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Originally posted by Loktofeit Originally posted by birdycephon Despite the cause and all that, I dont think I want to inconvenience myself by boycotting a game I want to play. Screw EA, I just want to have some fun.
You're not alone. A lot of people have the same attitude and EA is very aware of that.
This is true, and I will fully admit that EA"s typicaly crap probably would not stop me from buying a game that I really, really wanted.
However...I was on the fence with SImCity. I enjoyed old school SimCity, and this one actually looked pretty good, so I was more or less planning to buy it. But when I saw EA's crap, I passed.
So I mean, it all depends on how interested the individual consumer is in the game. If you're really psyched, EA can probably get away with screwing you (or me). But if you're on the fence, you're likely to pass...and I think EA should really consider this. Yeah, you will still sell your game to a lot of people, but there are also a bunch of people who would have bought your game, but didn't because of your crap.
Another thing to consider is that developing a game with heavy microtransactions in mind can actually hurt the game. For instance, the forced 2x2km map size in SimCity was a major factor in me not buying it. And I'm pretty sure they did this so that they can sell bigger maps later.
Actively HURTING a game so that you can profit later really pisses me off. And I actually feel bad for the developers, who put their blood, sweat and tears into this game, to see key features of it gutted so that EA can sell them later.
Are you team Azeroth, team Tyria, or team Jacob?
Originally posted by Stizzled This is the first game that I've actually payed for (yes, I pireate) since Skyrim, and I'm loving it. I'm pissed off that it's down right now meaning that I can't play it at all, but meh. The game itself is great fun and there's no reason to boycott it just because you don't care for the company behind it.
Please don't pirate companies that don't screw their consumers with crippling DRM ...you are just proving EA right.
I was very disappointed with them last night. While I do agree with the OP, honestly, DRMs don't dissuade me from purchasing. I just don't really care. Granted, I really care when I can't logon, but that's really rare.
I think the DRM EA is using is a little draconic. It's kind of ridiculous that I can't do anything without constantly pinging their server. Truth is, I'll keep playing this game. It's that much fun
Originally posted by Rednecksith I don't see what the big deal is. 99% of the games I own use Steam, which basically requires you to be online at all times anyway. Granted it does have an offline mode, but it's pretty much useless (you can't start it in offline mode unless you actually switched it to offline mode while online).
I have a couple Steam games, and not sure why you think the offline mode is useless. Internet went down a few days ago, was down all weekend, but I had no problems playing anyhow. It gave an error message about cloud saves desyncing, but didn't pose any problems for me.
When I want a single-player story, I'll play a single-player game. When I play an MMO, I want a massively multiplayer world.
Originally posted by Sukiyaki I know it would be a good and fun game worth the money just seeing the previews and betas. I bought every SimCity title (except the GameBoy thing) and several other "Sim" title. But sorry no DRM for "offline games" in my house! In fact since the chance I am going to buy it with DRM is zero, now its technically more likely that I would now go out to use some cracked version I can play offline if it ever pops up somewhere.
possibly already done
Originally posted by jtcgs Originally posted by archeageking I played sim city up till 3. This is unaccetable for gamers who is a fan of sim city. Screw EA and its DRM. You need to boycott EA and its DRM games sent a message to EA that single player games with online drm is unacceptable. Fight the power. Tell yoyr friends not to buy any EA games with online DRM.
Support your local pirate group and download the crack version when its released!
I disagree. Just don't buy/play the game. Supporting pirated copies is why we have this crap in the first place...
Originally posted by Vhaln Originally posted by Rednecksith I don't see what the big deal is. 99% of the games I own use Steam, which basically requires you to be online at all times anyway. Granted it does have an offline mode, but it's pretty much useless (you can't start it in offline mode unless you actually switched it to offline mode while online).
There's a bug (well-known) with Steam which will cause it to think it needs an update if you log out while in online mode and try to restart it in offline mode while your internet connection is down. As luck would have it, every time the internet goes down for me, Steam isn't running. Therefore to me, offline mode hasn't proven to be of much use.
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All they're doing is punishing the people who actually bought the game at this point, not like that's anything new from EA though I suppose.
Edit: Ah but yes, boycott EA.