Submitted by lifesanrpg 1033d ago | news

SimCity will require a constant internet connection, outage might lose game progress

The biggest issue, and that fans are most worried about, are whether their progress will be lost once the internet goes out, since there is no way to save your city to the server. If it's a short outage, Maxis says they can "recover gracefully," however for those whose internet might go out for longer periods of time, might be out of luck, since it doesn't look like cities are saved locally on your computer. (PC, SimCity)

Snookies12  +   1033d ago
Hah... Hahahaha. Um, that would be a no for me then.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1033d ago
Yeah, I'm not buying into this bullshit again. D3 was enough to convince me that "always-on" gaming is absolutely terrible and unnecessary outside of online multiplayer.
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FriedGoat  +   1033d ago
Indeed, screw them.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1033d ago
Didn't EA learn from Spore? Why do these games NEED to be online all the time? I understand it for a game like Diablo III, but why SimCity?
Somebody  +   1033d ago
"Why do these games NEED to be online all the time?"

...all because of the social interaction crap + free to play micro transaction. They're used the social gaming feature to justify a lot of the games they are forcing to be online all the time.

Forcing people online all the time because it's your DRM? Expect gamers to rebel instantly. Look at how gamers reacted toward Ubisoft games before 2012 and Spore. Total chaos and a costly endeavor for the developers.

Forcing people online all the time under the pretense of social interaction? It's a thin line and gamers not sure how to react it. Look at how people reacted towards MechWarrior Online, Command and Conquer Online, Silent Hunter Online, Call of Duty Online and Ghost Recon Online. Gamers are not sure whether to rebel or support it.

So what happens after they got all those gamers under a social heavy game like this? They start to trade stuff among themselves. After that EA will squeeze in and offer to be the middle man to handle the trades while offering items of its own.

Simcity = always online DRM+Diablo's Auction house+micro transcation.

It's not just about lost sales to piracy anymore. It's about squeezing every last drop of money from gamers in a closed garden of their own.
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SkullBlade169  +   1033d ago
Not buying then.
Sarcasm  +   1033d ago
Lost a sale from me too
KrisButtar  +   1033d ago
well its a no buy for me, my gaming rig is not hooked up to the internet, and besides i only have dail up, its also not excalty stable either. its also the reason i missed out on anno 2070 :(
HK6  +   1033d ago
I can understand this being a problem if you opted to play online with other people, however, there should ALWAYS be an option to play offline for games like this.
barb_wire  +   1033d ago
I won't touch it then. Over this constant online DRM.
f789790  +   1033d ago
Considering my internet goes out from time to time, I guess I'll get the fully functioning pirate version.
Soldierone  +   1033d ago
Wow I was EXTREMELY hyped to jump back into SimCity, and now I've lost all interest entirely....

My internet is always randomly shut off then turned back on. The company does "maintenance" without telling anyone, and its enough to kick you off and lose connection, then turns back on. Sometimes it off for hours at night.... and I'm up playing PS3 to notice it.

Really stupid to also assume everyone plays at home. What about those of us with laptops that want to play at schools or need public wifi to play? (Not during class, during that 3 hour break your stupid school person gave you in your schedule) My old college blocked anything gaming, couldn't connect to steam, couldn't check authentication on popular games, couldn't play onlive, nothing.

I'll just wait for the pirated version. Go buy it, then just download the pirate version. Kinda sad to look at pirates to fix stupidity, but oh well.
mynameisEvil  +   1031d ago
That's what I do. For Steam games, I buy them on Stea, but pirate them so I don't have to deal with Steam (sorry, I just don't like Steam. It's DRM to me, is all). It's not like I'm missing out, since I pretty much don't ever play any game online except maybe Killing Floor, Blacklight: Retribution, and Gotham City Impostors.

But this? Nah, I'm not buying this, nor pirating it. I'm just boycotting this crap just as I did Darkspore and Diablo III. Damn DRM.
Soldierone  +   1031d ago
I'll probably do the same. After reading this I kept thinking about it, and now I'm like "meh don't care anymore" So many other games coming out so I wont have money anyways now.
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KillerPwned  +   1033d ago
Well the number of copies that will be pirated probably just sky rocketed.
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chasegarcia  +   1033d ago
honestly why would they do this. history has shown that pirates will get around it.

-I think the best anti piracy thing to do is to add awesome online features.
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vinniects  +   1033d ago
I always enjoyed the old sim cities and was planning on enjoying this one but, I just went through three weeks with no power due to hurricane sandy in new york. If I spend months dedicated to buliding a city to loose it because of some hurricane or winter storm for a day or weeks is a horrible design
Kennytaur  +   1033d ago
I've got reasonably stable internet, so I'm still interested. But this is a very bad move, it won't stop piracy.
MadMen  +   1033d ago

no longer interested in this game
majiebeast  +   1033d ago
Well thats a pass goodjob EA your not making it very hard for me to pass on your games.
aiBreeze  +   1033d ago
And they wonder why people turn to piracy? Support the company voted worst in America and be forced to play with an internet connection or download the game for free and play it the way you want.. it's a no brainer. I was actually looking really excited to play this game however I won't support decisions like constant online.
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Wikki  +   1033d ago
yup... not buying the game then. Congrats publisher, you just lost more money from stupidity.
BlackIceJoe  +   1032d ago
I can sadly say I am going to have to pass on this game. I remember spending hours on this and Rollar Coaster Tycoon in the 90s. So I was looking forward to play Sim City again but not anymore.

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