"To me, it’s just odd that the developer’s vision had to take such precedence over what players wanted. Why couldn’t that vision of a social, MMO-esque SimCity coexist alongside a single-player experience?"
I agree completely, why place the developers wants over that of the players? As the player it’s like being served Ravioli when you ordered and paid for Spaghetti. I may like both but I ordered what I ordered for a reason. Goodbye John, you will not be missed.