SimCity Disasters: DRM ruins game launch

SimCity Disasters: DRM ruins game launch

SimCity Disasters: no it’s not the name of the latest SimCity expansion pack. It’s how you would describe the launch of SimCity 5. Fans are eager to play the $60 simulation game, but due to server overloads many fans have been waiting hours in frustration. The servers are overloaded because SimCity 5 requires an “always-on” internet connection. The company says this is because back-end computations take place in the cloud. But fans suspect the always-on connection is because EA Maxis wants to maintain strict DRM controls and verify no bootleg copies are played. EA Maxis hasn’t handled the crisis well. Amazon has suspended sales of SimCity 5 and players continue to report trouble accessing servers….

模擬城市大災難: 都是DRM惹的禍

SimCity Disasters: DRM ruins game launch

睽違了將近10年,EA遊戲公司終於更新了模擬城市,推出最新模擬城市5。 但伺服器當機卻激怒了瘋狂粉絲,讓玩家們花了六十美金,卻無法好好享受這款模擬遊戲;因歹誌很大條,亞馬遜便全面停止銷售該遊戲。 玩模擬城市5須隨時保持網路連線,EA遊戲公司表示,因為所有電腦運算都透過雲端。 但粉絲想要有單機模式,不用連線就能玩遊戲,他們懷疑這種保持網路連線機制,是為能透過DRM認證杜絕盜版。 難道EA還沒從暗黑破壞神3學到教訓嗎?