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[3]: Sing of the Times
by WorknMan on Tue 12th Mar 2013 23:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Sing of the Times"
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If it were just anti piracy measures you could make that argument but in the case of Sim City they've moved part of the single player onto their servers; not for any real benefit to the game... no, just so they can add it to the following list of shut down servers in a couple of years and charge you again if you still feel like playing.

In that list you posted, do they disable the WHOLE game, or just the multiplayer? I'm pretty sure that even now, I could stick those old games in and play the single player mode.

And they're not going to disable the single player on Sim City in 2 years. Why would they? The last Sim City game was released in 2007, so it's not like this is a yearly franchise like their sports games are, so they won't have a newer Sim City game to sell you in a year or two. And even if they did, it's highly doubtful that even EA would be stupid enough to shut the old one down entirely that soon.

It's awfully tempting to come up with some sort of conspiracy theory here, but this is an anti-piracy measure... simple as that.

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RE[4]: Sing of the Times
by BushLin on Wed 13th Mar 2013 00:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Sing of the Times"
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It's not a conspiracy theory that EA de-commission their servers for online play at an increasingly alarming rate.
Games from 2 years ago are on that list.

It's also not a conspiracy theory that they (amongst other companies it should be said) are increasing the amount of core game content that relies on the aforementioned servers.
Sim City is in fact not playable in single player mode without being online, this is worse than losing some characters/levels/missions/weapons/etc (obviously online play also) and not because they're offering us anything useful by making it that way.

It's a real step up in bullshit from the practice of releasing a game alongside costly DLC which really should have been included in the cover price. Quite a leap from the idea of extending the life of a classic title by means of an expansion pack, you're denied the proper experience without their servers which disappear far too quickly.

And now we find ourselves further down the line, it's only really because of the problems with the servers that the whole practice is being discussed but it's way beyond anti-piracy and more about milking fans of a game franchise.

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RE[5]: Sing of the Times
by WorknMan on Wed 13th Mar 2013 06:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Sing of the Times"
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t's not a conspiracy theory that EA de-commission their servers for online play at an increasingly alarming rate.
Games from 2 years ago are on that list.

So you're saying EA will have a new Sim City game out in 2015 (even though they don't release them nearly that often), and will COMPLETELY disable the current game at that time?

I'm not saying it isn't possible, but highly unlikely. Turning off online play is one thing (esp if there's nobody playing anymore), but disabling a game altogether is an entirely different matter.

But even if they do, it's not likely that 'core gamers' will care if there's a new one to play, since core gamers have demonstrated time-after-time that they don't mind buying the same f**king game over and over again, as long as it looks better. Case in point, look at how many times that Doom has been resold, in one form or another, since 1993. Better graphics for sure, same damn game.

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