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EA Can't Say It Wasn't Warned About SimCity DRM

A few days ago the developers at Maxis subjected themselves to a reddit AMAA session to discuss SimCity, the next installment in EA's urban planning series. In this case, the offer to ask then anything provoked a number of questions about the controversial decision to make being online a requirement to play the game, and Techdirt points to a separate thread compiling comments from the session on this proposed DRM. Thanks Shok.

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70. Re: EA Can't Say It Wasn't Warned About SimCity DRM Dec 19, 2012, 13:07 Dev
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 08:40:
Also, they will NOT shut down the servers of a game being actively played just because the new version is out. For one, it'd be extremely tricky with this, because they'd be killing single player. No one will buy a next version of a game if the old version magically ceases working. People complain about this regularly, but have we had a single game's single player magically cease working yet, other than ones whose companies have gone out of business (and which are those?) More importantly, EA has only really done the "shut down because a new version is out" with sports games over 2 versions old, not "the next version."
Says who? And yes they do. And yes people still buy. And they do it not just to sports games 3 years old. I've seen stuff appear on EA's close down next month list thats barely over a year old.
http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates

Lets see whats on the list... Sims 2 PC online services shutting down in Jan (thats not 2 versions old, thats the previous version). If they had ever bothered to make the entire sims 2 series in a bundle and put it on a decent sale on steam, I would have bought it, even now. Guess they'd rather shut it down though than "devalue" it with a sale.
A couple months ago, they shut down part of Sims 3 on consoles.
Interestingly, there's no listing for having shut down Sims original... maybe thats because it was single player and didn't have forced online components?
Also they are shutting down madden 11 and fifa 11 and others, both of which are NOT "over" two versions old. They are NOT "3 years old". I think at this moment they are about 2 years old?
 
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