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Act Fast and Grab Your Free Copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection on Origin

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Posted: 06:31PM

Free games are always nice. When it's the best-selling PC game of all-time, even better. Earlier in the month, Electronic Arts announced that The Sims 2 was being "retired," but anyone who owned the game on Origin would get a free upgrade to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection containing all the expansion packs and DLC. Well, considering The Sims 2 was originally sold well before Origin existed, maybe there were some people that complained they couldn't get a copy, so EA made it a bit easier to do so – simply launch Origin, select "Redeem Product Code" from the "Origin" menu dropdown, enter "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS" (minus the quotes), and voila! I did it myself and it worked!

According to the official EA Help page, "This code will [be] available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT." But, since the wording implies this was supposed to be for "passionate The Sims 2 players" and not leaked to everyone, you may want to jump on the deal ASAP just to be safe. That being said, The Sims 2 is no longer being sold, so I doubt EA will mind, even if that wasn't the original intention. Besides, maybe a few people will like The Sims 2 so much, they'll go out and pre-order The Sims 4. Win win!

Source: EA Help via PC Gamer

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ET3D on July 23, 2014 10:52PM
Personally I don't like the "I'm sure EA won't mind" attitude. Same thing happened when Adobe released CS2 for free to owners of the original, and everyone jumped on board (and Adobe did mind). I agree with you that getting The Sims 2 this way is unlikely to hurt EA, but I still don't like the attitude. I can understand why EA is doing this. I spent a lot of time chatting to support to get my DVD copy of The Sims 2 registered so it's upgraded to the Ultimate Collection, and I supposed thousands of others did, taking most of EA's support time.
ClayMeow on July 24, 2014 09:15AM
The difference between this situation and Adobe's situation is that The Sims 2 is no longer being sold (which I stated). Adobe lost money by people grabbing CS2 for free, but there's no lost revenue here for EA - they decided to stop the sale of the game before this free promotion. So I stand by "my attitude" - even if it wasn't the original intention, the fact that there's no lost revenue for this and it simply makes EA look good, I don't think they're going to care.

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