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Can’t back up your game. Can’t experiment. Can’t type “FUNDS”. Cities are pretty small because that’s all multiplayer can handle.

If you ever played the earlier SimCity games you'll know they were massive. Not just in city size, but in what you could do. You could experiment to your hearts content. Now... well now you're restricted to what EA allows. No giving your city extra funds in order to see what happens. No backing up, and more importantly:

First, you will not be able to play SimCity 3 in ten years. Maybe five… maybe. That’s about how long EA keeps the servers for their other online games running. So, enjoy the game now, all your cities and stuff are going away. Can’t save them to floppy and play it again in twenty years.

No Good Old Games versions in ten years time, if you've lost the disks in a move and have a yearning to play in 2033 while relaxing in your retirement castle, well... sorry chum, EA shut those servers down 15 years ago. Bummer. Sometimes I wonder what is driving all this dumbing down of games. Well I do know. It's the almighty dollar. Again, I'm not against companies making a buck, even making megabucks, but including 'features' like always on DRM and then cutting the scope of the game to allow for that DRM is just sad. Isn't it supposed to be: SimCity 2013 is better than SimCity 4 is better than SimCity 2000 is better than SimCity 2 is better than SimCity 1? So why is it now SimCity for Dummies?

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