Neoseeker : News : Offline mode considered, rejected for SimCity
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Owen Osborne Jun 17, 13
I'm a huge fan of Sim City 4. Today I went out to buy the new Sim City 2013, but being told that it requires permanent internet connection, I've decided against it. Reason being, that in South Africa, our internet service is slow and unreliable. Furthermore I would like to play the game on my own. EA, sorry but you definitely lost me as a supporter of your games.
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russell612 May 28, 13
Actually Always-online is quite a good move. You guys should think that a few years later everywhere will have internet connection, on trains, on cars and even on roads. If you are not satisfied now even smartphones can be a wireless router! ( If your smartphone has mobile data) Think straight guys! Think forward! But Maxis should really expand the city size. Keep it up Maxis!
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Aulis Vaara Mar 18, 13
quote S-I-E
they also recognized that people refuse to pay for it. and what a coincidence that this all time online function just happens to be useful to make sure people won't pirate the game or do anything with it that's not intended.
quote Slash
Isn't online always to prevent piracy or something?
Then I support EA on their decision.
Ironically, such debilitating "features" only drive more people to piracy. Afterall, pirates don't have to put up with poor customer service and support, nor do they have to be online.

Maybe they should heed Amanda Palmer's advice, and ask people to pay, rather than trying to make them. Most people know they need to support the developers they like, and the rest will learn quickly if only certain companies would start to appreciate their actual paying customers.

And then they're probably going to sell city size upgrades as DLC too. EA really doesn't like people to pay for its games, does it?
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DedValve Mar 17, 13
quote RabidChinaGirl
Bradshaw has been on full PR mode since launch. Honestly, I think she's doing a great job, but I think most people have an issue with EA, not Maxis.
At this point it is impossible to tell the difference between EA and their acquisitions. Like a parasite they suck the life and talent out of whatever they acquire until nothing but a husk remains.


Also look at what the modding community found!

kNoRepeatNetworkAlertSeconds : 15,
kNetDownForceQuitAfterMinutes : 20,

Hilarious that modders and pirates are going to get a better product than people that buy this game legitly (unless they go against Max--I mean EAxis and mod their game anyways).
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harhis23 Mar 17, 13
quote Night Surgeon
Just because it wasn't "their vision" doesn't mean that isn't what the customer wants. If someone wants to play by themselves, they shouldn't need to be forced to be online. Online only single player is the stupidest move any game company can pull.
Agree! I for one do prefer to play the game by myself, offline. That's how I enjoy it to the max.

It seems to me that EA is up for something beyond what it has explicated about 'sticking to the company's vision.' While imposing such a move for improvement-wise would somehow boost the company's integrity, making its vision matters more than their gamer's satisfaction is definitely no good. Perhaps they're up to making SimCity among the running MMO's to date?
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Night Surgeon Mar 16, 13
quote Slash
Isn't online always to prevent piracy or something?
Then I support EA on their decision.
Supposed to. It doesn't. It's just an inconvenience to all the people who don't pirate the game.
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BlackScythe Mar 16, 13
Their vision. I know it's EA but I still have to ask... Who was their vision intended for?

quote Crusad3r
What's the issue with always-online? I've had it for a year now with Diablo 3 and aside from when the game was launched, there's been no problems whatsoever, despite connecting to a server on the other side of Earth. People need to realise that this is the direction that developers and publishers alike are taking to prevent piracy in the PC gaming industry as well as to promote a multiplayer experience, so move with the times.
I take it you've never played an Ubisoft game. Trying to play your singleplayer ONLY game when they have maintence... Try playing on a weekend their servers crash and they decide they don't feel like fixing it. Try playing any time and for some reason their server decides to drop your connection for a little while and you loose hours of gameplay because you forgot to save.

Online only sucks. I'll take steam any day.
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Slash Mar 16, 13
Isn't online always to prevent piracy or something?
Then I support EA on their decision.
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Night Surgeon Mar 16, 13
quote Crusad3r
What's the issue with always-online? I've had it for a year now with Diablo 3 and aside from when the game was launched, there's been no problems whatsoever, despite connecting to a server on the other side of Earth. People need to realise that this is the direction that developers and publishers alike are taking to prevent piracy in the PC gaming industry as well as to promote a multiplayer experience, so move with the times.
Good luck playing when servers go down.
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Crusad3r Mar 16, 13
What's the issue with always-online? I've had it for a year now with Diablo 3 and aside from when the game was launched, there's been no problems whatsoever, despite connecting to a server on the other side of Earth. People need to realise that this is the direction that developers and publishers alike are taking to prevent piracy in the PC gaming industry as well as to promote a multiplayer experience, so move with the times.
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Tenklis Mar 16, 13
Limiting city size is a huge no for me, especially after hearing they have expanded citys ready for dlc one day already in the game. I wont be playing this for a couple years until i can downoad it for 20 bux with everything included.
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Tenklis Mar 16, 13
I don't mind online only (and online only IS the future so get over it) But i do mind when my game doesent work the way it should. Glad i held off on getting this
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Abyss Raider Mar 16, 13
They can say it all they want, but I'm never going to agree that a game should require a constant connection for singleplay. They can try and defend themselves by saying it's an MMO, but I fail to see it.
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S-I-E Mar 16, 13
quote J
thousands of people loving the Always-Connected functionality

I find this hard to believe,
actually if you ignore the connectivity problems (i know ) it makes sense.

with that logic i can say thousands of people enjoy E.T the game but at the same time i wisely keep my mouth shut about everyone else that might not have. it's a dirty move really. the idea is to find things out after the seal has been broken.

this thread reminds me why i should cherish small and independent game companies so much. too much money is bad for people. granted they don't always have the resources to make things it feels good not to have a forked tongue slithering near my ears once in a while.
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