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Electonic Art’s Always On Digital Rights Management Cheats Customers

As a child, I was a huge fan of the SimCity franchise.   I played every single SimCity with the exception of SimCity Societies.  It holds a special place in my heart, it always will.  When I was a child I wanted to be many things, one of those things I wanted to be when I grew up was to be an architect.  For a potential architect, I loved designing cities, laying out the roads, setting zones, it was truly awesome.

So when I heard that Maxis was to release a new SimCity, I was naturally very excited.  From what I’ve gathered, when the game function, it’s a great game.  But currently the new SimCity is plagued with all sorts of issues.  The biggest issue being EA’s draconian DRM that is frustrating the hell out of paying customers that just want to play the game they paid for.  With server issues, bugs, lost saves, features not working, etc, it’s a very aggravating experience for users.

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While EA claims that the DRM they use for SimCity isn’t so much about piracy prevention, rather the online requirement is there to enhance the user experience.  We know better.  We have seen this behavior from them before.

It seems that these methods have backfired and it’s only affecting paying customers.  On top of that, I believe paying customers will download a crack once available so they don’t have to deal with EA’s DRM so they can play the game the way they want to play it.

Is Electronic Arts so greedy, so desperate to stop piracy of their games that they are willing to ruin the gaming experience for their customers?  It seems so.

Gamespot just posted their review of the new Simcity and they were also very critical of the DRM and other issues with the game.

It really makes me sad to see such a potentially wonderful game ruined yet again because big corporations are not putting their customers first.

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