SimCity 2000 Special Edition Still $5.99 on GOG
Mrs. O’leary’s cow is nowhere to be found, but SimCity’s been on fire since Tuesday. Most people simply cannot play it; the always-on DRM servers are overwhelmed; certain features have been disabled — the blaze spread everywhere. It’s hard not to bask in the glow, watching publishers EA stumble about with hoses and axes. There was yesterday’s “no refunds” flare-up, today’s suspension of all marketing for the game. The title was pulled from Amazon, then reinstated again. Just this afternoon, producer Kip Katsarelis suggested that the reason the game has problems is that people just like it too much.
Publishers are trying to sell always-on DRM as the wave of the future. As frustrated consumers stare at error messages, EA hoists itself by its own petard. It’d be very funny, except that the people who paid their money and wanted to play SimCity this weekend aren’t laughing. What are they to do? Here’s one idea: they could go to GOG.com and buy themselves a copy of SimCity 2000. GOG’s not paying us a dime — we just figure people prefer games that actually work.