The Sims official games forum gets spammed – for 8 hours

Hello? Is there anyone there?

The Sims official games forums are being mercilessly spammed at the moment by some lovely Korean bots by the look of it. It started at 11:21am, GMT, and has continued throughout the day:

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The last one is showing as 6:58pm, GMT:

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There’s nearly 23 pages of this stuff. Do they not have anyone monitoring the forums at the weekend? Do they realise that the whole world is not in the same time zone as Redwood City? Did they all sleep through their alarms? Has everyone lost their keys to the office?

Because it looks like complete and utter fail from where I am.

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The Sims 4 Movie Hangout Picked & Profit?

After trying to use my brain to figure out what on earth the Picked and Profit meant in the description of some of the items in the new SP (it’s pretty underwhelming by the way, the Movie Hangout Stuff Pack) and having Googled it and got no luck, I decided to ask the question on the forum. Now I must add here, because evidently I looked a bit mathematically challenged judging by Mightydan’s comment, that I fully understand what profit means. I even understand that on most of the items the picked and profit figures add up to the sale figure of the item so there must be some kind of second hand relevance there somewhere. I thought that maybe it was some kind of bug or, rather interestingly, a new gameplay feature:

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So off to the forum I go and ask the question. Mightydan, in his second reply to my seemingly dumb questions, tells me that there is no relevance it’s just the developers trying to be funny. Right, ok. Not really sure why that’s funny but maybe someone else can enlighten me a bit further. Ceejay402 soon replies and explains that there is a TV Show called American Pickers which the devs must have used for their funny. I’ve never heard of this show so quickly read up on it thanks to the link she provides. Apparently a couple of US guys go around raiding peoples’ sheds, garages, attics (you get the picture) for anything they can buy and then sell on at a profit (like that format hasn’t already been done to death in the form of Storage Hunters/Baggage Wars/Cash in the Attic/Pawn Stars and god knows how many other crappy “reality” shows). But wait, there’s more! According to simgirl1010 the descriptions are relevant to all those who have played previous versions of the Sims franchise. I’ve played all previous versions and I have no idea what the relevance is but as she stated, the Sims mentioned are in earlier releases. I have never given a rat’s arse about any of the pre-made Sims, I barely give a damn about my own Sim. But fair enough, it seems to be a bit Easter Egg like which is cool. It’s just a shame that they have no relevance to this game, the Sims 4, because from the way the descriptions have been laid out it seems like there is something there to add to the game. Which there isn’t.

(For anyone here in the UK who’s as baffled as me, American Pickers can be found on the History Channel and Dave).

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Windenburg snow

I’m addicted to SimCookie’s First Snow mod, especially since it’s been updated for Get Together to include Windenburg. There isn’t any gameplay added, it’s purely aesthetic but oh how beautiful it is! Especially as there doesn’t seem to be any prospect of snow, let alone even a frost, this winter in RL. I may be reading it wrong but I’m sure that the latest version of this mod is meant to add snow to a roof although none of my houses have any. 

Talking about Windenburg, am I the only one who thinks that the houses look far too chocolate boxy? They’re like a caricature of themselves. It’s like walking around a Disney designed Bavarian street in Elizabethan times on acid.