Dear Electronic Arts,
I have been an avid player of The Sims since it first came out in 2001. I bought every expansion pack for The Sims 1, most of the expansion packs for The Sims 2, and I have most recently purchased The Sims 3.
What a game! It’s great, some of the stuff you have put into it is truly brilliant and shows that, when it comes to game features, you certainly have been listening to the community. When it comes to technical problems and game support, you certainly haven’t.
I was annoyed that I couldn’t update my game without the download manager. Oh, but hold on, I found some standalone patches for The Sims 3…I’ll give them a go. I did. They didn’t work. I thought that I would bite the bullet and install the nasty spyware-esque EA Download Manager, as much as it pained me. Did the update work through that? Did it bollocks.
When I was using the standalone patch installers I knew immediately what the problem was. I figured this might be rectified by using the download manager. The problem is, as EA would put it “You have installed The Sims 3 in a location different than the default”. For starters, your English kind of sucks. It should really be “different from the default”.
Your solution for people who have been so evil and misled as to have installed it in a location “different than the default” is:
Unfortunately, at the moment, we do not have a solution for users who have installed The Sims 3 in a location other than the default. We recommend uninstalling the game, and then installing it in the default location.
And…if I don’t want to? If I can’t? What are you going to do about it then? Do people like me have to go without any of the patches? Or are you going to pull your finger out and do something about it? Why would you even hard code something like that into a game? Do you not realise that some people don’t have a “C:” drive?! And I have a solution! Remove the hard coding of install location!
I have come across this problem before. You cannot install Flash into Firefox if your main drive is not called “C:”. Yep, that’s right, Adobe have hard coded “C:” as the drive letter. It would appear that you guys at EA have done exactly the same, and quite frankly that beggars belief. My main drive is not intentionally named anything other than “C:” – it just happened. Why do you persecute people like me? I was pissed off that Adobe’s suggestion was to mount my drive as “C:” – why should I have to? Why can’t the installer do like most other installers do and actually, oh…my…god…ASK me where it is installed? The original installer was perfectly capable of asking me where to install the full game, why is this any different?
The Download manager was perfectly content to install itself amongst my Sims 3 game files, but could it apply patches to the files that it was sat next to? No, of course not. Why would it want to do something as sensible as that? Why could it possibly be happy applying updates to files that were dancing around it like some satantic ritual, waving manically and ready to sacrifice the first born? No, it would rather just freaking ignore them.
It’s not just that EA won’t patch the freaking game. It’s that EA make it MY FAULT. It’s about as much my fault as Kennedy’s assassination. WTF is up with coding standards in big companies? Persecute the minority because it’s so damn small the majority will just swallow it up? The majority is so big we won’t even notice that tiny minority screaming at us. What fuckstain dickmunch of a bunch of retards HARD CODES drive letters and locations into software?!
Get over yourselves. And, not just that: fix the freaking patching system so that I can patch my game. Your fast-forward and story progression bugs suck.