GamesBeat SimCity server errors inspire a wave of memes (gallery) March 7, 2013 2:24 PM Jeffrey Grubb 0 The Internet doesn’t take things lying down. It marches with pitchforks and Photoshop’d pictures in hand to show the world its suffering. On March 5, Electronic Arts released SimCity, but things aren’t going so well. A series of server-related errors continue to plague the city-building title. Gamers struggle for hours to access it. Those that do are reporting that EA’s Origin servers often disconnect and then delete hours of progress. It’s a real mess. Gamers aren’t know for their patience, so they took to Reddit’s SimCity subforum to complain and joke in meme form. We’ve collected the best ones for you below: EA should have added a bit of a caveat to SimCity’s tagline — just to ensure accuracy. It’s been three days and the servers are still not working as advertised. I really do feel sorry for Origin’s IT guy. We should have known something was up when the first reviews started to hit. This is what it’s like whenever I want to play. I guess I’ll have to use Oceanic 1 — let’s check in on that sever. Yeah, that’s what I thought. This is what an average night with SimCity looks like. Maybe I can play EA’s Solitaire while I’m waiting for the servers to open up … DAMMIT! I think EA needs to work on its stat tracking. One day, we will tell the tale of how you could exchange currency for immediately functional video games. I’ve heard tell fables of players actually getting to play SimCity, but then the game deletes all their progress a few hours later. Maybe EA chief executive John Riccitiello is using Origin to watch us all play and is simply deleting cities that don’t impress him. One player decided to use the road tool to make what many are calling the most beautiful city ever. Here is a quick explanation of how DRM affects paying customers. Some people are deciding to boycott the game based on principle. Meanwhile, others are happy to sit on the outside and laugh at everyone who gave EA money. Valve could easily capitalize on EA’s folly if it chose to do so. Unfortunately, this image isn’t real. I guess it’s back to the server queues. GamesBeat 2014 — VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market — is coming up on Sept 15-16 in San Francisco. Purchase one of the first 50 tickets and save $400!