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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Too greedy
by Invincible Cow on Fri 8th Mar 2013 10:46 UTC
Invincible Cow
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2006-06-24

As much as I hate that software requires online mode, that's not the real problem here. The problem is that they sold many more game tickets than there were seats at the "virtual stadium". Like selling a million tickets for the superbowl stadium with capacity 82,566 seats.

A gradual rollout would have prevented this mess. Everyone who bought the game could get a date where they could start playing.

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RE: Too greedy
by mightshade on Fri 8th Mar 2013 13:08 in reply to "Too greedy"
mightshade Member since:
2008-11-20

As much as I hate that software requires online mode, that's not the real problem here.
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A gradual rollout would have prevented this mess. Everyone who bought the game could get a date where they could start playing.

Yes, it is the very core of the problem. A gradual rollout wouldn't be any less terrible, really.
I expect the following course of events: Buy game, install, play. Period. Not "Buy game, install, wait a day or two or maybe a month, oh and make sure to not be on a train because then you're SOL". I want to waste my time playing the game, not waiting for it.

Edited 2013-03-08 13:12 UTC

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