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Originally Posted by WingZer0 View Post

You and many others continue to say that, but you will ALWAYS continue to support their products by purchasing it.

More talk, less action...oh wait.

Haven't bought a game by EA in years
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Update: SimCity's server issues are evidently not isolated to North America, as EU servers have suffered intermittent outages following the game's launch in the region today.
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CVG's review team initially reported stable usage earlier this morning, before encountering an alert (pictured right) for server-related errors which forced them offline for an extended period.
At the time of writing (11pm UK time), service appears to be online but unstable, with only occasional drops. "I'm able to load up my city, but there's the occasional connection drop," reports CVG's Andrew Kelly. "Haven't lost any progress yet, thankfully."

LOL, just LOL
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Well only reason why I say 6 months is because I dont actually know what kind of options are available for NaaS as far as server leasing goes, and even then if the 'servers go down' they could blame the leased out servers instead of leaving themselves to be the only target for bad PR. Not saying it would be right of course, just that from a cold business perspective its a win-win. Sometimes I wonder who the heck even makes these decisions for EA lately, its definitely not working for them that much is evident to us.

Oh, yes, I'm not familiar with the available deals either, I was just speaking from the point of view of what is normally the peak interest for a big game and taking into consideration all the cloud based solutions available nowadays, I figured it shouldn't be too hard to be able to find a company willing to lease server time for this kind of thing. Amazon has servers and so do many other companies, maybe they could even make a flexible deal for a combination of games with server capacity being assigned to each game on a demand basis, this kind of long term relationship should also enable them to be able to lease additional server capacity for even shorter periods, like the first few days, the first 15 days, 3 weeks, whatever is the usual normal peak for big games.
 
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I honestly don't know what is happening with this game. It is not like that internet connection is being used for much. According to some site that I have read, ea only sends and receives data every 15 minutes.

I seriously think that something is completely broke in the game.
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I would absolutely HATE to be working customer service for them right now....
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I don't care for SimCity much anyway, so this whole debacle has been entertaining.

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EA: "We saw how badly ubisofts always-on DRM was, and watched them remove it due to issues.... but we are going to make it worse"

They really are ruining maxis good reputation, its sad.
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post #38 of 61
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EA is not doing the right thing. The right thing would of been to test the servers before hand (open public beta?), would of been to put a bunch of money into extra servers, seeing as new launches of everything gets hit pretty hard at first (like all the various MMORPG games).

Instead, EA had a half baked idea that was not backed up by server hardware. They get what they deserve on this. Nothing they can do will make up for the bad publicity this produces for them and all DRM.

Yes exactly, they should create close to a million test accounts, that doesn't cost money at all.
They did have a public open beta and correct me if i'm wrong but that went pretty well didn't it.


It isn't feasible or possible to load test a server like what happens on a day 1 release for a BIG game
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Really not being able to save games or roll back saved games is horrible. I can't imagine building cities, that only rest on a server. I can't play a game for 2 hours then hope my game was saved. I don't really have that kind of time to just build a city that isn't being saved properly. And there seems to be many people with this problem. The people who are actually able to play have had to start new city's multiple times.
 
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For all those that say it costs so much money to make games and that it's hard to break even on games...here we can see that EA will still pay out commissions for marketing that isn't happening. They will still make a ton of profit on this game despite throwing money away to keep their retailers happy. But they rather not sink these hundreds of thousands of dollars into a game to please their customers...because somehow that is a greater loss in their eyes. This shows the priorities of companies like this.
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