SimCity, the first game in the management title in over a decade released last week to a number of issues, keeping people from playing their perpetually connected, mostly single player game. The issues were less severe in European territories, and the US server issues are nearly resolved. Still fans want change – and they want change in the form of a patch that removes the need for a permanent online connection.
I recently got a fair bit of flack from the internet-at-large for calling a sub-section of Devil May Cry fans entitled, whiny crybabies. While there are real concerns with the direction of its recent reboot, my issue was with those vociferous, vitriolic bunch that were unable to put the past behind them, attacking the game purely because it’s different from its predecessors. Those crybabies have now proven me right; they’ve asked US president Obama to have the game removed from store shelves, because that’s what government is for.
And while the world continues to turn with monotonous regularity we have yet another online petition to try and convince a games publisher to do something different to what has been announced.
Well, it looks like one particular petition for a masochistic port of a well received console game has indeed paid off for those concerned. Fans have been begging publisher Namco to bring its legendarily difficult and challenging title onto their particular platform, through a petition that was started earlier this year that may have caught their attention.
If you aren’t familiar with Dark Souls, it’s an RPG game that is so challenging, that beating most other games on their hardest difficulty sessions is required just to get past the main menu. It’s become a big hit on the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms where it was launched last year, and now some clues have pointed towards it appearing on PC next.
The gamer anger targeted towards Mass Effect 3 is showing no sign of dying down and the comments are still coming in thick and fast on our original article about the petition to have the ending changed (spoilers in the comments)
But now the anger has taken an unexpected turn for the awesome, instead of just whining on the Internet about their grievances some of the people behind the petition have decided to start a donation drive to keep the attention flowing on this topic.
No spoilers in the article, watch out for the comments though as we don’t have control over that
So apparently Mass Effect 3 is being loved by the critics with our own review hopefully arriving in the next day or two. But critics have gotten it wrong before and over the weekend a huge groundswell of public opinion has picked up.
The reason for this online fan hatred is apparently the ending of Mass Effect 3, which apparently simply sucks.
If there’s anything we’ve learned about internet petitions, it’s that they don’t work. Though they’re good at raising awareness amongst desktop activists, they have a habit of withering away to nothing, leaving their causes (just or otherwise) in the ether. Here’s one I hope gains a little more traction;
PC gamers have started a petition to bring From Software’s devilishly difficult Dark Souls - currently available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - to their platform of choice.
You may remember last year that there was a story doing the rounds about a German political crackpot who was attempting to get the sale of violent video games in that country made illegal.
We care about this as we already feel the pain of certain titles being banned in Germany and if this policy had been passed it would have meant that all violent games DLC would have become banned on Xbox Live.
Itâ€™s also a stupid idea and we donâ€™t like stupidity.