SimCity launch screwed up a second time, Mac version riddled with bugs

By on August 29, 2013, 6:15 PM
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Update: Maxis says that a fix has been found and those unable to install the game yesterday will be able to do so now.

It’s been nearly six months since SimCity launched on the PC where it was met with a whole host of issues. Maxis and EA eventually got things under control and even offered early adopters a free game for their troubles but now it looks as if the just-released Mac version is having some launch issues of its own.

One might suspect there wouldn’t be any problems with the Mac version as it isn’t a direct port of the PC game but rather a fully native version designed using OpenGL. That apparently isn’t the case as a number of Mac users have reportedly been unable to install the game while others aren’t having much luck getting the game to launch after installation.

A Mac install FAQ has been posted in the EA forums to help walk through some of the more common issues including a “mutexAlert” error which can be fixed by switching the OS to English. Gamers that aren’t able to install the digital version after downloading it are encouraged to re-install Origin and opt-in for the beta version.

And if you’re running Mac OS X 10.7.4 or the upcoming 10.9 beta, you’re currently out of luck. The post indicates a solution is in the pipeline, however.

EA has yet to release an official statement on the matter as of writing. It is worth pointing out that anyone that purchased the PC version of the game can also download the Mac version free of charge and vice-versa. Perhaps Mac gamers can get a little solace in the fact that they could play the game on a PC until the issues are hammered out.




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wastedkill said:

Thats what you get when you work for a lazy company with lazy developers... seriously how hard is it to make a game without any launch problems... seems like rocket science to these guys its pathetic.

2 people like this | m4a4 m4a4 said:

...Did they even test the game out on different configurations and whatnot?

JC713 JC713 said:

EA should just give up.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

EA should just give up.

If they screw up NHL14 or BF4, I'm done with EA.

4 people like this | Guest said:

Who cares ? its only mac.

Lurker101 said:

Laziness is just flowing through the air conditioning in the EA offices these days.

I'm in quite the dilemma now. I don't know whether to point and laugh at EA or the mac users who still bought Babys First SimCity after the PC debacle.

JC713 JC713 said:

If they screw up NHL14 or BF4, I'm done with EA.

BF4 looks good because it is being dictated by DICE mostly. NHL14 should be the same as usual. NFL25 for iOS sucks though. The free to play garbage ruined it.

1 person liked this | Jamlad said:

...Did they even test the game out on different configurations and whatnot?

Sure why bother with that when you can get your end users (customers) to do the beta testing for you?

Emexrulsier said:

EA should just give up.

If they screw up NHL14 or BF4, I'm done with EA.

Millions of ppl say the same sh*t every year and the same millions of people come back and buy games from EA again in the future.

2 people like this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

What you people must remember is that EA's poor employees main objectives is to make money, keep shareholders & EA execs happy (they have several luxury houses, several luxury condo's, several luxury vehicles plus a bad drug habit to support you know) and they need your money to do just that. The problems associated with the release are just minor annoyances that can be solved with a bit of lip service & a free game that's already turned a profit for them.

1 person liked this | fimbles fimbles said:

Wonder how many of these customers will take advantage of the new origin full refund policy.

Kudos to EA for that.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Do people really play games on Macs? I guess the Pro's have some graphical grunt but the rest? they're not really "gaming grade" laptops? Hell a lot of them are using Intel's in-built graphics!

Although I have to admit, it is crazy nobody checked it works on the latest Mac OS, as Fimbles said, I hope people are getting their money back to hurt their pocket and therefore, stop this from happening again.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I guess I'll buy the pc version and bootcamp it on my wifes mac mini so she can play.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

NHL14 should be the same as usual. NFL25 for iOS sucks though. The free to play garbage ruined it.

NHL14 is using a new physics engine that actually makes hits realistic. The demo is pretty awesome, I just hope they don't screw things up with their "pay to win" philosophy. Apparently, if you have money, you're a better hockey team.

Millions of ppl say the same sh*t every year and the same millions of people come back and buy games from EA again in the future.

I have over 460 hours in BF3. If they ruin my favorite pc game, I will be done. I can guarantee that.

Sniped_Ash said:

EA should just give up.

If they screw up NHL14 or BF4, I'm done with EA.

Millions of ppl say the same sh*t every year and the same millions of people come back and buy games from EA again in the future.

I said that after Mass Effect 3 and I didn't come back. Granted, it helps that the only game I was interested in after that was SimCity and I could see that disaster coming months away.

JC713 JC713 said:

Millions of ppl say the same sh*t every year and the same millions of people come back and buy games from EA again in the future.

The hype makes us excited and we buy it.

McNasty said:

The only game I own from EA is BF3 and now since I'm hooked on Arma III they can kiss my black @$$.

Millions of ppl say the same sh*t every year and the same millions of people come back and buy games from EA again in the future.

The hype makes us excited and we buy it.

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