This trailer is the introductory video for SimCity, the upcoming continuation of Maxis' urban planning series. Word is: "Using all gameplay footage, the video shows off Multi-city play beginning with an expansive aerial view of one of the regions in the game before it dives into city specialisation, providing fans with a glimpse into how their cities can look when they specialise in dirty coal power, clean nuclear or wind power, or tourism. The video ends with the first look at the Space Center, one of the Great Works that players can work to create together when the game launches in the UK on 8th March 2013."
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This trailer is pretty lack-lustre. I was already sold on the previous videos that make this my kind of game. But, to join the vocal nay-sayers, I can't risk getting the game with it being always online. I do understand the game is built on the whole social experience and always online tech so no protests are going to change this. Despite the common reasons people usually spout, some of which I agree, my circumstance is a little different...
I currently have a decent Internet connection that will allow me to play (SP only for me mind you) relatively normally. But the unit I'm renting is up for sale. I could buy SimCity upon release and play while I'm here, but if I can't find another suitable place to rent centrally I'll have to move south of the railway line in my rural city with poor infrastructure... I'm boned. I paid for a game I can no longer play. Ports in those exchanges are limited and even if I can get a connection it might not be as reliable - and my current cheap & reliable ISP doesn't run on those exchanges at all, meaning I'd be paying even more for less.
None of these infrastructure or personal issues are the dev's fault or problem. However, it's funny how companies will tack on shitty MP to any game to shift a few extra units, but they won't take at least similar steps so that people with bad or little Internet access will buy their game. There's a huge audience of people they choose to exclude, which is at odds with how money hungry they are.