Oh, I absolutely agree, yes: every game (maybe not MMOs, but I don't play those, so I'm not sure) should have a local option for single-player, if only to provide as a fall-back for when the servers, the ISP or the telecoms provider screws up (like any of those are even a rarity).
SimCity as a social game is something that not only doesn't interest me, but I find it a large negative.
Whereas I can see the point of a social SimCity; for example all the various treaties and agreements with neighbouring cities from previous games, they'd be much more interesting with actual negotiations between human players, particularly if there was some ability to negotiate properly (altering costs, binding to other services, trade-exclusivity, mutual funding for a joint multi-jurisdiction Fire or Police Departments, or whatever else...).
That they managed to completely screw up, and obviate, the potential of social, making it a requirement of even non-social environments? That takes a level of skill most, thankfully, don't have.
Unfortunately those of us that grew up with this game and wasted many many many many hours of their lives building cities in each version (Original, Simcity 2000, Simcity 3000, Simcity 4, and expansion packs) can't not buy this game.
No, actually, I'm having precisely no difficulty in not-buying SimCity 5 (despite loving each of the previous games, except SimCity 3000). I am, however, rather enjoying watching the debacle unfold, despite knowing that EA is unlikely to change anything at all about its behaviour until such a time as people begin to entirely disregard their products.
Of course, this won't be considered as a possibility unless people also contact EA to explain, specifically, why they're not buying; otherwise it will be interpreted as "We're not doing enough to combat piracy!"
One example of Doyle's attitude about Holmes can be seen in his correspondence with the American stage actor William Gillette, who wrote an immensely popular play about Holmes and asked permission to have Holmes get married in the drama.
"Doyle sent him a telegram back that said: 'You may marry him or murder him or do whatever you like with him,'" said Stashower.
As a citizen of the United Kingdom I'm actually horrified at the attitude of the judge; does anyone know how one files a formal complaint against a judge for their behaviour, arrogance and, frankly, unwarranted increase of a prison sentence?
While the password recovery question may, indeed, be 'mothers' maiden name,' there's no reason to believe the answer to the question is, in fact, his mother's maiden-name. I know I have, essentially, nonsense (or at least non-sequitur) answers to email password-recovery questions.
Still, I can't imagine any part of Hotmail (or any other webmail service) is inherently secure against interested parties.
Except that capitalism is the current situation here in America and it's run by nothing BUT greedy, corrupt people.
Except that, in America, it seems to be a strange fusion of capitalism with a hefty dash of regulatory interference. If it was *just* capitalism then, I suspect, that the market would adjust more quickly; simply because they'd have to. As opposed to the current version where legacy players don't want to compete with up-starts and go crying to the government for aid and comfort.
Doesn't seem any better, currently, in the UK either, unfortunately. If it wasn't for all the inhumane actions and oppression of free speech, expression and outright censorship, I'd consider relocating. As it is, it's not, yet, worth the costs.
If one of my children had this issue, $7000 would seem a small price to pay to achieve the end result.
Well said! After all, in this economic climate, who doesn't have $7000 dollars lying around and easily accessible? The inconsiderate cheap-skates! Man, I wish they'd just have the decency to think of the kid(s)!