SimCity Societies

SimCity Societies

Im a huge fan of the game SimCity, I’ve played nearly all games in the serie. But it is with disappointment I look at the newest version of the game in the series: SimCity Societies.

The disappointment is because of a few things. One is that it doesn’t look or behave like a SimCity game should. Another thing is that they in this new game accept corporate sponsorship inside the game.

Okay, before we get any deeper I think I need to explain what kind of game SimCity is. This is what they say about the game on the official site:

Featuring an all-new, revolutionary feature set,
SimCity Societies
allows you to create your own kinds of cities and shape their cultures and environments. Make your cities green or polluted, contemporary or futuristic, rural or urban. Create an artistic society or a police state, an industrial city or a spiritual community—or any society you want!

Let’s get back to the corporate sponsorship shall we?

BP in SimCity SocitiesIf the player chooses to build a green city with renewable energy sources the wind and solar power plants will have the British Petroleum (BP) logo on them. BP have, of course, paid EA (the makers of the game) a sum to have their logo on the game. The amount of money is still unknown.

According to an article in New York Times BP wants to “teach” the players that the energy usage with electricity has a much bigger impact on climate change than for example transports does.

But they apparently don’t want to “teach” the players that BP is suspected to have leaked out a million litre oil in Alaska and that they have and are receiving critics that they ignore human rights. And that’s just to name a few bad examples.

SimCity Socities has received some postitive feedback from other green blog such as the well-known EcoGeek and TreeHugger. But apparently no one cares about greenwashing anymore.


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Although i have never bought SimCity, i have played it at in my friend's house. It's a great game and i like it. But this thing with BP is just incredible, i'm sure that i will not buy it

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Guest ChrissyJo

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I was a huge fan of The Sims in highschool. I can't believe it has come to this. Everything is about money. I wish they would hurry up and replace oil with a cleaner fuel source before all of our water sources are polluted. I probably won't see it in my lifetime though.

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Guest lukxiufung

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Well, I play simcity 1 before too :) I like all those simulation games including the SIMs. The latetest would be Sim 4 isit? I played that too. But I can't continue the game now as my pc had broken and now I am using laptop :( I think you might like to play Transport Tycoon also as it is also kind of sim game but more in transportation :) Nice blog here :) Mind to exchange links?

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