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'SimCity' launches to critical acclaim and crippling server problems

19 updates since Oct 24, 2012, 2:54 PM UTC
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After a first wave of highly favorable reviews, EA's long-awaited SimCity proved unable to handle the load of players at launch, leaving them unable to connect. Though the company quickly began upgrading its servers, persistent problems led EA to disable "non-critical" gameplay features and briefly stop promoting SimCity altogether.