Hope You Weren't Planning On Playing SimCity Tonight

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Maybe you bought SimCity today.

Maybe you were hoping to fire it up after a long day of work. Maybe you've been waiting for this game for years now, and you were psyched to finally check it out.

Maybe you didn't mind the whole "online only" thing, because you keep your computer connected to the Internet 99% of the time anyway, and who really needs to play PC games on an airplane?

So you sat for an hour or two and ate dinner or something as you waited for SimCity to download and install. When it hit 100%, you were stoked. Finally.

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Then... something went wrong.

Maybe the servers just wouldn't authenticate.

Maybe your friends list wouldn't show up.

Maybe you got this message:

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Lots of people got that message:


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Maybe you're infuriated. Maybe you wish launch day games would work on the day they launched. Maybe you think is is unacceptable.

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You're not the only one.

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Bluestar2k9
Bluestar2k9

"because you keep your computer connected to the Internet 99% of the time anyway, and who really needs to play PC games on an airplane?"

It must be wonderful to live in such a narrow world.

Sorry to say, but internet in the US is garbage compared to half of the rest of the industrialized countries. I have a 22mbps line and I get disconnects throughout the day, sometimes I get poor download speeds, and sometimes, no connection at all. Those always on DRM games are wonderful during those times.

But that pales to the fact more then half the country still has to rely on very slow connections and dial-up, unless they got the money for satellite internet, then god forbid if a solar flare occurs.

Or what if, like a good chunk of the country you get laid off, but you've already bought these games figuring: hey, I got internet always on, no worries. Now you have one.

I was in that place (minus the always on DRM games, as i refuse to buy them) from September until right before christmas. It's dreadful being cut off from the entire world, and any games requiring a connection are useless coasters, or darkened slots on your steam/origin list.

So yes, i have broadband internet, it's semi reliable. But you know what? I don't want always on drm games, I won't pay for them, because sometimes **** happens, it's beyond your control, and I want to be able to play ANY game I choose, period, no exceptions, and I want to play them at ANY time I want, anywhere, and not when EA says I can, not when my internet decides to be stable, but when I feel like clicking run, no matter what is going on, even if the servers are down, I can still hit load, or new game, and enjoy the title I paid for.

You, can not.

Hope that 50$ is treating you well.