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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2013-03-15 03:12:31
SimCity Always Online DRM
Game makers: THIS IS ALWAYS A BAD CHOICE. Invariably, you will suffer from server outages and disgruntled customers.
Electronic Arts responded to server issues by TURNING OFF "non-critical gameplay features" - primarily the online social functionality. If they are "non-critical", you didn't need to require always online in the first place.
Also, don't compound our irritation by snowing us. First, they claimed that an offline mode is "just not possible", only for a company insider to reveal that not only is it possible, but the game actually does persist without that online infrastructure. Seems pretty obvious, actually, since EA was able to hotfix out "non-critical online gameplay features".