SimCity Launch Disaster NMA Video Goes From Funny To Cringeworthy In 39 Seconds

NMA, the wacko Taiwanese animation studio, has become a kind of grim reaper in the world of internet scandals. If you end up in an NMA video, it ain't good -- although I am sure Francis, the YouTube comedian who rants about video games, is happy to cameo here on behalf of the outraged.

That said, NMA is no stranger to crossing lines of tastelessness and insensitivity. Jeff Bezos breathing fire and turning Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw into Foxy Brown is an old-school racist sight gag that American cartoonists stopped doing after the last cigar exploded about 60 years ago.

[YouTube]


Comments

    "Jeff Bezos breathing fire and turning Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw into Foxy Brown is an old-school racist sight gag that American cartoonists stopped doing after the last cigar exploded about 60 years ago."

    I think you see what you want to see, Owen.

    It was racist, but I barely noticed it.

    A couple of things I do not get.

    The Video mentioned EA Maxis as a single entity but the reality is Maxis built the game and EA is the publisher. Why can't they just say EA as they are the ones that put that unwanted DRM on the game in the first place.

    Secondly, unless I am mistaken, EA only suspended the digital sales of the game. I thought it was still possible to get the boxed version (not that anyone sane would given the fiasco).

      Maxis is a wholly owned subsidiary of EA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxis
      They may be separate entities in the legal sense, but in reality they are just like another division within EA.
      I'm not aware of EA suspending digital sales (except in India because of the loophole that was found yesterday). Amazon did suspend digital sales of the game however.

    pretty hilarious. I love that, if you have no idea who Francis is, it looks like they're painting all gamers as this one morbidly obese dude.

    If a white guy had released this video the entire article would be about racial insensitivity and the fact that women are just a punch line for the unwashed male horde. Brought to you by Patricia.

    I don't get the online requirement excuse that it's required for the simulation to run... I mean, I had to played for 2 hours without a connection (as I noticed towards the end that I had the 'could not connect to server' error) and everything still seemed to be running fine (which ended up loosing my city as it would not reconnect)

    I mean, I'm glad I don't get immediately kicked and lose my progress every time their servers mess up. But which part of this so called "simulation" is run remotely?

      That is a very interesting question. I think the only thing always online is needed for is the multiplayer part.

        It is all multiplayer. Even if you choose not to avail yourself of it, it still calculates zones and regions and resources based upon a multi-city framework and the assumption that if you lack something, you can trade for it. Whether this was the right way to go in a traditionally single player simulation is questionable (And I would lean towards 'not as a core requirement') but I can see what they are saying.

Join the discussion!