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.
Thread beginning with comment 555259
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: The way to win
by sgtrock on Tue 12th Mar 2013 23:56 UTC in reply to "The way to win"
sgtrock
Member since:
2011-05-13

I disagree. Cracking this game to allow it to run in SP offline mode still means someone paid for the game in the first place.

The REAL way to win is to quit buying games from EA. There are plenty of companies out there that are worth your attention, after all.

Edited 2013-03-12 23:56 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 13

RE[2]: The way to win
by Gone fishing on Wed 13th Mar 2013 00:51 in reply to "RE: The way to win"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

I agree but you have to wonder at content makers who cripple their work so that the pirate versions are in every way superior to the legitimate product. Then are shocked that their product is pirated.

Greed seems to make folk stupid.

Reply Parent Score: 9

RE[3]: The way to win
by Lobotomik on Wed 13th Mar 2013 09:24 in reply to "RE[2]: The way to win"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

You don't have a right to pirate it, though. If you don't like it, don't buy it. You don't have a God Granted Right to run SimCity. If you think that as it is, it is shit, but it could become better by sprinkling some pepper on it, well, that will not be your problem unless you buy it.

Now, if you buy it, I think it is ethical (though not necessarily legal) to modify it to suit your needs.

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[2]: The way to win
by Jezza on Wed 13th Mar 2013 08:39 in reply to "RE: The way to win"
Jezza Member since:
2005-10-13

I disagree. I believe this is already happenning and is actually the cause of the problem.

1. People are pissed off with EA for some intrusive DRM and stop buying their games.
2. EA says "Oh noez, sales are down, it must be all of those pirates."
3. Increasingly obnoxious DRM "to combat pirates".
4. GOTO 1


I am not pretending to have a solution. I think that in the long run, the only developers left will be those who respect their customers... it just might take a while and the transitory period will be tough.

Edited 2013-03-13 08:40 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 8

RE[2]: The way to win
by Fergy on Wed 13th Mar 2013 11:13 in reply to "RE: The way to win"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

The REAL way to win is to quit buying games from EA. There are plenty of companies out there that are worth your attention, after all.

Check out civitas on kickstarter:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1584821767/civitas-plan-develop...

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[3]: The way to win
by WereCatf on Wed 13th Mar 2013 11:33 in reply to "RE[2]: The way to win"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

"The REAL way to win is to quit buying games from EA. There are plenty of companies out there that are worth your attention, after all.

Check out civitas on kickstarter:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1584821767/civitas-plan-develop...
"

On that same note I probably should mention Good Old Games ( http://www.gog.com ) and their "Pick 5 games. Save 80%" - promo at http://www.gog.com/pick_5

I'm sure almost everyone here who cares is already aware of GOG, but I just thought to mention it just for the sake of promoting DRM-free gaming.

Reply Parent Score: 5