Motor City Online
April 25, 2003 1:53 AM   Subscribe

Motor City Online, the online musclecar racing game is going to be over on April 19th. (member only petition here) If you are a a diehard fan still out there: It was great.
posted by Keyser Soze (3 comments total)
"is going to be over on April 19th."

Thanks for the advance warning... ;)
posted by twine42 at 3:22 AM on April 25, 2003

This will probably be happening with EA's Sims Online soon as well. As a former player, I will tell you about how these games end up, it seems.

People get all excited, and can't wait to log in. Of course, EA has shipped the game 1/4 finished, so there are many things missing. So many, many people get frustrated and leave. Things get boring. Subscribers speak out against EA's incompetence and slow acting with regard to the features that should have been in the game in the first place. So this causes new subscribers to decrease, which causes EA to pull the game because they can't make any money on it. Which causes people to become upset at EA because they spent a lot of time building their homes, and now they will all vanish into nothingness.
posted by benjh at 4:42 AM on April 25, 2003

I was in the beta test for Sims Online. Being a Maxis-made game, the interface was brilliant and the look was like candy. The company still manages to maintain that leopard-skin-lounge-tiki-bar groove that was so pervasive in the late 90s, and for some reason I'm a sucker for it.

But I was bored in less than a week, just as I was bored with The Sims offline. Why? Because the goal of almost every online game eventually becomes making more virtual money, and when I found myself coming home from work to stand around a virtual pizza oven in a virtual kitchen with three other human-manned Sims, it ceased to be worthwhile.
posted by grabbingsand at 5:17 AM on April 25, 2003

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