Neoseeker : News : SimCity receives a Nissan Leaf charging station as free DLC, and it's not very subtle
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YoGramGram Apr 10, 13
Don't see why too many people are mad about this. Partnerships are everywhere, just some more noticeable than others. Plus, it's free, so you don't have to get it. Plus, I think it looks cool, it adds a thin layer of realism into SimCity. I only see this DLC as a positive, I actually hope to see more DLC like this in the future.
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IcarusAbides Apr 4, 13
quote Dynamite
Is anyone genuinely actually that bothered about product placements such as this? What I do find unsubtle is the disdain shown for product placement expressed in this article which I can't help but feel is perhaps a little OTT, especially considering the fact this DLC is optional anyway. Personally I feel the use of real products in games can actually enhance immersion and improve realism sometimes, particularly when the item in question is harmonious with the game's landscape such as this.

The Nissan charging station looks cool to me.
The product placement aspect doesn't bother me, it even adds a level of realism having real companies and products in game so long as it's not crow barred in at the expense of the game itself.

The DLC aspect of modern gaming still annoys me a lot, It's a major part of the gaming experience these days and on the whole I can live with it but when I sit down and think about it I really do hate the whole DLC and micro payment culture we have now especially when it feels like developers or producers have held back content just to sell as DLC.

I miss old fashioned expansions but I guess that's just me being nostalgic about it.
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Dynamite Apr 3, 13
Is anyone genuinely actually that bothered about product placements such as this? What I do find unsubtle is the disdain shown for product placement expressed in this article which I can't help but feel is perhaps a little OTT, especially considering the fact this DLC is optional anyway. Personally I feel the use of real products in games can actually enhance immersion and improve realism sometimes, particularly when the item in question is harmonious with the game's landscape such as this.

The Nissan charging station looks cool to me.
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Spook Apr 3, 13
As much as I dislike Skyrim for its combat, you make a good point. Bethesda knows what their fans expect.
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Lorx Apr 3, 13
Modding cuts into DLC profits in this case, CTTR champion. People can choose free variants of content that don't benefit EA, rather than getting Product Placement Cars or paying for a jail or whatever.
Skyrim's a good example of how to sell DLC while also allowing mods, because the DLC for Skyrim is really, really expansive and good. It's not just dime a dozen content adds, there's things that come with it, it's overall enticing. If Bethesda only ran small content DLC like EA/Maxis plans to here, it would never sell, because players already do that for free with modding.
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jacob0057 Apr 3, 13
quote CTTR champion
quote tekmosis
Community modding is not possible in the game's current state. At one point anyone mentioning modding on the official forums would get you banned/topic deleted.
EDIT: I misread. Ithought we werent able to mention it here.

Why are Maxis against modding?
It isn't Maxis that's against modding it's EA.
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Abyss Raider Apr 3, 13
Nice, so now on top of horrendous launch problems, DRM, no ability for improvement mods, AND innevitable flood of DLCs, we get in-game advertising. Holy crap, EA, how much money do you actually need before you're satisfied? Just kill the game already, you've done terrible things to SimCity's good name that even Societies couldn't have done in their dreams.
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Fortitudo Apr 3, 13
quote tekmosis
Community modding is not possible in the game's current state. At one point anyone mentioning modding on the official forums would get you banned/topic deleted.
EDIT: I misread. Ithought we werent able to mention it here.

Why are Maxis against modding?
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Aulis Vaara Apr 3, 13
Instead of "pay to win", this is "get advertising to win"?
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DedValve Apr 3, 13
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Lorx Apr 2, 13
There it is! Was wondering if it would be free or not. Talk about ham-handed product placement though, didn't expect it to be that obvious. Then again, filenames did have NISSAN plastered all over them, so I guess it couldn't have been too much of a surprise. Everybody who is near/interacting with it being happier is a funny touch though. It's almost like a commercial in your video gam-
Oh, right, it is a commercial in a video game.

Guess the only other thing that ties in with a real company, is the Red Cross DLC? Didn't remember any others on the list anyway. Can't imagine that going over poorly though, unless the building is a giant donate button or something.
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RabidChinaGirl Apr 2, 13
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The bad news is it's about as subtle as a flying brick.
Lol.
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tekmosis Apr 2, 13
Community modding is not possible in the game's current state. At one point anyone mentioning modding on the official forums would get you banned/topic deleted.
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harbin Apr 2, 13
EA should focus on allowing community modding instead of new DLC.
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