SimCity releases free DLC: A Nissan-branded electric car charging station

SimCity Nissan LEAF

By on April 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

Looking forward to SimCity DLC? Well, the first of it is here and it may leave a bit of a sour taste in your mouth: it’s an advertisement for Nissan’s LEAF-brand electric cars.

The LEAF charging station “provides happiness to the Sims that use it and a onetime wave of happiness to the nearby businesses,” writes EA.

“Need another bonus? It produces no sewage or garbage. That’s right! Green indeed.”

How does it all work? “Plopping down the Nissan Leaf Charging Station will add happiness to nearby buildings. Adding the Charging Station will not take power, water or workers away from your city. Zoom in to the streets of cities and players will start seeing a percentage of their Sims from all wealth classes driving the electric vehicles.”

As PC Gamer points out, this is essentially free DLC that just… makes everything around it better? All the time? For no cost at all — other than having to see a giant ‘NISSAN’ logo every time you scroll across your city, of course.

Source: PC Gamer

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yeh this will satisfy all the people who had problems..

 

sooo……all the other issues with the game and EA’s answer? ,a bit of sponsored marketing from Nissan…..nice to see they’ve still got the right priorities!!!

 

Eh i don’t mind Nissan branding on one building after all i am a nissan fan.

 

Surprised Nissan wants anything to do with this shambles of a game.

 

Obviously Nissan paid a heap of cash to EA/Maxxi$ for this.

A dangerous precident if gamers lap it up, I dont want to see company logos / advertising appearing in my games….

I download TV, and activly block advertising from all webpages and videos as it is..

 

Free*

Also, how does an electric charging station work without power? Are those solar panels on the roof? That area wouldn’t receive enough insolation to service a stream of EVs.

 
dorianGREY326

Sphinx2000,

so you are a pirate that doesnt understand that advertising pays for so much of what we want to have in the world. TV, free games, keeping youtube free etc. Advertising plays such a huge role in the world these days and by skipping the 4 seconds of your life it wastes or by blocking it etc, you are cheating people out of money and also contributing to the idea that we deserve things for free, we dont.

 

Sphinx2000,

I bet you think .99c is too expensive for mobile games as well? So does everyone else, so we made them free. Oh, you don’t like pop up ads? Well you should have paid for it at full price and we wouldn’t have had to go there.

 

Yeah great stuff. It’s not really what you’d call DLC as much as it is a digital pamphlet. It’s probably just as well it’s free, otherwise it would be like if you started paying for the junk mail in your mailbox.

 
dorianGREY326

May I also point out to the internet that EA/Maxis are a whole collection of REAL people who work their jobs like most of us do. When they get 5 million dollars from nissan (that figure is completely made up) it doesnt go to one giant fat man with a crown made from solid gold who then laughs and proceeds to butter his ivory slices of bread with diamond butter. It goes to pay the wages of the hundreds of people in the company and gives them money to do more things, make more games, pay their investors back, assure their shareholders who keep the company in business and also make them some profit for a product they made to please us. People need to remember that these companies affect the lives of hundreds if not thousands, EA may make some interesting choices these days in the eyes of the hardcore gaming community, but I dont think they deserve the lashing we are giving them.

 

doriangrey326,

Wrong, if I pay a great deal of money for a game, an I have to suffer “forced” advertising in that game. I immediately delete an block anything from that company again. As I have done with SimCity. I will no longer play it. Forcing that shit on us with in game advertising for a bloody car company is an insult.

 

This fanciful idea could follow the Tesla superchargers – the stations are supposed to be net carbon neutral. Solar panels feed electricity to the grid throughout the day, and the station draws upon the grid to charge cars when they plug in.

Simcity is hardly the first game to feature blatant advertising, but it’s certainly a first to offer it via DLC.

 

doriangrey326,

Yes they do.

 

Maybe they could have a free version of the DLC with branding and a paid one without branding, then everyone’s happy!

Personally I’d be happy if all DLC contained some advertising if it were free

 

Depends on how invasive the advertising is. This one looks low-key at least, it’s just a small Nissan logo displayed on a billboard on the top of the item.

 

tas:
doriangrey326,

Wrong, if I pay a great deal of money for a game, an I have to suffer “forced” advertising in that game. I immediately delete an block anything from that company again. As I have done with SimCity. I will no longer play it. Forcing that shit on us with in game advertising for a bloody car company is an insult.

Yeah they “forced” you to get the free DLC. You lot will complain about anything.

 

Free DLC is a good thing. The concept behind said DLC is misleading though. The fact it produces no waste and apparently runs on Solar Power is extremely misleading. It would be ridiculously heavy on power if used a lot and should technically use a fair bit from a nearby power station.

As for the advertising well if it’s free and adds authenticity then it’s not a problem. It’d be bad if it was a paid DLC.

Personally I block ad’s in browsers, plus I download TV too (refuse to watch local TV anyway as it’s all crap with far too many ad’s aimed at low intelligence people). There’s nothing wrong with downloading TV show’s you view on TV for free anyway. The ad’s are meaningless to me and I don’t buy based on them anyway. Hell most of them are government sponsored sheet here anyway.

 

I actually end up buying the DVDs of shows I want to watch. That said it’s an extremely rare situation that I do watch TV. At all.

 

vcatkiller:
Depends on how invasive the advertising is.This one looks low-key at least, it’s just a small Nissan logo displayed on a billboard on the top of the item.

It seems you completely missed the giant Nissan word spanning the entrance so it must not be too noticeable.

I don’t think they’re forcing people to use it only allowing it as an option. Mind I didn’t buy this game so I have no idea.

 

darius359au:
sooo……all the other issues with the game and EA’s answer? ,a bit of sponsored marketing from Nissan…..nice to see they’ve still got the right priorities!!!

They gave us a free bloody game; what more do you want?

This honestly seems like games such as SWAT 4 or DE:HR where the game is subsidised through in-game advertising.

Although in this case it’s DLC that’s subsidised.

 
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