This is truly damning evidence of the failure of DRM to make anything enjoyable and seamless for the consumer. In an effort to curb piracy, EA has implemented an “always-on” DRM-checking connection to their own servers. Without an internet connection you simply cannot play the game. And without proper servers from EA, you cannot play the game. It’s a lose-lose at the moment as people who are undoubtedly super-excited to play this game are basically locked out until EA can fix their own problems. There’s no doubt in my mind that this game is great — and I think a lot of games will agree with me — but have a look at the Amazon reviews for SimCity so far and you’ll see that it’s all one-stars mainly because of this DRM issue preventing people who have purchased the game from actually playing the game. Stupid.

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