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Update: SimCity Will Not Require An Always On Connection

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Yesterday we reported that SimCity would require a constant internet connection to play the game. Many of you weren’t happy with this idea.

Now EA has confirmed to GameSpy that you won’t need a constant internet connection to the EA servers to play. However, you will still have to register an Origin account and be logged in to start SimCity. If the connection drops after signing in, the game will not pause or close.

So, the facts are that you will not be able to access SimCity without an Origin account & an internet connection. When you do start playing you cannot be kicked from the game for loss of connection.

Source: GameSpy

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20 Comments
  1. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Good, don’t mind Origin, At least it isn’t constant connection.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 11:53.
    • Burgess_101
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      I didnt until I realised they are allowed to look at anything on my HDD’s no thank you.

      Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 10:58.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        What does that mean though

        Perhaps it’s a check to see home much free space there is, therefore while you may seem like you’re giving too much permission away, you’re not really. Most stuff would have scary ‘permissions’ if they had to detail them.

        Comment posted on 30/03/2012 at 11:05.
  2. ashw92
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    A lot better. Still a stupid idea though.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 11:55.
  3. yogdog
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    Something tells me after seeing the internet uproar they changed tack a little. Very good news.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 11:57.
    • Taylor Made
      Member
      Since: Oct 2011

      Only if they did this with ME3 saw the internet uproar with that awful ending. I just finished the game last night could not believe that ending, I see why people are moaning.

      Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 12:03.
      • Kevatron400
        Drake, baby.
        Since: Dec 2008

        … they did, didn’t they?

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 17:01.
  4. colossalblue
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    It’s a step in the right direction but it’s still not cool, is it?
    I mean, this is still stupid. Just not quite as stupid as requiring a constant connection. So, er… well done on only being a bit stupid, dudes!

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 12:09.
    • yogdog
      Member
      Since: Feb 2010

      Most Steam games require it now, for example my beloved Total War and Dawn of War games need activating online on Steam before I can play them offline. I don’t mind that too much, but a constant net connection would be very annoying.

      Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 12:12.
      • colossalblue
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        isn’t that just a one-time activation though? Not every time you start the game?
        Man, it’s come a long way since the days they made you turn to a certain page in the manual and type in the code word!

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 12:30.
      • hornet1990
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        Fair enough if you’re on dial-up but since most gamers will have always on broadband where’s the problem?

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 12:33.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Broadband is not entirely foolproof & does fall over every now & again (some more than others). When itwas rumoured that it required a constant connection, that meant that if your net fell over, you could no longer play your singleplayer game.

        As mentioned, this is better but not fantastic, as you still require that initial connection to play your game.

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 13:04.
      • hornet1990
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        And most normal people would just find something else to do if that happens… like when the PSN was down! We all survived that didn’t we and that lasted weeks, not like the hours or days that at worse an internet connection may be down!

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 17:23.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        No, but the point is when this relates to singleplayer games, which really shouldn’t require any kind of online handshake at all. You could still play your singleplayer games in the Sony downtime, couldn’t you?

        (Well, apart from final fight which apparently has a similar DRM)

        That’s obviously besides the fact that no-one should really be able to stop you from doing what you want to do when you want to do it. Unless its illegal of course. In which case, very naughty.

        As others have suggested, if you want to play a game whilst travelling etc, you really shouldn’t require an online activation to do so.

        Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 18:08.
  5. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    This isn’t much better imo.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 12:55.
  6. Spence1115
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Great, so I have to start it on my laptop, put it on sleep mode with the game running, then resume when I’m on the train and don’t shut it down at all? Wonderful…

    It’s an improvement but marginal. Constant internet connection or internet on startup, about the same for me, my Internet is fairly stable so I’m not that concerned about it going down. This means I can’t play it on my laptop when I’m on the train for a few hours, like I do with Civilisation and others. Or use it at my parents house, as they don’t have internet (no need for it, no computer etc so why bother?). Don’t fancy using my phones personal hotspot for loading this up, as there will inevitably be a crapload of data going up and down when you open it, patches etc.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 13:03.
  7. D-Nichol
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    This is no better. You wont be able to play on flughts or anything like that. I love playing football manager on the plane/long drive :(

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 13:20.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      that would be bad for any travelers.

      Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 13:56.
  8. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    And this is supposed to be better? I don’t know.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2012 at 19:03.
  9. three_leg_jake
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    If I may interject with my considered and hopefully eloquent opinion: What a crock!

    Comment posted on 16/10/2012 at 15:19.

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