Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Mar 2013 22:35 UTC
Games "In all the fuss and mess of the disastrous SimCity launch, one refrain has been repeated again and again. While legions may be begging for an offline mode, EA representatives have been abundantly clear that this simply isn't possible. Maxis' studio head, Lucy Bradshaw, has told both Polygon and Kotaku that they 'offload a significant amount of the calculations to our servers', and that it would take 'a significant amount of engineering work from our team to rewrite the game' for single player. A SimCity developer has got in touch with RPS to tell us that at least the first of these statements is not true. He claimed that the server is not handling calculations for non-social aspects of running the game, and that engineering a single-player mode would require minimal effort." This keeps getting worse and worse for EA. It's also clear that Maxis' own developers are not happy with EA's meddling.
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The way to win
by andrewclunn on Tue 12th Mar 2013 23:03 UTC
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The way to beat this is to focus efforts into hacking a version of this game to run without an internet connection. Prove that even this bullshit can't stop piracy. I don't pirate a damn thing (I believe you should support content producers to encourage more of what you love being made), but screw it I'm in favor of piracy in this case, just to make it clear to EA the futility of their locked down shit.

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