layers are nice and pretty, but at the end of the day you are working inside a tiny rectangle surrounded by nothingness. While cities are connected in some ways, Their interaction is nothing short of awkward. Also, the fact that multiplayer is pretty much forced on to the player I think is an insult to the fanbase. It was foolish of Maxis to ignore the fanbase and give them something they never asked for. The customer is always right. I find it really hard to believe that a true Sim City fan would give this game a 9.5/10. Now a 4 is really more like it, especially in the game's current state. At best , if you ignore the rest of the franchise's history, it might deserve a 6 or a 7 if you're feeling generous. In any case, I have a little more respect for Polygon now. It's just really hard for me these days to take a non-indie game review site seriously after all the hilarious scores given to terrible games last year by sites like IGN. I don't want to rehash all these arguments again. But I can tell you I am a true Simcity fan (I bought Simcity 4 and Rush Hour on their release days). Your understanding of a review is flawed, I believe. It should not be based on the franchise's history. It should be judged on its own merits alone. Your assertion that the customer is right is predicated on the idea that all customers think like you. Me disputing your assessment should be enough to convince you that this is not the case. By the way, I'm not sure what your criteria for 'indie' are. Polygon are a very new operation, and they are independent in the sense that they are not owned by a media conglomerate. In a franchise, people come to expect improvements upon its predecessors. The game is called "Sim City", henceforth, it is part of the Sim City line of games. Just because they didn't put a 5 at the end of it doesn't change the fact everyone is considering it exactly that. On its own merit, it is not a simulation of a city. It is a simulation of small chunks of cities, with some sort of Anno-type trading mechanism behind it. For a city-building game on its own merit, it's somewhat above average. Candidate for "Game of the Year"? If so, we don't have a lot to look forward to. My assertion that the customer is right is the assertion of every successful business ever created. Polygon is not owned by a media conglomerate, but they have major financial backing from the industry. You're a bit overzealous about defending them. I find it funny. I didn't disagree that the customer is always right. I said I think you are mistaken in your assertion that you are the typical customer. I'm sick of dealing with your condescension though, so I'm going to stop replying.
  2. Seems like I may have misjudged Polygon, as this has concerned them and thus have lowered their score of the game from 9.5/10 to an 8 due to the glaring issues with the game. I still think that score is too high, but I have to give them credit for their honesty. I foresee this happening with other reviews as well. Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to accuse people of corruption in the future. I don't retract anything I said previously - I still think the original review was nothing more than a corporate lovefest gush, and I don't even think SimCity deserves an 8. So you still believe that they were bribed by EA, but also that you misjudged them? I believe that it is likely their review scores are influenced by factors other than journalistic integrity, yes. That being said, I am happy to see them change their review score. But I think they mostly did it because of the public outcry. It's quite clear the game deserves nothing near perfect praise and a 9.5/10. Surely you must agree. I think that if the online element worked as it should, the game could certainly deserve 9.5. I found the one hour beta to be more engaging than many other highly-rated-by-reviewers games that I have played. Now arguably, game review scores are inflated in general, but that's endemic to the entire industry rather than confined to specific reviewers. And it looks like you got your wish, because the game is now rated at 4/10 by Polygon. I found all the betas to be extremely disappointing. Sure, the simulation and data layers are nice and pretty, but at the end of the day you are working inside a tiny rectangle surrounded by nothingness. While cities are connected in some ways, Their interaction is nothing short of awkward. Also, the fact that multiplayer is pretty much forced on to the player I think is an insult to the fanbase. It was foolish of Maxis to ignore the fanbase and give them something they never asked for. The customer is always right. I find it really hard to believe that a true Sim City fan would give this game a 9.5/10. Now a 4 is really more like it, especially in the game's current state. At best , if you ignore the rest of the franchise's history, it might deserve a 6 or a 7 if you're feeling generous. In any case, I have a little more respect for Polygon now. It's just really hard for me these days to take a non-indie game review site seriously after all the hilarious scores given to terrible games last year by sites like IGN. I don't want to rehash all these arguments again. But I can tell you I am a true Simcity fan (I bought Simcity 4 and Rush Hour on their release days). Your understanding of a review is flawed, I believe. It should not be based on the franchise's history. It should be judged on its own merits alone. Your assertion that the customer is right is predicated on the idea that all customers think like you. Me disputing your assessment should be enough to convince you that this is not the case. By the way, I'm not sure what your criteria for 'indie' are. Polygon are a very new operation, and they are independent in the sense that they are not owned by a media conglomerate.
  3. If you listen to what he said, he promised 'we're gonna keep the servers up as much as we can'. Of the many things to attribute this disastrous launch to, I don't think 'lack of effort on the developers part' is one of them.
  4. Come off it. All of this is completely legal. Maxis never gave any official help nor approval to the Simcity 4 era mods.
  5. In the short term, anyone who is qualified to talk about it is working overtime and doesn't have the time to do that. In the long term, it wouldn't be down to a developer how to compensate disappointed players. I certainly think that EA should apologise once the dust has settled. It wouldn't hurt to release some DLC which is in the pipeline for free either.
  6. Seems like I may have misjudged Polygon, as this has concerned them and thus have lowered their score of the game from 9.5/10 to an 8 due to the glaring issues with the game. I still think that score is too high, but I have to give them credit for their honesty. I foresee this happening with other reviews as well. Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to accuse people of corruption in the future. I don't retract anything I said previously - I still think the original review was nothing more than a corporate lovefest gush, and I don't even think SimCity deserves an 8. So you still believe that they were bribed by EA, but also that you misjudged them? I believe that it is likely their review scores are influenced by factors other than journalistic integrity, yes. That being said, I am happy to see them change their review score. But I think they mostly did it because of the public outcry. It's quite clear the game deserves nothing near perfect praise and a 9.5/10. Surely you must agree. I think that if the online element worked as it should, the game could certainly deserve 9.5. I found the one hour beta to be more engaging than many other highly-rated-by-reviewers games that I have played. Now arguably, game review scores are inflated in general, but that's endemic to the entire industry rather than confined to specific reviewers. And it looks like you got your wish, because the game is now rated at 4/10 by Polygon.
  7. My local area makes a profit from selling its recyclables.
  8. Is worker commuting broken?

    This aspect is all mediated by the server, and there obviously been some issues with lag in performing these calculations. I had this problem in the beta.
  9. Seems like I may have misjudged Polygon, as this has concerned them and thus have lowered their score of the game from 9.5/10 to an 8 due to the glaring issues with the game. I still think that score is too high, but I have to give them credit for their honesty. I foresee this happening with other reviews as well. Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to accuse people of corruption in the future. I don't retract anything I said previously - I still think the original review was nothing more than a corporate lovefest gush, and I don't even think SimCity deserves an 8. So you still believe that they were bribed by EA, but also that you misjudged them?
  10. Didn't I could demo the buses without demo-ing the entire school. I will try that later. When you go into the mode where you can place the additions, there is a bulldozer icon (on the right, I think–the game hasn't gone live here yet). This lets you demolish any additions you've placed.
  11. You could try demolishing the existing buses and placing new ones. Does sound like a bug to me, though.
  12. The card may not be the issue. Your CPU is getting very hot too, and SimCity uses the CPU more than most other games. It might not reach the dangerously high temperatures in other games.
  13. Seems like I may have misjudged Polygon, as this has concerned them and thus have lowered their score of the game from 9.5/10 to an 8 due to the glaring issues with the game. I still think that score is too high, but I have to give them credit for their honesty. I foresee this happening with other reviews as well. Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to accuse people of corruption in the future.
  14. You are absolutely right about the temperature. However, I very much doubt the game could be corrupted. The download is almost certainly verified on receipt. And it's probably signed too as a security measure. It would refuse to launch if corrupt. Not true, if a single texture got corrupt you would get a memory access violation which would crash the game. But would only happen when that given texture was requested during game time for example. UNLESS they validate every file when you launch the game first, but based on how quick the game boots up i don't think it does except for core files =/ You can checksum the incoming data faster than you can download it.
  15. You are absolutely right about the temperature. However, I very much doubt the game could be corrupted. The download is almost certainly verified on receipt. And it's probably signed too as a security measure. It would refuse to launch if corrupt.
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