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Yes, there’s a SimCity DRM petition

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SimCity, the first game in the management title in over a decade released last week to a number of issues, keeping people from playing their perpetually connected, mostly single player game. The issues were less severe in European territories, and the US server issues are nearly resolved. Still fans want change – and they want change in the form of a patch that removes the need for a permanent online connection.

"When I, And millions of other people, buy a game that has a single-player experience, we expect it to work regardless of our connectivity to the internet, or quality of our connection.” says a petition on change.org. “EA has made this impossible, so many people with an unstable connection will not even be able to play the game in the first place, let alone anyone who wants to play on the go/with no internet connection."

Millions of people demand it! Right now, the petition sits with 59 000 signatures, though it will likely be just about as effective as one of Darryn’s pick-up lines.

Maxis has said it’s looking in to the possibility of an offline mode for the game, with Maxis General Manager Lucy Bradshaw saying on Twitter that  "We have no intention of offlining SimCity any time soon but we’ll look into that as part of our earning back your trust efforts."

However, just hours previously the official SimCity Twitter account said “The game was designed for MP, we sim the entire region on the server so [offline mode] is just not possible”

Have you been playing SimCity? If so, how’s your experience to date been?

Last Updated: March 11, 2013


  1. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    March 11, 2013 at 13:37

    So many mixed vibes from them? It feels like a bad romance comedy lol


  2. OVG

    March 11, 2013 at 13:38

    No need to waste time petitioning. I vote with my wallet.


    • Macethy

      March 11, 2013 at 13:51

      Yeah what he said! Doubt they will make it offline anytime soon, it’s built around DLC and microtransations so they wouldn’t want to shoot themselves in the foot that way.


    • M

      March 11, 2013 at 13:55

      I did both.


    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      March 11, 2013 at 14:17

      Totally agree. They will never get my money, NEVER! *Goes off to shoot shit in DS3… Flamethrower FTW!


  3. Admiral Chief Erwin

    March 11, 2013 at 13:47

    Man, can’t you post a list of Darryn’s pickup lines? I need some lulz


    • Lardus

      March 11, 2013 at 14:00

      Seconds that! Would make a good laugh…


    • Weanerdog

      March 11, 2013 at 14:16

      Hey baby you must be a Jedi…. cause yodadelicious


      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        March 12, 2013 at 09:21



    • The Bearded Dutchman

      March 12, 2013 at 08:57

      Hey baby, I haven’t seen such “physics” since DOA, wanna go to my place and see my joystick?


      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        March 12, 2013 at 09:21

        thats just….O_O


  4. Kaya

    March 11, 2013 at 14:03

    I have been playing SimCity and while I fully agree there should be a offline version, the game itself has been design as a social experience. It works so much better when you are collaborating with neighbouring cities, so much of the experience will be lost with a single player only game.


  5. Daniel Keevy

    March 11, 2013 at 14:09

    Sadly the only thing gamers can do is just not buy. Maxis claimed responsibility for this one, but I wonder who told them to make a defined single player game and make it multi player?


  6. Martin du preez

    March 11, 2013 at 14:12

    But but teh master race? Teh superior gaming platform! That’s right beg away with your petitions pc okes!


    • Banana Jim

      March 12, 2013 at 08:53



  7. silverscorpio

    March 11, 2013 at 14:15

    I thought that EA learned their lesson with always on internet when they released the mess that is known as C & C: Tiberium Wars. I must admit in C & C case the DRM did not fail but the game itself.


  8. Gr8WShark

    March 11, 2013 at 14:17

    The game’s great! had no log on problems so far and the performance is decent. #I.kid.you.not


  9. Jacques

    March 11, 2013 at 14:17

    Humph! I can’t even get the ruddy Origin software to connect. All I get is “unknown error”. Yay – not!


  10. Hillbilly Gamer

    March 11, 2013 at 14:20

    The best insulted you can give EA to wait for it to hit budge and then buy it, then EA losing money, you get a fairly un-bug game, and only loss a 100 bucks if DRM makes it unplayable. in sort you Win!!!


  11. Willem Swanepoel

    March 11, 2013 at 14:45

    “.. though it will likely be just about as effective as one of Darryn’s pick-up lines..”

    OMF that made me laugh so hard …


  12. DOA

    March 11, 2013 at 15:09

    Yup, I have been playing the game. Had one occurance on Friday eve of an 18 minute wait message but cancelled and restarted and was able to join immediatly…so no real hasles playing at all otherwise. Put about 6 hours into it so far and am enjoying it.


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