Keep Drinking The Sims 4 Kool-Aid, Carl – We’re Still Not Swallowing It!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2014 by themaresnest

We’ve read some completely dishonest bullshit in our time, but Carl’s of the Carl And Pam website has taken his Reverend Jimmie Jones routine to his disciples that will lap up anything he tells them to new extremes.

Sims 4 is in deep doo-dah – only the most blinkered will say otherwise as the magazine full reviews are starting to appear in the likes of PC Gamer and are being less than complimentary – damning with faint praise without outright pasting it because PC Gamer like all gaming magazines is heavily reliant on advertising revenue.

PC Gamer gave it 79% and called it the best version of Sims ever (after an article chewing it out – go figure!) – yet that’s less than the worst Sims 3 review got on its release, and less than PC Gamer gave Sims 3. The Metacritic average for Sims 4 is a woeful 70% – again being bested by Sims 3 on 86%.

So what is someone like Carl – who makes money out of selling Sims products from his website – to do about it?

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Oh, straight out of the Reverend Jimmie Jones book of paranoid fantasy – concoct a story about some sinister anti-EA plot behind the scores from disgruntled gamers doing it to protest about EA.

That being the case, the Battlefield 2 series ought to be plagued with single star votes on Amazon after they withdrew tech support (whilst still selling box sets of the game) and online game play over the summer – forcing the community to resurrect its servers from scratch.

How is it faring?

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Still getting positive reviews and only a smattering of low votes.

How does Sims 4 stack up?

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Nice try!

The point is if you go through the one star voters, what comes out is the overwhelming sense of disappointment. This is no ‘ideological’ vote down, this is disgruntled users who feel cheated having paid a very high price for the game in the first place.

Next comes Carl trying to repackage Grant Rodiek’s hollow threat that there will be no Sims 5 if we don’t buy the current shitty effort, as well as spindoctor those damning Metacritic ratings – omitting to mention they’re a full 16% weaker than Sims 3‘s

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But behind it, there’s a thinly veiled ‘sit down, shut up or else!’ from Carl, talking about those slamming the game doing ‘damage.’ What about the damage to people’s bank balances – in some cases two month’s worth of what would be their entertainment budget? It’s not as if people can trade in the game at their local gamecentre to even get some credit for another game off it – EA saw to that as part of a cynical way to boost sales.

He also jumped on the whole ‘gamer’ smear nonsense that’s the fashionable corporate excuse for dismissing consumer flak:

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For this to be written by someone whose website depends exactly on those sort of ‘gamers’ to begin with – those highly focussed on a particular game or series – is astonishing, as is his ‘gamers who attack franchises they care about only do damage’.

It’s arrogance and thinly veiled contempt to think gamers should be slavishly devoted to a franchise and unstinting in praise. Even fans of a sports club will criticise when the team performs badly. That’s not ‘damage’ – that’s reminding the club who is paying their wages at the end of the day. EA is not entitled to our money as a God given right merely because it has Sims slapped on the front of it.

But if you really want an example of what a completely dishonest huckster Carl has turned into in his grub around for a cut of the Sims 4 lucre, you only have to read the following:

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‘We don’t allow negative discussions on our Forum…’ but on the last paragraph ‘perhaps you would like to vote on our Forum.’! So on the one hand you’re as mindlessly blinkered as the very one-star Amazon voters you dismiss on ideological grounds, yet you expect people to come and vote on your forum, with no real guarantee that you won’t simply fiddle the vote as you have a vested interest in keeping everything sounding sunshine and lollipops to the extent you censor real discussion about the game.

Your dwindling gang of flower children Carl make keep drinking your Kool Aid – but the rest of us hope you damn well choke on it.

thatsit      wanker

All We Have To Say Lady Emillye Is…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2014 by themaresnest

well done lady em

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Well bloody done!

Christmas is meant to be something to be enjoyed, not endured – a respite from the usual weeks of crap on end. Christmas is for families? Erm, nah – not if your family are dingbats. Life’s too short – and Christmas is far too shorter.

Besides, a Christmas with cats sounds like the best Christmas ever!

Sk8rblaze Wants A New Development Team For Sims 5… Less Than Two Months After Sims 4!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2014 by themaresnest

Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho hoooo – another one bites the dust!

Sk8trblaze Wants A New Development Team For Sims 5

Yes, yes, yes, little of the above that we would disagree with about clearing out the Redwood Deadwood, but the real interesting part was this:

‘Regarding my opinion on TS4, I personally enjoyed TS4 for the first month and tried to keep an open mind on it, giving the game/developers a second chance at winning me over. It definitely isn’t worth the price, but it’s a fun play for a bit of time. I don’t think it’ll get a substantial amount of the improvement it, being the 4th iteration, should get. I don’t recall the exact amount of time I’ve played before investing in expansions, but EVEN TS3’s base definitely gave me more than 100 hours before I got remotely tired of it.

Weren’t you one of those swearing thrice before cockcrow about how wondermuss Sims 4 was going to be, to ignore the naysayers and it was all going to be great? You even misquoted Lazy Game Reviews in your attempt to justify what everyone else with eyes to see knew was the case – Sims 4 was an overpriced disaster.

whistling mares nest version  banghead

Writin_Reg On The Edge – Or Why The Loneliest Place In The World Is A Crowded Room

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2014 by themaresnest

Over on the EA forum’s World Explorers thread, Writin_Reg has wandered in to say exactly what we’ve been wondering for ages: why the hell is she bothering trying to communicate over in the Sims 4 section?

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Let’s face it – there’s little place for her elongated style of posts amongst the snark kiddies where how good you are as a poster is deemed by the number of animated gifs you can put into it. There’s a reason the World Explorer thread exists above and beyond merely fan created worlds – namely for the sanity of its posters.

That said, it is remarkable how much some of the veteran members have found themselves treated like strangers on a forum they’ve been a part of for years (if we see the new forum as a direct continuation of the old one) by the newbies because they find their posts too long, or simply because they attempt to have an adult style discussion. Sign of the times?

As if matters aren’t bad enough, Writin_Reg is discovering the heady delights in our post-Wilco Johnson’s Cancerous Lump world of being used as a guinea pig because ‘meh, what have you got to lose?’

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To be fair, this is what they used to do in days of yore before red tape and writs like confetti did away with all that – but big hugs to our Reggie as she puts up with being the quacks’ pin cushion for now.

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Font Of Wisdom

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2014 by themaresnest

Short and simple answer to 06Bon06:

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Nope, it’s your imagination – or rather your eyes have finally got used to it.

Compare and contrast with past posts here at The Mare’s Nest and you will see no difference.

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‘Is Everybody Happy?’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2014 by themaresnest

Good question here from Nerva:

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SikoahGrace and Sophia666 both plum for doing quick and easy wishes:

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For CWaddell, the master plan is not to work harder, but to work smarter – why bust a gut trying to get those wishes when a happy Simmie will ratchet up those points with the minimum of effort?

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Schweighsr and Sindocat were in full agreement.

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Ultimately it all comes down to the challenge you want to present to yourself – racking up those wishes can certainly alleviate the sense of your Simmies going through the motions of their humdrum lives if you let them make that Goopy Carbonera even if it does use up valuable free time after work before bed.

But as Sindocat says, it’s only 30 000 points to target, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Concentrating too much on achieving the Life Time Wish at the expense of fully developing your Simmies could lead to boredom later. Like everything Simming, it’s deciding how you are going to work the trade off that makes it so fun, no two games are ever the same.

And unlike real life, you can reload and try again if you make a hash of it!

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Almost The Right Question, TheDivaGirl02!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2014 by themaresnest

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The good news is that Sims 3 will work.

The bad news is whether anything else will do so is another matter…

whistling mares nest version   banghead


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