Friday, April 5th 2013

AMD to Bundle SimCity with Select A8 and A10 APUs

AMD's "Never Settle" bundles may be selling the company's discrete GPU lineup, but it's not leaving its APU lineup lying down. Starting next week, and running up to the end of Q3 2013, AMD will be bundling select A8 and A10 series desktop APUs with Origin-redeemable codes for SimCity, the season's hottest strategy game. Among the eligible models are A10-5800K, A10-5700, A8-5600K, and A8-5500. The freebie bears a staggering US $60 market value, tied with processors starting at $80, leading up to $130. In its marketing slide, AMD pointed out how the Radeon HD 7000D series graphics cores of these APUs outperform similarly priced Intel Core i3 chips by over 80 percent, in the game.
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26 Comments on AMD to Bundle SimCity with Select A8 and A10 APUs

#1
razaron
by: btarunr
SimCity, the season's hottest strategy game.
With all the flaming, I'm sure it is.
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#2
LAN_deRf_HA
They probably got it at a bargain. Relatively.
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#3
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Yeah, it's pretty obvious EA's goal for SimCity is DLCs, lots of them. They'll accept a loss on the base game to turn a profit on future sales.
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#4
NeoXF
The game is utter trash, but it's still value I guess... plus it opens up another gate to these neat bundles... like OCZ's SSD ones, or AMD older (video card only untill now) Never Settle bonanza.
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#6
NC37
So I guess SimCity replaced Nexuiz as the unloadable title AMD gets tossed to sell with their goods. Oh well...I'm sure it will work. There is always a few people who haven't been warned or heard of the horror that is SimCity and Origin.
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#7
Solidstate89
I expect sales of APUs to drop dramatically due to this. :roll:
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#8
Jizzler
Nice. This is how I'll get Simcity.
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#9
repman244
EA should actually give some money to AMD for including it.

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#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: NC37
So I guess SimCity replaced Nexuiz as the unloadable title AMD gets tossed to sell with their goods. Oh well...I'm sure it will work. There is always a few people who haven't been warned or heard of the horror that is SimCity and Origin.
It seems its largely fixed now.
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#11
lilhasselhoffer
I may be wrong, but isn't Starcraft a real time strategy game? If that's true then "hottest strategy game" can only mean it can straight from the fiery bowels of the devil.

Let's assume that EA's marketing is being honest. Sim City is not, in fact, a strategy game and it is an MMO because of the required online components. Technically then, Sim City is a hot game. It's easy to say that when there is no competition relating to new games yet released this year.


I'm bitter. AMD is foolish for picking up Sim City, because they are linking their name with a PR nightmare. If you want to move units then try linking your hardware to games people actually enjoy hmm....bioshock...hmmm. Linking a decent piece of hardware to a rather despised game is...only viable as a course of action if your sales team has been hiding under a rock for the last two months.
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#12
Solidstate89
by: Frick
It seems its largely fixed now.
It's not. The connections issues might be "largely fixed" but the game itself is simply broken.
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#13
Prima.Vera
Sim City 2013. What a garbage. Cannot save when you want, cannot connect cities borders, cannot create map bigger than 2x2Km...What a waste...
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#14
Rebel333
Nvidia and intel are so crap :(
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#15
KainXS
EA - Free games if you buy this card
You- Nice,(buys card)
(2 hours later)
(Start playing game)
(1 hour later)
Game-You want DLC with that
(1 hour later)
Game-You want DLC with that
(1 hour later)
Game-You want DLC with that
(1 hour later)
Game-You need this DLC for that
(1 hour later)
You-Fuck it

why rebel why, why can't i be a storm trooper right now
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#16
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Man, I'm rather annoyed that I just bought my A8-5600K. I'm not buying SimCity due to the craptastic always on DRM, but I'd like to play it if I could have gotten a free copy.
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#17
Aleksander
This game is 100% not worth it.
They should give you money for getting it
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#18
Roph
Much rather see the new Age Of Empires 2 remake bundled.
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#19
ironwolf
Oh baby! I got a client fixing to replace ~15 machines with A10-5800K boxes that I will be building. Looks like I'm gonna be swimming in SimCity codes, sounds like a nice little bit of side $$$ to be had, going into my build-me-a-new-rig fund. :pimp:
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#20
suraswami
by: Roph
Much rather see the new Age Of Empires 2 remake bundled.
I was going to say that but saw ur post, yeah any day AOE is fun.
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#21
Ikaruga
Very nice move from AMD. Bundling AAA titles with hardware is a good tradition, hope they will stick with it:toast:
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#22
Rowsol
by: jihadjoe
Oh great, free DRM!
I laughed.

by: Rebel333
Nvidia and intel are so crap :(
I got a warning for a post very similar to this.
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#23
Prima.Vera
by: Ikaruga
Very nice move from AMD. Bundling AAA titles with hardware is a good tradition, hope they will stick with it:toast:
Sim City 2013 is NOT an AAA title. Not anymore anyways...
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#24
Thefumigator
I played all simcity games I can remember since the first one in the 90s, and I loved each and everyone, what makes this one so bad?
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#25
Ikaruga
by: Prima.Vera
Sim City 2013 is NOT an AAA title. Not anymore anyways...
I think the game itself is kinda good and fun (well, I don't play such games tbh, but the kid really loved it here, and he is not that easy to please), and the rest is what ruins it (DRM, EA, etc), and you are getting it for FREE! Just give it away, or sell it, or just drop the code into the trash if you harbor hate towards it, but it's still a FREE gift, and a nice move from AMD, me thinks.
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