It's been a pretty rough day for both customers who bought SimCity and the developers trying everything under the sun to get it working at full capacity. While EA has been trying to solve the problem and get gamers playing the game, some fans have been very vocal about how the game's DRM has broken it beyond repair. They have flocked to Amazon to give the digital version of the game one star reviews laced with scathing rebukes about games that use "always Online" DRM schemes, GameStop reports.
As of this writing there were well over 800 one-star reviews on the SimCity Amazon product page. Amazon is taking note of this and has temporarily suspended the sale of the digital version of the game – at least for the time being.
You can see the results of all this here.
Earlier in the day, EA Maxis announced that it was taking drastic measures to make the game more stable by disabling 'non-critical' SimCity features such as leaderboards, achievements, and region filters. Details on that can be found in this EA forum thread. Of course, doing this may free up some bandwidth and resources needed for the game's servers but it also disables features that some players would like to have. Obviously this is a temporary band-aid on a boo-boo that needs to be looked at by a medical professional…
We'll have more on this story as it develops. On a related note, GamesBeat also offers a series of memes inspired by the current state of SimCity – created by the game community. Find that here if you are in need of a chuckle.
Source: GameSpot by way of Andrew Eisen.