Origin Access and Origin access Premier for Mac

Just a quick reminder because EA have recently launched Origin Access Premier – as of today, 1st August 2018, neither Origin Access nor Origin Access Premier are available for macOS.

You will need to Boot Camp your Mac and run Windows if you would like to take full advantage of these services. You will get a warning window if you try to purchase Origin Access on a Mac:

So if you don’t want to be charged, don’t click on the Join Anyway button!

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EA Game Changers ruining the surprises?

Seasons is probably the most hotly anticipated pack for the Sims 4, and rightly so. It’s one of the most loved features in the previous versions of the Sims franchise and adds a wealth of new opportunities and visuals to your game. Speculation has been rife since it was announced and the communities have been full of excited Simmers watching EA’s carefully choreographed screenshot and video releases. The EA Game Changers have also been fulfilling their duties by regularly tweeting/facebooking/youtubing/twitching their excitement and whipping up the crowds into a frenzied mass of weather related joyfulness. But is it going just a bit too far?

Ever since the game changers have been allowed to post their experiences of the game, pre-release, I’m not sure there’s anything we don’t know about the pack, and that takes the shine off it. It seems like there’s a competition as to who can get the most information out in the public domain and as quickly as possible. Some of us still like surprises and don’t want to know everything before we can get our hands on the EP. The thunder and lightning  won’t have such a wow factor because they’ve been plastered all over social media, the blizzards won’t be new and exciting, we’ve already had countless screenshots of the scarecrow and sprinkler, and every single possible compilation of clothes in CAS has been exhausted. I want to be able to go onto the social media platform of my choice and not be bombarded with spoilers. Phantom summed it up beautifully here:

For the record, I was lucky enough to play Seasons at EA Play, and I loved it, but I was careful to not over-expose myself to every single new feature in the pack. In fact, I spent most of the time playing around with the glass roofs which came in the free game update this week 😛

Apple dropping support for 32-bit apps. Sims 2, Sims 3 and SimCity will no longer work in macOS

Apple announced last year that macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be the last version of the OS to support 32-bit apps. You can read this article which explains why they are doing this and what it means. Most apps produced in the last few years are 64-bit so there is no cause for concern but for most of our beloved Sims games this most likely means that it will be the end. This does not affect Sims 4 as it is already 64-bit.

If you have updated to macOS 10.13.4 you should have started receiving this notification when launching 32-bit apps:

Until we can download the beta of the next macOS we’re not going to know when 32-bit apps will be rendered completely obsolete. I hoped to wait until we had the beta before posting this but I’ve received so many messages asking about it I thought a post now may help.

The following Sims games are currently 32-bit:

The Sims 2 Super Collection (Aspyr)
The Sims 3 (EA/Maxis)
SimCity 4 (Aspyr)
SimCity 2013 (EA – Origin; Aspyr – Mac App Store)
Sims Medieval (EA/Maxis)

If you would like to carry on playing these titles after 32-bit support is withdrawn there is a workaround. You can install High Sierra on a bootable external drive and install your 32-bit games on this drive. You would then simply boot up your Mac from that drive when you want to play. For those who haven’t done this before, it really is a very simple process – don’t be scared! I will upload a tutorial soon showing easy step by step instructions on how to do this.

Aspyr have announced that they hope to update their 32-bit games to 64-bit so they are still playable on future releases of macOS. You can read their support statement here, together with a full list of affected titles.

EA have yet to confirm or deny whether they will update their titles.

If you would like to see whether your apps are 32-bit or 64-bit read Apple’s article for instructions on finding the info in System Report. You can also check when the app is running by opening Activity Monitor: