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« on: 2006 November 12, 04:03:33 »
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Just a rant... :x
Thanks to the pay/donation sites, EA has discovered there are many TS2 fans willing to shell out cash for additional items. Hence, they happily obliged us with their "stuff packs".  To add insult to injury, they include *hidden* items in these stuff packs for us to find, or worse, to force those of us that do not know how to extract these items to visit fan sites, encouraging us to download Maxis made items from places other than the official website.  

I, for one, receive these stuff packs from wonderful family members who believe anything to do with TS2 would make a nice gift and, if I didn't already have it, I must want it!   :roll:

Today I notice the "Happy Holiday Stuff" is once again to come out onto the store shelves. Oh NO! I must alert all relatives this is the same pack and I do not want it under the Christmas tree! But NO! It is not the same...EA has added 20..yes, twenty new items! Do not despair if you have this pack and want to "Celebrate the Season with All-New Must-Have Holiday Items for Your Sims!" ..Introducing the brand spanking new "Happy Holiday Mini Pack"! Available only via digital download from the EA Game Store! All this for only $6.99 USD!

I have the 2005 version (Thanks Mom!) I know it cost the same as the 2006 version, so on top of all the FREE holiday items they released last Holiday Season (which is one of the reasons I never intended to buy it last year anyway) I have a reason to feel doubly cheated out of a REAL Christmas present!

 :x  How do the guys at EA walk with such big balls?
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« Reply #1 on: 2006 November 12, 04:06:14 »
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no ones forcing you to buy it
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« Reply #2 on: 2006 November 12, 04:11:08 »
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How do the guys at EA walk with such big balls?


Slowly and bowlegged like.  Kinda a swaddle/swagger thing.
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« Reply #3 on: 2006 November 12, 04:19:53 »
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no ones forcing you to buy it


I'm not going to buy that crap. Thank God it is only available in download so I won't have to receive it as a gift in lieu of something really useful. If I did not make it clear, let me explain a little better what I mean to say: EA's Stuff Packs perpetuates the idea that items on fan sites are worth paying for; $6.99 for 20 objects? 8 of which are clothes and the rest are decorative...where is the value?
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« Reply #4 on: 2006 November 12, 04:21:06 »
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True, there's no forcebuying, but...I personally buy expansion packs, and by the same token, stuff packs, cos I know people will make recolours, or find 'hidden' things, or make things from the objects in it...and expecially when it's relatives who have a vague knowlege of one's interests, and try and buy something slightly of that ilk....I first got TS1 from my grandad, who knew I liked SimCity, which turned out to be for teh win, but in general...well-meanong relatives can really fuck up sometimes..Sad
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« Reply #5 on: 2006 November 12, 04:23:43 »
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Their idea is that it reaches the ones that don't download sims stuff online.

Sure it's all a big scam but who gives a shit?

Paysites or no paysites it was bound to happen sooner or later. The company is all about the bottom line.
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« Reply #6 on: 2006 November 12, 04:27:47 »
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^The new mini-pack is only available as a download.
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« Reply #7 on: 2006 November 12, 04:47:11 »
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Whatever.  I just download 'em on BitTorrent anyway.
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« Reply #8 on: 2006 November 12, 04:55:22 »
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^The new mini-pack is only available as a download.


I said the ones that don't download sims stuff online. Like custom content. They may still use the eadownloader for their stuff.

Anyway, that's just what EA/Maxis has said. It's not for me to justify.

Like I said, regardless of paysites it was going to happen.
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« Reply #9 on: 2006 November 12, 04:59:16 »
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Personally I'd rather give my money to EA than to paysites. I know with EA that the items are good quality, and look nice in my game.
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« Reply #10 on: 2006 November 12, 05:01:20 »
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Wow, I can't stand maxis crap. I'd rather give mine to paysites if the choice was between them and EA.
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« Reply #11 on: 2006 November 12, 05:09:12 »
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Well, the whole stuff pack deal pisses me off no end.  Maxis USED to offer new stuff online for FREE all the time, but now they gouge us, following the paysite lead. And I agree: 20 NEW items is just crap.

It IS this that MaxiodTom and I got into it over (BTW, he doesn't post anymore because of it). I feel bad for him because he was doing the job EA set before him but I think he knew it was crap too. And if he didn't, then t's good he's no longer a Sims2 team member. EA needs to get in touch with it's fan base and contrary to popluar opionion i can not believe the fan base consists of mostly 13 yos or that the 13 yos are completely stupid. EA seems to believe this is true.

IMO, EA has shit all over their faithful fans. I will NEVER buy a stuff pack, ever. I doubt if I ever buy another EP! They can't make the stuff in an EP work right, I don't want it. I will NOT buy into this 'got to have every ing sim, got to have it" mentality because that perpetuates EA selling crap. If they can sell crap, then that's what they will continue to sell cuz it's cheaper to produce!

I loved Sims 1. I was so excited about Sims2 when it came out. But with each passing EP I have been more and more disappointed.

I still play my game, and I will. But I love it because of the mods and the CC. The EPs have been full of bugs and they just make me mad. Next time I pass.
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« Reply #12 on: 2006 November 12, 05:12:50 »
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I have no plans to pay for anymore of their expansions or stuff packs myself  :twisted:
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« Reply #13 on: 2006 November 12, 05:16:00 »
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How do the guys at EA walk with such big balls?


Slowly and bowlegged like.  Kinda a swaddle/swagger thing.


Like cowboys? Shocked
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« Reply #14 on: 2006 November 12, 06:17:29 »
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my favorite part of the whole "download only" deal:

you're required to connect and login to the ea site in order to play your game at all

no internet connection available? too bad, you can't play the game you paid for...ea site down for a few hours? oh well guess you can't play your game, unless you want to temporarily uninstall whichever one(s) you downloaded from them

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I'd rather be able to play whenever the hell i want than have the extra 20 "holiday" items (that are all CHRISTMAS related again anyways lol)
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