. Now that's a fun refund policy.
Seriously, though... while this would certainly be a bad thing for the developers, I hope that these extreme examples of quasi-defective DRMed games flop.
Here is something else about EA damage control (not really surprising, though, this effect has been observed before on MetaCritic etc): http://www.p4rgaming.com/?p=1473In
A joke so fun it's almost believable.
I don't know if the game will flop or not, I do know I will not be buying it. I might have gotten it for the kicks when it's for sale for 5€, but by then you'll have to be worrying about servers shutting down... besides, this is going to be one fucking expensive game, well out of my budget. I'm not talking about 60€ on launch, or even 80€ deluxe, I'm talking the +15€ for metro station and the like.
I don't know if SimCity (5) is on the GOG wishlist, but it should be. Imagine this game DRM free, offline and with all DLC bundled up GOG-style. That I would pay 80€ for.
EDIT: there wasn't, so I just created it