Amazon Yanks SimCity Over Server Woes

Players locked out, and getting angry
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2013 12:32 PM CST
Amazon Yanks SimCity Over Server Woes
In this image released by Electronic Arts/Maxis, a concept art image of an accident scene in an urban area is shown as concept art for the video game "SimCity."   (AP Photo/Electronic Arts/Maxis)

The new SimCity racked up some nice reviews from critics, but it's getting abysmal ones from players thanks to the horrific server issues the game is experiencing. Amazon briefly stopped selling the game last night over the problems, the BBC reports. It's back now, but it carries a special warning about the server issues—and 1,190 one-star reviews. "If you'd love to experience the nonstop thrills and excitement of SimCity, then please remove $60 from your bank and promptly pay someone to kick you repeatedly in the friggin' mouth," one customer wrote.

To curb piracy, EA requires players to access its servers to play SimCity, even if they don't want to interact with other players. With the servers overloaded, players are experiencing half-hour waits to play, sluggish response times—and, Wired reports in a post scathingly dubbing the game a "DRM Disaster," servers that are failing to save their game progress. EA says it's working to fix the problem. "This is, obviously, not the situation we wanted for our launch week," an EA executive wrote on the game's message board, according to the LA Times. (More SimCity stories.)

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