SimCity petition demands removal of DRM

Sunday, 10th March 2013 23:15 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Over 58,000 signatures have been added to a petition calling for the removal of DRM from SimCity. “Remove ‘Always Online’ DRM from SimCity and future games,” is the movement’s simple request, along with a comment about how “millions” of players expect single-player games to work when they want them to work. I’m not sure how efficacious the petition will be in this era of connected, social-heavy games, but it’s worth remembering that noisy fans convinced BioWare to issue an extended ending for Mass Effect 3, and Maxis has said it’s “definitely looking into” the possibility of an offline mode.

Thanks, Destructoid.



  1. TMRNetShark

    Will never happen. If there is one thing in the world of gaming, Diablo 3 proved that always on DRM will prevent 100% of piracy. SimCity, another vastly popular series, will always have it’s DRM… no matter how much you kick and moan about it.

    Simple fix? Don’t buy the game. Sadly (and hypothetically), EA would blame a game’s poor performance on the game itself and not the DRM. You can’t win here.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    @1 I don’t think it proved very much. An untested online system isn’t enough to kill the hype of a classic megafranchise, I think we knew that much already.

    It would be interesting to see whether those people would buy the next game under the same circumstances. I wouldn’t.

    Ubisoft took enough of a pounding when they attempted it to dismiss the idea entirely. Personally I think it’s just a matter of getting enough catastropic releases under their belts.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CL4P-TP

    never gonna happen with simcity. they developed the game to use cloud computing for single player already. would take a recode of almost the entire game to make it offline playable

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    They can make the server available for local play. The server is running locally on your PC and the game connect to it. But they’ll never do it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. NightCrawler1970

    Do you really think that gonna help?

    Sim City 5(according Maxis is an perminant online require) to play the game…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. NightCrawler1970

    @4, you mean make ya own server? like a stand alone server? example, install “Sim City” server programm on ya second computer and log in/join?

    Techincally is possible, i remember i setup a server(AVP game) i launch with my older computer just to run it, and play on my other computer, very handy when ya got a cheater online, just click on the old computer —> kick button. and whoop player kicked…

    Those monkeys(EA) wants you to join there server, and get lagged all the time…

    and guess what, create your own server with 8 other player is 90% lag-free but if you create a server with 32 to 64, yeah you have get at least 40MBPS connection to keep those 64 slackers on ya network….

    #6 2 years ago
  7. xxJPRACERxx

    @6 No, the server is on the same PC (but could be a 2nd PC too). It would be easier to do than change the game code. But the chance EA doing it are probably less than 0.000001%

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    @1 This is the reason why I never bought and never will buy D3. Not that Blizzard or anyone else cares.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. sh4dow

    I won’t sign, instead I simply won’t buy.

    #9 2 years ago

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