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Thomper
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(07-15-2014, 08:22 PM)
Just got this email from EA:

Dear Origin gamer,

Your current version of The Sims 2 will lose technical support on 22 July 2014. We want you to have the most up-to-date version of The Sims 2 in your collection, so you will see a brand new addition to your Origin library: The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

This is the most up-to-date version of The Sims 2 and the version that is still supported by Origin. It also features a lot more content than you may already have in your current version ofThe Sims 2.

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection will appear in your Origin library automatically. You’ll need to download and install it to your computer to play it.

You’re free to continue playing your existing version of The Sims 2, but please note that it is an older edition of the game that will soon lose technical support. To continue receiving support on your progress of The Sims 2 – including Sims characters, houses, etc. — you will need to transfer your save files of The Sims 2 to the Ultimate Edition. To learn more about backing up your data, please visit http://help.ea.com/en/article/backin...-sims-2-files/.

Once you’ve migrated your Sims’ lives to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, you can better organize your Origin game library by hiding your previous version of The Sims 2. Click on the tile for The Sims 2 in your Game Library for the option to hide it. If you need additional directions, we’ve got you covered.

Thanks for your continuing passion for The Sims.

That's pretty neat! Sims 2 is 10 years old at this point, and I haven't played it in a while, but this is a pretty good offer. There's no details on what the 'Ultimate Collection' is, but when they released a similar thing for Sims 1 it was the main game + every expansion pack. If this means I get a free upgrade to every piece of Sims 2 content ever: awesome!

Edit: EA confirms it'll include all expansion packs + stuff packs http://help.ea.com/en/article/the-si...ollection-faq/
Last edited by Thomper; 07-16-2014 at 07:55 AM.
Danny 117
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(07-15-2014, 08:27 PM)
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That's pretty good of them , for real. I'm shocked.
SZips
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(07-15-2014, 08:29 PM)
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That's rather nice of EA to do.
davepoobond
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(07-15-2014, 08:29 PM)
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Ending support for yet another game
Drkirby
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(07-15-2014, 08:30 PM)
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Got it too, pretty nice to be honest.

Ending support for yet another game
Sounds like they will still support it, but they only want to support a single version now.
BronsonLee
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(07-15-2014, 08:30 PM)

Originally Posted by davepoobond

Ending support for yet another game

The goddamn game is ten years old.
Ludist210
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(07-15-2014, 08:30 PM)
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That's...very unlike EA. Nice of them.
MMaRsu
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(07-15-2014, 08:30 PM)
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Hm surprised they didnt delete the game from origin altogether. Good job this time EA.
Turboclese
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(07-15-2014, 08:30 PM)
Colored me surprised,
Slate Soda
(07-15-2014, 08:30 PM)
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Topic title is misleading; they're only dropping support for older versions of Sims 2, not Sims 2 altogether.
RE_Player
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(07-15-2014, 08:31 PM)
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The last great Sims game. Still have younger cousins that play Sims 2.
Zoidberg Jesus
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(07-15-2014, 08:32 PM)
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Interesting. I wonder if there's anyway to get in on this if I never bought anything Sims-related on Origin.
btkadams
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(07-15-2014, 08:32 PM)
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Will the Sims 2 Ultimate be available for purchase, or is it just an upgrade for those who already own it? Last time I looked, The Sims 2 wasn't on Origin (or anywhere else digitally) anymore.
massoluk
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(07-15-2014, 08:33 PM)
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The Sims 2 is still the best The Sims game
Thomper
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(07-15-2014, 08:36 PM)

Originally Posted by btkadams

Will the Sims 2 Ultimate be available for purchase, or is it just an upgrade for those who already own it? Last time I looked, The Sims 2 wasn't on Origin (or anywhere else digitally) anymore.

I'm assuming they'll sell it. It hasn't been added to my Origin account yet, which is probably happening on the 22nd. They'll likely put it on sale then, too.
davepoobond
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(07-15-2014, 08:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by BronsonLee

The goddamn game is ten years old.

So what you're saying is... That's like ending support for a 3rd grader
Danthrax
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(07-15-2014, 08:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by davepoobond

So what you're saying is... That's like ending support for a 3rd grader

"You're 10 years old. Move out and get a damn job already."
ghostlyspice
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(07-15-2014, 08:43 PM)
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If this is a free upgrade to a "complete" collection, that's awesome but I can't help but feel bad for the people who bought all eight EPs for $30, and then the super hardcore fans who bought all ten Stuff packs for $20. Basically people who only bought the base game would be getting for free what these people paid $440~ for haha.
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Bisnic
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(07-15-2014, 08:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by davepoobond

Ending support for yet another game

You're missing the part where they're offering a free upgrade to a better version of the game.
Flandy
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(07-15-2014, 08:45 PM)
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I didn't get this e-mail ;__;
PsihoPerihelion
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(07-15-2014, 08:45 PM)
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Whoa, what? Time to install that game from Origin it seems.
Thomper
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(07-15-2014, 08:48 PM)

Originally Posted by ghostlyspice

If this is a free upgrade to a "complete" collection, that's awesome but I can't help but feel bad for the people who bought all eight EPs for $30, and then the super hardcore fans who bought all ten Stuff packs for $20. Basically people who only bought the base game would be getting for free what these people paid $440~ for haha.

The last Sims 2 release was still like six years ago at this point. If you did buy everything you probably got your money's worth from it over the past few years.

It's not entirely fair, I suppose, but the group of people who bought everything but hasn't upgraded to Sims 3 yet is probably real small. And for those who do get a lot of free stuff it creates a lot of goodwill which cancels out the complaining from the others, probably.
CrunchyFrog
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(07-15-2014, 08:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by davepoobond

So what you're saying is... That's like ending support for a 3rd grader

Because giving technical support for a video game is the same as rearing a human child (though this IS the Sims I suppose)
Zafir
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(07-15-2014, 08:52 PM)
What about retail copies, can you still get this offer? I've got a retail copy from launch day way back when, but the sims site won't take the code, nor will Origin.
renitou
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(07-15-2014, 08:52 PM)

Originally Posted by davepoobond

So what you're saying is... That's like ending support for a 3rd grader

It's more like ending support for any piece of software, ever, ya chowderhead.
Lefein
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(07-15-2014, 08:53 PM)
An actual Good Guy EA story?
WAT?!
Thomper
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(07-15-2014, 08:55 PM)

Originally Posted by Zafir

What about retail copies, can you still get this offer? I've got a retail copy from launch day way back when, but the sims site won't take the code, nor will Origin.

You could try contacting EA's support. I've heard of them adding games to your Origin account if the code won't activate. Worth a try?
ghostlyspice
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(07-15-2014, 08:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by Thomper

The last Sims 2 release was still like six years ago at this point. If you did buy everything you probably got your money's worth from it over the past few years.

It's not entirely fair, I suppose, but the group of people who bought everything but hasn't upgraded to Sims 3 yet is probably real small. And for those who do get a lot of free stuff it creates a lot of goodwill which cancels out the complaining from the others, probably.

That's true.

But I really do feel bad for the people who bought all the stuff packs.

Originally Posted by Zafir

What about retail copies, can you still get this offer? I've got a retail copy from launch day way back when, but the sims site won't take the code, nor will Origin.

When you install the retail copies on your PC it pops up with an option to register your game with EA (using your email address) for support and stuff. I would presume you'd had to have done that at some point for you to get the email.
Netherscourge
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(07-15-2014, 09:02 PM)
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Wait, EA did this?



You sure they didn't' get hacked or something?
Thomper
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(07-15-2014, 09:02 PM)

Originally Posted by ghostlyspice

That's true.

But I really do feel bad for the people who bought all the stuff packs.

Yeah, but I feel bad for those people regardless. 20 bucks to get a few more items? Those things were a rip-off at any price.
Zafir
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(07-15-2014, 09:04 PM)

Originally Posted by Thomper

You could try contacting EA's support. I've heard of them adding games to your Origin account if the code won't activate. Worth a try?

Well, in the queue and there's a half hour wait. xD

Originally Posted by ghostlyspice

When you install the retail copies on your PC it pops up with an option to register your game with EA (using your email address) for support and stuff. I would presume you'd had to have done that at some point for you to get the email.

Hmm, I did play it at one point, but I can't remember registering it I don't think. I thought it just had securom on it.

Edit: Just got off support and they've added it to my Origin account, phew!
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davepoobond
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(07-15-2014, 09:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrunchyFrog

Because giving technical support for a video game is the same as rearing a human child (though this IS the Sims I suppose)

Finally someone gets it.
Foshy
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(07-15-2014, 09:46 PM)
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Sounds nice. Can I register my Sims 2 to Origin when I've been playing without the client up to now so I'm eligible for the upgrade?
Tain
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(07-15-2014, 09:46 PM)
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I have a copy of Sims 3 in my Origin library and I seriously have no idea where it came from.
Zafir
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(07-15-2014, 09:49 PM)

Originally Posted by Foshy

Sounds nice. Can I register my Sims 2 to Origin when I've been playing without the client up to now so I'm eligible for the upgrade?

I had a retail copy and had to contact support to get it added. Support were quick to add it though, just asked for the serial and account details and they added it no other questions asked.
HeebieJeebies
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(07-15-2014, 09:53 PM)
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Thanks for that info Zafir.
wagamer
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(07-15-2014, 09:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tain

I have a copy of Sims 3 in my Origin library and I seriously have no idea where it came from.

Probably some Humble Bundle, can't remember which but somehow I had two copies of the game.

Can't wait the same happening to Sims 3 in 2019.
Shiina
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(07-15-2014, 09:59 PM)
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Sounds like a PR stunt. Like who the hell gets technical support for Sims 2? They probably had the janitor on shift answer the emails for that.
Nethaniah
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(07-15-2014, 10:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by Shiina

Sounds like a PR stunt. Like who the hell gets technical support for Sims 2? They probably had the janitor on shift answer the emails for that.

Maybe it's modern OS support.
Thomper
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(07-16-2014, 07:37 AM)
EA confirms: it'll include all expansion packs and stuff packs. Again: pretty great, EA!

http://help.ea.com/en/article/the-si...ollection-faq/
Zeyphersan
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(07-16-2014, 07:42 AM)
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Shit, I need to register Sims 2 on my origin account NOW
Zeyphersan
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(07-16-2014, 07:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by Shiina

Sounds like a PR stunt. Like who the hell gets technical support for Sims 2? They probably had the janitor on shift answer the emails for that.

Oh no! It's probably a PR stunt guys! The free upgrade we're getting is now tainted and dirty!
Crimsonclaw111
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(07-16-2014, 07:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by Thomper

EA confirms: it'll include all expansion packs and stuff packs. Again: pretty great, EA!

http://help.ea.com/en/article/the-si...ollection-faq/

If only I could buy it for cheap. Sims 2 is best Sims. Maybe it's time for me to buy a copy on Amazon and then call EA to link it.
Grayman
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(07-16-2014, 07:46 AM)
Pretty decent when companies do this for older games. EA also did something similar with battlefield 2 where the expansion pack content was eventually given to all users in one of the last patches. MMO games will also do this with some of the carrots to buy expansion packs. Getting all players to a certain baseline would make support, even if just in the form of knowledge bases, easier.
Persona7
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(07-16-2014, 07:46 AM)
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Wow, nice. I don't have the last few expansion packs so I can try them now.
nhlducks35
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(07-16-2014, 07:47 AM)
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Originally Posted by BronsonLee

The goddamn game is ten years old.

I feel old now

heh only 20
fader
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(07-16-2014, 07:47 AM)
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That's... oddly nice of them... They must know Sims 4 will bomb...
HoodWinked
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(07-16-2014, 07:48 AM)
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I thought the thread title was being sarcastic so I laughed at first.
drgambit
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(07-16-2014, 07:49 AM)
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That's great and all, so why doesn't EA replace my copy of SPORE and give me the game I wanted instead?
Flandy
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(07-16-2014, 07:51 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tain

I have a copy of Sims 3 in my Origin library and I seriously have no idea where it came from.

I bought The Sims 3 at retail when it came out. Few years after that I log into Origin and I see a copy of The Sims 3 in my account. Wonder if it's for registering it on the old EA website or something. Can't remember what their thing was called before Origin

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