With all the fun that people aren’t having with the latest SimCity it made me think about the fun I had with the original. I decided to check out the almost-latest – SimCity 4. Of course, the first place I looked was online. I found the EA site selling it and decided the Deluxe Edition was the way to go. Until I saw the price, and what I’d need to do to download it.
Firstly, the price: $99. They’re kidding, right? I can look on eBay right now and find it for less than $30 – new! A quick search of Steam also let me find it, for $19.99. And Steam is in direct competition with Origin, which is comparatively new.
Secondly, I apparently have to use Origin, which is the EA version of Steam. Now, given how badly EA have done over time with any kind of DRM, I’d be a bit worried about that. Beyond that, however, I already have Steam, and I already have Desura. Why would I want yet another game management system? Especially one where it appears the prices are beyond ridiculous.
So, I didn’t buy from EA. I didn’t install Origin. All around the whole thing looks like a complete failure.