Neoseeker : News : SimCity's always-online nature came from previous entries' "lonely experience"
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andrew2209 Jan 20, 13
My main concern with connecting the game to the "in-game world", is the prices of good could be driven up by people stockpiling resources, and causing a shortage of goods, to gain an easy profil at the expense of other players.
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James Young Jan 18, 13
I will still be buying the game, since I will be using my main computer for the game, which always has internet access.

I understand why people are upset about the whole DRM thing, but I am not going to avoid trying the game out because of it.
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AndyD_U Jan 18, 13
I think they have missed a trick as it would be a great game to have or your laptop to play on a long journey plane, bus or train to pass the time.

Ill still be buying it as it will be on my main computer which has constant internet access but i think they have alienated a lot of people from looking around a number of forums.
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Yick Jan 17, 13
Very disappointing indeed. Especially the part about no localized saves? I have been craving a new SimCity for so long though, so I will still probably end up buying it. Sometimes it's nice playing a game where I don't have to kill people, haha.
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Abyss Raider Jan 14, 13
Been looking for a good SimCity since 4... Was super stoked for this, even was a big fan of the interplay they were putting in it... Now they announce it's always-online? Dang... Way to let us down, once again. Although I have no idea why I'm surprised, EA's name's on the label...
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Blue Neon Jan 13, 13
All the reasons they gave for it do not even require a perma connection to do, other cities when no one is in them will use free will - unless Maxis are idiots. Therefore offline play would be fine as long as the AI is not retarded.
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chaostheory6682 Jan 13, 13
quote tekmosis
They did an AMA on reddit not that long ago
They also did a terrible job of addressing peoples concerns, such as no localized saves; as well as what happens when your internet goes out while you are playing.

They were unable to answer specifics about many issues actually, which doesn't set well with me.

Apparently, the game can deal with short outages, but they were unable to give a value to what a short outage was, merely saying, "a period of minutes," or sum such thing. If you continue to play, and the connection doesn't return, you would lose all of that game data.

They were looking for some good PR when they did that AMA, but instead it turned into a nightmare. Every time a company tries using always on DRM, it backfires horribly, yet they keep trying different angles to get it to pan out.
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chaostheory6682 Jan 13, 13
I hate to say it, but pretty much everything about the new Simcity sounds bad. Unlocking, leveling up, always on DRM, etc. I don't want to have to unlock stuff, if I want a hospital, I should just be able to buy it. I shouldn't have to unlock infrastructure, that sounds horrible.

Everything he explained as reasons for always being connected could be built into a single player game, with the option of going online. They are just making excuses for why they are using always on DRM, period!

Fact is, I deal with people all day, every day, a lonely experience is exactly what I am looking for!
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chaostheory6682 Jan 13, 13
Regardless of what they are claiming, I will never support this type of online DRM. And that is what it is, DRM.

When Ubisoft started doing it, I stop buying their games. And I stuck to that position until they stopped doing it. I just recently purchased Assassins Creed 2 now that it can be played without the always on DRM, it is great to finally play it.

My position with Simcity will be the same, which is unfortunate because I have always been a big fan of the Simcity franchise. I don't have a problem with having the option of going online, but it shouldn't be mandatory.

Things like this only hurt the customer, especially from a gaming on the go stand point. Wifi connections aren't always available, particularly when you find yourself with some free time when you are out and about.

EA needs to pull their heads out of their butts and realize people don't want stuff like this.
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RainbowUmbreon Jan 13, 13
they will crack it of course and the more intrusive drm gets the more determined people will be to crack it

good drm isn't cracked nearly as much.the good way to beat piracy its to offer a service which is better than the pirate's service eg netflix and steam
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Rabla Jan 13, 13
Well I for one foresee fantastic potential and am massively looking forward to this game.
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Socialist Gamer Jan 12, 13
quote THM

Maybe someone can crack its always online mode?!!!!
And then this would fall into yet another case of intrusive DRM being countered with more piracy? The solution?

MOAR INTRUSIVE DRM! Or at least that's what braindead companies like EA will do. I'm not one to promote piracy but I hope this gets cracked and torrented weeks before release. Not that it would change anything, EA's policy involves using one solution for everything.

So, what do you reckon? Not all folks have an internet connection or good/reliable internet connection to play Sim...Developers need to taken into account of that!
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DedValve Jan 12, 13
quote THM
Maybe someone can crack its always online mode?!!!!
And then this would fall into yet another case of intrusive DRM being countered with more piracy? The solution?

MOAR INTRUSIVE DRM! Or at least that's what braindead companies like EA will do. I'm not one to promote piracy but I hope this gets cracked and torrented weeks before release. Not that it would change anything, EA's policy involves using one solution for everything.
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RainbowUmbreon Jan 12, 13
hey guys look we know your lying just say its for the drm and let it be.If you made your drm not retarded then noone would complain
exibit A = steam
its drm technically but its such a good interface none cares
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