dealsthe sims 3 - pc or mac (download) for $29.95…

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The landing page goes to the PC version, but the Mac version is also available for the same price here: http://tinyurl.com/The-Sims-3-Mac

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It's a great deal, but it is really hard to wrap a download and put it under a tree... :(

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Hehe, you can always burn a copy and they then wrap that :)

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If you're wanting it for a gift, on Black Friday Walmart has it for $25 and Gamestop for the same price as on here

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pay shipping for a download? That is LAME!

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That $5.99 isn't shipping, it is a Best Buy Service Plan... for your download...

"Extended Download Service" - Simply purchase EDS as part of your order. We’ll automatically store on our server a back-up copy of the software that you purchased and downloaded for two (2) years from the date of purchase. System crash? Hard disk error? No Worries! You can re-download your files anytime during your extended protection period.

You thought you could escape the BB service plans by not going to a store? :)
Brian

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure the local microcenter had this marked at the same price for this download :-p. And I agree, shipping charges on a download are absurd, I will pass on this one.

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listing says pc or mac, but website only has pc version

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@nola504ever: The link to the MAC items is contained in the first comment post above.

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it will be tough to rally the troops around software dl's. But, unlike others, I think it will work!

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Does this run on Windows 7?

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You do not download an .iso (so you can't just burn a copy) and you have to constantly connect to the internet to "verify" your download. Not worth the hassle.

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do they send you a back up disk later?

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@bmarzec: In theory if it runs on Vista it should run on 7. I haven't tested any EA games (I'm actively avoiding EA), however I do play a lot of other video games on 7 without any issues.

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Pass. If I'd do digital downloads I'd do it through another platform, like EADM or Steam if it was available.

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The downside to all of this is you need internet access to play the game with this type of purchase. The upside is that it's an Awesome game. So if looking to save some money and don't care about the rest then it's a good deal. My family loves this game.

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It is a great game but make sure your video card can support it!

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While I love these games, The Sims 3 was a bit of a letdown in terms of the improvements over The Sims 2. Also, there are things that I really enjoyed about The Sims 2 that are no longer present in the current release. It seems to me that the latest version was dumbed-down a bit to allow for the coolness of opening entire neighborhoods instead of households. The interactions are simpler, and the owning of businesses is really a let-down after the Business expansion from The Sims 2. If this is your first forray into the series, it'll be lots of fun, but for the hard-core Sims 2 fans out there, this will be a little bit less brainy. With all that said, the AI is fantastic now, and you can leave households alone and they will actually act like real people. So, while the game as a whole feels a little dumbed-down, the AI itself is amazing and prase-worthy.

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@ehunyadi: Thanks for this very thorough discussion; my kids love Sims2, but perhaps I ought to reconsider whether an "automatic" upgrade to Sims3 is something they will appreciate. (Said kids are 17 and 21).

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Best Buy's auto download "saver" service is a crock! Just burn the download to a CD or DVD and keep it... $6.00 when a blank DVD costs pennies? What a huge waste of $... but a great price on a great game!

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@MonkeyLoversAssociat: No. There's no disk backup... you can BUY the cd of it but that's an additional $39.95

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@ehunyadi: I agree with you. Sims3 doesn't hold my interest the way Sims2 (or even Sims the First) did. It LOOKS fabulous but you don't really do much but try to meet the goals of the sim you're playing. All the nifty fun stuff you could do in Sims 2 is woefully either dumbed down or absent. So why in the name of all things holy did I go ahead and get the Great Adventures expansion? I haven't played it yet, I spent last night running updates galore to install the new game. Only to have it need one more update after running the updates. D'OH! I gave up and went to bed. Maybe I'll play over the Thanksgiving holiday instead.

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Sims 3 does run on Windows 7. I recently installed it after I upgraded.

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I couldn't get past the first Sims. I couldn't seem to figure out how to get my character to stop peeing herself. ...too much work.