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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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88. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 23, 2012, 16:25 HorrorScope
 
Dades wrote on Dec 23, 2012, 14:39:
Your reality isn't the same as everyone else, people posted several different examples you have ignored.

And I bet most that use the same things "in-flight", "military", these don't even affect them, they are speaking for someone else. But that is EA's choice to leave them out, this is what their crack marketeers have come up with. Again, knowing ahead of time, is all fair to me... It won't be a bait and switch.

They should call this Sim City MMO then it would have taken the whole sting of this away, as everything that is being argued against are standards op for mmo's.

As for pulling servers, that is another thing to consider if you buy an EA product. So you have to ask is this good? Will it have a large audience? As I've mentioned I haven't decided if I will buy it or not, everything will be considered, always online for me is near a non-issue, because 99.5% of the time I can be online, the other .5% I'll manage. I haven't purchases a Sim City since like the first or second one, I always wanted cooperative play.
 
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