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.
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RE[2]: The way to win
by Jezza on Wed 13th Mar 2013 08:39 UTC in reply to "RE: The way to win"
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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

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