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GameSpot – EA Origin reaches 3.9 million users

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According to Brown, the Origin client has been installed by 3.9 million users. A full-on replacement for the EA Store, Origin serves as a hub and infrastructure for downloading and playing PC games, as well as ordering boxed products for other platforms. Though it currently only offers games published by EA, Brown reaffirmed the company’s intent to begin selling other third-party software through the service.

I can only see this number getting bigger and bigger.  I suppose I am in the minority when I say I don’t want EA to have their own digital distribution system….I’m perfectly fine with Steam.  They just don’t have a good track record of you know, having software that works like it should and of course, doesn’t invade on your personal privacy (I’m not even going to bother to rant about that…)

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Platinum Simmers Inverviews SimGuru Graham

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Posted a few days ago (dunno how i missed this), Platinum Simmers have a new interview with everyone’s favorite SimGuru.

Heather: So, tell me a bit about yourself and your role in The Sims Team!

Graham: I’m Graham Nardone, I’m one of the producers on The Sims 3, and we’re working on The Sims 3 Pets right now.

H: You’re very active in the community, you’re in the forums a lot, and I know the community really appreciates that you take the time to talk to them.

G: It’s great being able to go out there and communicate with our fans, that’s something I’ve been getting more involved in recently, and I do really enjoy the opportunity to go and talk directly to them, to be able to hear from players and get that kind of feedback. There’s an interesting back and forth and a dialogue between everyone. We do listen to people and we do really want to incorporate their feedback so we really do take all that into consideration.

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Source: Infinite Sims

EA VS Activision… FIGHT!

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NOTE: This is NOT Sims news but EA News. It’s about EA, so we’re covering it. Thus, it’s on like Donkey Kong!

EA says that Activision’s Call of Duty franchise will collapse is a few years. Here’s what an EA spokesperson said in comments directed at Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, “You’ve got every reason to be nervous,” and “Last year Activision had a 90 share in the shooter category. This year, Battlefield 3is going to take you down to 60 or 70. At that rate, you’ll be out of the category in 2-3 years. If you don’t believe me, go to the store and try to buy a copy of Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk.”

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Source: Kotaku and G4

SimTimes Wins Award for Outstanding Commitment and Care of the Community

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Congrats to our friends over at SimTimes! They have won the award for Outstanding Commitment and Care of The Community.

On gamescom weekend it was time. After we have made on Europe’s biggest games fair impression of the upcoming Sims titles (the detailed reports will follow soon!), Electronic Arts EA Community Awards presented 2011th

You could a few weeks ago for your favorite Sims fansite that suit us and EA.de have brought a clear victory. Well, we succeeded in reaching through you accept Community Award at the weekend. Electronic Arts has awarded SimTimes for its dedication and care of the community and we can only say: THANK YOU.

Thanks to everyone who voted for us, thanks to all the visitors who stop by every day on our website and express their feedback. And also thanks to Electronic Arts, not for the award, but also for the possibility that we could look at the upcoming Sims title this weekend.

We accept this award as an incentive to continue to-date report on the world of the Sims.

In the next few days you should miss it with us, then goes our big gamescom Special online. Worth the wait!

The Sims 3 – Win a Meet and Greet with Klee

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The German EA YouTube Channel is having a contest for fans of Klee! All you have to do is…

Look at just the music video “Will you stay with me” by CLOVER, and then our Simlish version. When you discover the error, you can easily answer our question below. Simply click the correct answer, carry your data with a little luck you’ll meet in person to the next CLOVER CLOVER concert near you. GOOD LUCK!

Head over to their channel for more info and to enter.