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  1. When The Sims 4 came out a month ago, it boasted new features and better-looking Sims. Many fans seemed pleased by what was included but it was the lack of things that made The Sims more enjoyable that had people upset. There was no pools, ghosts, or even toddlers to be found in The Sims 4. With this newest content update, The Sims 4 owners will get one of the three main things missing from the game. Along with finally getting ghosts (and the possibility to bring them back to life), the new update brings new Star Wars costumes as well as community requests like new eye colors. Previews of what to expect in content updates for November and December have been teased. Pools will be making their much-awaited return in November while December will see new career options. These new updates are free to owners of The Sims 4 so all you'll need to do is log into your Origin and download the patches when released. (Source: thesims.com)
  2. Ever since video games were first introduced to the masses well over one hundred years ago, the people working behind the scenes on them have been tasked with a never ending mission to make those games even more amazing than anyone ever thought possible. And so far, they've done a pretty great job at that. But the people behind the scenes of the behind the scenes people? They seem to hate you but love your money, and will stop at nothing to take it from you. With that in mind, let's take a look at some games released in the last decade that could end up costing you a fortune in the event that you wanted to own the full game for some reason. But who really wants that? Team Fortress 2 Surely this will protect me from snipers. In development for nearly a decade, Team Fortress 2 finally saw it's release in 2007 with it's inclusion in Valve's Orange Box bundle. The game saw a constant stream of updates over the years that added new weapons, levels, the ability to craft items and most importantly, hats. While normal players are able to craft most hats with enough time and effort, there are special hats known as Unusuals. The only way to get an unusual is to pay actual money to get a key which is then used to open a randomly dropped box to have an extremely slim chance at getting one. These unusual hats are identical to normal hats, except for the fact that they're given one random visual effect. These can range from smiley faces to flames shooting from your character's head. Some of these effects are rarer than others and make them even more desired. Why is all of this so important? Well, Valve released a store where you can use real money to buy these unusual hats from other people instead of going through hundreds of keys looking for your own random drop. These hats can range in price from about fifty dollars up to a few thousand each. If you wanted to own every single hat in the game, you could either drop the cost of a house on the virtual market, or gamble it all on keys that cost $2 a piece and just hope you get them before you run out of money. Dead or Alive 5 Hey, I'm not happy about this either. Now, I've got no problem with fan service. If you want your character running around in a bikini or loincloth, then so be it. But there comes a point where people start to realize that you're really milking it, and that can't be more obvious than with the game Dead or Alive 5. In the old times before downloadable content you would have more than twenty costumes waiting on the disc for the playable characters. Of course, that wasn't always the case, but the fact is that they came included with no strings attached. With Dead or Alive 5, this changed drastically. The average character had about seven costumes in the newest release of the series which was understandable due to the new engine being used and all of the assets being remade. But then came the DLC costumes. Just around $115 worth the first time around. Including the cost of the game, that is $175 altogether. Then Team Ninja went and released Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. The same game with added costumes and game balancing tweaks. Instead of making this an addon or DLC pack in itself, it was considered a totally new game. So if you bought that $60 version, you officially no longer mattered. To get access to the rest of the game, you now needed to spend an extra $40 for stuff you already bought with a few extras thrown in. Then began the second round of DLC costumes. It is difficult to add up just how much these new ones cost because of different bundles containing the same costumes multiple times and as of yet unreleased DLC, but the number is already over $250. That is after buying what was supposed to be the ultimate version of the game that included everything! NOTE: These prices were obtained by going through the PlayStation 3's digital store and adding the cost together manually. Dungeon Keeper EA still thinks this is something to strive for. Back in the 90's, Bullfrog was a niche studio that pumped out some of the best city management games ever created. Theme Hospital, Startopia, and of course, Dungeon Keeper. Electronic Arts saw this company of plucky do-gooders and promptly destroyed them for no reason at all. Thanks a lot for ruining everything as always, EA. But there was a glimmer in this story of death and destruction. Dungeon Keeper actually got it's long awaited sequel in Dungeon Keeper 2! Only, it was on iOS devices and terrible in every single conceivable way. Garnering an impressive zero out of a possible ten on it's review, I've never seen a fanbase react so poorly to a game before, not even a truly awful game like Big Rigs is as hated as the new Dungeon Keeper, and for good reason. At least Big Rigs understood it was one of the worst games ever and embraced it's fate. EA is just covering it's ears and ignoring everyone's criticisms. And what criticisms are those? Once again micro-transactions rears its ugly head. In an effort to squeeze every bit of dollar out of players, it takes actual real life hours for you to complete even the most simple task, and the only way around this time barrier is to spend gems. Gems of course cost real money, and the cost of about 100 actions is $60. Don't want to spend $60 for an hour or two of gameplay? Then just the act of clearing out eight blocks will take you as long as 48 hours. That is before you even start building the room. Do yourself a favor and just buy the original Dungeon Keeper games. They're less than $12 combined and hours of fun. The Sim 3 Sims 2 Pets? Sims 3 Pets?! Its the same thing! I invented the piano key necktie! I invented it! Have you ever wanted complete control over someone else's life, but didn't want to have to deal with all that stalking and law breaking stuff? Well then, The Sims series is absolutely for you. In the span of a few hours you can raise an entire family and then laugh as you lock one of your eighteen sons in a windowless room so Death can't take him from you. Or you can go to college, there's that too. At least if you're willing to pay, that is. The Sims series has been no stranger to add-ons and expansions. Going all the way back to the year 2000, the original Sims saw seven expansion packs before The Sims 2 released. The Sims 2 was then followed by eight expansions. The Sims 3, however, has seen a whopping eleven expansion packs so far, and it is currently unknown if it will get more before The Sims 4 releases with it's own series of expansions that will end up being nearly identical to the expansions released for the last Sims game. Now, just how much do all these expansions end up costing the average gamer? Try an amazing total of $370. All money spent to watch your fake family go to new towns and do new things. Money that could have easily been spent doing new and cool things with your real family. Of course I'm not one to judge, seeing as I have most of those expansions myself... but you get the point. It is a lot to spend on just making your ants happy. Rock Band A fake guitar made to look like another fake guitar. If you have a closet filled with tiny plastic instruments, then you probably know about the music game fad that hit in the mid 2000's with games like Guitar Hero and, of course, Rock Band. While you probably hung up your guitar years ago, the genre is still going strong and new DLC was released on a weekly basis for the games up until a short while ago. Remember, I said that this fad started in the mid 2000's. That's a lot of weeks passing by with new songs coming out. Just how many songs can you buy?! While the Rock Band series has stopped releasing DLC, they left behind a list of DLC that numbers in the thousands. And with each song averaging a price of $2 each you can see why this is going to get expensive, very very quickly. Of course, you also have to buy the instruments that come with each iteration of the game and pay a fee to get the songs you already bought for the previous game into the new one so the price you have to pay is rising all the time. Thankfully, you don't have to buy all these songs, but if you want the full Rock Band experience, be ready to shell out close to three thousand dollars on songs alone. At that point I'd suggest just buying a real guitar and getting lessons. EVE Online We're all having so much fun! Let's raise the stakes, shall we? EVE Online is a massively multiplayer online game that puts you in the seat of your very own ship to do whatever you want to do in the galaxy. What this means is that you'll be mining a whole lot and hoping that pirates don't wipe you off the Galactic map because, of course, there are pirates. It's space we're talking about here. The special thing about EVE Online, however, is the fact that it has a real money system. The profits you make in the game can be converted to real world funds and vice versa, though the exchange rate of in-game funds is obviously far less than USD worth. But if you do well enough in the game, you can actually make yourself wealthy in the real world as well. While that sounds great, it also means that things in the game can have real world prices as well. Say, a heavily guarded ship filled with supplies could be worth more than fifteen thousand dollars. If it gets blown up, that is $15,000 down the drain with no way of getting it back. Things like this happen a lot in the game of EVE Online, and just recently a very large war broke out. The game's stock market momentarily nose dived as two factions fought it out in the cold dark reaches of space. At the moment, their battle has cost the two sides the insanely high sum of nearly $300,000 in real money. This is due to all of the supplies and ships being sent out to battle. Each ship has a real cost, and the most powerful can get into the tens of thousands of dollars. When one of those goes, its a big deal. And quite a few have been lost already. There is no other game in existence that can boast that wars actually have an impact on the userbase in the same way that EVE does, and that is why it is so fantastic. Do you want to become an intergalactic spice baron? Then be prepared to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars. I'm sure it'll be worth it. As always, thanks for reading.
  3. Rex705

    Sims 4

    Well I was just on Origin nabbing the last Sims 3 pack that I don't have and was going over to the Sims 3 site but I hit 4 instead of 3 and found a trailer for Sims 4 instantly making me sad that I just spent money on Sims 3. The trailer looks awesome and I am loving the new features of the game. It comes out some time this year and I can't wait.
  4. Everyone has probably gotten bored of some of their favorite games at some point, right? I mean, you can only raise a family in the Sims for so long before you start to resent them. When this boredom of your favorite game washes over you, it can cause you to go to some dark places. Or really boring places. Boredom is a real crapshoot like that. The point is, everyone has gotten to this point at some point or another with their games. It is pointless to deny it. We've all been there before, and odds are we'll be there again soon enough. Just what am I talking about though? Well read on, and you'll find out. Ending All Life Everywhere Forever In The Elder Scrolls There is very nearly an endless amount of content packed into the Elder Scrolls games. While each one is great in it's own special way, nothing will beat out The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind as my favorite of all time. And the reason is simple. Because no matter where you look, there is probably going to be a secret hidden somewhere on your screen. From the very first time you gain control of your character to the moment you decide to stop playing the game you'll have something new to find. It is seriously an amazing game. But despite all this, you can still get bored sometimes. And when you have the literal strength of a God, things can get pretty crazy for all life on the continent. Crazy deadly, that is. They're all dead and they don't even know it. While it is true that you can go throughout the entire continent and permanently kill every single person you see, including quest characters important to the story, there just lacks a certain flare to that approach. The much more satisfying thing to do would be to strip down to your underwear and equip only a bow and arrow. Why is that? Because you're the Flash now. By the end of the game, your character's agility is through the roof. Of course you become slowed down by carrying large items like armor and weapons, so when you drop all of that in favor of just a bow and your undies, you become unstoppable. You'll be jumping over entire towns and zipping across the landscape like the Roadrunner in your quest to end all things, and it hilarious every time. Running Jurassic Park Is Tough The game Jurassic Park: Genesis might be a somewhat ancient release for last generation consoles and PC, but it is hands down some of the most fun you'll have while playing a city building game of any type. But that doesn't exactly mean you'll be building much of anything. In fact, you'll probably be destroying more than you're building. What could possibly go wrong? Now there are two ways you can go about this once the normal game becomes too boring. Firstly, you can go the nature preserve route. This is where you make a custom map that is more or less just one giant landmass with lakes scattered about. You fill it up with food sources and dinosaurs living together and watch as nature takes over. They'll hunt each other, breed, maybe even thrive. That is until you get in your helicopter and start hunting them for sport. The second thing you can do is just pull a straight up Jurassic Park on your visitors and staff by destroying the exit to the park while also knocking a few holes in the fences of your exhibits. To make things even more dramatic, you can make use of a cheat that will make a thunderstorm form over your park. Once chaos has been established, it is then time to get in your helicopter and hunt everything for sport. The Sims Are Proof That We're Monsters The Sims is a really weird game series. It is essentially a game where you take care of a little house full of people with the same needs and wants as you, only their lives are sped up to a dramatic degree. You can do all of the same things your sims are currently doing for real, but the only difference is you get to see the results of your sim's hard work almost instantly compared to the years it would take you in real life. Despite their horrendously short lifespan, our sims really do have it better than us. All of their hopes, dreams and fears are very plain and obvious to each other and there's absolutely no guess work involved with their day to day life. If they want someone to like them, all they need to do is tell them the same joke five times in a row. If they hate someone, then there are no repercussions to fighting them. Having it so nice can kind of lead to a resentment. Notice the lack of a ladder on that pool. And resentment plus boredom is a recipe for death. Death for the sims anyways. You'll enjoy their terror and confusion immensely. Does this make you a bad person? Yes, of course it does. but who cares? Those sims had it coming for even daring to strive for the goals you set before them! Now, just how do you seek needless revenge against things that don't really exist? Well the most popular way is to just throw them in a pool and take out the ladder, but that isn't nearly theatrical enough! They need to put on a show! Eight sims in one house. No doors, no windows, SAD CLOWN PAINTINGS EVERYWHERE, and of course different tools that will help them on their way to death. Will Ricardo be eaten by flies? Will Jill cry herself to death in the Mime room? Will that pizza delivery guy ever deliver that pizza?! Nobody really knows the answers to those questions, except for the last surviving contestant. And he's too depressed to talk to anyone about it. Whelp, I guess that means it is time to let him live his life and see where he goes with his horrific memories of watching all of his friends fight over the last doughnut, only for Drew Carey to swipe it right before he was eaten alive by cockroaches. Becoming An NPC In Grand Theft Auto Out of every story I've ever read about people becoming bored with their games, they've almost always had these same two things in common. Extreme violence and needless destruction. So when you see stories like the one I'm about to tell, you have to wonder to yourself. Who is more crazy? The one who lashes out at their surroundings, or the one who disappears into them? Things tend to go south rather quickly. In a game where the main point is to pretty much go crazy and cause as much mayhem as you want, things can get pretty complicated when you get bored with the game. You can't really go on a mayhem if the whole point of the game is your ability to go on a mayhem whenever you want... So what do you do? You lash out at cliches and become one with the game, of course. A somewhat crazy and fun thing to do in the Grand Theft Auto series is to see just how long you can go without incident as a normal npc in the game world. This means obeying the speed limit, stopping at red lights, no fighting or bumping into people and certainly no killing. Can you do it? And if so, for how long? When does it become mind numbing? How long can you last before you lash out?! There is only one way to find out. When you become bored with a game, even just for a day, your mind will make up the fun for you by making up new rules and objectives for you to follow. Whether you're killing everyone forever or just trying to get down the street without scratching the paint on your car, there is always fun to be had with your games. What are some crazy objectives you've set for yourself? Why not describe them in the comments below? As always, thank you for reading.
  5. Jared

    The Sims 3 pool

  6. Jordan Haygood

    The Sims 3 - Dewfield Family Generations

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

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