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Happy 15th Anniversary to The Sims!

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Can you believe it? 15 years ago, on the 4th February 2000, The Sims was released in North America and the world was never the same. Hard to believe that it’s been that long since Bob and Betty Newbie first moved into 7 Sim Lane.

The Sims, which was almost never made, exploded in the PC market and became the #1 Best Selling PC Game of all time! That caught everyone by surprise!

Since then we’ve had three sequels, several spin-offs, console ports, plenty of expansion packs and a wonderful community has formed who enjoy celebrating The Sims and sharing their creations.

Here’s to many more years of playing with life. Happy Birthday to The Sims, and a huge thank you to EA, Maxis and Will Wright!

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The Sims 2 Super Collection (Mac) – New Game Update Available

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Aspyr Media has released an update for The Sims 2 Super Collection, a compilation of Sims 2 games ported to Mac, and is available to download from the Mac App Store.

One of the biggest things in this update is that the game now supports 4K resolutions!

Version 1.2.2 Update Includes:

  • Added gesture support for zoom and rotate.
  • Added 4K resolution support.
  • Added feature to easily restore The Sims 2 neighbourhoods.
  • Added feature to easily import SimCity 4 terrain.
  • Minor bug fixes.

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The Sims 2 Super Collection (Mac): Available In The Mac App Store

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Mac users can rejoice! Following Aspyr’s re-release of SimCity 4, it was only a matter of time until this happened. The Sims 2 is back and it’s available to download from the Mac App Store for £20.99.

Featuring the base game, 6 expansion packs and 3 stuff packs (which were the only Sims 2 games to be ported to Mac by Aspyr), the Super Collection is a must have… and saves going into Windows to play ;)

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Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection For FREE

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Whether you own The Sims 2 or not, you can redeem The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free on Origin until the 31st July!

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection combines The Sims 2 base game, expansion packs and stuff packs into one convenient package and, until today, has only been available to those who owned The Sims 2 physically or digitally.

Follow these steps to get your free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection:

  1. Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
  2. Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
  3. Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
  4. From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code
    I-LOVE-THE-SIMS 

Remember that this is only available until the 31st July 2014, so redeem now!

Lets Play The Sims 2 – Episode #3

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After almost 1 whole year without an episode, I’m excited to be able to say that Episode 3 of my Lets Play The Sims 2 series is now on YouTube!

With the arrival of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection and A Level exams finished, I have been able to revive the series as I can install Sims 2 once again (my computer doesn’t have a DVD drive).

Let me know what you think and be sure to subscribe for more content.

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How to get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

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EA Help have posted an article on their website detailing how you can get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection – even if you have the physical copies of The Sims 2.

At this time, all Origin customers who had previously registered their copy of The Sims 2 should now have the newly remastered The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection in their Origin My Games library.

We know that there are a lot of fans of The Sims who may not have had their copy of the game registered on Origin, and we want to reward The Sims fans for their incredible loyalty and commitment to the franchise.

As a result, we are developing an easy way for any eligible customer who owns a physical disc copy of The Sims 2 to upgrade easily to the new Ultimate Collection edition. We will update this article on or before Wednesday July 23 at 10am PT, with detailed instructions on what you need to do to get your own copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

As it currently stands, you need to contact EA Support through Live Chat or over the telephone until they have developed a way to easily upgrade. But EA will happily activate your physical copy on Origin so you can gain access to the Ultimate Collection.

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The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection FAQ

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Yesterday, EA announced that owners of any Sims 2 game on Origin will get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free. Since then EA have released this handy FAQ to answer some questions you may have.

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection has started rolling out to gamers, so keep an eye on your account!

I got an email saying I would get a copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, but I can’t find it in my library?
The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection is going out to gamers right now.  Everyone who had a digital copy ofThe Sims 2 will find the Ultimate Collection in their library within the next 5 days. Just log in to Origin and visit your My Games library.

I hear that you are no longer supporting The Sims 2. What does that mean?
Going forward, EA will no longer be providing any new content or making any additional technical updates to The Sims 2. If you have a problem with your game, you are of course still welcome to contact us here at EA Help.

How do I get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection?
The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection is being given out to any gamer who purchased and registered a digital version of The Sims 2.

I didn’t get an email but I want a copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.
Any gamer who has purchased and registered a digital copy of The Sims 2 on Origin will receive the Ultimate Collection. If you can’t find your copy, please contact a Game Advisor for help.

What does The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contain?
The Ultimate Collection includes The Sims 2, as well as every single The Sims 2 expansion pack and stuff pack. 

How do I remove the old version of The Sims 2 from my game library?
Just right-click on the old tile for The Sims 2 game and select hide tile.

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The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for TS2 Origin Owners

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:!: Click here to read the Ultimate Collection FAQ.

I have received an email from Origin today and it’s pretty exciting stuff if you own The Sims 2 on Origin. While the game is no longer available to purchase on Origin, if you own the game you have been automatically upgraded to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection!

This is because technical support for the previously available version of The Sims 2 on Origin is ending on the 22nd July 2014.

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/backing-up-your-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.

Anyone who has a Sims 2 game on their Origin, whether it’s the base game or an expansion, will be eligible for this. We expect it to be added to your Origin games library on the 22nd July :)

We have reached out to Origin to see if this will be available to purchase for those who don’t own The Sims 2 on Origin.