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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RE: The game hasn't been ruined
by peejay on Fri 8th Mar 2013 14:03 UTC in reply to "The game hasn't been ruined"
peejay
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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.

Arenanet did exactly this with Guild Wars 2. People that pre-ordered the game got access to betas and server stress tests pre-launch, and then they got a 3 day head start to play before the "official" release date.

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