Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Mar 2013 22:44 UTC
Games So, SimCity has been released - the fifth instalment in this venerable series of fantastic games. However, just as everyone suspected, the game has been completely ruined by the always-online DRM. So much so, in fact, that Amazon has ceased selling the game. Update: and it's only getting worse - EA has suspended all marketing efforts for SimCity, and has asked third parties to do the same. Wow.
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The game hasn't been ruined
by WorknMan on Thu 7th Mar 2013 23:21 UTC
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The game hasn't been ruined; in fact, if you wait a few weeks, it'll probably work just fine. Of course, I'm not advocating the DRM, but if you bought the game knowing that it was online-only, then you obviously didn't hav a big ethical issue with it requiring an internet connection to play. In such a case, these botched launches are a pretty common occurance, so the best course of action would simply be to wait awhile for the problems to get sorted out before trying to play it. Otherwise, just boycott it altogether if it bothers you that much.

If these companies are going to insist that games like this be online-only, probably the best way to do it would be to have 'staggered' launches, where those who pre-order it get to play before everyone else. So you allow several thousand new players a day, and then you don't have several million people slamming your servers on launch day. This could be esp useful for games such as MMORPGs that they know are going to be huge.

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