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Balloon notebook Computer games receive patches to fix compatibility problems after their initial release just like any other software, but they can also be applied to change game rules or algorithms. These patches may be prompted by the discovery of exploits in the multiplayer game experience that can be used to gain unfair advantages over other players. Extra features and game play tweaks can often be added. These kinds of patches are common in first-person shooters with multiplayer capability, and in MMORPGs. MMORPGs, which are typically very complex with large amounts of content, almost always rely heavily on patches following the initial release, where patches sometimes add new content and abilities available to players. Because the balance and fairness for all players of an MMORPG can be severely corrupted within a short amount of time by an exploit, servers of an MMORPG are sometimes taken down with short notice in order to apply a critical patch with a fix.


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The SimsEdit

An expansion pack would usually address issues that arose in previous expansions. However, Hot Date, Unleashed and Deluxe each got a separate update.


Icon invent cog bulb Tip: Each of these updates were included in later expansion packs. Players with Superstar, Makin' Magic, or The Sims Complete Collection do not need any of these updates. Players with Unleashed, but nothing later, do not need the Hot Date or Deluxe updates. Players with both Deluxe and Hot Date do not need the Hot Date update.


The Sims 2Edit

The Sims 2 featured an in-game notification system where a player connected to the internet was told if a new version of their expansion packs was found. Patches were released for every expansion pack and for the Family Fun Stuff Pack. There was also one for the Exchange to fix an uploading issue.

Patches were only released for the latest game engine version at the time; for example, when FreeTime was released, all patches from EA were only for FreeTime, meaning that the player had to install FreeTime in order to get the latest patches. If a player had Bon Voyage but not Seasons, they could get the patches released for Bon Voyage, but not the patches for Seasons. If multiple patches were released for the same game engine version, the newer patches would be cumulative of the previous patches for that game engine version.

Patches generally were not included in newer expansion packs. However, compilations of the game typically had patches for their respective packs preinstalled.

Base game
Main article: The Sims 2/Patch
  • CD Update 1.0.0.971
  • DVD Update 1.0.0.971
  • Update 1.0.0.1022
University
  • Update 1.1.0.284
Nightlife
  • Update 1.2.0.355
Open for Business

The 1.3.0.351 patch succeeds the 1.3.0.280 patch.

  • Update 1.3.0.280
  • Update 1.3.0.351
Family Fun Stuff
  • Update 1.4.0.142
Pets

The 1.6.0.277 patch succeeds the 1.6.0.273 patch.

  • Update 1.6.0.273
  • Update 1.6.0.277
Seasons

The 1.7.0.158 patch succeeds the 1.7.0.151 and 1.7.0.157 patches.

  • Update 1.7.0.151
  • Update 1.7.0.157
  • Update 1.7.0.158
Bon Voyage

The 1.10.0.130 patch succeeds the 1.10.0.122 patch.

  • Update 1.10.0.122
  • Update 1.10.0.130
FreeTime

The 1.13.0.161 patch succeeds the 1.13.0.148 and 1.13.0.155 patches.

  • Update 1.13.0.148
  • Update 1.13.0.155
  • Update 1.13.0.161
Apartment Life

The 1.16.0.194 patch succeeds the 1.16.0.187 patch.

  • Update 1.16.0.187
  • Update 1.16.0.194

The Sims 3Edit

Main article: The Sims 3/patch

With The Sims 3, EA is releasing updates more frequently than previous games, even between expansion releases. The Sims 3 is a hugely complex game and bugs or glitches are bound to happen. The Origin downloader comes with the game and players that use the Launcher to start the game will be notified of any new updates. The Sims 3 patches have not only fixed bugs, but also added or improved on existing gameplay features or interface elements for the base game.[1]


Icon invent cog bulb Tip: Since Patch 24, players don't need to install a separate patch for every expansion and stuff pack they have anymore.


Icon invent cog bulb Tip: The full update patch is a master patch for the game. This patch can update the game from any game version and any game region. It is recommended for players to apply the game update from this master patch to prevent errors when updating the game.


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