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3,789 of 3,948 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Singleplayer DRM does it again!, March 5, 2013
This review is from: SimCity - Standard Edition [Download] (Software Download)
How would you feel if you waited for the new Corvette to come out, preordered one, and when you try to drive it home with its massive V8 engine the dashboard tells you, "Gas Pump not connected, aborting."?

Well, this is the world of EA games. For years now they have been plugging DRM into games regardless if it's singleplayer or multiplayer. At some unspecified date, from a year to a few years down the line, they'll pull the plug on the life-support of the game (aka server) and tah-dah! Your $60 game is now a $60 Frisbee.

There is no reason at all that anyone who shells out top-dollar for an over-hyped game should have to sit in a queue for hours at a time to even reach the main menu. The queue makes NO mention of your spot in line, and only says, "ATTEMPTING to reconnect in: (20 minute countdown)". That is, not checking persistently. That is, indefinite wait time. Your saves are SERVER based, so if your connection is lost, the server hiccups, or you move to a less-populated server? Hours of gameplay wasted.

Tutorials are bugged. Region buttons are greyed out and unable to continue. The crashes force you to sit in the queue once again.

Bottom line: Go up to a random stranger, preferably a musclehead, hand him your $60 and ask him to punch you in the face. You'll get more out of your money, and it'll be less painful to watch.

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Initial post: Mar 6, 2013 4:20:41 PM PST
Cyris69 says:
Best review ever!! Well, now to just sit and wait for skidrow or reloaded to crack it so you don't have to bother with all that crap. Thanks for saving me $60!

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 5:17:26 PM PST
Tony H. says:
This is a move that a lot of game makers are making because of greediness. Thank you for posting this. This is something that happened to me while wanting to play Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare, now to find out that the servers don't work. This is truly unfortunate since the strength of these games is multiplayer, so once the support to maker-hosted servers goes away, the money you invested in the game is immediately thrown away. I suggest never becoming enchanted with these hyped games and support by either contributing to the coding or at least the playing of open-source games and support the programmers financially. A truly open market supports innovation and true capitalism, which is a better environment for the players.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 6:16:39 PM PST
bochen7e7 says:
Yup I tried to contact their support via chat and was told the wait time was 855 minutes.... What a joke

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 6:28:41 PM PST
Ryan S. says:
Just another example of a failed product launch. I want my money back.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 8:25:20 PM PST
I suppose this is simply EA's way of showing us they deep unconditional love to every single gamer that decides to pay a negligible fee to join the fun and happy EA family by purchasing one of their products. Very soon, perhaps, gamers could expect EA to pay someone from the granny cloud to come and tuck you into bed at night and read you a nighttime story, just because you were kind enough to show financial support to the EA family during their hard times.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 9:23:30 PM PST
Rynn says:
Well said!
Your 'bottom line' got a much needed laugh out of such an annoying situation.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 5:35:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2013 5:46:14 AM PST
Klephilantro says:
So I searched for Simcity on March 5. 200+ comments and an average of 1.5 stars. Many forewarned not to buy cos of the DRM/DRC issues. Now on March 7, 600+ comments and the average went down to 1 stars. Oh don't people ever learn to listen. Or maybe they can't read either. Or they probably thought, "it will not happen to me". You guys are just dumping money into EA's pockets without expecting anything in return.

DRM/DRC was created to curb piracy. Yet the DRM/DRC is making more and more people resort to piracy.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 7:13:46 AM PST
This has to be one of the best reviews I have ever read, and so accurate. You, sir, win 1000 Internets, Gangnam style.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2013 10:03:19 AM PST
MarcP says:
SO true.

I wanted to purchase, loved the art style, the sound effects its such a charming looking game.

Now to hear people cannot even play what they legally bought.


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2013 11:03:43 AM PST
Owen P. Bird says:
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