The Sims 3 Leaked?

May 18, 2009 -

There are some unconfirmed reports floating about this morning claiming that The Sims 3 has been leaked. The long-awaited PC game's official launch date is June 2nd.

Romanian site SoftSailor is among those reporting the supposed leak:

For the moment we can’t tell for sure if the game is real as the packed/unpacked leaks are sized somewhere near 5GB. The small size of the game makes us think that this is not the actual game, but maybe it’s an unfinished version of The Sims 3 life simulation game...

[updated] P.S. From what I’ve read, the game is real and many are playing it right now.

Well-known torrent site The Pirate Bay, whose operators are appealing their recent conviction by a Swedish court on piracy charges, currently has a 4.94GB file named The.Sims.3-Reloaded posted.

GP: Pending confirmation from more reliable sources, we'll call this one a rumor for now...


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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

The DRM isn't so much the problem, it's the companies that use it unscrupulously. EA's tactic with Spore and its DRM that only allowed a limited number of installs was a big issue to most gamers (including myself).

Hmm... let's see, buy a $50+ game that only allows 3 (now 5?) installs or... download it (cracked) and install as many times as I damn well please? Tough choice. There is a huge FAIL in logic when EA decides that it's paying customers have to suffer because of the "freeloaders." I'm not a fan of buying a product you don't technically own after purchasing it.

For the record, as much as it hurts to give my money to EA, I do buy my games if only because Maxis is still one of my favorite game developers and unfortunately screwing EA means effectively screwing Maxis.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Personnaly i think this looks bad and kinda sick..... but if you put in the way that you want to try the game now but cant wait and you have preordered well i see it has "ok" :)

I "bought" (pre-ordered) the game a will ago now (for my little sister :) ) and she has being nagging me ever since i was thinking of downloading it but im a bit edgy and i dosent feel right even tho i've aleady purchased the product....

 

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Spore, like this game, was leaked earlier than the U.S. release date.  Spore was cracked and on the internet after it released in Australia, and it's my understanding that someone cracked a preloaded version of The Sims 3.

 

It is a Reloaded release, and for being a group thats sole function is to break international law, they sure are well respected online.  They only ever do quality work.

 

Love it or hate it, it wont stop until developers find better methods for distribution.  The STEAM client should be a model for the industry.  No reason not to love it.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

EA had this coming to them. They selfishly delayed the game in February for PR reasons and angered a lot of people. I hope more people download it then they do buy it, that will hurt them where it counts and maybe next time they wont delay a game to make their stock prices look better.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

the file doesn't seem to appear anymore when you search for the sims 3 on piratebay, but the link still works for me :D

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4901958/The.Sims.3-RELOADED_%5Biso%5D

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

IT'S A CONSPIRACY!!!111111 ALL CAPS!

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

I can't wait to see how EA spins this, as I doubt it will actually hurt sales.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

I've seen this release on BitGamer as well (which is VERY well moderated). It's real and it is definiately the full game.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Yeah, they made it a gold download.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

I can guarantee this story is valid and no, I'm not telling you how I can guarantee that with such certainty.

 

But that's what happens when you game is done but you don't release it for 6 months to "build awareness" and then press the master disc a whole month before you plain to actually release.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

no, ea wouldn't do that!

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Isn't listing a site that is hosting the leaked copy with the exact name of the file (essentially linking us to the very illegal leak) a bad idea for gamepolitics?  I'm not denying the fact that someone who wants to find it will find it, but I can't see this as being a good idea.  When Wolverine was leaked earlier this year most reputable movie sites refused to direct their readers to the copy in any form.  Report the news, that's your job, but direct us to the file?


Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

I'm planning to buy the game for my girlfriend anyway, though, admittedly, her favourite part of The Sims 2 was designing houses, since the actual game, without expansions, had far too short lifetimes unless you turned off the ageing, and that disabled other features as well.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Yay! 5 million more casual PC users are going to learn the wonders of using torrent clients.

Don't get me wrong, sales of a mainstream game like this aren't going to be hurt much by the mass downloading. But every new EA game leak will reel in more casuals to the dark side, DRM or not.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

I'm sad that's seen as a good thing.

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Pirate Bay seems to have taken the file down, as it's not showing up in a search. That would mean it's fake or malicious, as they don't remove anything for other reasons.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

wrong.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

It seems pretty legit. I checked a private tracker and it has been downloaded over 400 times and over 90 comments and no complaints on it yet.

I'm no Sims fan so I won't bother seeing it if is legit for myself.

 

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Wow it is already leaked? Wow I hope they didn't pay too much for the DRM that is going to break computers for hundreds of their legal customers...

P.S. I found several credible sources that say it is not a fake.

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One of my coworkers who has been interested in these LEAKS explained that it's actually not don't by accident/stolen with the company, but that EA allows the leak to happen because it increases the revenue and (something else) with the game and company.  They make more money through the game being leaked out.  if I can get him on here to explain it that would help. It's one reason why basically everything (movies, games, music, etc) has a leaked version out!  

Didn't make sense to me at all till after it was fully explained by him. Yet that was months ago so don't recall the whole story, other than the company makes more money letting out a leak.

Can ANYONE back me up here and explain this better??

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Time for the conspiracy nuts.

EA leaked the entire game onto the torrent trackers ON PURPOSE to create a fake outrage that would convince other developers to start using DRM.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Link it into this uber-secret copyright conference thing and you've got a winner!

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But, DRM has little to no effect on piracy... You fell right into "Their" trap

You see the uber-secret copyright conference is actually a front for the Epically-Secret-Anti-Used-Games-Sales-Alliance

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

How exactly?

PC gaming has never had a large used games market, that is reserved for consoles, which have DRM by the nature of the hardware not the software.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Ironically enough, it wouldn't be the first time techniques such as this have been used, however, in this case, I can't see EA being willing to lose the income, unless, of course, they know something we don't about the income effect of Piracy ;)

Dun dun DUNNNN!!

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Unless... EA GETS A CHUNK OF THE AD REVENUE WHENEVER SOMEONE CLICKS ON THE TORRENT LINK!

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Something we don't? I suppose that might be that they are still gonna make a gillion dollars off this even if it's leaked?

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Unless the game suck, in that case it sell less that it would sell...

 

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Can you SERIOUSLY see THE NEXT SIMS GAME flopping? (Sucking is a subjective term, I've always thought The Sims series sucked.)

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Yup, that there's increasing evidence that Piracy has far less impact on Profit margins, because a lot of pirates wouldn't spend the money if they didn't get it for free, especially with a program that is certainly going to be episodic in nature.

Still, I'll hold off on the conspiracy theorems for now, since there's no real evidence either way, and I'm more inclined to think Security hole than planned strategem, especially since exactly the same thing happened with Spore, and that WAS heavily DRMed.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

I thought Spore was a zero day pirated game, not an early leak?

EDIT: Oh, hang on, now I think I vaguely remember it coming out on torrents sometime in the week before release. Only vaguely though, Spore was always a non-entity on my gaming radar.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

If it is a Reloaded release it is legit.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

As much as I love the Sims 3 and would LOVE it now...

... I preordered it. I will be the good little girl and wait for it to come out in a few weeks. I will buy it, I will enjoy it and the benefits that I will recieve from buying it.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Shadow says he only likes "bad" girls...


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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Surely that's enough to turn any girl good? (I keed, I keed!)

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

LOL

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Reloaded tends to be a reputable release group.  Doesn't surprise me that its legit.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

It's definitely leaked. I have friends already playing it.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Would it be TOO cynical of me to consider the possibility that EA leaked it deliberately so they can justify the worst DRM you've ever seen on their next games?

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

I could see this, it is EA after all, second only to Activision in evilness, and I wouldn't be surprised if it returns on the expansions and stuff packs.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

EA considers SuckuRomless TS3 a failure, expects to put SuckuRom on TS3 expansions, news at 11.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

From the tone of their report, it almost seems like SoftSailor is celebrating this leak.

 

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

A friend of mine has it already. He just couldn't wait.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Right.....you're "friend" has it....

I've heard that one before  ;)

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Oh, so your friend has it too?

The Sims is fucking boring. If I want to be entertained with micromanaging, I'll play Battle for Middle Earth 2.

Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

Sims 3 leaked, more restrictive DRM on all EA software from now on at 11.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

If an entire game is leaked early, I think it's less of a DRM problem, and more a an EA security problem.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

And do you really think EA are gonna say "We have lousy security" or are they going to say "The pirates strike again."

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

It doesn't matter what they say. If they start pushing DRM harder, it will be because of other reasons. They, just like everyone else, know that DRM doesn't have anything to do with the leak.

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Re: The Sims 3 Leaked?

True, but that kinda takes it under faith that for once EA are NOT going to treat their customers like simple-minded ignorant idiots.

Which seems unlikely considering how they are trying to sneak DRM through the backdoor with Sims 3 by requiring the EA Downloader for patching, which still installs DRM.

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