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Maxis Promises to Fix SimCity Server Snafu, With Free Games “For Your Trouble”

In a post on EA’s blog Friday night, Maxis SVP and GM Lucy Bradshaw all but apologized for the server issues that have plagued the company’s SimCity reboot since it launched earlier this week. “A lot more people logged on than we expected,” Bradshaw wrote. “That was dumb, but we are committed to fixing it.” She pledged that the company would both fix lingering tech problems this weekend and offer a free PC game download to affected players later this month. Server downtime and changes between the old SimCity franchise and the reboot have led to near-universally negative reviews of the game on Amazon.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work