IncGamers examines the limited range of options available to customers who have been let down by SimCity's disastrous launch. From refunds to online petitions, what can people do to express distaste for 'always on' DRM?
The sad thing is that people have been voicing their concerns for years about such insane practices. Time and time again people have been burned, and the companies that do it are smashed with a string of people that decide to take their gaming dollars elsewhere. When people found out Sim City was going to be an online only game, people freaked out. Hell I was one of the people voicing my concerns. You can't destroy your city with disasters and then reload it. Like pretty much EVERY sim city person does and loves doing it. Why? Because you don't control your saves. You can't start an addition and then go, ahh man I screwed up, let me reload it from yesterday or a few hours ago or whatever. You are beholden to the service running to PLAY a single player game. Not a multiplayer FPS, but the SINGLE player portion. Not a one time check, but a persistent connection to EA's servers. There were some real retards talking about how people need to grow up, this is how business works (have they seen the economy?), the 'have you tried it yet' response, to shill for EA. They talked about how this online connection was 'the future' and that you can't hold progress back. Well mfers what are you saying now (general response to those morons)? Not every creation is progress. Were financial derivatives progress? The nuclear bomb? Simply put not EVERYTHING new under the sun is good, nor is it 'progress'. Their 'progress' is in REALITY, REGRESSION! It was funny they even were saying 'it would cost more to make it single player'...I was like WTF? Are you serious? It COST MORE to develop a game to be online. Not more to be OFFLINE. They have to add far more lines of code to introduce a persistent online connection, and saving games on one's hard drive or other location is literally three decades old. If you are playing your game and you lose connection, either on your end, or on THEIR end, you're screwed and lose the progress of your game. What they added was UNNECESSARY. It didn't add a single thing that people wanted or needed, all it did was add unreliability, grief, so on and so forth. People shilled for EA so hard trying to claim how much better we all would be hanging from a ledge over the Grand Canyon for no reason. They tried to claim how it was in our benefit to allow this crap. What fricking morons.
In my opinion everyone on N4G should sign this petition. Get the thing maxed out.
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