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Briefly: Wal-Mart used game trade-in program, Sim City patch 10

03/18, 12:18pm

Wal-Mart commencing game trade program, offers gift cards for old titles

Retailing giant Wal-Mart is entering the used game resale market. Starting on March 26, the company will let consumers trade in video games in exchange for Wal-Mart gift cards that can be used to shop online or in its stores. Third party CExchange will be used to refurbish the games and repackage them for resale "later in 2014." While the retailer claims to accept Playstation 2 and original Xbox games, it also says that it reserves the right to refuse trades on titles it considers too old for resale.

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Maxis Sim City to add offline mode in next Windows patch

01/13, 8:28pm

Patch to bring offline mode, few other improvements

Despite prior protestations to the contrary, Maxis and EA's city construction kit Sim City will see a patch for offline play. In an official blog post today, Maxis announced that the Windows version will have the online-only requirement purged in Update 10 of the embattled title. It it not clear when the same functionality will be extended to the OS X version of the game.

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EA shows flexibility on Sim City, offline mode may be coming

10/06, 4:15pm

EA listening to users, may provide offline mode

A post from Electronic Arts last week opens the possibility that the gaming giant will soon grant fan requests to build an offline mode into Sim City. The State of Sim City post from last week was a response to continuing requests to users for EA to remove the requirement that its hit game be played with a persistent Internet connection in order to avoid piracy. That requirement resulted in a disastrous launch for the game, as EA's servers were overwhelmed by millions of gamers simultaneously logging in.

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Users: OS X Sim City plagued with serious bugs

08/29, 6:05pm

Users reporting incorrect hardware identification, crashing, install failures

The oft-delayed Sim City for Macintosh has finally launched and in a development that is likely no surprise to anyone -- given the game's launch history -- is riddled with bugs. The EA forums are seeing a wide range of complaints from OS X gamers ranging from a complete inability to install the game, graphical corruption, failure to launch in full-screen mode, and random window resizing. So far, Electronic Arts has no official comments on the Macintosh launch.

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Sim City issues show perilous nature of 'always on' gaming

03/09, 1:27pm

Maxis Sim City server problems continue, EA offers free game

Electronic Arts and Maxis launched the newest iteration in the venerable Sim City series earlier this week. While initially praised for its accomplishments and integration with other players by previewing media, the game was marred by monumental server and connectivity issues. Since launch, Electronic Arts claims to have brought on 150 percent more server capacity, as well as shutting down some in-game functions to lighten the server load, but the problems persist. Electronic Arts is offering a free title to people who register the game prior to March 18. The issue, and a similar issue with Diablo 3 emphasize a disturbing trend in gaming -- the requirement to log into remote servers like EA's Origin service to play the game, even in single-player.

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