Zephorah Feb 15, 2013 @ 4:36pm
Sims3 discrepency between EA an Steam
I lost my last post, so apologies if this is a repeat. Email says nothing re the post so I'm assuming there isn't some user terms issue.

Here is my issue. I bought my base Sims3 game from the source: EA. I since went on to purchase three or four of the expansions through another legitimate e-vender: GamersGate. They are compatible. EA/Origin downloader has even gone so far as to detect my expansion purchases and make them available through the EA/Origin downloader.

This vender is small compared to both Steam and EA. So my question is when are we going to see the same level of compatibility between Steam and EA?

I saw the sales for the expansion packs, most of which were less than $10.00. I loaded up my cart with every intention of making that purchase, but was unable to do so since Steam does not recognize the EA site's downloa of the Sims3 base game. I am stuck on those prices an will no longer purchase them for more. Steam an EA are huge, what is the time frame we can anticipate before this incompatibility issue is fixed?

I have the same post up over at EA.
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Zephorah Feb 15, 2013 @ 4:43pm 
Ah....and here is EA's reply:



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‎02-14-2013 11:50 PM

Hi there

Origin and Steam are different platforms, but they both at their core offer the same service so it is unlikely that either one of them will want to "work together". From the business point of view they want to you buy the game and all the DLC from one place at the prices that they set, not buy the game and DLC from different places.



Short answer to your question is no, Steam and Origin games will most likely not be "intercompatible"


So....they don't like Steam's better prices. Now it makes sense.
Drunk Lass Feb 15, 2013 @ 9:30pm 
If it helps... you can still purchase your Sims 3 games from Steam and add the Authentication codes to your EA account. When you do that, the games are available for download in your EA account. That's basically what I've been doing, so long as the games are for the same operating system.
Fields Feb 16, 2013 @ 4:45am 
If you intend to buy more than the one expansion during the sale it can be worth buying the base here so you can take advantage of future sales, I agree that we shouldnt have to but you can still make a huge saving, just not so much if you have to buy the base that time round, but once you got the base here, you can take advantage of future sales
Zephorah Feb 16, 2013 @ 9:34pm 
I'm not buying the game twice because EA and Steam don't want to communicate with one another.
[ReVolt] paynexkiller (Banned) Feb 19, 2013 @ 9:59am 
Steams... Better prices?
M!lo Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:46am 
The problem isn't them not wanting to communicate with one another, Sims 3 is an EA product. That's all there is to it. Why would you buying an EA game at the EA store be redeemable in Steam? Makes no sense.

I understand that it's probably frustrating to have half the game on one and half on the other, but that's DRM acting out not EA/Steam 'communication' issues.

And they are very much communicating as at the very least if you buy at Steam you can redeem on EA.
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Kiya Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:59am 
Originally posted by M!lo:
Why would you buying an EA game at the EA store be redeemable in Steam? Makes no sense.

I guess it depends how much of my money EA want

My preferred platform is Steam - I am not interested in running several different clients or platforms for my games.

If the expansions were redeemable in Steam I could buy them from any store including EA's Origin store and they would at least get my business. As it stands I will continue to only buy them through Steam and EA will continue to lose the cut that Valve take from that. :-)
=EGC= Serenity Feb 20, 2013 @ 3:46pm 
As mentioned, if you buy an EA game at Steam, you can redeem the code through Origin and play through Origin.
However, anything you buy from EA be it retail or through Origin itself can only be used through Origin.

Yes, Steam Prices are cheaper. In the sense, Steam offers more sales more often than EA doers, with deeper discounts.
Many just wait for Steam sales and go this route rather than paying full price at EAs store. Even when EA does have a sale, its still usually cheaper to just wait for Steam.


So the official comment related to "prices they set" may be true. However, it benefits the consumer to purchase through Steam.

So in a nut shell.
Origin purchases stay with Origin no matter what.
You will typically pay full price and the rare sales they do have are still not as cheap as Steams sales.

Steam is cheaper, and can be used on either platform you choose. Steam or Origin.

Not saying which to choose. To each thier own, but thats simply they way it is currently.
Last edited by =EGC= Serenity; Feb 20, 2013 @ 3:48pm
Zephorah Feb 24, 2013 @ 7:35am 
Well, some of us bought the Sims3 game on release, before Steam. Granted, now I see the issue with expansions...Steam downloads all of them on auto and once you have them you're 'stuck' and unable to remove and expansion you don't like...which is ridiculous. WA can still kill a family so I can see some just wanting to get rid of it altogether. And the rather unfortunate 'must be online to play' bit with Steam cannot be healthy for sales, hence the 'sales'...no doubt the balance that mitigates that loss. No option is all win for any of us.

I still think it's silly, GamersGate is ok and this is not, but whatever, the purchases were made on the base game and WA on release. The real is concern is not having to deal with scratchable, loseable disks.

Either way, I'm not paying EA twice.
Motoki Feb 24, 2013 @ 5:29pm 
You don't have to be online to play, you can run Steam in offline mode and that works for the Sims 3 as well as other games. Also, even if you aren't in offline mod Steam doesn't require a constant connection like something like Diablo III does. It just connects at start up and that's it. If you lose connection after that it will still work without issue.

As for not being healthy for sales, well they are pretty much the largest store for PC gaming so I think Steam is doing just fine.
Rubicon7 Feb 26, 2013 @ 9:12am 
Not in my case, I tried this every way thru sunday. When you go to redeem your code through Origin, it will not accept it. It says "cannot redeem code here" and links you back to Sims3.com.
In my case, my steam activation code is no good at origin, I cannot download Sims3 using my steam code. The reason I wanted to do so is Sims3 CAW does not work with Steam Sims 3. Ive tried the regedit fix, different versions, nothing works. Its garbage. I have to pay for sims 3 all over again at origin to use CAW on the same computer I've already paid for Sims3 on and have it installed on, not going to happen.


Originally posted by =EGC= Serenity:
As mentioned, if you buy an EA game at Steam, you can redeem the code through Origin and play through Origin.
However, anything you buy from EA be it retail or through Origin itself can only be used through Origin.

Yes, Steam Prices are cheaper. In the sense, Steam offers more sales more often than EA doers, with deeper discounts.
Many just wait for Steam sales and go this route rather than paying full price at EAs store. Even when EA does have a sale, its still usually cheaper to just wait for Steam.


So the official comment related to "prices they set" may be true. However, it benefits the consumer to purchase through Steam.

So in a nut shell.
Origin purchases stay with Origin no matter what.
You will typically pay full price and the rare sales they do have are still not as cheap as Steams sales.

Steam is cheaper, and can be used on either platform you choose. Steam or Origin.

Not saying which to choose. To each thier own, but thats simply they way it is currently.
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