Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:46 UTC
Games "To see anyone defending EA and Maxis for the state of SimCity, even were it in perfect working order on launch, depresses me to my core. This self-flagellation-as-skincare notion, where gamers loudly and proudly defend the destruction of their own rights as consumers, is an Orwellian perversity. That it might be considered in any way controversial to call them out on their crap, to point out that no, always-on DRM is not an advantage to anyone, is bewildering. It's a sign of just how far the gaming world has fallen into the rabbit hole of the publisher's burrowing." As usual, RPS hits the nail on the head so hard it shoots through the board.
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RE: There is no game...
by Fergy on Mon 11th Mar 2013 18:22 UTC in reply to "There is no game..."
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

Games like this don't exist for me.

Being a purveyor of "used games", especially those I can purchase at garage sales, it's safe to assume I'll probably never have an opportunity to play this game. By the time I get around to "owning" and playing it, EA will have probably turned off the servers and the game will cease to be playable in the used game market.

What's sad is - these game publishers are indirectly killing their own franchises by preventing real fans from going back and play the older version(s) of the games that are currently being published. When the original versions are dead and unplayable, there will be a gap where people will lose this ability in the coming decades.

Bonus: And my 3 kids are not likely to ever play it either. Considering they have inherited my frugal "get it used" strategy.

I get my 'used' games on GOG. You get the full version with all extra's patched up to make it work on new computers.

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RE[2]: There is no game...
by umccullough on Mon 11th Mar 2013 19:12 in reply to "RE: There is no game..."
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I get my 'used' games on GOG. You get the full version with all extra's patched up to make it work on new computers.


Exactly... but a game that requires an always-on connection will probably never show up on GoG.

Furthermore, from what I read, EA claims that their servers perform some of the "computation tasks" required for the game - meaning that the installed software that resides on the end-user's computer does not contain all the code necessary for the game to be playable, and that some portion of the game code runs on EA's servers.

This means that even if someone later comes along and hacks the original game to run single-player - unless they have access to the server-side code bits as well, and know can figure out how to incorporate them into the standalone version, this game will never see the light of day again.

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RE[3]: There is no game...
by Fergy on Mon 11th Mar 2013 19:18 in reply to "RE[2]: There is no game..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Exactly... but a game that requires an always-on connection will probably never show up on GoG.

That is good reason to go GOG. If you buy your game there you are safe. If it is not there there is a reason and it might be because the publisher is evil.

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