SimCity pulls a Diablo III, but EA took notes
Editor's Note: Sadly things seem to be devolving fast and while some might view this as growing pains, a vocal minority have taken to Metacritic and are destroying the game as we speak. Coming in at over 700 negative reviews, check out the review bomb comments as they happen.
The Dead Space 3 rumor I posted thankfully turned out to be poppy cock, but its not hard to find a story of EA fumbling. The good news is its not as bad as it could have been, which could mean that EA is learning from the mistakes of others. Hey, just let me have this small light of hope.
SimCity finally came out and it has the exact same set up as Diablo III did. If you don't remember, Diablo III decided the best way to combat the evils of piracy was to make it so you can only play the game you paid full price for by being online. Including single player... For a game that was originally part of a series that most played solo in the old days, this is certainly different. Maybe they're trying to beat out Activision's pile of Blizzard money, which is right next to the pile of CoD money.
Needless to say, a lot of people logged on at once and caused massive server crashes. But here's the silver lining; EA seems to have taken some notes and has some stronger servers and in greater number, so not every area was affected. So unlike the disaster of Diablo III's launch day, there were still a lot of people who could play the game right off the bat and they've been working on getting everyone else up and running.
The bad news is that your saves are held on EA servers, which lead to a lot of people losing their cities and having to start over because they couldn't actually reached the crash server, which might mean their save was destroyed but I'm unsure there.
All in all, this is still a disaster, but for EA, this is also a sign that they're learning. Oh, this is still an intrusive and ultimately unworkable idea that does a terrible job of treating the consumer like a human being. It also increases the cost of trying to maintain servers for millions of people across the globe, thus causing EA's money woes to grow further, but at least they're trying to make it as painless as possible. Maybe realizing some of what Activision and Blizzard did wrong with the launch of Diablo III.
People, for EA and the recent mass idiocy I've seen from them, this is a bloody miracle.