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New Patch! 1.3 notes
« on: April 22, 2011, 01:15:58 AM »
Taken from TSM's facebook page:

Here is a list of what will be included in the new update!
New Feature: Free Play Ambition - Set up your perfect kingdom without worrying about long term goals.  In this special ambition, you can play quests when you wish, or control up to four heroes at once in a more open free play mode.
New Feature: Child Succession - If a Hero Sim dies, but already has children, you can choose to have one of the children grow up and take over their parent's job!
Camera improvements - Have you ever wanted to get a better view of the action?  The camera now allows tighter zooming and full 360 rotation in buildings.
End Game Improvements - Similar to the Free Play Ambition, can now play quests, earn XP, and build buildings even after your ambition is completed!
Hero Leveling Improvements - Can now gain XP beyond level 10 for all heroes, giving additional benefits.
Brave New World Quest Improvements – When you complete the quest "Brave New World" and start a new ambition with that character, he or she will now retain several abilities from their previous profession!
Kingdom Aspect Improvements - Can now gain additional benefits when increasing aspects beyond their maximum capacity
Ambition Improvements – Certain ambitions now allow one or two additional buildings to be placed at the start.
Increased the maximum number of residents in a household from four to five.  Go ahead and have another child!
Implemented game stability improvements that affected some players.
Adjusted several quests for clarity.
Fixed several bugs related to staying on a quest for a long period of time.
Improved detection of monitor resolution for some hardware configurations.
Fixed a variety of issues in Create-A-Sim.
Fixed several text and art inconsistencies.

Which update are you most excited about?

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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011, 03:23:09 AM »
Definitely the free play, there are a number of times I've wished that I could play a sort of sandbox mode and just enjoy doing what I want to do! But the whole list has fixed some annoying issues so its all good!



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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 04:21:55 AM »
Wow! It sounds good!

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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2011, 05:01:43 AM »
Heir Succession! Is that 360 view in Buildings? No more Doll House?
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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2011, 05:19:04 AM »
According to that FB page, it's released on Thursday [28 April] ... which is annoying, as I'm off on holiday the day before and won't be playing for a few weeks.

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2011, 05:20:44 AM »
Oh that's good for me, Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding on the Friday.  :D
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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2011, 05:37:56 AM »
Oh that's good for me, Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding on the Friday.  :D

By the time I get back, you will have sorted out all the bugs, and Carl will have completely re-written the Guide  ;D

This certainly looks like a fairly major re-build, or at least the addition of a lot of new sub-routines.  I wish I had that yesterday; it would have been very nice.  I hope it all works!

[Incidentally, I'm running v. 1.1.10 ... whatever happened to v. 2?  Or is that a Mac thing?]



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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2011, 08:45:28 AM »
Which update are you most excited about?

Pretty much all of them. I confess I'm shaking my head though and wondering why the heck EA did not implement some of these upon release. They just seem so obvious. But, hey...better late than never.

Well, Carl, time to pound the keyboard again, eh? This will alter some Guide articles.  :D

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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2011, 11:21:48 AM »
wow....too many great updates to pick.  I like the 'free play options' as well as the leveling up.  I think this will extend the life of the game for those of you who are getting bored.  great news!

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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2011, 12:17:28 PM »
... wondering why the heck EA did not implement some of these upon release.

The usual reasons, I'd guess ... there's a release deadline, and if it isn't ready by then "we'll do a patch".  Every 6 months something new has to be sold, whether it's fully ready and de-bugged or not.

If EA made automobiles, they would all be off the road on a product recall  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2011, 01:20:51 PM »
It figures.  They fix the camera angle thing just after I figured out using Ctrl. + A or Ctrl. + D will turn your camera all the way around left or right inside or out.   Still, I'm glad they fixed that one.  It was the most annoying part for me.
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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2011, 01:34:53 PM »
Aw not until Thursday darn I'm on a 3 day weekend now.  This seems like about 90% of what simmers have wanted since the outset just what has been needed to fill out the game and suck more people in!

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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2011, 01:37:31 PM »
Aw not until Thursday darn I'm on a 3 day weekend now.  This seems like about 90% of what simmers have wanted since the outset just what has been needed to fill out the game and suck more people in!
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I fly abroad on Wednesday for 3 weeks ... still, it gives me something to look forward to when I get home.

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2011, 02:04:32 PM »
I am definitely most excited about the camera improvements! I have no idea why they didn't allow for 360 rotation from the beginning... it's in the other sims games so they should already have the basic code work for it I would think.

I'm glad this is coming out next week rather than this week, as then i might actually get a chance to play. I've got a paper to do this weekend, plus Easter, a final on Tuesday, and another paper on Thursday, plus pre-graduation/start of summer term rush at work all week. This patch next week gives me something to look forward to!

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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2011, 03:41:41 PM »
Pretty much all of them. I confess I'm shaking my head though and wondering why the heck EA did not implement some of these upon release. They just seem so obvious. But, hey...better late than never.

Based on my own real life experience, sometimes the closer you are to something the harder it is to see the obvious deficiencies in it.  Perhaps the game designers either didn't notice these things pre-launch or maybe they just didn't take into account how the vast majority of their audience would react to them.

Their business model seems to be to crank out products every few months that are anywhere from 75% (for EPs and base games) to 95% (for SPs) 'complete' and then play catch up with patches after the fact.  I suppose it's as valid as any other business model in the video game industry, but it definitely sets up a love-hate relationship between them and their customers.

In any event, I'm really excited about the next patch - it sounds like they are listening to the feedback and acting on it, which is alway promising.

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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2011, 04:00:39 PM »
Their business model seems to be to crank out products every few months that are anywhere from 75% (for EPs and base games) to 95% (for SPs) 'complete' and then play catch up with patches after the fact.  I suppose it's as valid as any other business model in the video game industry, but it definitely sets up a love-hate relationship between them and their customers.

As a 10-year Simmer, I agree entirely with your perception. 
Every 6 months, grab more money from the fan-base ... and try and cheer them up later with a patch  ::)

If I bought a car with 3 wheels, hoping that there would be a 4-wheel patch along later, I'd be called s t u p i d  ;D
I have long since fallen out of 'love' with the EA business model, and I despise their ethics ... but I still like the games.

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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2011, 06:17:08 PM »
Lets see... what do our simmers like? Building? Yes of course, that's a major part of sims. SO, what if we take it OUT then charge them to put it back IN (expansion)? But how to do that and still keep them happy...? I know! We'll take a lot of other things out, and when they complain, we'll put those things back but not the building, so then they'll feel like they've got what they wanted!

This is what seems to me to be their logic. I too, despise their way of doing things. I got hooked at Sims 1, when, after never showing any interest in the game, my husband bought me the box set. I felt that I had to give it a fair chance... the rest is history! I've followed Carl's guide and the forum for quite a long time now, but haven't realy needed to post because it is so complete. It's nice to be part of a new game though.

I guess child succession must be the bit I'm looking forward to. It still would be good if we could turn aging on, and not just have sims 1 style play.

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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2011, 11:52:24 PM »
Pretty much all of them. I confess I'm shaking my head though and wondering why the heck EA did not implement some of these upon release. They just seem so obvious. But, hey...better late than never.

Well, Carl, time to pound the keyboard again, eh? This will alter some Guide articles.  :D

Yeah, I've got my work cut out for me. We managed to come up with over 40 pages already, and I'm going to have to take a look at almost all of them. I'm surely with the people who wish they could have done it sooner, and it does seem like this could have sat a couple more months before release. Some of this is really quite duh, especially since they should know their audience and how they love open gameplay. Gamespot gave it a 6 and reviews from high-profile sites like that really hurt sales. Regardless, I'm happy it's happening. Looks like I might have a bigger audience soon enough.

Oh, and my favorite? Camera improvements. That was my first gripe. Second has to be the ability to play it open-ended without going through a ridiculous cheat process.

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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2011, 08:42:24 AM »
As a 10-year Simmer, I agree entirely with your perception.  
Every 6 months, grab more money from the fan-base ... and try and cheer them up later with a patch  ::)

If I bought a car with 3 wheels, hoping that there would be a 4-wheel patch along later, I'd be called s t u p i d  ;D
I have long since fallen out of 'love' with the EA business model, and I despise their ethics ... but I still like the games.

It's the "understanding" fanboys that enable gaming companies to trick us and expect us to thank them for giving us patches.
What really happened is that the games were not debugged correctly, meaning we all bought beta versions of the game.

Just sick and tired of people praising EA for releasing a patch "so quickly" over at the EA forums. Releasing a patch on release day isn't something to praise about, it just means they made the decision to sell you something that wasn't complete.

I'm also assuming that all the "new features" that are to be released in 1.3 were originally planned anyway. I wish they would fix all the existing bugs first before gracing us with new features.

Totally agree with you on the 3 wheels thing!

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Re: New Patch! 1.3 notes
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2011, 09:40:14 AM »
@Optimal, I needed to change one of your verbs to something a little less "adult." But, I'm with you 100%. ;)

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« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2011, 09:42:52 AM »
@Optimal, I needed to change one of your verbs to something a little less "adult." But, I'm with you 100%. ;)

Soooo sorry! I'll watch my language in the future!

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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2011, 02:14:25 PM »
It's my patch, and I want it NOW!  ;) I really like the sound of this patch. If only it had been in the game to begin with!

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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2011, 03:57:38 PM »
Is it here yet? I can't wait to get home from work!!!

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« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2011, 04:02:43 PM »
Not yet. I've tried the launcher numerous times today and it has not detected anything available yet.

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« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2011, 04:16:13 PM »
Just saw this on their website:

Hi All! The 1.3 game update will be coming out later today. It's going through final checks and then will be uploaded to the download servers. What's in it? Look here..

Hope that means it will be tonight, wonder what timezone they are in if they are eastern we may not get it today.

 

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