One thing I don't get in this whole thing is people saying EA can't/won't fix it. I don't remember a broken game from EA. Sure there was some games that weren't very good, but they do publisher a lot of games. Syndicate as an ok game, not blooming great but ok. It might have better as a TBS, but is there anyone left that knows how to make them? DA2, I enjoyed, it was DA origins but it was a fun game, suffered from sequalitis though. ME3 was great, multiplayer was stellar. I love my yearly Fifa games on the toybox. I guess the updates could be yearly DLC, but the amount of play I get out of it in the year is worth it.
I missed the point where hating EA became a thing, can anyone fill me in? I remember some of it from the late 90s
Also, EA has a history of catering to non-core gamer demographics (casual gamers and sports fans) which angers many of the more "pure" gamers.
What people generally forget is that the companies EA killed: By and large, those genres also "died out" as we knew them, so it is definitely a bit more murky than just "EA bought and killed them". But, gotta rage against that proverbial machine and what nots.
Their tribalism, charging for mods, treatment of outsiders/newcomers, treatment of those who attempt to buck their rules, treatment of those who try to criticise them, terrible organisation, lack of a coherent system. Pretty terrible scene, from my experience. Some good mods... but trying to download them was like masturbation with a cheese grater... mildly amusing, yet mostly painful.
So EA bought companies that made innovative and often unique games, or at least tried, then tried to turn them into mass producing "hit-making" machines. And then they failed.
Charging for mods?
I dunno what community you're thinking of, but I didn't have to pay for anything ever, and SimCity's pretty much been constantly installed on my machine for a decade.
When's Will Wright going to start his new studio already?
Only problem with Simcity4 modders is that there's a crapton of dependencies and you need to register to a lot of different websites to get them all. Which I didn't bother with.
Is there a link for a non-physical, free copy of these collections? Or a list of what these "very best Buildings, Lots, Maps and other Goodies" are, and their download links? I can't seem to find one. I'll grant, you don't have to pay, you could find all the individual downloads... maybe, if you're lucky, and there's no broken links etc., and you can register for the 3 or 4 different places, and you manage to get all the dependencies, and all the required files, and you have the spare 48 hours it would take to find, download and install them all. All of which is somewhat unlikely.
Then, like with CAMPACK v2 (all the lots and dependencies etc. included, in a nice, convenient single download and installer), if someone did make a convenient, nice single download and installer, they'd get lynched by the community.
EA does/did generally try to make games more accessible (which makes sense, they have to turn a profit) which turned off the core fans while still not being accessible enough for the "general" gamers. But, at the same time, it is arguable if that group of "core fans" was large enough to sustain the series (as you will inevitably lose people over time without innovation).
"game sales for consoles destroys pc games completely why do u think they are so cheap on steam lol."
-Random console gamer