I bought a hardcopy of SimCity from Amazon and started playing last Friday. I thought things were a bit weird when I read the license agreement which really didn't seem like a license agreement at all. It was more of a limited right to play. I actually considered not installing the game based on the terms and conditions.
Anyway, I immediately had problems connecting to a server when I did decide to move forward. I ended up getting the game to work after a couple of minutes and played hypnotically for several hours and finally went to bed at 1:30. The next morning everything was gone. I couldn't believe it! All that time and energy and nothing to show for it.
I can understand the frustration of creating something and not getting paid for your work. That's why I have never ever NOT paid for a software program. I believe that the creators deserve to be paid for their work and stealing software by not paying for it is stealing and makes the market ultimately unsustainable. Making honest people feel dirty isn't an answer though.
Yesterday an interesting thing happened while playing. I took a break from my game play only to return and have the Origins app tell me that I was signed on on another computer and would be knocked off the game if I proceeded. Only thing is, I hadn't logged on anywhere else. Either there servers were wrong or my Orgins account had already been hacked.