Wright sympathises with frustrated consumers.
By Tim Colwill on May 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm
SimCity series creator Will Wright has used an address at the University of California to talk about the latest incarnation of his famous city-simulation game.
“I feel bad for the team. I kind of did predict there’d be a big backlash about the DRM stuff,” he said during his lecture. “It was kind of like, ‘EA is the evil empire, there was a lot of ‘Let’s bash EA over it. That was basically inexcusable, that you charge somebody $60 for a game and they can’t play it. I can understand the outrage. If I was a consumer buying the game and that happened to me, I’d feel the same.”
“I think people care if it doesn’t work. If you can’t play it on planes, stuff like that – I think there are some very valid concerns about it.”
Wright also explained how SimCity‘s always-online approach confused people’s expectations, saying “Also there’s a perception; I don’t expect to play World of Warcraft on the airplane, because my perception is it has to be on the net. Sim City was in this very uncomfortable space, like the uncanny valley, almost; [it was caught] between was it a single player game or was it a multiplayer game?”
Despite this, Wright reiterated that he did, actually, enjoy the game.
“It’s a good game,” he said. “I enjoy playing it a lot.”