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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"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.

So how did that work out?

I am one of the people who pre-ordered Guild Wars 2, mostly because I wanted to show support to someone who is willing to atleast try *something* new in the MMORPG-arena, but I can say that while the launch was smoother than most other MMORPGs these days it still wasn't smooth enough. There was still quite a lot of lag in the beginning and lots of random DCs.

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