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I think online is actually a good idea.

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Where they got things wrong is sharing regions...


They should have bumped up the "region sharing" one level up...


ie. regions w/ multiple cities should be for 1 player and these regions should be connected to each other


where the agents could move about & resourses can be traded.



If this were the case, I could agree w/ this "thing" we have right now being called a MMO








FML lost 6 hrs due to rollback just after posting this....

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I doubt a lot of people mind that you *can* play online and *can* play with others. The issue is more that of arbitrary and enforced decisions by EA that do not take customer expectation patterns in to account for strategic directives. Forcing a user is in game design something you are always taught to avoid, you guide the user. There is a distinction between the two. Denying people the ability to play on their own offline as a DRM construct is the visible issue. Under the surface it's that of people simply do not like being forced. 


An MMO it is never going to be. Maybe one day when they merge the Sims with SimCity, but even then. It's just more marketing talk, without a whole lot of actual research behind it to be honest. It's a bit sad to see. 

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