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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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8. Re: On SimCity Offline Regional Play Mar 16, 2013, 18:35 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Mar 16, 2013, 18:11:
Everyone knows this is about DRM, and as far as I know it seems to be working.


I agree. All this "control" and "data mining" stuff strikes me as untrue, because you can control and do data mining just fine without requiring always-on. Steam does it. Steam does it well. If you're going after that you just do what Steam did.

Yeah, I know, people think EA is stupid and inept so they did what Steam did but dumber.

But I just don't believe it. You can do all that stuff extremely well without always-on. You cannot do DRM extremely well without it. Control and data mining aren't really enhanced by it.
 
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