"I know that's a little contrived -- kind of like buying a present for a friend after you did something crummy. But we feel bad about what happened. We're hoping you won't stay mad and that we'll be friends again when SimCity is running at 100 percent," wrote Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of the Maxis label, a division of EA, in a blog post.
The connectivity issues haven't been limited to people who want to play online with friends. In the new SimCity, all players are required to stay connected to Electronic Arts' servers, even if they want to play alone, in single-player mode.
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