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EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:48:19 PM »
Hopefully this doesn't break the rules. If it does, feel free to give me a slap on the wrist. :)

EA are upgrading all copies of The Sims 2 to the Ultimate Collection for free.

Every expansion. Every stuff pack. Free! You just need The Sims 2 registered.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/16/the-sims-2-is-being-retired-ea-to-give-owners-a-free-ultimate-collection-upgrade/

EDIT: I just did this myself. I couldn't register The Sims 2 manually... had to contact EA via the live chat on their website.

Gave the very helpful lady the CD code, she added The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection to my account! Just had to close Origin, wait a few minutes and log back in! :)

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 03:53:24 AM »
I was wondering where to post this news too. You beat me to it.

I got mine yesterday, and it actually made me want to install it again and play it for nostalgic reasons  ;D

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2014, 05:54:34 AM »
The website links say it's only for Digital copes :,( Did I read this correctly?

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2014, 08:21:19 AM »
I was wondering where to post this news too. You beat me to it.

I got mine yesterday, and it actually made me want to install it again and play it for nostalgic reasons  ;D


I'm installing mine right now, though I'm not sure when/if I will play it.

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2014, 11:30:36 AM »
The website links say it's only for Digital copes :,( Did I read this correctly?


Before I got all of the physical copies I bought one EP digitally from Origin.  Because of that one copy I received the email and got the collection. 

On the official forums people are reporting that they contacted EA customer service  to have their physical copies registered to Origin and so got the collection. All they had to do was provide proof, as in a game code, that they owned the disc.

I'm happy to have this because my newer laptop is Windows 8.1 and I couldn't get anything but the base game to install and play.  With the digital copy it's working fine when I run it in Win 7 compatibility mode.

There are several threads going on over there if you want to check peoples results with customer service.

 

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2014, 12:04:25 PM »
I was unsure whether to post this or not as it was about Sims 2 when I saw it a few days ago. 

EA/Maxis even has an official FAQ page about it here:
http://help.ea.com/en/article/the-sims-2-ultimate-collection-faq/

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2014, 12:59:04 PM »
I only had the physical copy, no download from Origin.

Spoke to EA on live chat, gave them my CD code and they applied the ultimate collection to my account. :)



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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2014, 09:34:54 AM »
I got customer support to register my base game cd's a couple of days ago, no ultimate collection as yet although double deluxe showed up straight away, I'm sure it will happen though, if not I'll get in touch with them again.

I don't have all the stuff packs and only have ep's up to Bon Voyage so it will be nice to see how Sims 2 handled apartments and all the hobbies that came with Freetime. I reinstalled the base game a couple of months back, I played it to death when I first got it but hadn't touched it for years, compared to TS3 sims they seem to chat at a hundred miles an hour, talking over the top of each other while gesticulating wildly, I can see why many say TS3 sims seem wooden in comparison, I'd forgotten what they were like, unfortunately a few minutes in they were giving me a headache and I went back to my nice calm sims 3 game.

I shall definitely give this another go though when I get it.

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2014, 12:03:38 PM »
I have all expansions and stuffpacks (-1 stuffpack, I think), both digital and physical copies. This will save me TONS of time when I have to reinstall TS2 next time. I have no doubt it will be a next time :p Thanks EA  o/
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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2014, 07:20:52 AM »
I have a physical copy of The Sims 2 which came with Family Fun Stuff, and Double Deluxe or something that I bought for my daughter because my original Sims 2 disc seemed to be lost (and as with most lost things, turned up after I bought the new one). I couldn't register either, so went to the Customer Service and used the chat option to talk to a consultant. I have to say it was my best Customer Service experience ever. After verifying my account details, they gave me a code for the Ultimate collection, and am now downloading it :)

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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2014, 01:18:17 PM »
I have to say, I am VERY surprised just how good EA customer support actually is. :)

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2014, 09:37:42 PM »
I know this is a Sims 3 forum and feel free to remove this if it's too off-topic, but for those players who own either a digital copy of any of the Sims 2 base game or EPs via Origin, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection as a thank you gift as it retires the game from tech support.  The Ultimate Collection download on Origin includes all of the Sims 2 EPs and SPs.

For those players who own a physical disc of the Sims 2 base game or any of the EPs, if you have the original disc and product key, EA will allow you to register your game on Origin to receive the Ultimate Collection as well.

http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-get-the-sims-2-ultimate-collection/

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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2014, 10:09:20 PM »
I put this up in the babble board ;)

Registered my physical copy via EA Live help. Worked fine.

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2014, 10:14:18 PM »
Oh, sorry.  :)  I did a search on the forum for Sims 2 before I posted, but I guess I missed it!  :-[

I have to dig out my discs.  They're around somewhere, but I just haven't looked for them in a long time.

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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2014, 02:11:40 PM »
I'm merging this with the man thread about the TS2 promotion.
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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2014, 02:36:31 PM »
So a little update, I have been keeping an eye out for news they said would be coming for people with disc copies today, well instead of an option to register your old game they put up a code for everybody to get a copy for free, it's valid until the 31st of this month so if you never played and feel like trying it out now is your chance.

Instructions are here:
http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-get-the-sims-2-ultimate-collection/

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2014, 05:19:13 PM »
I've just downloaded it and I am looking forward to trying it out. I played The Sims 2 for a few months but only had one or two expansions. Because I'm on holiday, I can't play it yet but I'm looking forward to having a go. It's very easy to get your copy online, it literally took me 30 seconds!
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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2014, 06:00:16 PM »
If you're on Origin, it's very easy to get. And I would recommend trying it, if you never played the Sims 2. The Sims might look a bit odd after TS3, but it is fun. People who think they can't live without CASt and an open world might be surprised (although I still keep looking for the mapview button).
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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2014, 06:24:40 PM »
Only thing I had to do was mod the Graphics Rules file because my graphics card is unsupported.

Now it runs at 1600x900 and looks surprisingly good for a game of this age! :D

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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2014, 07:04:08 AM »
So a little update, I have been keeping an eye out for news they said would be coming for people with disc copies today, well instead of an option to register your old game they put up a code for everybody to get a copy for free, it's valid until the 31st of this month so if you never played and feel like trying it out now is your chance.

Instructions are here:
http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-get-the-sims-2-ultimate-collection/

Anyone have trouble with this? I downloaded it easily enough, but when I hit play it asks for a registration code. There is a code already in the field, but when I hit done, it just spins for a bit and then asks again for the code. If I hitdon't continue, it tells me the code is invalid for this product.

**Update.   Contacted the live chat support and the helpful fellow deactivated what seemed to be a glitched code and isssued me with a new code that actually works. Better not start playing now, or I'll be up all night lol
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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2014, 08:36:59 AM »
I downloaded mine also, but it only gives one resolution and it is way too big.  I have an integrated graphics card and have tried tweeking it, but if someone has any other suggestions, that would help.  I could probably play it like that, but the bar takes up a third of the screen. I know others have had this problem, but can't seem to find the solution.
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Re: EA to give out The Sims 2 - Ultimate Collection for free!
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2014, 08:47:14 AM »
I downloaded mine also, but it only gives one resolution and it is way too big.  I have an integrated graphics card and have tried tweeking it, but if someone has any other suggestions, that would help.  I could probably play it like that, but the bar takes up a third of the screen. I know others have had this problem, but can't seem to find the solution.
I found a solution on SimsVIP when looking for Sims 4 updates. Lots of people have been reporting the game being stuck on 800x600. Try following the instructions and see where it gets you.
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« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2014, 03:55:55 PM »
I have a modified file to enable the resolutions.

If anyone wants it, just send me a PM and I'll either try and attach it or e-mail it over. :) It enables everything from 800x600 to 1600x900 (my laptops resolution). If you want/need a custom file, let me know.

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« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2014, 10:01:57 PM »
There are still some issues that the SimsVIP fix doesn't resolve.  I don't know if it's against the rules to post tech support for the Sims 2, but since we're in the Babble Board, I'll post what I found that worked with Windows 8.1.  If it's inappropriate, moderators may feel free to remove it. :)

To fix your screen resolution, what you do is this from the link below:

http://www.leefish.nl/mybb/showthread.php?tid=5446&pid=24463#pid24463

Go to Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Config\
(or where you set up your game under Program Files\Electronic Arts)
Copy and paste the original Graphics Rules.sgr file somewhere as backup.
From the leefish link above, download the appropriate RAR file for your integrated graphics and in Windows Explorer, right-click and open to extract the Graphics Rules.sgr file.
Copy and paste this new file into the Config directory above (I think you only need it in Config, not CSConfig too, but if it doesn't work try both).

Now open this Graphics Rules.sgr file with Notepad.
Ctrl-f "simpleterrain" without the quotes and set to false.  This occurs in 3 places.

http://simsvip.com/2014/07/20/the-sims-2-ultimate-collection-increase-resolution-guide/
From this link, follow step 3 (change seti Low, Medium, High all to 3).
Ctrl-f "ScreenModeResolution" without quotes and change ALL of the settings (low, medium, mediumdefault, high) to match step 5 in the link above.

Open the game and after loading a neighborhood, under the options button, click on "Graphics/Performance Options".  Change screen size to 1920x1080 (or desired max resolution) and set "smooth edges" all the way down to more.  Apply changes.

**Follow step 1 and step 4 under the leefish link to check the config log file (under My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Logs) for boolProp enumerateMultisampleLevels true (antialias on) and check the Pleasantview neighborhood in game to see that the beach area appears smooth.  In the config log file, check that Texture memory is NOT 32Mb (Windows error).  It should be over 1000 Mb.

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« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2014, 01:10:32 PM »
I know it's not Sims 3 related but I thought others might be interested in this anyway.

EA is giving away copies of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection on Origin until 31 July, if you fancy that game in your collection. Originally, this was a promotional offer only for those who previously owned The Sims 2 (support for that particular version was ending, so EA in an uncharacteristically charitable gesture just gave everybody Ultimate Collection copies.)

Now, EA just wants everybody to have The Sims 2. Apparently, the Ultimate Collection is a bundle of all the Sims 2 expansion packs so you should have everything ever released for that version of the game.

To redeem your freebie copy, you’ll need an Origin account and the ability to type.

    - Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
    - Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
    - Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
    - From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

    If you’re already an Origin member, you can also redeem your code online. Just visit the Origin code redemption page and log in to your Origin Account. Then enter I-LOVE-THE-SIMS in the ‘Product Code’ field.
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