My favorite Thao song hands down.
This song wants to be from the 80s and open for Joy Division sooooo bad.
Giannis Antetokounmpo looked good coming into the draft, but seeing him in a real game — even against the lowly Celtics — the kid is for real. When he blows up, just remember we were on the bandwagon before it was popular. The Greek Freak is no joke and he’s just 18 years old and still growing.
This one caught me off guard. In a good way.
Clearly whoever made this game had no idea what was charming about the first versions of the game. They were engrossing and gave you the freedom to do what you wanted to do. They weren’t about leaderboards. Sure, it’s nice to play with your friends if you have them. But having to always connect and having your game on a server that’s NOT ACCESSIBLE AT THIS TIME A YEAR AFTER RELEASE isn’t really a good look.
But it’s gigantic Electronic Arts. They don’t care about your problems. I only bought the game as a last ditch effort to salvage something failing, I never anticipated the game would be anything other than a time suck in utter frustration and so far that’s precisely what it’s been.
I mostly ignored it for a long time. But I described Sim City 2013 on Twitter as “a reboot of a movie you loved as a teen that gets ruined” and that’s precisely what’s happened here. The tone deafness might be just enough to make me formulate a talk on how bad leadership can force an entity too large to respond to what it made it great in the first place.
You can’t take a franchise that’s only survived on the backs of people who enjoyed it and adapted it for a decade, leverage that joy by saying “We’re coming back with that thing you loved” after ruining it with Sim City Societies — that game no one wants to talk about — and then release a buggy piece of vaporware that’s you know, now marked down to $19.99 a year later because no one wants to really play it.
Sim City 2013 is akin to what’s happened to a society that grown too big to care what people on Main Street want. We give them a bit of lip service, dispatch people through various channels to pay attention for a few minutes and then we retreat to our rooms to do precisely what we wanted to do anyway; with a well-crafted press release and talking points in tow after we’re done.
What will take for institutions to start to make sense again? To be responsive? What will take for people to stop sedating themselves with the plethora of tools we’ve been give to shut us up? At some point, there are so only so many cool things you can buy while the people in charge plunder everything under your nose.
SimCity 2013 is just a game. But what’s the next thing they steal and package as an original thing that’s nothing more than a facsimile of what it once was?
That awkward moment when a video game review turns into a proposal for a TED talk? My bad.