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On SimCity Offline Regional Play

A story on Rock, Paper, Shotgun talks with Azzer, who has more to say on the topic of playing SimCity offline after his a video from this week showing the urban planning sequel playing offline after a bit of hacking to satisfy its reliance on contacting EA's servers to run. He speaks of the "absolute ease" with which the game could be made to simulate the behavior of entire regions on a local machine, which meshes with their previous report quoting an anonymous alleged Maxis engineer making similar comments. Thanks Joao.

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18. Re: On SimCity Offline Regional Play Mar 17, 2013, 07:40 NKD
 
Deathbishop wrote on Mar 16, 2013, 21:43:
Anti-EA (DRM) people don't want to hear that because it weakens their argument that the game doesn't work because of DRM. But I think the reality says otherwise. The offline story is noise in my opinion, because at the end of the day if the game still has the same core issues (ai, pathing, etc), then it doesn't matter whether it's online or off, most wont play it anyway.

Yeah the online requirement is not really the big issue here. That was publicized well in advance and everyone had ample opportunity to cancel preorders or just avoid preordering in the first place.

But the problems with the game itself are pretty bad. Even if there were an offline mode, the game still wouldn't be worth buying.
 
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