SimCity's official site now displays server availability

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SimCity's server congestion was sneezing us out of the game all last week, but it may finally have kicked its launch cold. I've been in the NA West 1 server all morning without once seeing the words "connection" or "error"—just splines reticulating everywhere I look. SimCity's approval rating might be trending up elsewhere, too—its official site now displays the status of every server (opens in new tab) , and there are green lights from San Francisco to Antarctica. Wait, why is there a server in Antarctica? Don't penguins use Linux?

Anyway, I criticized SimCity's always-online requirement and pitiful launch service in my review , and customers are rightfully unhappy about it, but I think Maxis at least deserves a hug—it's been a rough week. Yes, SimCity should have launched with more servers and a better queue system (and if I had it my way, an offline mode), but it didn't, and Maxis has responded forcibly, doubling the server count and releasing several patches over the past seven days.

I'm still not happy about Cheetah speed being disabled, or the bugs, or the frustration we've all experienced up to now, but a hug doesn't necessarily condone the handling of SimCity's launch. It's just a hug, because while we've been fuming, Maxis has been toiling, and the game is getting better.

Let's hope today's positive experience doesn't dip—if it rises and falls, it'll only fan the flames higher, and EA only has so many games to give away (opens in new tab) .

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.