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The Sims 3 Store – Bad, Awful, or Worse?

Updated on September 3, 2009
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One of EA's touted additions to the Sims 3 is the Sims 3 store, where you can buy extra pixels to make your sims happy. I like the idea, but I don't like the way it has been implemented. Why? Because the cost of pixels has skyrocketed since EA got into the online content game. For a standard 40 piece 'set' which is essentially a series of pictures of household items, EA would like you to give them $15 USD.

Are you kidding me, EA? For extra sets that aren't even real, for digital media that doesn't even affect the actual game play of the game, we have to play $15 per set. To put this in perspective, this little lamp here costs 25 sim points. You can buy 1000 sims points for 10 bucks, so this lamp, this little, tiny, insignificant cluster of pixels is apparently worth 25 cents.

This stove, on the other hand. This picture of a stove, is worth, according to EA, one dollar. That's the same amount of money it apparently costs to feed a child in Africa for a day, and they are trying to charge every single user who wants to see this particular mesh in their game the equivalent price.

The EA store is, quite simply, daylight robbery.

This leaves users with a few options.

Option One

Don't get any additional material at all. Don't buy any more EA games until EA decides to quit trying to fleece their customers for every available penny.

Option Two

Private developers and modders are fast making their own meshes, and more often than not, these meshes are entirely free to download. Anyone with any desire to add additional content to their game would be well served to pay a visit to these modders. Support in these cases is usually optional, if you like the meshes they are making, you can make a donation. (Mesh is a term to describe the code for new in game content.)

For a list of great modders doing awesome work, visit this article.

Option Three

Pirate, pirate pirate. This is the option a great deal of tech savvy users will take and I have to say, if they do, EA deserves it. The game itself is not entirely cheap to buy, and the idea of an online store is to stop people from pirating by giving them an incentive to have a registered game. With prices as high as they are, there's really no incentive at all.

I don't mind EA charging for additional online content, I just think they're charging at least three times too much, if not more. Given that the Sims 3 has sold 1.4 million copies, there is no shortage of potential customers at the Sims 3 online store. Until EA brings its prices in line with reality, I for one, will not be shopping there.


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      Bill 8 years ago

      When u first get the game, u get 1000 sims points free. but when i got them, i hadnt downloaded the game. it said u can get them from "MY ACCOUNT", but when i try to go there, it says "For security reasons, please log out and try again". After the umptenth time, it still wont work! piece of crap!

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      Anonnymous 8 years ago

      This is what happens when EA takes Paysite owners on board to create and develop a new Sims3, can't say im surprised given the lack of action by EA against PAYSITES during TS1 TS2 and now TS3, to become a PAYSITE, was EA's idea all along. And now with people from TSR, peggy, and other wellknown Paysites on board this was more than foreseable! FAIL EA takes in FAIL paysite owners... PAYSITES MUST BE DESTROYED =)

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      Gtafan421 8 years ago

      Thats pathetic, why EA needs to be robbers after already releasing a mediocre title to boot is beyond me. The Sims 3, in my opinion is far inferior to the first two. Yeah you can do more to customize, but does that matter once you've jeopardized every possible option that's actually likable? OOHH I can has teh power to put my couch in corner? Yeah, but we cant release a patch or something that makes that possible. Oh no no no no, we here at EA condemn all logical thoughts.

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      Waren E 8 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      That's an epic fail for EA right there,with prices of real items sky rocketing all over the world EA should not be pulling a stunt like that on their customers real money for fictional wares!:(

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      SimEnthusiast 8 years ago

      I agree. The sims store has always been far too expensive. I haven't added any extra materials to my Sims 3 game yet because I overdid the extra meshes and mods in Sims 2. It became glitchy and all of my Sims in one house turned blue. I'm still not entirely sure why that happened. But when I do start adding meshes to my Sims 3 game, I will not be buying them from the online store.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I definitely agree. No one wants to pay for anything on-line any way! Thanks!