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EA offers SimCity players free game

  • Players who purchase and register the latest version of SimCity before March 26 can choose a free game by Electronic Arts (EA).

    The free games, available as digital downloads, include Mass Effect 3, Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled 3.

    The move follows connection problems caused by EA's decision to make SimCity an online-only game.

    EA launched the latest version of the game on March 5. However, soon after many people reported having to wait up to 30 minutes or more to play the game.

    According to EA, the problems occurred because of the shared aspects of the game and the volume of people trying to play, which consequently overwhelmed servers.

    The online requirement came as a bid to curb piracy of the title.