- The Sims 4
- The Sims 3
- Other Sim Games
30 years and 4 days ago, EA shipped their first batch of games. Pretty sweet milestone. 30 years later EA is still shipping games, both physically and digitally.
Why was the whole company needed in the warehouse? Nancy reflected, “It was the only way we could have made it—we only had a couple of warehouse employees at the time. It was a great team bonding experience.” She added, “It was hard, but we had fun. The average age of workers at the time was around 25-26.” Once they finished packing, the tight-knit team at EA continued team-bonding over a BBQ, and commemorated that day with shirts sporting the slogan: “I survived: May 20th 1983.” When the day was over, Nancy recalled, “everyone was so happy, that was the culmination of so much hard work.”
M.U.L.E was a classic four player game and one of the first to utilize the supply-and-demand economic model during multiplayer. While it may not be as pretty as StarCraft II, it laid down the foundation for the “harvesting crystals and gas strategically” mechanic. Fun Fact: M.U.L.E. takes place in Irata—which happens to be “Atari” backwards..
I bet you’re asking yourself, “What is Origin Pass”. Right? Well it was a program and basically a way to stop people from re-selling their used games by limiting online and other features of a game to the original owner. Games that used this are Battlefield 3, SSX and etc. Basically it’s a type of DRM. Or at least that’s what it sounds like. Anyways, due to negative feedback, they’re getting rid of said Passes. w00t!
“Yes we’re discontinuing Online Pass,” Reseburg told GamesBeat. “None of our new titles will include that feature.”
The passes have been controversial due to their restricting access to content for second-hand buyers.
Thanks to SimsGalore for the tip!
Every week Origin hosts a random giveaway for North American audiences, and usually every couple of weeks it’s a Sims one. This time they want to know what your dream expansion/stuff pack would be, and if you comment under their posting you could be randomly chosen to win a T Shirt or a freaking awesome Dog Collar from The Sims 3 Pets! I don’t know how I missed seeing these when the expansion came out but I totally want it! Read on below!
Weekly Giveaway: The Sims Edition
Welcome to our weekly prize giveaway. Leave us a comment for a chance to win free game codes and other cool prizes while celebrating your favorite games. We do this every week—to stay in touch with these giveaways, like us on Facebook.
Whether it’s juice keg stands or igloo-building, stray horses to encounter or alchemy skills to refine, The Sims 3 expansion packs and stuff packs bring worlds of unexpected fun for you and your Sims. If you could invent your own The Sims 3 expansion or stuff pack, what would it be?
For a chance to win either of the T-shirts (size XXL) pictured below or a The Sims 3 Pets spiked dog collar (size L, fits 14” – 17” necks), tell us about the The Sims 3 expansion or stuff pack of your dreams in the comments below. Entries must be posted by May 12th at 11:59pm PT to be considered.
Also, did you know The Sims 3 is having a huge sale right now? Unleash your imagination with new expansions and stuff packs starting at only $7.99. Hurry, sale ends May 14.
The Origin team will pick five (5) random commenters to win this week’s prize. Please note, only one entry per person is permitted for each giveaway, and only residents of North America, aged 18 and older, who are not EA employees or affiliated with an EA employee, are eligible. Winners will be contacted via email on their registered Origin/EA email address to claim their prize. Good luck!
Remember that Origin is having a rather large sale on a bunch of Sims 3 titles running until May 14th. Just in time for Mother’s Day…?
Hey Simmers! A lot of you Simmers are fan of TheSims 1, Right? So is James (from TheSimSupply). He had a great idea by asking Origin to get TheSims 1 on Origin.
I decided to help him.
So i ask you, lovely fans, to tweet this; “@TheSimSupply @OriginInsider “Please get #TheSims1 on Origin”“, if you have a twitter account. Also don’t forget to tell your other Sim friends or friends who play TheSims too to tweet this! We hope that Origin/ EA sees this and put TheSims 1 on Origin.
Today is the day folks! The Sims has a “big announcement” coming our way, and lucky people in the community have been invited to a conference call to hear the news. We will do our very best to keep you up to date today so be sure to check back regularly and also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!
We can’t wait to see what The Sims has in store for us today… do you think the 4th generation will begin?
Various fan sites of the Sims have been told that there will be a “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT” on May 6th 2013! [Platinum Simmers, Sim Cookie and Sim Times]
Approximately 3 hours before several major fan sites will be given a new image to accompany the announcement to follow!!
Beyond Sims will aim to keep you up to date with information, but what could this possibly be ’4′?
Keep that date in your calendar May 6th!
UPDATE: Sims VIP have been invited to get an exclusive first look at what ever this turns out to be!
It is understood that EA have been laying off employees around the company, with estimates of up to 10% of the workforce being affected by this. EA posted an official statement:
In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.
These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.
It has also been rumoured since last night that EA will be closing their EA Partners program, which has published games from companies such as Valve and Epic. I also presume that jobs at Playfish in the UK are being cut following the closures of their Facebook games.
This all comes following the departure of EA’s CEO John Riccitiello last month. Larry Probst, who served as EA’s CEO for many years prior to Riccitiello, is currently executive chairman while the hunt for a new CEO continues.
We can only hope that employees affected by this are okay, as this must be a very hard time for them, and we wish them the very best of luck in the future.
What to know the exact day EA will hold their E3 Press Conference? Well then, you’re in luck. Unless you’re not, then you must have the unlucky trait. lol
EA has announced via a press release that its E3 2013 press conference will take place on Monday, June 10th. The event will start at 1pm PT and promises plenty of surprises. Ubisoft confirmed earlier this month that its press conference will take place on the same day, but a time has yet to be announced.