lousyskater: Pixiest: Geez, that always connected DRM stuff really blows. I guess I'll just stick with World of Warcraft.That's not a very good comparison. The whole point of an MMO is to play with other people, where SimCity has mostly been a single player game. Also, Blizzard at least refunded game time back in the early years of WoW when the servers were still fairly unstable and unplayable for days at a time. EA's strategy is "Too bad, we already have your money. Now GTFO"/always online single player games are terrible and should have never come to pass//I'm looking at you D3
MrEricSir: MurphyMurphy: MrEricSir: Look dude, I hate DRM too. But the problem here isn't DRM, it's that EA is completely incompetent.No they aren't.They will fark up whatever they want, what they won't do is stray from their hard-line stance. In their book, if they keep pushing this drm shiat eventually people will just swallow it (and they may be right).Unless you're saying they intended for the servers to suffer a massive blackout that prevents people from paying a game they just paid $60 for, I'm not sure what you mean by asserting that they're not incompetent. That just doesn't make any sense.
traylor: TFA: Let me say this straight off: the DRM and online features in a game are part of a gameA-ha, so your first challenge in the game is to get through the DRM. THIS IS PART OF THE GAME.Wait, I have an idea for a new game genre. There will be nothing in the games but dozens of DRM algorithms and the goal will be to get through all of them. Sounds good, no? First one wins, others can EABOD.
Tommy Moo: Girion47: Yeah I have no interest in this game. Off to pirate it!Just out of curiosity, is that even feasible? Has someone already hacked the source code and released a version that doesn't ping EAs servers for license permission?
The Stealth Hippopotamus: Played for 3 hours last night and really enjoyed it. Now I haven't logged on to see if it's still there, but I dont care. It's my first city and it's on a really small map with only 2 other players so I dont plan to mess with it for too long.That and I had to play with base graphics because I needed a better graphics card for the shiny stuff.That card is sitting in my car right now, so happy.
Rincewind53: Great Janitor: How bad is the video game industry doing? I have friends who work at the Gamestop Corporate office. Years ago, Gamestop used to be on the Fortune 500. Gamestop had piles of money and they used it to do upgrade sections of the corporate office, they bought some off site property to expand their refurbishment department, picked up several companies to expand their brand. Now, in late January they eliminated several positions in the corporate office as well as closed over 80 stores, dissolving several districts. Right now is annual review time and so far everyone who's gotten their review back has had poor reviews. Some think that the company might be gearing up for another round of lay offs, others think the poor reviews are Gamestop's way of avoiding payraises that they've already announced that they can not afford. Part of the problem is that it's been six years since a major console was released and with the next gen consoles not expected to be out until Maybe December of this year, it's going to be a hard year for Gamestop. Another problem for Gamestop is the software company's war against used gaming, and Gamestop is their target (and gamers the victims). They argue that Gamestop has made a billion dollar empire off of used games, but gives none of that money to the software companies (which makes as much sense as Carmax selling used cars but not sending any of that money to the auto makers). There are several rumors about the next Playstation and Xbox not allowing used games by requiring online connection to verify that the disk is a new disk, to activation codes to on line only. All moves that will ultimately kill the video game industry, at least the console gaming industry.Gamestop is dying because of digital distribution, Amazon, and the general price point for new video games. End of story.Gamestop's fate has very little to do with the do with the health of the video game industry as a whole.
Girion47: The problem with #5? There's no negative feedback for the company to change it's ways.
soporific: We need this.
Lumbar Puncture: rufus-t-firefly: This guy (from the Amazon reviews) has a better letterWithout looking, I bet that's from Chris Kluwe.
from my blood: PCMAG.com has popups. 2 of them in fact.This is just as annoying as single player games requiring server access.When will web sites learn?1. Enter profanities in the questionnaire2. Enter false, disgusting email address.3. Avoid the offending web sites.4.... nothing.
show me: Great Janitor: EA can charge $60 for the disk, then $15 to unlock each team on the diskWow, I thought it was overpriced to begin with, but this is real? Holy shiat, glad I was never interested in getting it.
scottydoesntknow: Also, a prediction for the future: if you release an expansion or paid DLC to make the extremely small city areas bigger (instead of making it a free fix for one of the game's legitimate mechanical flaws), people are going to be unhappy all over again. We're all expecting it, and none of us are going to appreciate it when it happens.Subway DLC. Book it. Done.
kumanoki: Let EA be the wrecked ship on the rocky, treacherous shores of DRM that show other companies where not to sail.
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