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#Blaugust Day 9 — Monetizing Sims 4

This is part of the Blaugust series!

sims4gettogetherThough this post came hot on the heels of the newly announced expansion pack, Sims 4: Get Together, it’s actually been on my mind for a while. I’ve been a Simmer since the original Sims 1 hit the shelf back in 2000. I’ve been a pretty loyal Simmer, too.

I own every Sim game and every major expansion for each Sim game, most of them bought on release day. I remember back when the Sims website would give away a fun little downloadable game item for free once a week – was it every Tuesday? This included everything from decor to that awful little guinea pig that could bite your Sim and cause them to die.

But, then things started to change, especially when Sims 3 started throwing their online store in our face. It got as far as them actually patching store items into your inventory, which I found as distasteful as any MMO cash shop move I’ve ever seen.

The Sims 4 hasn’t slapped us with a cash shop yet. However, they are pumping out stuff packs and game packs like there’s no tomorrow. Seriously, like once a month, we’re seeing either a stuff pack or game pack. And while I can generally ignore stuff packs (as I always did in Sims 3), it’s hard when normally expected game items, like a hot tub, are locked behind a $10 tag.

Now, that’s not to say that Sims 4 hasn’t given us a lot of stuff for free in patches since the release. I acknowledge that and appreciate it. Ghosts, pool, outfits, and just this past week, dishwashers. Finally dishwashers.

So why were hot tubs locked behind a stuff pack and dishwashers in a free patch for everyone? Maybe there would be a much larger uproar about dishwashers being behind a paywall when they’ve always been a part of the normal game. In fact, I noticed quite early on they were missing and wondered why.

I’m ambivalent about how Sims 4 is approaching DLC. On one hand, I can’t complain too much because free stuff! On the other hand, man, they are releasing this content fast and furious.

You could argue they’re providing content on the basis it’s something you are interested in picking up, so you don’t have to buy it all. And I agree, I’ve only purchased one game pack out of the four (going on five) packs they’ve released. Well, plus the first expansion. So the upcoming expansion will make the second expansion for the game this year.

At $39 for each expansion, $10 for stuff packs, and $20 for game packs, this is not a cheap game series to follow.

Man. That’s a lot of DLC in such a short time. I just don’t know.

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6 thoughts on “#Blaugust Day 9 — Monetizing Sims 4

  1. The Sims was such a fun series! And I say “was” because I haven’t really played them since 2, when the “aging” system entered the scene and I… wasn’t a fan. I liked my Sims to be evergreen creatures I could put in crazy situations.

    On the monetizing side of things, I guess you can’t expect much different from EA. True, they’ve shown steps in the opposite direction than that which is expected of them, but they’re still very actively monetizing each big IP they have. “It’s a business” they say, but… meh.

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    1. Sims is still a pretty fun series. Sims 4 gives you back a lot of the control you lost in Sims 3 where people in your neighborhood just ran off and did whatever they wanted when you didn’t play them unless you shut off story progression. You can also turn off aging, which I often do myself because I feel the same as you.

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  2. Eek thanks for the reminder about the dishwasher patch!

    I basically felt like you did about the expansions and packs and stuff for Sims 3 (I didn’t play before 3 apart from a quick foray years ago). I guess at some point I just sighed and accepted that Sims 4 IS GOING TO TAKE ALL MY MONEY because I can’t help myself… Even if I find it rather distasteful. It’s not like my objections are going to change the juggernaut…

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  3. Maybe they are banking on short-term (self-imposed?) memory loss – you see the new shiny and think “oh! it’s only $10 I’ll snap that up”, conveniently forgetting that you did the exact same thing 2 weeks ago.

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  4. I really want to get into Sims4. And purchase it. But there’s so much about it that I’m kind of taken back that they didn’t include, and/or still haven’t included. (Like Toddlers!!!)

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