Well, the good news is that EA's official Twitter for its digital distribution service Origin has confirmed that you will not be banned if you ask for a refund on your purchase of SimCity in light of the fact that you probably can't play it.
The bad news is that you more than likely ain't getting that refund.
Regarding recent confusion: In general we do not offer refunds on digital download games. Please review our policy help.ea.com/article/return…— Origin (@OriginInsider) March 7, 2013
So, what's a gamer to do?
Well, you can sign this new petition over at change.org that asks EA to remove SimCity's "always on" DRM and discontinue its use for all future games.
From the petition:
"When I, And millions of other people, buy a game that has a single-player experience. We expect it to work regardless of our connectivity to the internet, or quality of our connection. EA has made this impossible, so many people with an unstable connection will not even be able to play the game in the first place, let alone anyone who wants to play on the go/with no internet connection."
Yeah, that could have used another draft or two but hey, it's the thought that counts, right?
As of this writing, the petition has 22,700 signatures.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen