Few things are more frustrating for a gamer than buying a game they can't play, especially when it's the issue comes from the creators themselves. Since SimCity launched this morning, at midnight of March 5, folks began reporting a variety of problems preventing them from playing. Now, the most common seems to be the much-hated Error 37, where users find themselves stuck in queue for long periods of time.
It isn't actually called "Error 37," but that's the nickname spawned from Diablo III. So what's the problem? Well, server queues are bad enough, especially when people just want to play the game by themselves. What's worse is that after the queue ends, it just resets and starts all over again -- rinse and repeat. This appears to be a widespread issue too, and some players are reporting queue times as long as 30 minutes, just to start up a private region; that's only to check your "next attempt to join", so you're literally queuing for a queue. Behold, the joys of always-connected gaming.
That's assuming you managed to even download SimCity off Origin, because there are plenty of people out there who still haven't. Godspeed.
Thanks for the tip, Tim. We hope you get to play the game soon.