As we reported in last week's news and in this post, EA is giving away free downloads of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection on Origin. You don't have to own The Sims 2 base game or anything to be eligible to get this game, and you don't have to download or install it immediately; simply open your Origin account and redeem the code: I-LOVE-THE-SIMS. But hurry up, because today - July 31st, is the last day that this game is being offered for free, and who knows if they'll ever offer it again. Even if you don't want to install the game right now, I would strongly recommend getting the game into your Origin library, so you can download it in the future.
The Sims 4 rewards program
EA is rewarding players who own copies of The Sims 3 and its expansions, who go out and buy a copy of The Sims 4. When TS4 launches, players with an Origin account will be able to obtain in-game rewards through the build mode in The Sims 4, based on how many The Sims 3 expansion packs they own. Expansions purchased through Origin will already be included in the game, but games that don't appear in a player's Origin library can be manually added with the game's 20-digit serial number. The in-game rewards are said to "affect your Sims' emotions and personalities in a unique way." For more information about this feature, go here.
EA has put out another trailer for The Sims 4, this time focusing on in-game emotions. Take a look!
The Sims Wiki News
A few ongoing discussions have been resolved. Here's what was decided:
One of the wiki's administrators and bureaucrats, Lost Labyrinth, has announced his retirement from the wiki. Lost Labyrinth (a.k.a. Lab) has served the wiki well as a community member, Community Director, administrator, and bureaucrat for four years. He has had a tremendous impact on this wiki, and he will be sorely missed
Apply for user rights
Lab's retirement, along with the upcoming release of The Sims 4, has highlighted the need for new administrators on The Sims Wiki. Therefore I would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply (i.e. someone who has rollback rights) to seriously consider putting your name in for (as K6ka calls it) "the mop and bucket" of administratorship. Or, if you know if someone else on the wiki who would be a good fit, do not hesitate to nominate them for a position. There are no restrictions on who can nominate another user, so don't hesitate to select someone who you feel is qualified. Administratorship applications and nominations should be added to this page. If you would like to become an admin someday and are not yet a rollbacker, you can apply for rollback rights here.
The producers of The Sims 4 have been showing off their new worlds and the new features of the game, but they've also been revealing some of the familiar faces and names that will be re-appearing in TS4. In the process, they've decided to set the events of The Sims 4 into an "alternate universe" from the timeline in the first three games. What do you think about this?
What are your thoughts on TS4 events occurring in an alternate timeline?