Amazon Yanks SimCity Over Server Woes
Players locked out, and getting angry
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2013 12:32 PM CST
In this image released by Electronic Arts/Maxis, a concept art image of an accident scene in an urban area is shown as concept art for the video game "SimCity."   (AP Photo/Electronic Arts/Maxis)

(Newser) – The new SimCity racked up some nice reviews from critics, but it's getting abysmal ones from players thanks to the horrific server issues the game is experiencing. Amazon briefly stopped selling the game last night over the problems, the BBC reports. It's back now, but it carries a special warning about the server issues—and 1,190 one-star reviews. "If you'd love to experience the nonstop thrills and excitement of SimCity, then please remove $60 from your bank and promptly pay someone to kick you repeatedly in the friggin' mouth," one customer wrote.

To curb piracy, EA requires players to access its servers to play SimCity, even if they don't want to interact with other players. With the servers overloaded, players are experiencing half-hour waits to play, sluggish response times—and, Wired reports in a post scathingly dubbing the game a "DRM Disaster," servers that are failing to save their game progress. EA says it's working to fix the problem. "This is, obviously, not the situation we wanted for our launch week," an EA executive wrote on the game's message board, according to the LA Times.

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Bundy714
Mar 9, 2013 1:33 PM CST
And the only way to play it reliably is to get a cracked, pirated version that doesn't need to access the servers. Ironic, huh? So their solution to keeping their game from being pirated, leads to frustrated angry customers and drives people to find a working pirated version. Hilarious FAIL from EA. This isn't the first company to try this and all fail miserably yet they don't learn. Even people opposed to piracy will buy the game but then they will still download the pirated crack to enable them to reliably play the game they legally purchased. While the legal owners can't play because the servers are overloaded and their progress isn't saved, pirates are enjoying actually playing the game. Way to encourage piracy EA, congratulations.
Mr_Joshua
Mar 9, 2013 5:54 AM CST
I've played this sim since Ver 1 but here in Brazil where I am now we don't always have reliable broadband so I'll buy SC5 after EA pulls it's head out of it's a$$ and releases a stand alone version. And you can call me...................Mr Joshua
runs_with_scissors
Mar 8, 2013 9:04 PM CST
Wanna see something that will make you think? EA has a list of games that it has (and is going to) shut down. It's VERY long. it's at http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates and includes four titles this month. The games are for different platforms, and I saw games that were about 2 years old. I don't know enough about the list to say that there were newer games, but the online part of those games is gone. What happens when EA pulls the plug on a game that can ONLY be played online? Shame on EA.