am i the only one who thinks this was no apology at all? (judging from the comments in the forum that's not really the case)
it did not look like an apology at all. It looked more like an excuse saying that the drm is fine as it is and they just underestimated the userbase. essentially putting the blame on the users. one of those apologies that really isn't...
Mostly agree. It seems like they're saying that they're sorry there aren't enough servers to handle the online requirement, but not sorry that SimCity has an online requirement. (They also want to remind you that they're making a lot of money, as it's a major hit across all major markets.)
This is not an honest apology. It would be, had they offered full money back, not another game from their catalogue (hopefully one where they will milk you inside the game). While stretched a bit, its like your family dying in airline crash and the company is offering you a free tickets.
But no wonder they came up with something. Their sales must be hit real bad. At least 4 of my friends, hard gamers, told me they are not getting in. Later? Nope. They say they will pass until next version.
This part really confused me as well. The other thing that I was confused with(as someone who played the beta) was if they knew play style could have an effect on server load, why did they have such a restrictive beta? The beta was short and greatly limited what you were able to do, so it seems logical that it would not give a fair representation of how people would play the game. I think if play style was an issue then they made the mistake of using the beta as a marketing tool, rather then as a method of testing the game/system.
This only works if the products are good substitutes for each other, and in entertainment products, this is usually not the case. There's only one Beatles, one Star Wars franchise, and one Sim City -- lots of alternative ways to spend time, but no substitutes. Even with the kerfuffle, I will still buy Sim City when it comes out for Mac because I remember spending many, many late nights with the original game.
Thank you, you've put into words what I've long believed but been unable to describe. I definitely believe in voting with my wallet, but I can't see "don't buy the new SimCity" as a legitimate option when that's precisely what I want to play. Until CitiesXXL comes out with identical enough gameplay, this is the only game that will scratch that particular itch.