It’s a double victory for gamers today: two controversial online “features” (for want of a better term) are both officially dead as of today. Maxis today released update 10 for SimCity, which makes the entire game playable offline once you’ve installed the patch. That patch will be automatically downloaded via Origin; once it is you can play single-player cities offline, and all saves will be stored on your PC.
Secondly, Diablo III’s controversial Real Money Auction House gets it switch flipped today. While you’ll still be able to access the RMAH, no further items can be put up for auction. Current auctions are still active, but once they all end, the feature will be removed and all items and gold will be distributed accordingly. Essentially, the Auction House is dead as of today.