EA offers free game to frustrated SimCity owners

The launch week of Electronic Arts' revamped SimCity franchise has been an unmitigated disaster. The decision to force gamers to have an "always on" internet connection to play a game that in previous versions could be played without one has resulted in many gamers not being able to play due to server overloads and issues on EA's end.

Late on Friday, EA's general manager of the Maxis brand, Lucy Bradshaw, posted up a note on EA's blog site that announced that on March 18th, SimCity players would receive a code to download a free EA game. She added, "I know that’s a little contrived – kind of like buying a present for a friend after you did something crummy.  But we feel bad about what happened.  We’re hoping you won’t stay mad and that we’ll be friends again when SimCity is running at 100 percent."

Bradshaw also said that problems with the launch of SimCity were simply due to unexpected demand for playing the game. While EA held two online beta tests prior to the launch, Bradshaw said, "More people played and played in ways we never saw in the beta." EA claims to have added 120 percent more server capacity to the game since the launch but Bradshaw admitted that the service is still "not quite there" in terms of serving everyone.

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Bradshaw said, "More people played and played in ways we never saw in the beta


I bet they did BECAUSE the beta was a stripped down version of the game that's was limited to 2 levels , AND had a limited number of users that was under what there crappy servers could handle


make it so it only phones home once and give us the ability to save our cities to out pc's in case / when there servers crap out again

People can say all they want about always on DRM and such, but it's not just the publishers/game designers fault.
I pirate plenty myself, its either because its not worth buying, there is no available or proper demo. Or as with music and TV... It's not available in my country.
But you know entire hordes of people are pirate by life. And this is a major chunk of computer users. At least here in the EU it is. Everyone had cracked PSX/PS2 and Xboxes, And the hacked PS3's are popping up everywhere too.
Cracked Call of Duty servers for pirated PC COD games everywhere. Same for any popular multiplayer game, there will be private servers eventually.
But the point is, they do lose many, many millions of EU/USD due to piracy. Good companies are going down, and I'm sure if everyone who enjoyed their games, would've bought it. They didn't need a bail/buy out. (Gas Powered Games for example).

We (the gamers) help with these pesky DRM's by pirating games way to much. (nothing personal, just talking about averages/pov)

Except, of course, that DRM/always on screws the legit customer while doing little to the pirates.

EA also had the benefit of seeing how much of a disaster Diablo 3 launch was and could have learnt form it. Apparently these companies really don't pay attention to what is going on.


SimCity is online though. The whole city lives in the cloud next to other players cities. Regardless of DRM this was still going to happen.

SK[ said,]SimCity is online though. The whole city lives in the cloud next to other players cities. Regardless of DRM this was still going to happen.

Yes but it doesn't have to, it was built that way for DRM but it did and still does not require a server if it had been done properly.

Depicus said,

Yes but it doesn't have to, it was built that way for DRM but it did and still does not require a server if it had been done properly.


I hardly think DRM is the main reason for the multiplayer regions.
DRM is the reason why there is no offline mode.
I eventually bought SimCity. Screw the DRM and EA, it's still Maxis... the only (semi)autonomous entity/division within EA Games.
Addicting game as all previous SimCities, just need friends to start a region with now And get off the East European Server 3 (hasn't given me any issues, although I rather go back to West EU servers).

I think an Offline mode option will be added in the future. Just preventing piracy at first I suppose.
Also people cry rivers about Origin, while Origin is just as horrible as Steam is to me. No change there, both horrible bloated useless replacements of my desktop/start shortcuts.

"So you just paid that $60 for SimCity and can't play the game because we suck at DRM? Nooo problem, here have this code for a game you didn't actually want to buy but your $60 is what it's going to get you right now. We released it several years ago and as a bonus, we don't even make you play with an always on DRM connection with that game so it'll work just fine!"

Yeah, no thanks EA. You've already messed up enough. A lot of actual SimCity FANS are ****ed at you for the always on-DRM - these are not pirates you're annoying the heck out of here. Its your bloody fan base, your loyal gamers, who buy your games. You've just taken a dump on their face.

How about instead of a retarded game code that they didn't ask for, you patch the game (again!) and remove the last bit of the always on DRM requirement so people have an option for offline play.

sagum said,
"So you just paid that $60 for SimCity and can't play the game because we suck at DRM? Nooo problem, here have this code for a game you didn't actually want to buy but your $60 is what it's going to get you right now. We released it several years ago and as a bonus, we don't even make you play with an always on DRM connection with that game so it'll work just fine!"

Yeah, no thanks EA. You've already messed up enough. A lot of actual SimCity FANS are ****ed at you for the always on-DRM - these are not pirates you're annoying the heck out of here. Its your bloody fan base, your loyal gamers, who buy your games. You've just taken a dump on their face.

How about instead of a retarded game code that they didn't ask for, you patch the game (again!) and remove the last bit of the always on DRM requirement so people have an option for offline play.


Its a different approach, I did not want to buy it initially due to the always on DRM, bought it because I still have faith in Maxis. Maxis is unique under the EA games empire. Will Wright made sure with the takeover, Maxis would be autonomous (not entirely, but a long way) unlike previous and he saw them go under. They made some decent games, The Sims is a good game even if you don't like it. (neither do I) but The Sims is technically a great game thanks to its research into AI and such. The 12890312 addon packs > EA, the game itself > MAXIS.

The game itself is good, its a different approach from the old citybuilders, but SimCity needed a refurbishment/upgrade. And so far works out well, I would love some bigger cities but their choice to keep it rather small to make sure old timer PC's can still play this game (typical MAXIS, EA doesn't care about older hardware generally). Its just the first release of a new type of citybuilding. I cant wait for the upgrade or next version.

MAXIS would've included some kind of offline mode, guess EA pushed to hard on this. Maybe its just initially. Who knows.
But the game is solid. Beats CitiesXL into a pulp. (Be it thanks to CitiesXL being bought up by a slackerass company that doesn't upgrade the game for the past 3 years or so)