The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Cloud Services
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Thunderstorm
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Cloud Ready
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Accountability
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud: Resistance
SimCity – Look At My City. And It Is Gone

SimCity – Look At My City. And It Is Gone

SimCity – Look At My City. And It Is Gone

Sim City

The dream they all waited for to come true, to build a modern city with resource management and cooperative play, filling empty lands and hills with thriving cities and metropolises, was close. Having your friends in the neighborhood supplying you with goods and services sounded like fun, like a real improvement and innovation to the monotone single player experience in the past games, which urged you to build everything you need yourself. A feature online and cloud gaming could achieve. Too bad most pre-orders of the new SimCity (5) could not even go that far to see the first settlers build their tiny houses.

To ensure a multiplayer experience SimCity wants to offer, you need to be online. EA, the main publisher needs to be sure your version of the game is legitimately bought and used, so you need to be permanently online, otherwise the DRM (an anti piracy protection) kicks in and will not let you play. And to be completely sure you do not cheat, all cities are saved on the cloud servers of EA as well. On launch day, as millions of players tried to access this service, it was unavailable. Queues tormented the user with a 30 minute waiting line, even for the single player experience. Cities could neither be loaded nor created, and the few who were lucky enough to play were not safe from server crashes or lost city data, forcing them to start all over.

As you can see, the whole list of disasters that could have happened with a game and a service that requires permanent online connectivity and resources did happen. Sadly, it has been predicted since Diablo III had the same problems with the same always on service and no one bothered to learn from the mistakes of the rival. It is a statement that you cannot protect your game properly with online requirements nor grant your customers a pleasant gaming environment. The latter should be your main concern since they supply your game making efforts with money and a chance of making a next game.

The usage of a cloud system to enhance multiplayer gaming can come with benefits. Always available save games, downloadable content to every PC you use without dependency on external storage media, the ability to access and interact with the save games of other users, even if they are offline. In total, you have to evaluate the use and danger of online cloud services and protection – as a user and a developer, to avoid dangers and inconvenience which have already been experienced above.

There is still much work to do in terms of solidifying a reliable cloud based gaming experience. In all due time we will get there, but how soon?

By Robert Baumert

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Recent

Mobile Connectivity Rises – 24 Billion Networked Devices By 2019

Mobile Connectivity Rises – 24 Billion Networked Devices By 2019

Mobile Connectivity Rises Mobile Technologies such as BYOD, Wearable Technology and Internet of Things are the cornerstone to strong cloud computing adoption and will continue to be the case as the number of connected devices continue to climb. In May 2015, Cisco released the complete VNI Global IP Traffic Forecast, 2014 – 2019. Global highlights…

9 Pitfalls of Providing Cloud-Based Online Government Services

9 Pitfalls of Providing Cloud-Based Online Government Services

Cloud-Based Online Government Services Pitfalls When the US government designed the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the program was to encourage enrollment through the Healthcare.gov website. This online service was supposed to make it easier for citizens to learn about the ACA, compare their health insurance options, and take full advantage of this…

IOT, Intelligent Sensors, And The Change That Is Coming…

IOT, Intelligent Sensors, And The Change That Is Coming…

Intelligent Sensors And The Future What is or isn’t connected: In the end, that is the internet of things. They, the things, represent stuff that has been around for the past 30 years. It was only recently that we have developed a way to consistently connect those devices. Despite the increasing awareness of IoT, it…

Popular Archives

Cloud Infographic: Corporate IT Security Stats

Cloud Infographic: Corporate IT Security Stats

Cloud Infographic: Corporate IT Security Stats Each week on CloudTweaks we provide a few shoutouts to companies who provide engaging and interesting infographics that reflect our readers interests.  In this case, we have an excellent infographic provided by the team at arellia.com which takes a closer look at cyber-security and some of the biggest malware threats…

Cloud Infographic – Guide To Small Business Cloud Computing

Cloud Infographic – Guide To Small Business Cloud Computing

Small Business Cloud Computing Trepidation is inherently attached to anything that involves change and especially if it involves new technologies. SMBs are incredibly vulnerable to this fear and rightfully so. The wrong security breach can incapacitate a small startup for good whereas larger enterprises can reboot their operations due to the financial stability of shareholders. Gordon Tan contributed an…

Sponsors

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Established in 2009

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

CloudTweaks Comic Library

Advertising