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Maxis: That's Rain on Your Leg

The SimCity Blog has a follow-up to recent outcry over plans to require an internet connection to play the upcoming SimCity revival (thanks GameSpot). Lucy Bradshaw explains to players how this will make the game "even more fun." Here's a bit:

Running the regional simulation on our servers is something we also use to support features that will make this SimCity even more fun. We use the Sim data to update worldwide leaderboards, where you get to see your city or mayoral standings as compared to the other cities in your region and between all of the regions in the world. And since SimCity is a live service, we're also using the data to create weekly global and local challenges for our players that keep the gameplay fresh and surprising.

We think this is the best SimCity ever and it wouldn’t be possible without the technology that powers our game. SimCity was designed to be connected from the ground up. We built the game around GlassBox, which takes the game to another level. And, we’ve given the player control over how to play. You can set your region to private and never interact with other people, or you can play exclusively with friends or join a public region.

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82. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 23, 2012, 13:07 HorrorScope
avianflu wrote on Dec 23, 2012, 09:04:
lots of good points made here.

One thing I dont believe anyone has said is that EA may be setting up an online store for simcity digital "items" that gamers can buy. Another reason to keep the game on-line at all times.

Honestly I have zero interest in this game, just as with Diablo 3. Easy to pass on both of them.

I think that is a very strong possibility. Now I know we aren't fond of these things, but damn if this isn't wall street getting its hands into everything. These big publishers are now slaves to WS numbers. Good thing Kickstarter (Jesus in Games) rises from the ashes because the other side is so out of touch and going places many are against. It's not even about games anymore and just a way to fool people out of money. Nice world we have here.

I still stick with the reality, we know what this game is requiring of us, sure we can talk against it, but add it all up and decide for yourself. To me this always online thing doesn't resonate because I do play mmo style games that require always online and next to no one complains about it. Many times I solo in said games, aka make it a single player game. I do concede mileage may vary player to player, but it doesn't really hit home with me. If something is ever down, I'm completely stable to find something else to do and have yet to ever rage over it. Now if it's crazy down time, then I'm looking for some type of compensation, calmly.
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