SimCity Launches.. And There Are Queues.

SimCity has launched in the US, and there are 30 minute queues to get in and play.  The game doesn’t even unlock in Europe for another three days, so unless EA hurry up and add more servers, this is only going to get worse.

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SimCity Developers’ Reddit AMA Backfires over Always-Online DRM

The SimCity dev team held a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Friday, ready to answer fans’ questions about the game.

However, the game’s always-on DRM came back to bite them when one fan asked what would happen if they were to lose internet connectivity while playing.  The first response from MaxisKip stated that the game would “handle ‘short’ internet outages gracefully”, but the clarification of ‘short’ was rather disappointing: “We will allow you to play for as long as we can preserve your game state. This will most likely be minutes.” (more…)

Ubisoft Scrap Always-On DRM!

Ubisoft have finally scrapped their always-on DRM for PC games!

In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games noted that they have listened to feedback, and removed the always-on requirement for single player games, although they will still require a one-time online activation when the game is installed.

The EA Indie Bundle

EA have decided to get in on the indie bundle scene.. with the EA Indie Bundle, launched on Steam.

This bundle has been causing a bit of a stir amongst some indie developers, with accusations that the huge company is just cashing in on the popularity of “indie” bundles, and more arguments about what the term “indie” means.  The games in the bundle are apparently EA Partners games.. the label which publishes third party games from independent developers.

So.. the games..

HotHead GamesDeathSpank, and DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, Vanguard Games‘ action adventure Gatling Gears; Klei Entertainment‘s action games Shank and Shank 2; and Trapdoor Inc.‘s stealthy puzzler Warp, available for £14.38 until 9th May.. 70% off against £47.94 if buying all the games at full price: a far cry from the usual indie bundles which start off in single figures 😉

I did notice that Gatling Gears comes with a dirty word.. DRM.  This game also has a five machine activation limit.  Would this be in place if not for EA?

Free Fallout from GOG.com!

The post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout, by Interplay, is currently available for free on GOG.com!

GOG.com have recently relaunched themselves, changing their name from Good Old Games to simply GOG, but continuing to offer games with no DRM.

Fallout will be available for 48 hours, until 23.50 GMT on 8th April.

Rayman Origins announced for PC

Ubisoft has announced a release date of 30th March for the PC version of Rayman Origins, the platform game previously released in November for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.  Releases for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are yet to be announced.

The game can be pre-ordered now on the UbiShop, for £19.99.

Rayman Origins will have a one time activation for digital download versions, with no DRM for boxed copies (via RockPaperShotgun).