Neoseeker : News : SimCity beta weekend lets players try one hour of the game, ready your Origin account
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tekmosis Jan 20, 13
quote BlackLabel
quote AndyD_U
Why not allow people to just have a free weekend playing it

Would allow people to have to do the tutorial and have a good amount of time to have a go on their own.

Im not gonna bother going through the trouble just for a hour
Piracy reasons.. If they give you a 1 hour slice they can gauge how far you'll get by knowing the behind the scenes data. This allows them to manufacture a beta that has enough content to last about 90 minutes even though you'll be playing 60, just in case you're a SimCity god and work faster than most.

If they put up the full game for a weekend it would be on torrent sites within 30 minutes of going live. There has to be a limitation or no one will buy this game as everyone will have pirated it 2 months ahead of release. This beta is more than likely to test the always online servers while giving players a little taste of the SimCity reboot.
But the game has an "always online" DRM. They can just block access/logins with your Origin account.
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BlackLabel Jan 20, 13
tekmosis, Always online DRM isn't an anti-piracy measure, publishers think it is but pirates are good at what they do. I mean Far Cry 3 a game that requires uPlay an online service complete with a login is all over torrent sites. Always online DRM measures only affect paying customers, this game if offered entirely free for a weekend would be on Pirate Bay stripped free of all its DRM within hours..
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Gligar Jan 20, 13
thats true. They got rid of the time lock in the Just Cause 2 demo.
Anyways, if I record the gameplay of this game when i play the beta and post it on youtube, will EA get mad and try and block the video?
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Yick Jan 21, 13
When are we supposed to hear back from EA on how to access the Beta?
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tekmosis Jan 21, 13
yep, your video will get blocked, and your account will get a flag.
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Rabla Jan 24, 13
quote Quetzalcoatl
One hour is enough to put my city in debt and destroy it with multiple earthquakes.
Basically my exact thought pattern
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harbin Jan 26, 13
Got an email saying my beta key has arrived. Entered it into Origin, and half a day later downloading it I still can't enter the game because it's got an update.

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