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NPD PC Chart for the week ending on August 2, 2008: Sims are back at #1


Look like Nancy Drew is starting to lose stem.  Either that or The Sims 2 Deluxe sold more copies.   For this weeks NPD results, The Sims 2 Deluxe clocks in at the number 1 position.  #4 is Spore Creature Creator, #6 is The Sims 2 Ikea Home Stuff and #10 is The Sims 2 FreeTime.

1. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe
2. Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice
3. World of Warcraft: Battle Chest
4. Spore Creature Creator
5. World of Warcraft
6. The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff Expansion Pack
7. Diablo Battle Chest
8. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
9. World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack
10. The Sims 2 FreeTime Expansion Pack

Source:  GamesIndustry

NPD PC Chart for the week ending on July 12, 2008: Nancy Drew tops Maxis’ games?!?!


I don’t understand…Maxis has been dominating the NPD charts for ages with their games…sure, there are some other games that become #1 for a brief moment…but a Nancy Drew game?  That’s unheard of!  Maybe there was a miscount…or perhaps the company that produced the game bought a ton of copies for themselves…yeah…that’s it.

1. Nancy Drew: The Phantom Of Venice
2. Spore Creature Creator
3. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe
4. Diablo Battle Chest
5. The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff
6. WoW: Battle Chest
7. World Of Warcraft
8. The Sims 2 Freetime
9. WoW: The Burning Crusade
10. Call of Duty 4

Source:  Kotaku

NPD PC Chart for the week ending on July 5, 2008


I cannot believe that the Spore Creature Creator took #3.  I thought many were tired of EA milking The Sims franchise…I guess this proves me wrong!

  1. The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff Expansion Pack
  2. Diablo Battle Chest
  3. Spore Creature Creator
  4. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe
  5. World of Warcraft: Battle Chest
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
  8. World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack
  9. The Sims 2 Free Time Expansion Pack
  10. Warcraft III Battle Chest

Source:  Destructoid

NPD PC Chart for the week ending on June 28, 2008: EA, EA and…oh yeah, EA.


The sales data of US PC games has been published for the week ending on June 28.  Take a huge guess on what came in #1.

1) Spore Creature Creator – EA
2) The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff Expansion – EA
3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe – EA
4) World Of Warcraft Battle Chest– Vivendi
5) Age Of Conan – Eidos
6) World Of Warcraft – Vivendi
7) The Sims 2: Freetime Expansion – EA
8) The Sims 2: Kitchen and Bathroom Stuff – EA
9) Call Of Duty 4 – Activision
10) Diablo Battle Chest  – Vivendi

Source:  PCRetail

The Sims 2 FreeTime Patch has been updated again to v1.13.0.161


Worthplaying has just informed me that there has been updates to the FreeTime Patch would adds a few more fixes to the list.

v1.13.0.161 changes since last patch:

  • “Tinker” interaction is now available on the “Garbage Ninja by Kitchensations”, “Big and Brown Dishwasher by Romantic Notions”, “You Got Feets Bathtub”, and “SuperJet Corner Shower by Sleek Sensations”.
  • Updated SecuRom version to resolve an issue where some players started their game through the launcher or clicked on the game executable, but never saw the game splash screen on monitor and fixed emulation problems players were experiencing.
  • Added a new command line option “–blackfont” to make in-game fonts appear in black.
  • Updated game code in order for The Sims 2 FreeTime to be compatible with The Sims 2 Store Edition. For users who have The Sims 2 FreeTime Expansion Pack installed, this patch must be installed in order to run The Sims 2 Store Edition with The SimsTM 2 FreeTime Expansion Pack. This patch runs automatically if FreeTime is already on your computer and you install The SimsTM 2 Store Edition on top of it.

For those that would like to try out the patch, you may do so here, but I’m still staying far, far away from it.

NPD week ending June 21, 2008 – Spore Creature Creator tops sales


The NPD Group has released US PC software sales data for the week ending June 21, with EA’s Spore Creature Creator coming out on top.

Maxis reported that one million Spore creatures were created and shared during the stand-alone program’s first week of availability. The full Spore game will be released in September.

Sales of Spore Creature Creator were strong enough to place the game at number six on the All Categories list – the only game to appear alongside business, education and utility software.

The Top Ten best-selling PC games in the US for the week ending June 21 were:

  • 1 Spore Creature Creator (EA)
  • 2 The Sims 2 Double Deluxe (EA)
  • 3 Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Eidos)
  • 4 World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack (Vivendi>
  • 5 World Of Warcraft (Vivendi)
  • 6 World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest (Vivendi)
  • 7 The Sims 2 FreeTime Expansion Pack (EA)
  • 8 The Sims 2 Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff Expansion Pack (EA)
  • 9 Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision)
  • 10 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (LucasArts)


FreeTime Patch #2 SecuROM fix


While I hate SecuROM very, very much there are still some of you out there who need to know about this.  A person on the EA UK forum emailed the developers of SecuROM and the devs came up with a fix for the “Emulation Software Detected” errors that many were getting with the FreeTime patch. 


Please rename your original <SIMS2EP7.exe> (located in the folder C:/Program Files/EA GAMES/The Sims 2 FreeTime/TSBin) to <SIMS2EP7.old>. Then, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your web browser. This will open a blank webpage and a File Download window. From the File Download window click Open, extract the new <SIMS2EP7.exe> into the original’s folder and re-start the application.

The link for the new file is:…0/

If the problem persists, please send another analysis file of the latest executable to us.

Best regards,

SecuROM Support Team
SecuROM on the web: SecuROM
or via e-mail: [email protected]

NOTE: Please include the entire subject line, exactly as written including your ticket number, in the subject line of your communications to ensure proper handling.”

Natasha Bedingfield’s interview on Pocketful of Sunshine for FreeTime


Thanks to SnootySims, you can catch the answers to the interview with Natasha Bedingfield over on the EA Australia site.  The official Sims 2 site has yet to publish it, but it should be posted anytime.  Many questions were good, but the answers seemed…to be lacking.

Q: Aquamarine996  – Was it hard to learn Simlish for your song?” & TinkerBell4993S-  Was it hard to learn the language? And was it weird singing it in Simlish?”
A: Natasha Bedingfield – Not really. it did make me feel like a one year old again though.  I took the task very seriously.. I wanted to get the pronunciation just right.

Q: Chrissy8550 – Do you think you’ve done anything wackier then made a song in Simlish? If so, what?  
A: Natasha Bedingfield –  Sure. I’m quite a wacky person.. I like quirky stuff… I wrote a song on my album with cowboy hat , a tutu, and a plastic bazooka. That’s my sense of humor.

Catch the rest of the interview here