Online games only? The new SimCity one example of the nightmare it could create for gamers

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As many of you may be aware, the new SimCity game can only be accessed when users were connected to the internet and to the EA game server. There has been a slew of connection problems that have made it nearly impossible for some players to log on to their virtual city. The problem got so bad that amazon had to put a warning message on the game, notifying customers that they had received several complaints regarding the game’s online only mode.

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Maxis bigwig Lucy Bradshaw was asked if development were considering making an offline SimCity mode at some point, she replied with the following comment:

“We have no intention of offlining SimCity any time soon,” she said from the game’s official twitter, @simcity, “but we’ll look into that as part of our earning back your trust efforts.”

Currently the PC version of the game has 1 1/2 stars. Mostly due to the connection problems.

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This brings up the question...

How would you react if all your games required you to be connected to a game publisher’s network in order to play? 

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2 Comments

  • I would probably play a lot less games, or go back to old school video games. Hopefully this won’t be a continuing trend.

  • Hopefully publishers will think twice about making their games be required to always be online, or at least do a better job at maintaining the servers.

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