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EA-Land Drawing To A Close

Posted in Update by Electronic Arts on the April 29th, 2008

It is with mixed emotions that today we are announcing the EA-Land experiment will soon draw to a close. Since 2002, EA-Land / TSO has attracted a very special group of players (of which you are one) and we certainly appreciate your participation in the EA-Land community. The lifetime of the game has drawn to an end, and now we will be focusing on new ideas and other innovative concepts in the games arena. We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in this online community as a unique experience in the virtual world.

Below are some facts about how the site and service will be closed. Please see also a special message from the team that maintained EA-Land, to the community that played it.

Key Facts:

  • On August 1, 2008, the game EA-Land / TSO will no longer be in service and EA will focus these resources on future games
  • Your subscription billing will end now, so that at least 60 days of your EA-Land experience will be at no cost to you
  • You may cancel your account and subscription at any time by contacting customer service or by managing your EA account online. To do this, you must log on to EA-Land / TSO to cancel within the game
  • Starting immediately PayPal cash-in will not be available anymore
  • EA Customer Support at support.ea.com is available to help answer any questions you might have regarding your account

If you are a paying subscriber as of April 29th 2008, EA would like to offer you one of the following two gifts as a token of our appreciation:

  • Three months of Club POGO(tm) Subscription Time

Paying subscribers please insure your email contact information is up to date as details of this offer will be sent out to you within 30 days.

Again, thanks you to all of you.

Electronic Arts

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  1. LucianWalker said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:16 am

    So what does this mean for CC? Are you guys still approving until August, or ending approval now?

  2. Monkeypantz said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:22 am

    omg lucian you are so rude !!!!!!!

    Luc, Pary thanks for the game .. you did a great job :( .. This is so sad .. Thank you so much for the game i loved it Ive been playing since 2002 ..

  3. bozhogg said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:27 am

    good memories, bye TSO

  4. philw11 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    just confirms we have been lied to all along

  5. cotton said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I’ll never have anything to do with anything from EA again.


  6. cotton said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I guess EA changed it all to EA Land, taking away the TSO name so they could close it without closing The Sims name.

  7. Qute Pi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Is there any way to get items such as trees rare pets and stuff for our sims 1 game?
    I just want them for memory…

    Thanks for trying your best, sorry it was too hard. :(

  8. whitewolf951 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    This is the dumbest thing ever. I have been playing ever since tso was beta and i cant believe that its going to be shut down. If anyone behind tso cares about the people who play this, they wouldn’t be doing this

  9. mattt said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    This is sad but I’v been playing for 2002 and i will miss the memories.

  10. mlashworth31 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:42 am

    OMG I think I am going to cry and I wll come back later to commit when I can take it all in. Is there anything that can be done to keep the game going? I do want to thank the team for there hard work. =(”"”"”"

  11. Cryssi G said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Ya know…what happens to my Real Life money I spent because of the promise of a better game? You know…you put the ATMs in the game…you got a lot of my money cause i created custom….and now this???????? This is sooooooo crazy
    I have been playing since the beginning…on and off….but I always come back…you have a lot of loyal fans out there…and you just gonna brush them off? Thats BS….and BTW…im one of those few people who stayed positive….but a lot of good that did us!

  12. acetyp said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:49 am

    wow, what sad news!!

    So much hard work by you guys.. Do you really think TSO gave it enough time?? I don’t think so…of course, my own opinion.

    I believe it would have worked. Just needed to add some scripting..new objects with availability to play chess, checkers, etc. in game and
    additional animation, interactions… why stop at introducing CC only??
    Options to hear live music could have been introduced as well…
    It’s going to be hard to say goobye, alot of good times, good friends, I was looking forward to more changes in the game…

    Just goes to show what money does… kills the fun!


  13. Litabel said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I dont care if its only going to last another 4 months I STILL WANT my amnesty gifts!! We were promised them, its the least they can do

    ALso, please lower the cost of building in game and give us 247% skilling, the game may be coming to an end but I AM STILL PLAYING!!!

  14. djspike said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  15. Meara said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I feel the same way as Jazzme. I think that more could have been done to help save the game. I realize that there are so many other online games out there now and that it is really competitive but I feel as if there wasn’t much standing up to the plate to keep this game going. I also think that EA’s committment (or lack thereof) shows alot about the people running it and how much lack of committment we should have for them.
    I also believe as Spike does…this does not reflect on the dev’s. I believe the devs did as much as they could but in the end it is EA that ultimately controls the fate of our game (which is shown in how we are not given much info on why the game is being shut down). I personally feel discouraged from buying further EA games. I would appreciate any explaination to why this game is being shut down. Also, ” new ideas and other innovative concepts” ….does this mean that EA may be starting from scratch and placing a new game much like EALand online?

  16. nickey said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    I have a long list of words I’d like to throw at you, but you know what? You all aren’t even worth it. I’m disappointed, but not surprised. I never once went to SL or There.com to even see what it was about, because for me, it was about friends. I endured the lame 2D graphics, because… guess what? I really loved this game. I also will never buy a damn thing from EA or play another game by EA, you can be sure of that. I’m not so much sad as I am just sick by this. Oh well, guess I’m migrating to SL.

    nickey scorpio

  17. Netta said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    this has to be a joke.

  18. pchy said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:12 am

    this really stinks
    i enjoyed the game and hanging out with all the friends i have made
    really gonna miss the game
    cant believe they are closing it think they should really take more time to try and improve or or something *cries*
    does any1 know of anyother good online games like sims to join and play
    gonna need something to take its place

  19. eggchick7 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  20. Qute Pi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    What in the world will I do now…I refused SL and others before, I will continue to refuse those. WOW is an option, but not fun like I enjoy TSO/EAL.


    Take care all…

  21. Cinders said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Well this is very sad news, I really enjoyed playing and meeting new friends. I would be willing to pay more if that is what it takes. I hope that EA will hear what the community is saying and try to work something out.


  22. Azrael Martinelli said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Its such a sad day……

    I would like to take this time to say thanks, for all the many wonderful memories that I have. My new and old friendships that have been formed over the many years I have played.

    Its just a real shame that EAland has not been able to run to its full potential…. cut so short.

    Loves to all and thanks

  23. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:39 am

    sooooo terribly sad :(

  24. The Welsh Witch said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I am so disappointed, I was invited back and was really getting into the new ea land I know you have had problems with it, we stuck with you when u capped earnings, we stuck with you when you stopped us working and to do this now really STINKS. I am an avid fan of the sims I have every sim game you have ever brought out and there expansion pack, well I can tell you I wont be in a rush to go out and order the sims 3.
    I am very very disappointed.
    bye to all my friends gonna miss you make sure i got all your e-mails before we go so if another game like this comes out we play together again. GONNA MISS YOU ALL HUGZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  25. Polegar said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:43 am


  26. seanyblaze said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:49 am

    this was all a scam for ea to make money,i bought 120$ worth of simoleans off the game atm machines from pay pal and they robbed me
    I have played for a little over a month and they stole money by selling money off pay pal,this is bad for ea because they will have a class action lawsuit for anyone that payed for simoleans and got robbed EA you are all theives!!!

  27. seanyblaze said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    EA took over tso to close sims online so they could jack every paying costomer and steal our hard earned money and use it on there other games ,all paying suscibers should stop buying there bull and stand up and stop buying there games

  28. msashley said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I CANT BELIEVE THIS! I have spent so much time and money on this game and you’re just going to close it down??? I’ve been playing since the beginning, always have been a fan. You’re going to make a lot of people disappointed by doing this, I bet no “future games” are going to be any better than this one.

  29. melph said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I totally agree I love TSO and dont want it to go bye bye

    I have played other EA games and THEY ALL SUCK, i got Rock Band for xbox 360 and the game was made like crap made cheap and cost a fortune..
    I had to have the Guitar and drum set replaced 4 times… I Will never buy another EA product!!

  30. msashley said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    i will never buy another EA product again either…. you just lost a lot of business EA!!

  31. Data said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  32. NickelNik said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    This could be one reason tso is closing all the negativity they get when they tried to do something and it didn’t go right, I myself am not happy either about the closing and i could have a few choice words but what good will it do? Why don’t you go out and create an online game, and see how fun it is when people yell and leave nasty comments becuz there is a bug in the game!

    I have one suggestion not that it will matter but i would like to put it out there:

    Instead of closing the game completely why not leave things as they are, NO more new items to be added, Keep up with bugz that might happen, I’m sure with the free players and paid players they would be jsut as happy to be able to continue to play. I myself would be happy to keep it just open with out new objects to be added and so forth, Although prices and payouts would have to be raised a bit to get people to stay but let the game die out its self not close it!

    Go ahead everyone hate on me for saying things the way i did, but i’ve read the forums and when there was a small problem and it was not fixed in 5 mins some people would get extrememly nasty: tell me what good is that doing? even if they thought about changing plans and keeping it open your not helping by downing them for their years of work and time they have put in this game just for us to sit endless hours in front of a computer. Again I’m not happy either but i’m not gonna put out nasty words just becuz of it…

    I will miss TSO(that ea-land & Avatars never quite made it into my vocab) there will never be a game like it, and the offline just isn’t the same without the real people in it… GoodBye TSO i’m glad i had some time back before the end. I was here for the begining, stopped Came back and now i will be here for the end!

  33. Kaleina said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    If you are a SIM who has used the ATM - many sims have elected to Dispute it on Paypal. Please join them in the disputes, the item you purchased is not what was promised.

    All others, there are people in game that are willing to find a solution to save the servers. We request that everyone please help us in finding alternative solutions to losing all our friends.

    with Love and Respect
    Mile High Boards - EA Land

  34. LadiLuck said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Well Blizard just got my biz… and a lot of accounts…. since WOW is a Blizard company and not EA.. I will be going along with many.. loved Diablo so WOW can’t be much different.. Lucky Dog sure has been addicted since he started… Hmmmm

    I can’t believe EA executives and I blame them… they are about to take over a company that produces the most unacceptable game out there for a parent.. yet to take the only game a parent would not mind having her/his children play away.. EA you all need to rethink your values.. as you sure shown that WE loyal customers of the SIMS and all the franchise does not matter to you.. Now with your wonderful Sims 3 on its way to release.. this move may of cost that whole serious a big drop in sales. since most of your customers are here in TSO/EALand… you have lost a lot in your deceptive moves..

    You gave this game NO real chance…. you put a small group together to pull off a miracle a team of 100 couldn’t do.. EA now stands for crap in my book as well as many others I know… I will make sure to be the first one boycotting your Sims 3 at stores and making sure to get out that EA cares nothing about the people who are buying and paying for their games…

    You all are beyond words… you really are.. you kept us believing for nothing.. many standing up to defend wonderful EA .. the true colors of EA have been shown.. I hope it effects their takeover.. and hope those people over there decide to stay with who they have.. they have a better shot at truth and keeping their game alive…

    Blizard here I come.. least thats one company I have no problem shooting my money too.. they keep their promises they make things work.. Maybe EA executives should go take a course from them on how to keep your customers happy… I see a decline EA stock today… if others out there that own stock in EA I hope you decide to go elsewhere.. they have shown their colors here today…If I ever trusted them that much and bought some, I sure would be selling and getting other stock…. OMG I still can’t believe they did this..

    As for the DEV’s.. you all worked so hard for us.. They are lucky to have you… hope you rethink what company to work for.. but they were happy to have you for this project. You were given a task that 100 had hard time doing years ago… and yet brought this game to a new level. To bad the people signing your checks didn’t see that.. You believed in the game as we did… Well guess this sure explains the last 2-3 weeks of game issues don’t it…. guess all those wondering and worried were not so wrong after all…. I will miss the DEV team as they were the part of what made this game have heart.. no other game will ever replace this nor will any other game ever meet up to what you have done… Thank you for everything you did….

    I agree with earlier poster either here or on stratics as to why they were changing tso to ealand and sims to avatars… they wanted to distance themselves for what was going to happen.. Well guess what EA… word of mouth travels quickly and you had a lot of players here that are going to be very unhappy with what you have done.. see how well SIMS 3 does.. I hope it flops on your EA faces… as you made our TSO flop on ours..

    I personally hope that EA goes down in dust when it comes to sales of any games with its name on it.. As it so deserves….

    I will be boycotting any EA products or services … I’m sure Blizzard wont mind all of our monthly subscribtions… and go figure they don’t lie

    I will be sending out emails to every parent and friend with or without children, any boards you name it.. I will be spreading the word not to BUY EA products and services… they say word of mouth is the best advertising.. well guess what .. if each and everyone of us does this… we will get the message out..

    So stand up for your TSO and fight these executives that would rather a game that rapes and shoot people then a family motivated game like TSO

  35. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I wish they would have just left the damn game alone…Why the hell they didn’t advertise it to get it going again is a real mystery. I remember when it was new…you couldn’t even get in to play it was so full! Pogo is an EA game…it would have cost them NOTHING to advertise Sims there! All the time & money & FRIENDS made now going down the tube…I’m sick to my stomach.

  36. EddieJLucas said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    We need to ban together and get a class action law suite together. This is Fraud. They have lied to us and promised this game to be around and evolve. Suckering us into spending our R/L hard earned money to to bring money into the economy of the game. Many people have have bought money and it adds up. This is nothing but true fraud and was probably planed from the start of EA-Land. To make some extra money from the players then close with no the game.

  37. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    BTW…Pogo is a FREE ea game…so what’s with the offer of 3 free months? It’s laughable….

  38. cotton said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I believe melph and seanyblaze covered my feeling. Worded beautifully.


  39. leigh said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    When MaxisLee told me i needed to upgrade me comp to keep playing the game ( coz of game updates), my comp was to old to be upgraded so i went and bought a new one, and for what…………. to be screwed by maxis.
    What a joke, and i already pay for Club Pogo, so what ya gunna offer me next……….. 3 months is crap, i would rather the money back for the comp i didnt need to buy.


    all i want is for the very good friends i made on this game to stay in touch, im gunna miss you guys………….. what a waste

  40. LadiLuck said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:29 am

    kai765 please stop.. this is taking away from the focus here.. that is doing nothing.. but showing how childish this is..

    For those that play other EA games.. Band together and boycott them.. free or not .. Boycott the EA brand period.. soon it will reach their executive wallets.. We still have time to show their shareholders what they are… we can’t stop them in shutting our beloved game down.. but we sure show those shareholders that the head executives are bringing this company down by bringing in games that only promote killing and violent gaming and disregarding good online gaming that is family structured.

    I will be one of the Sims not buying your Sims 3.. in my household would be another potential 4 EA product subscriber.. now you will loose our biz as well as anyone’s ear I will grab hold of and comes into my 3 foot circle of earshot.

  41. toasty525 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:29 am

    well this sucks

  42. LadiLuck said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Then leigh, stop sending them pogo money subscriptions.. get them back where they got us.. hit each and every game they play.. if your friends play it tell them to stop.. as they care nothing about the people behind the subscriptions or purchase of their games - only the $$.. so stop shoveling good money to EA …If you don’t take care of your customers sooner or later you will loose them all.. in every scope.. one runs down to the other…

  43. melph said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:38 am


    I agree with you ive already posted above that im boycoting EA I will never buy or play another EA game after TSO goes offline for good, im not even gonna get “sims 3″ if there is one, I see some talk above about it…

  44. lex364a said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    wow, way to lie to us and fill us full of crap…thanks for all my amnesty gifts, skill locks ect you liars!
    since i am out real world money and its apparant ya’ll at ea dont give a royal sh*t, do us all a favour and give us one last fling and turn on higher payouts, and turbo skill…give us something to do till you pull the plug and run off with our money

  45. LadiLuck said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Hey Sims 3 was on my buy list until today .. I will be burning any EA products in my home as well.. its last day of burning season tomorrow.. nice big fire I see happening in my back yard if anyone wants to join… :)

  46. LadiLuck said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    and turn on REORDER in TC3 …lol I’ll be here only till the end then you will never see my Credit Card again .. thats for sure

  47. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    tried desputing the purchases thry pay-pal and they are not allowing them???? Has anyone tried this yet?

  48. melph said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:46 am


    I dont understand, whats the point of higher payouts and hyper skill if in 2 months its all gone?? you will have wasted 2 more months of your life to EA!

  49. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Because it would give us 2 more months of fun! Again…has anyone tried disputing the purchases thru pay-pal with any luck? They are not allowing it!!!

  50. Ladiedi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Well I think Ea put in the atm now in order to make money before they closed and now are affraid of being sue for all the stolen CC that is in the game .Well I’d like to own a tree before I go could anyone give me one as a good byre gift my name is Ms D or MsFlan in Game Thanks gonna miss all my friends. Get your friends e-mail

  51. beagood said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:54 am

    How sad. To see a game with so much to offer close.
    EA you have a history of making promises you can’t keep.
    I don’t play pogo. The only think I have brought from EA was The Sims and almost everything that is Sim related.
    I don’t fully understand how a company can expect to continue treating people as badly as you do and continue to thrive. The plus side is we all know things have a way of coming back. I guess your time will come when you will get yours.
    I have tried your other online game, UO and that is an awful game.
    I was hoping, like many others on here, that you were going to keep your promise.

  52. TSO said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I understand people’s frustrations. I also thought the re-vamped EA Land had great potential. I’m wondering if there’s any chance the decision to pull the plug can be altered. I don’t know EA’s reasons for closing the game, but is there some way that the people who are making these decisions can hear the kind of support (and frustrations) that have been expressed in this blog? Who are the people making the decisions, and what are their reasons for their decisions? An outsider can not help but assume that it was because of relative lack of profit compared to other EA games. Free online multi-player games have worked for other companies (I heard it works in Asia anyway). Second Life seems to be doing well. How was EA Land different?

    Anyway, the idea I’m throwing out there is about getting our voices heard by the people who are making the decisions (about whether to pull the plug on a game)…maybe not a petition, but at least getting the contact information of the decision makers, like email or snail mail. We could inundate them with letters. :-)~ Maybe it won’t work for EA Land, but it’s altered non-EA decisions before.

    Any thoughts (or contact info)?

  53. sweetvasandy said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Just to add to my first coments.I have spent apox.200$ on your ATM machines ,including My gift for my birthday. Which I ma ashamed to admit. Once a fool ..no more a Fool.I will not buy any EA GAMES ETC: I am dense ,no doubt about that! Was my choice to do so.My last buy was just this Monday! That was nothing but scaming my paypal acct. iI WILL LOOK INTO THIS. My last comment. I AM SORRY FOR ALL THAT WAS TAKEN ADVANAGE OF WITH THE ATM MACHINES.

  54. Jayq305 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Well its sad to see that the game is ending…and how everyone is being so negative when yet u were the ones that got mad at everyone else for leaving negativie comments because u believed in them…when all along the ppl leaving the negitivie comments knew that the devs were up to no good. it sucks that u waste so much money on a game and it ends like this..and devs next time u wanna try and change a game actually change it and make it better instead of sitting back and watch it fall apart. i guess u figured ud try and get a little more money out of us by making the atm machines before u layed it out that ur closing. well good luck everyone hope u all find a new and better game to play..bye sims online

  55. kikbalboy said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Just a thought, but… Will there be a Sims 2 or 3 Online? A couple of my friends and I were talking about it and I’m also an avid World of Warcraft player. We thought that if the game ever existed, it would dethrone the top MMORPGs. If you put a little effort to make an MMORPG with the same amazing graphics and thought process you put into The Sims 2 games and expansions, you would be digging a gold mine. I’m sure a lot of hardcore gamers would experiment at least, if not be hooked to Sims 2-3 Online. I’d be willing to pay $15 - $20 a month for a game like that and cancel my WoW subscription. It would be the perfect game for me and a lot of players like me.

    P.S. Ea-Land: feel free to e-mail me with an automated message or something about your thoughts on this. Maybe you can write an online article about this because I’ve been trying to contact the magazines like “PC Gamer” and “GameInformer” to get them to interview u and do an article on this. Just give us a yes or a no. I’m sure a lot of ppl would be interested to hear about it.

  56. synvares said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    why are you guys whinig about all this take a look at the game and then take a look at todays game and alrdy you go intpo conclusion that tso will be gone forever if you didnt see “EA will focus these resources on future games” obviously there wurkin on somthing better so yall whiners quit whining out there and accept change i have nothing to whine about they invested alot in this game what would make u think they would close it out because of your skeptics Take a look of the idea it might take such as hmmm say sims2 online yea thats right it doesnt mean there closing out the whole sims project just the ea-land/tso project key word is PROJECT

  57. tshaulis said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I understand that decisions have to be made…but for us who just spend RL money in this game should be able to get it back. I know you have to work for your money…well so do we and we do not like getting screwed over! I relied on you guys staying open to my detriment..and I see this as a breach of contract. I would like my money back!!!!

  58. russFASHIONISTA said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    This is ridiculous! We were all scammed into paying ATM with false promises of a better game to come. Amnesty rewards never came. Anyone wishing to file a lawsuit should do so with full support from players of this game. Our sim lives were just taking off, with new businesses popping up each week. I am gravely disappointed. You all have made a huge mistake. I’m joining in th boycott of all EA products as well as consulting a lawyer about our options.

  59. ezbucks said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  60. B Rain said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    wow… this sucks… I’m so sad……BAKA!! ; ;

    I’m going to miss this game ; ;


    That’s all….

    ……Sayonara…. ; ;

  61. mszahara said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  62. StanBcCoff said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I was one of those people who was trying to keep things positive. Now I want to slap myself in the face.

    You lied to us. It’s pretty clear that you knew this was going to happen before now, so why didn’t you just tell us? You are a sick company whose only apparent goal is to steal the money of its customers. You put us through the agony of losing all our stuff, friends, and forcing us to adjust to this new world of “avatars” and EAbucks or whateverthefrack they were. Then, out from our feet, you pull out the rug, letting us topple down into a never-ending pit of infinite sorrow. Screw you EA and every product you produce.

    We as a community just slapped you with a glove, and red linked you down to under -100.

    Rage anyone?

  63. WhisperingRuby said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    synvares are you kidding yourself? Because I can tell you right now you aren’t kidding anyone on here that is pissed beyond belief.

    I was an avid supporter of the Dev’s but now I sadly deleted my accounts and have shut the door and walked away from TSO/EA-Land forever.

    I doubt seriously that the “Project” they speak of has anything to do with TSO/EA-Land.

  64. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    -again…has anyone tried to submit a complaint/disbute to pay-pal? I tried and it won’t accept this type of claim????

  65. mszahara said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    i feel sorry for those people who bought alot of money recently you should at least do the decent thing and give them there money back

  66. rwpcaniac said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    oOMG I spent $80 JUST LAST NIGHT. Are you telling me that you devs didn’t KNOW that ealand was closing then….If so then that’s BS. And THAT my friend could be considered fraud.

  67. WhisperingRuby said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I never used the ATM, I could not justify spending RL money to make money in game. It made no sense to me whatsoever. I feel bad for those that sunk their money into the ATM’s. I feel as if they have been badly used. I agree, at least give them the money back from the ATM’s.

  68. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    and you can’t file a claim with pay-pal either

  69. WhisperingRuby said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Well EA should reimburse all that have used the ATM…IMO. Be it by credit card or paypal.

  70. discussed said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    LMFAO.. reimburse you serious? they will keep it all and screw us as they did in the past

  71. Ilubmysims said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    how can you do this!? how can you just stop a game! people who have made this game there lifes for YEARS!

  72. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    sure they should…but they won’t. Thats a givin’…they knew this game was closing and kept the machines running up till last night…can we say FRAUD???

  73. Ladiedi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    i want a Damn tree before you kill my sim

  74. Jazzman said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Poetic justice indeed. And now you know why I canceled my account, and why I said I wouldn’t buy money. This will be known as the greatest scam of Internet gaming history ever conducted by a corporation.

    Pathetic, really.

  75. renscasdream said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Devs, thank you for doing your best. Obviously you didnt think it would close or at least had hopes it wouldn’t. Otherwise you wouldnt have done all the work and taken all the critisism. To whoever decided to close the game……well, i think the others have already said just about everyting i wanna say to you. To the fellow players: sorry i didnt get a chance to get to know you as well as i would have liked, i was so busy doing CC (for nothing) in hopes of creating a better world for my sims and myself (a stress reducer).

    I am just a little upset because yesterday i paid for one account, was going to pay for my second, and i still have a gametime code floating out there somewhere in support that i dont know what will happen to it. Plus all of the work for the CC i put in. But at least now I know how to do it to play with my offline sims games. I dont think though that i will continue to buy them. Up until today I baught every sims name game i could get m hands on. not just The Sims, but sim city, sim this and sim that. This has just sucked the want out of me completely. Why spend $20, $30, even soetimes $50 on a game that comes from a company that has screwed up like this?

    I loved what the devs were doing, so dont get me wrong there. But I have had billing problems, support problems, and now the closing on top of it. It took me 3 days to get an answer a few months ago about my paypal payment taking so long. In the end it was 2 weeks later that i finally had my gametime code, which by then i just had loaded my prepaid credit card and paid for it that way.

    My family has always been huge fans of the sim games, and pogo. but now we arent so sure we want to continue with even pogo. If they are going to do this to tso, who is to say they wont shut pogo down after we have spent years gathering badges and making friends there?

    Anyway, goodbye friends. If any of you want to add Casual Kisses (Casual Knight now) my yahoo id is renegades_casual_dream, and email is the same @yahoo.com

  76. WhisperingRuby said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    discussed said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    LMFAO.. reimburse you serious? they will keep it all and screw us as they did in the past

    I did say IMO…I never said it would come in play. We all know damn good and well that the money people spent on the ATM is gone for good. I simply feel that they should be reimbursed.

  77. The Welsh Witch said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I also would like all the things you promised me before you kill my sim and for good measure i’m cancelling my pogo subscription. because if you can do this to me here I am not going to give you the oportunity to do it to me there. for anyone that knows me send me ur e-mail or msn contact info so i can keep in touch will send mine by return. and if ever there is another game like this we can meet up again and be another community

  78. Acer Scorpio said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I personally wish to thank all the great friends and buddies I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with. I also wish to keep in touch through other games which TSO players may be joining once they transfer from TSO. As for EA Games…remember, they are a corporation and thier vision and mission is corporate based and this was thier shortfall. If the game does indeed close, it would be wise to BOYCOTT ALL EA PRODUCTS and let them feel it in thier pockets. Just spread the word. Don’t purchase any EA products for you or your children. Money is the language which all corporations understand, let them feel it.

  79. Ladiedi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    When do Ea Close I need to get friends e-mail that are not on line

  80. cowboysims1 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Did you realy think they would keep ea goin… Not fixing bugs, No new rewards, fixing it so YOU HAD to use YOUR cash to buy land (paypal atm) cause you sure could not get any money any other way…. 50 max pay for any skill ????

    land over 25k?????
    without expansion


    where i come from they would be hung on an old oak tree and left for the buzzards.

  81. Ladiedi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Well to day is almost gone and tomorrow we will be back to see this is all a night mare

  82. msluna said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  83. Acer Scorpio said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    All friends can add me to thier e-mail for future gaming with other companies. Acer_Scorpio@yahoo.com


  84. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Pogo is free! omg what a joke…we can have 3 months of an already free EA game??? Good god….Kick alittle more sand in our faces, would ya please???

  85. RHY3756547 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I joined this game 10 days ago, expecting an evolving, exciting game.
    I can see that i was wrong.

    If you’re going to close a game as great as this down, at least announce a sequel or something, otherwise the ommunity will go mad. TSO2 would be great. We need compensation for this sudden closing of EA land, so I am suggesting a Simoleon Bonus so we need not worry about funds and can have fun.

    Thanks for the 10 days,
    RHY3756547 (Saniel and Raniel)

  86. Ladiedi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Ok heres what I want A million Bucks in Simoleans A house 3 story built house like sim 2 or something landscaping and a house full of Stolen CC.

  87. Ladiedi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Omg I got a e-mail saying the tried to charge my credit card lol and it didnt go through thank GOD

  88. sheyrena said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I love TSO and I was starting to love Ea-Land. Instead of a petition to keep this game, why don’t we all just sign up for a class action suit to retrieve our money that has been dumped into this game?? Not the 9.99/mo subscription fee, but all of you who have used PayPal? You can retrieve a statement from PayPal and one from your bank account to prove the amount of money you have put in.
    I’m sorry, but a decision like this was not made over night. Maybe I missed the bulletin somewhere, but I have never seen anything giving us a clue that in the near future, it was a real possibility of shutting the game down. I say we should get a firm who handles class action suits against big corporations and even just get the money back spent within the last 6 months to a year. I know I am not the only one who already spent in the hundreds just because we wanted to actually own a lot and furnish it.
    This is completely ridiculous! I want the game to stay open as much as everyone else, but if their minds aren’t going to be changed on this one; well I’m afraid they just lost a huge customer base by scamming and screwing all of us over.

  89. GF Crom Gambino said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Well…this SUCKS!!!! This is the last thing, in the world, I suspected!!!!

    Playing TSO with 4 Sims since 02 means absolutely nothing; I guarantee I will NEVER Buy or play anything from EA for the rest of my life. BET ON IT!!!

    Great Job GUYS!!!!!

  90. simified said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I knew withing the first week of landing in the new Ealand that it was doomed.

  91. Sharoni said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Sitting here typing this, it’s really hard to see through my “tears”, but I just wanted to ask, why? Surely there has to be away to keep this game up and running with so many people who love it and have played for so long. Get rid of the ATMs, and Pay Pal, and stop trying to control how many simoleons can be made by the players, let them work and make as much money as they need, put all the prices and pay back to what it is supposed to be, and let us keep the new custom content, and maybe people will be able to get back to the original concept of this game. We want to keep our game!! Luc?? Lee?? Greg??? Don’t you think we deserve a more detailed explanation as to why you are closing the game?

  92. Wendy said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    i am soooooooo sad. I am a disabled person and i have made so many friends and done so many things that i could never have done in RL.. Yes I would love to have my amnesty gifts just to enjoy my last days.

    I for one am hoping that all my sim friends and more. can all agree which game we can now move on to so that we can continue to enjoy our gaming lifes we have learned to enjoy.

    I would really be devasted if we spent our last days in anger and never made a plan to meet elsewhere. I’m heartbroken enough, but to have to say goodbye and not have a new meeting place……. I don’t know how i can deal with such a loss in times like this in my life.

    This community has been there for me when times were good and when times are bad.. Being disabled in RL is hard to have this kind of community in RL. It has meant so much to me.. I don’t want to lose it…..

    So guys is there a new place we can carry on?

  93. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    forget Pay-Pal…I just tried that and they will not let this type of charge be disputed….

  94. mlashworth31 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Sheryrena I agree and I have one in mind shoot me an email hun or IM me at mlashworth31@aol.com or im me mlashworth31 I agree I knew a long time ago they were looking at canceling tso but was understand the whole ea land thing was to keep it going never heard anything different until this morning. and with all the new things going on I am really mad because I have well put alot in to the game so send me an email and we can talk more

  95. Majdi said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    EA SUCKS! THE DEVS ROCK! .. thank u for ALLLLL the effort and time!! i will miss the game, my friends and devs terribly!!! =’((((((((

  96. Ginger Simms said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    EA, you really let us down. :( So much for keeping a positive attitude, heh.

  97. seanyblaze said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  98. seanyblaze said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    EA was all a lie to keep TSO costomers paying while they figured out a way to close the site .ea sucks and they rooed good people of real money.to all the people i met at my club and store i thank you all

    i will be having a EA closing party soon at club las vegas and will give you all prises for coming.lets rock it while we can and smear the EA logo!

  99. SajItareus said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    To everything there is a season
    And a time for every purpose, under heaven

    A time to be born, a time to die
    A time to plant, a time to reap
    A time to kill, a time to heal
    A time to laugh, a time to weep

    A time to build up, a time to break down
    A time to dance, a time to mourn
    A time to cast away stones,
    A time to gather stones together

    To everything there is a season
    And a time for every purpose, under heaven

    Ecclesiastes as adapted by Pete Seeger

  100. juggernaut said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I’ll definitely miss the game but plan to be here until the end because I enjoy playing and because, you never know. If things don’t change, and the game is gone forever on August 1 I’m taking my memories of a great gaming experience with me.

    But, count me among those who will boycott all EA products. What made this game the best was it was SIMS ONLINE. The sims offline games aren’t fun for me because there is no interaction with others. Also, count me in with those who don’t plan to merely move onto another computer game or games.

    This is it for me. It’s sad because all the people who I’ve met in the game will be part of my life no more. But, corporate decision makers don’t relate to customers as people with hearts and souls. I imagine this was hard for the dev team; talking to all of us would probably just make it harder. Because they have come to see many of us as people and not just customers (or an account number) who spend money on the game.

    I was afraid we might not ever see a game beyond the original tso and I was so nervous when the whole merge thing happened. But, when all my “stuff” survived the merge I was surprised and began to have a little bit of hope that the game would actually survive and even be improved. But, that’s apparently not going to happen. And, in my very first post to this blog in 5 years of playing I find myself saying “goodbye.”

    Life is full of irony and bittersweet events. Now, this is just another example to me of the importance of living for now and making the most of every day.

    The comment I’ve heard that is hardest for me to understand is “I did it all for nothing.” I don’t feel that way. I paid the monthly fee and stayed through all the ups and downs simply because I love the game.

    I will throw my voice into the chorus of those who are saying “Let’s figure out a way to save the game.” But, if that doesn’t happen, goodbye good people. All of you I will never talk to, laugh with, or commiserate with
    again. Be safe, be happy and find love and adventure in your lives. Peace

  101. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:16 pm



  102. PeteIAm said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Wow. I also have been playing this game for years. I’m pissed off that this game has to die. My better-half (Jarhed, DJ_Jar) says it must be for the introduction of a new and better game. I really hope so.

    I’m lucky I never spent more rl money on this game than the monthly fee. I do think that anyone who has spent anything over and above the monthly fee should have that refunded to them. The dev group has to have known this game was going down the toilet since they STARTED this project. It’s just not fair to “steal” from people that way.

    Any of my buddies that wants to contact me (Pete, PeteIAM, etc.) can do so at long_red_nails_68@yahoo.com.

    Thanks, Bye Bye

  103. gimpyluv said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I am sick over this! TSO/EA land has been my life since a week after the beta. I am also disabled and this game has brought me love and happines. I have also grown in a personal way as well. I have found myself more confident in rl situations because of this game.

    I am one of the many you all will hear from say this game is unlike any other. I am not a pervert I hate 2nd life and I like being social in games and you can’t do that in any other RPG style game.

    I am so disapointed in what has happend I thought it would be a bigger and better SIMS online experience once all was said and done.

    Pardon me but IMHO you guys messed up when you let free members join. This is how you lost out on money to support the game.

    We stuck it out WITH YOU on low pay outs and high prices on items. We still came in every day or at least as much as we could be on the game we where there. I love my friends I love this game I guess all I have now is echos of laughter from years of joy.

    My heart is broken.
    Dawn AKA gimpyluv

  104. annonfounder said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    i say class act lawsuit for all the scamming they did with the ATMs

  105. PeteIAm said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Oh yea… And I really wasn’t aware this was a “The Sims Online experiment”. I thought it was honest-to-goodness needed updates to a very well enjoyed game.

  106. Raisin said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:22 pm


    I’m a returning player, so at least I don’t have a lot of friendships there now. Not as much to lose as many others.
    Also I have not bought money, I have made money.
    I only invested time.

    I did believe in it, it had such great potential.
    It’s sad that everything has to be about making a quick buck. If invested in, I think this would have worked.

    Thought about everyone who bought stuff from “Close out sales” with RL cash… How happy they must be now =p

    I guess I’ll keep playing but not that many hours every day. If there is anyone left in the game that is. I’ll lower the prices on the cc items to near upload cost, so people can afford them without working their butts off, perhaps they can bring someone a little bit of joy.

    I will miss this opportunity to express myself.
    It was unique.
    This was my first online game and it was an amazing experience back then, so thanks for those memories.

    I suppose this summer will be spent walking the dog and sipping beer off the porch instead of storesitting. Better they told us now than in august, at least now we can spend the summer in other ways.

    But this is a crying shame.

  107. aninhacpassos said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:23 pm


  108. twistedsmf said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I am not sure about Second Life, Its kinda looks the same? But I dunno. I will check it out though.


    There looks like the one to try, Its free. But I think the catch with that one is like EA with the ATMs. You shop their own store and buy things with RL money for the game? Or I think thats the impression I am getting from the site.


    Now I dont care to admit this. I bought stuff from Paythegame.com all the time. There are a great service! Fast and there deliverys and one time this dude “Mark” was late? And even gave me more simoleans and 2 dog rares to makeup for his lateness. Thats pretty damn good! I did not even complain since they was good on there service in the past. I did not even ask for that!!!

    I hope they buy the rights to the game. If that does happen? I will come back just solely cause I love that company.

  109. annonfounder said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    i agree with Suze T we have to atleast try to save our game(for all the good it will do)


  110. batgirl said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:40 pm


  111. TSO said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I encourage people to sign a petition, but what happens after? Where/who does the petition get sent to after the signatures are collected? If it doesn’t get to the decision makers at EA (or they don’t hear about it), will it make any difference? The developers read this blog, but I doubt they are the ones with decision making power.

    Is this a news story that any of the media would be interested in?

  112. tiii said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    not close the game, please.
    and the best game of the world!!!!



  113. tiii said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:48 pm


  114. twistedsmf said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Now I am not scared to say this…

    I have bought merchandise from paythegame all the time.

    They are a AWESOME SERVICE. Who truly to god, Cares about there customers. And I will give you an example.

    As I said, I have bought rares, money you name it from them. On one of my last purchases(Over 100k I think it was.) This guy “Mark” was late. VERY LATE. But it was just him an myself on seperate time zones.

    Anyways, When we finally did hook up. He gave me my money I bought, PLUS 50K MORE!!! And not only that, Cause I was such a good customer HE GAVE ME 2 VERY RARE DOGS! (Gernan Shepard and a Robodog.)

    I did not even complain for him being late, As we jelled really well and even hung out after deals from the site. I did not even ask for that!

    To me, Thats good service. And if they do buy the game? I will come back for sure! Just simply cause I love that company!!!!!

  115. Wildfire5569 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, I never would have thought that this day would come. Even with Second Life and There.com, TSO had alot of faithful followers. To be honest, I left TSO to go to Second Life, but I would always come back to TSO to chat with old friends. It is such a shame! I have ALOT of wonderful memories, and I still have friends that I met through TSO. I met my soulmate in TSO back in 2003. We were married in July 2006. :)

    I guess the saying is true…all good things must come to an end! So sad to see you leave! Thanks for the ride!!!


  116. armonia said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I am totally upset. You e-mailed all of us old users who left the game telling us we would get amnesty and our anniversary gifts back if we came back to the game. I think there is something we can do about this lie legally as we did put our trust in you and gave you our money in faith that this was going to carry on. You never mentioned anything about it possibly failing. I think you should give it back to maxis and let them run it like they did. At least then we could still play the game. No one asked you to spend countless dollars making stupid changes to the game, we just wanted some updates and help in making the game fun again. I AM VERY VERY DISSAPOINTED IN YOU ALL FOR LEADING US ALONG WHILE YOU PLAYED WITH OUR EMOTIONS.

  117. StevoOcean said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    You’re making a big mistake EA by closing TSO without offering a replacement. If you have a wild card up your sleeve, you better announce it soon. I agree with everyone else who feels that they’ve been lied to, while 0.01% elitest population of the game knew information like this ahead of time through leaks in your department. I truly believe you are all lucky to still have your jobs as if it were my company, you’d all be fired for failing a project of this magnitude. I hope you all reflect on what has happened here. You have taken a game and killed it.

    Now for the devs that may not have had a hand in making the big decisions, I offer you my condolences. Thank you for your hard work these past few months, and I hope your relocation suits your taste.

    -Stevo Bails/Stevo Ocean

  118. Jafo232 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Ok, so basically we get an email promising us big things, then they say “sorry, thanks for the $50, we are outta here”… Basically that is what happened to me because I had canceled TSO and that email brought me back about 5 months ago.

    Thank god I never used an ATM, you guys got the royal shaft.

    So instead of falling liable to a class action lawsuit, how about putting a few more dev hours in and creating an open source TSO server that some young entrepreneur could install?


  119. twistedsmf said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  120. maccmartian said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    ?????WHAT do u mean no more tso/ealand??? wtf is the point of doing all the merging and acting like u remembered that there is a whole lot of us that love this game and have stuck through since the beginning, even when you forgot about us and we didnt get any updates or new stuff for soooo long we stuck through thick and thin because we love this game and now you are telling us its done, its time to quit???? WTF????? honestly this is absolutely ridiculous!!!!! I am OUTRAGED!!! Ive been playing this game from the start and it sickens me that you just want to dump it! Especially after you get all of our hopes up with all this new stuff and you are just going to tear it away from us!!!!!
    very pissed off
    Michelle xMACx

  121. Mad Max said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    The day the music died has finally come……. Wow! I must say I am very very sad! Been on SIMS ONLINE since November 1st, 2002. Always knew in the back of my head this day would come, but wow….
    To everyone I have met over the years on all of my sims, I thank you for time you took to know me, you will be missed. To everyone else that brushed me with a hello here and there, thank you!
    See you in game for the next few months, not much to do now, just go visit everyone.
    I honestly do not know what I am going to do going forward. Do not like SL, never tried There. Maybe go to WOW and see how to kill others for pleasure instead of taking care of them……….
    I wish all good luck in letting this go and moving forward. (i know i won’t)
    From all of my sims to you Be happy that they did tell us it was coming to an end, be sad and very mad it is ending. I am all of the above and more.
    All Mad Max(various endings), Lumber Jack(s) Diamond Dave, Joshua x,
    A Christopher(s) and a few others (betaville boys).
    Now I know I am not looking forward to the end of summer :(
    Thanks devs for the time, short for some, long for others. It will be missed, you know it!

  122. chiroptera699 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I am frustrated & disappointed. Everything that I’m thinking was said in this blog. I can say I’m another loyal customer since the Sims original that EA lost; never will I buy an EA game again.
    If the simmies people have another game they can suggest to me let me know.

  123. imjarhedtso said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    This really stinks, I sure hope we were not USED to test out a new game that is coming out. Pay the game knew 3 weeks ago and is attempting to purchase the game? When did the DEV’s know? Guess it is EA Land so we can all jump into TSO 2 when it comes out. Think it will still have the LAG or will that be fixed? Will miss all the friends I have made … imjarhed@yahoo.com

  124. Darth said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for a great time. I’ve played since Nov ‘02 and loved every minute of it. Best part for me….. meeting a very special lady,… in-game at first then later R/L. We’ve been together over 2 years now :D Thank you Maxis/EA!!!

    Now, who can I/we talk with about buying the game and all things related? Seriously!!!! I know there is a very loyal fan base out there who will still play if given the chance. If EA sees no worth in keeping the game running then the price to purchase it all has to be reasonable if not basement, eh?
    Heck, if need be a group of “investors/players” could buy it. Boggles the mind.
    Oh yeah, don’t forget…..

    Peace…… out :)

  125. Ilubmysims said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    all of my FRIENDS! all of the TIME i put into skilling all of the MONEY! and all of the waiting on GIFTS! i was so excited to see all of the new things happening like merge and CC. i have 89 locks for god sake! why are you doing this! why cant it just go back to before with no updates and no change just let us PLAY! u can NOT close this game after SIXXXXXXX years!

  126. annonfounder said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  127. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    hmmm….My posts have been removed…about the petition….Parizad also removed a post with foul language…these things are getting read…just not responding :(

  128. rwpcaniac said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease! *cries*

  129. armandoladron said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I cant believe this. I have been an on again off again player of this game for many a year. When I heard that ea-land was being redesigned I came back and became a paid subscriber thinking the game had a future once more considering time was being spent on it. Im sad to see that wasnt true.

    Feelings are hard to express in such a limited method as is the written form on a blog but I am sad to see something that has been going on for 6 years and after a year or so of active development.

    Best wishes to you all and we shall see what EA has to offer in the future.

  130. Black Shadow said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Ok, now that you have made the decision to close down the game what is next?

    I have spent many many an hour and days at a time working with your customers, assisting them with being able to get back in to the game and up and running again. Hundreds of hours spent working one on one with some of the friendliest people in this game. In the time since the last Formal Post from the Development Team I have recived many emails and messages asking me just what is happening to this game. I answered the same to all of you, just be patient and wait for good things to come. How disapointing this has become to open this Blog earlier today and find that this is no longer going to be here for the enjoyment of many many people.

    To all of those that I have been of assistance to, I thank you for trusting in me and my abilities to assist you with the issues. It has been my pleasure to be there to help out when ever I was called upon. If by chance you do decide to go to a different Online Game, I just hope that you will all enjoy that new game as much as you have enjoyed The Sims Online.

    To all of the good friendships that I have made here, to you all I wish the best of luck in your new game endevors.

    A very warm and friendly Thank You from Black Shadow
    To all, take care and pay it forward.

  131. Arwen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t even know what to say, i am appalled! I’m sick to my stomach! what a shame, but most of all, the way this whole thing was handled, wow! nothing like watching us all climb up to the top of an 8 story ladder, rung by rung, and encourage us all the way, only to kick the ladder out from under us! I am outraged at the way EA so easily took our money, and that’s all it is about for them..there are no moral or ethical principles whatsoever in their behaviour. No consideration to the feelings, the hearts of any/all of us! I too have bought every sims game and expansion pack ever made, but you better believe, i will NEVER purchase anything put out by EA again! I am an owner of 3 Dairy Queens for the last 24 years, and i can tell you firsthand, this is NOT the way to run a business. Of course , we are all out to make a living, but there are ethics involved, and i am sickened at the way that EA doesn’t have any whatsoever! you’ve got to be kidding me, pogo vouchers? 15 $ coupon toward any game by EA???? that is the biggest joke i’ve ever seen. I’m sorry i ever put my faith, trust, money, heart and soul in a company as HEARTLESS as EA! This is truly a sad day, in more ways that the heartless executives who are in charge of EA will ever even fathom. I really feel sorry for them, they obviously will never have a clue about what is really important in life..and although, we all must have money to survive, the best things in life really are FREE! things like compassion, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, hugs, laughter, on and on and on…there is more to life than making a buck, and i’m sorry you EA ppl are missing out on the best of those….what a damn shame…i will pray for you..because your heartless attitude WILL come back to haunt you in the end, this i’m sure of…i really hope you all find true happiness before it’s too late for you. and it isn’t about money…i’m sorry to all reading this if it’s seeming not to make any sense, i’m so upset, i can’t even speak, and maybe i shouldn’t have tried. I love you all and i will miss you all, even the ones who didn’t see things the same as me. This game has the most awesome community of ppl i’ve ever seen, and no matter if we find another game to all meet at again, it was TSO sims, that brought us all together. It will never be the same. Through thick and thin, rich and poor, we’ve all stuck it out, this is truly a sad day, so many hearts broken…i can’t stop thinking about my dear friend who is 70 years old who played this game from the beginning..what will she do now? my heart is broken..i love you and will miss playing our game with you all. Stan, Darth, Mad Max, Avyi, annonfounder, Dyson…and so many others…i love you :( *cries
    Arwen and all 86 of the sims i play in the sims online :(

  132. MandiKII said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:39 pm


    Bye guys :)

  133. Anthony Simprano said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  134. rubeeslipperz said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I am saddened by this news, that is an understatement, I have made wonderful friends, like most of you have… this games has allowed me to meet people I never would have been able to and for that I am thankful. This game has also brought so much joy to my life in the sense of just having a place where anyone could fit in, you didnt get to know people through anything more than a cartoon and the wonderful mind behind it. Physical appearances were nothing, and who you were on the inside is what counted…… This game was a one of a kind, and I am so glad I got to be a part of it. I too spent long hours and some rl money, and in return I am getting life long friends who mean the world to me, so thank you EA/TSO. I will not boycott anything, I will not be outraged and threaten people, I will be sad, and I will miss this game, I will also buy the sims 3, and continue to support the company that made the most awesome game ever….. As with everything in life, you win some you lose some, you gamble and sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t…. I am losing a game I love, but in this case at least I got to experience it, and I am not going to look back… only forward… who knows what is next.

  135. roguerain said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I am dumbfounded really–there are a lot of people that play this game. I don’t know if the company is viewing this as a loss project or a waste of their time. I hope that they re evaluate and listen to everyone.
    I like playing the game-everything is going up in prices in RL-so the entertainment levels of working hard is really at a nil.
    The fairness about it- totally not - life isn’t fair. But why close down a game that is bringing in profit - and people enjoy. Win -win.
    Except the ATM concepts—bonuses should be awarded for roommates-and how long you have visitors re-occurring for home owners. To compensate them back for the investments.
    If its a matter of programming updates–feedback and or outside support from the people who play that have that ability to assist.

    It’s hard to see something like this happening~~
    I have met some really cool people- that i would have never met-in my life.

    sign the petition— http://www.petitiononline.com/kl5c3854/petition.html
    i love this game—
    to all my friends– www.myspace.com/pamelarain
    include a note of your sim name

  136. Jack Simms said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    It is sad to finally say goodbye to a game that used to make my life at least a little better after a hard day. All the wonderful memories will fade away, all my in game possessions will be lost, and most sadly of all, old friends will be no more. Somehow I knew from the beginning this day was looming, just waiting for the day to strike and then fill us old Simmer’s hearts with sorrow. I now sit here on my sofa, typing these words on my laptop, on the verge of throwing a tantrum over this shocking news. I so much enjoyed what was The Sims Online - to say goodbye to it so suddenly is not what I’d hoped for. If I could I’d have a word with who made this decision, and maybe it would then be one they’d regret, because I’d have told them what TSO has done for me, how many friends I’ve made through this formerly thriving virtual world, and I’d have showed them the memories which will eventually become all too distant. I put effort into making our online community better, like by taking up Custom Content making. I will have one last party in this false EA Land, to try and recount the wonderful times that seemingly won’t be happenning again. Goodbye, The Sims Online.

  137. Les F said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I am very sad to see this go. I just recently came back to play and have been enjoying being back. Not to mention bringing 7 others back as well.

    I am not gonna vent i am upset as well, so if in fact we are shutting down in August………… how about turning off payment for store stuff for the rest of the time ealand is running let ppl have fun pulling pets.. Maybe now i can finally get my elusive turk………… Just a thought.

  138. Anthony Simprano said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:51 pm


  139. Jack Simms said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I say, we should have something to remember this game for, one last memory to make before a great part of many of our lives closes its doors for the last time. Any sort of gift, a goodbye present, would be appreciated - I’d love to have had one final bash, with the looming troubles just invisible until all the fun is over. Perhaps giving all of us Sims (not avatars) large amounts of Simoleans to furfill dreams that may never be furfilled otherwise, so that we can at least finish off something that could end too soon. Please let us remember this game!

  140. Anthony Simprano said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:53 pm


    Heres something to think about EA….

    I havent played San Andreas since I started playing this Game… I havent played any game since I started this game…


  141. Arwen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    well, they didn’t even allow my only post on here, and no, i wasn’t swearing..so, i guess, i’ll just say goodbye to all of you…very very sad and sick, heartbroken, to say the least. Goodbye, Black Shadow, Ebony Shadow, Dyson, Darth, Avyi, Mad Max, annonfounder and sooo many others. wow!, i’m in shock..to say the least. Hugz to you all, and as Black Shadow so eloquently put it, as he always does, Pay it Forward :(
    Arwen and 85 other sims i play, that’s right…11 paid accounts, it was NEVER about the money for me *cries :(

  142. lovebirdy772 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I have just spent forever reading the long list of comments to this statement… I too am saddened by the post, tho I will have to take a min to digest this new ‘development’ … This game has been a source of life to sooo many that do not have the means or the ability to develop such a ‘life’ in the real world… or what ever the ‘real world’ is for that matter… I say this as a social worker that sees the potential ramifications of hundreds of thousands loosing their life lines… In other countries there have been reported deaths from playing WOW to the point of physical exhaustion, dehydration and resulting death… Sadly there will be losses of this magnitude with the death of this game as well… I am saddened for many other reasons as well… TSO has left this game to rot and still collecting our money month after month, now they have worked on the game and collected even more just to shut us down… yes there is no easy way to say goodbye and I understand that, tho I would have thought there would have been a follow thru on promises before the let down… and after all… 9.99 is nothing to a multi million dollar corporation, however to the masses of us suffering gas price increases we choose to sacrifice almost anything other than our subscriptions and showed such loyalty… It’s just so sad that it was not reciprocated… I will never be back…

  143. SunshineOliviaOmen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    this game is my life as it is for many of us, you guys just cant do this to us

  144. Mad Max said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Devs, put the payouts back, put the land prices to what they were before the merge, put the game back to where it was.
    I think you will find that you will not get the complaints about it, well you might get a few! lol
    Find a place to put this game back out there. It is worth it! trust me!
    Can you put it out there for us to decide how we want to end it all?
    Can you help us to fully understand how this all has to end this way?
    Can you please bring the game back again! Please? will pretty please help???
    I don’t want it to end like this!

  145. twistedsmf said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Coming soon to EA…

    Sims 2 ONLINE..

    lol lol lol

    Right…And little monkey will fly from out my.. LOL…..

  146. Arwen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    wow :(

  147. Anthony Simprano said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Wheres my Refund on my ATM money? hmmm? I have no objects now that I keep for the Real Money I spent on in the beginning… Hmmm….

    EAnother Online Scam!

  148. Rosy1954 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    For the last almost 2 years I have been not JUST apaying subscriber. I have 4 accounts. That’s $40 a month I have been giving them and never giving up hoping to have this game’s bugs finally worked out so we could continue playing and interacting with our friends that we have made, and I must say I have made some very wonderful friends.

    I feel stupid, cheated and hurt. I never bought money from the ATM thank God, but I have gone without just to make sure my payment was available for my 4 accounts.

    As far as those people who bought money through PayPal, you cannot dispute cash purchases, (coming out of a checking account) but I work for a major credit card company and if you bought your $$$ with a credit card through PayPal, you can dispute it with your credit card company.

    I just don’t know what to say. I would like to have my subscription money refunded to me for the last year. I’m staying on ’till the end because who knows what can happen. It seems EA changes their mind about crap as often as I change my underwear which is BTW twice a day.

    Susie and all her million sims (My first best friend in TSO), Sonny who taught me how to use window screens and have 4 accounts, Toonz and all your bears & misfits (LOL), and Sara who had so many dramatic moments in game life, I’m gonna miss you all so much. You are my family and joy when I came home from work or on my days off and signed in to the game.

    As many have said, I will never buy another EA game again. I own every sim game and expansion pack etc. and the buck stops here. I will be looking for another online game to play or maybe just start living again in the RL world. There was a life before TSO!!!

    Goodbye all,

    My Sims in TC3:
    Superfly, Superflyette, Roachman, Roachette, Shawnie, Rosy, Frugal Froggy, Coffee Cub, Dr. Fronkenshteen, Igor, Villager, X Elizabeth X, Frau Bluher, X Inga X, The Monster, Pennywise, Bot Builder, Robbie Robot, Blueboy Robot, Pinky Robot, Ramon, Delcia, Joshua Knight, Maria Luisa

    My Sims in EALand:
    Too many to mention now…I’m tired, sad and depressed.

  149. briteblueyes said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I had a feeling it would come to this! I want to take a moment to thank the many people i have met while being a member of TSO for over 5 years now.
    I will remember you guys always! Tysm for allowing me to come into your lives! This too is a sad day for me. As i type this i wonder what the many people who relied on this game to help them escape real life such as myself, are going to do now. For those who i have met on this game, i would like to keep in touch! My email is XbritebluisX@yahoo.com. Please don’t forget me, as i will never forget you! I too have every game EA has made when it comes to the sims and i do mean EVERY game! However now, i am sure that i too won’t be joining anymore EA related things such as this.I like games i can rely on to be around.
    Goodbye dear friends, keep in touch!

  150. Mad Max said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    If it has to end like this….. Put the SLOT MACHINES back in service!!!!! Let us gamble the days away. It won’t matter if we make foolishly high amounts of simoleans now!
    Man, THIS DAY SUCKS!!!!!!

  151. briteblueyes said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Max, i love the way you think!!!!! Yes, bring them back, so we slot sluts can have our final days with TSO remembering the good old days!

  152. Mad Max said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    w0000t Brite lol gamble till our sims eyes float away in tears!

    Slot Sluts united, always and forever!


  153. briteblueyes said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I hear ya hun!!

  154. Anthony Simprano said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:28 pm


  155. briteblueyes said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Those who want slot turned back on…now is our final time to be heard! Please join us and speak up! Thanks!

  156. Mad Max said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I am there! with a red ball in my hand w000t! lol
    i could end up a similinaire (is that correct?) again! let me go down with a wallet that is so thick it makes others blush!
    (don’t let sims die like this!!!!!!!!!!!)

  157. Arwen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    is there somewhere that we can start an email exchange? i don’t know how to do it, and even tho i set my signature to the petition with my yahoo as public, it’s not allowing them to show up, is there a safe way to do this, or not? do we just have to go into the damn game and start searching for players and getting their yahoo/msn/google talk adds? :(
    what a damn shame

  158. Mad Max said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    It would be so much easier if the game just stayed there! We won’t have to find anyone in any other game…….
    We are sims united for the sole purpose of the game……
    Don’t let it die this way! So wrong So sad, So wrong!!!!!
    (am i whining now?) I think it is setting in now………

  159. Jafo232 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Here is what I have decided to do. I am going to boycott any and all EA and Pogo games for the next year. If every sim did the vowed the same thing, we would have something here.

  160. mmpow.com said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    EA-Land Blog » EA-Land Drawing To A Close

    On August 1, 2008, the game EA-Land / The Sims Online will no longer be in service and EA will focus these resources on future games.

  161. Arwen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Jafo, for the next year? i will NEVER again play or pay for anything that EA has to do with. EVER, including offline games. there’s moral and ethical issues at stake here..and i won’t be a part of a company that has NONE, ZERO, NADA, NIL…

  162. dadclaws5 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    This is a link to EA stock price, i couldent find any refferance to them closing TSO on MSN. With all the canceled accounts and boycots, just glad i dont own any of this stock…..

  163. dadclaws5 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    The above post is apparently somthing they will understand

  164. dewars said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I love this game. I’ve been playing since 2002. I would still like the amnesty gifts and the increased skill from now on. Might as well have fun until the end. Please consider the offers to sell the server and the game! Someone else may be willing to accept the profits as they are. In addition, I would have been willng to pay a subscription increase. Thanks for the fun!!

  165. Ilubmysims said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    i too would be willing to pay more to save this game! the TRUE fans of this game would!

  166. Arwen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    you know, it’s not too late for EA to humble themselves and admit they screwed up, big time..if they kill this game, say goodbye to alot of money for them from the thousands of players who will boycott every single game EA puts out, forever, and all the ppl everyone of us tells about this…word of mouth, is very powerful marketing, especially from such a loyal community as ours…all they’d have to do is say, “hey, we’re sorry, we screwed up, bad..now, here’s what we’re gonna do to fix it”…as hard as it would be to trust them, hey..for the love of the game, and the awesome community of ppl who play it, i would “humble” myself as well and continue to play it….i wonder if they’re too proud? LOL

  167. Black Shadow said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Arwen, send me a message and I will turn my site into an address book for the players.


  168. jafarfan said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    That petition was mine by the way. I just got some people saying I broke rules of conduct and “Up yours!’ one thing I”m going to say now is I’m not going to listen to them. There’s a thing called peaceful protest and that’s what I”m doing. http://boards.stratics.com/php-bin/sims/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=742540&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=all&vc=1&what2=showflat&selv=&vwhich=

  169. ian said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    this sucks, I just started two days ago.

    EA ruins another game…

  170. JKonrad said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    red minus minus

  171. Mad Max said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    This notice makes me 4 red bars……. anyone got any green bars?

  172. Arwen said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    ty Black Shadow, i sent you an e-mail :(

  173. JoshuaT said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Well i disputed the charges as an item with paypal and we will see what happens cause paying mor atm money was worthless this last week and then people just so you know this isnt first time ea did this they closed Motor City Online too the same wayand guess what i got the sims online as a free game for them closing that game and now they offer 15 off a game what the hell u had better think again about giving our money back or my lawyers would love to have a word with you

  174. CFSeagull0 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I have been playing since January 03′!! THEY CAN’T DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

  175. realwiz2005 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    First of all I have to say that I’ve been playing since the day this game came out. This game took me through my teenage years. I mean, hard to swallow but omg it’s so true. I lived on this game, and like to finally know that if I leave TSO for a while the Vacuum isn’t gonna suck me back for good this time.

    It’s such a mixed emotion.
    And on a side note, No one should be mad at Luc… It’s not his decision to close the game.

    From a realistic point of view… The Sims 3 are coming out! For Heaven’s sake this game is holding on to the original Sims, good and bad. But to me from the outside perspective,,,, just so overdone.

    There’s gotta be bigger and better things to come from this, it’s just a segway.

    Honestly…. I could cry right now i’m just going through emotions that i felt when i played this game to take me away from real life, to take me away from my everyday depression that was going through at the time.

    The game, the people, just take it back 2 years and remember the spirit of the game. It was truly amazing and I met so many people through this game and so many of them turned out to be true people and real friends.

    People, the game closing isn’t goodbye it’s just time to change idea’s, for the good.

  176. katydidasim said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I am simply HEARTBROKEN!!

    Been playing since early 2005. Sad to say I will not play or buy another EA game.

    I will be closing my Pogo account, too.

    Thanks to all the Devs who worked hard to try to mend things. I know they gave it the “old college try.”
    Maybe Luc asked for more than they could give with his grandoise version of what he thought the game “should be.”

  177. Twiztid Juggalette said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  178. Tori in TSO said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    WOW!! What happened?? what did I miss?????? This can’t be happening!! Please tell me that we can still play but not do CC and stuff…plzzzz!!!!

    And as far as Pogo…..
    “Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    BTW…Pogo is a FREE ea game…so what’s with the offer of 3 free months? It’s laughable….”

    DUUUUUHHHH Pogo is free, not CLUB POGO - get it straight before you open ur mouth.

    As far as EA Land…. Im truly going to cry…. I love this game always have always will…. I will miss it terribly if I can’t continue to play even ONE sim! O.O aaaaaaaaaaaaaahh!!!!

    :( :(

  179. simfounder said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    i wonder how many devs were moved to:

    The Sims Carnival™

    You are officially approved to be in the beta test of The Sims Carnival, the site that gives players the power to create, play and share games.

    As you play games and create games using the tools in The Sims Carnival Game Creation Suite, we ask that you provide feedback by clicking on the Help & FAQ links.
    To get into the beta test, simply go to the www.TheSimsCarnival.com, and log in with the account you created. We can’t wait to see what you create!


    The Sims Carnival Team

  180. Tori in TSO said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    And as far as SL goes, THAT my friends is a JOKE!! I hate SL and will never ever ever ever go there again!!

    Thank you - thank you to all the Dev’s that worked day and night on this for us, and at least made it a bit more exciting with the CC on here :D

    Big hugs to you all hard workers ((((HUGS)))) and PLZ!! Let us know if something like The Sims Online comes up again for us :D

    Thank you (worshiping you all Dev’s)

    Tori Always….

  181. Suze T said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    your right! It’s 40.00 a year to get into Pogo club…but you can play most of their games for free…Do the math…It costs 3.33 a month to play in Club pogo…..WOW…a huge thank you for playing 5/1/2 years….And I’m sure their ultimate goal is to get more ppl in that game now….Get it straight indeed….

  182. Valarie Nicole Dobalina said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I’m sorry this game has to end, it really has given me some good memories. I know some of the Dev’s have given a lot to keep this game alive. I thank them for that. I’ve played this game for 5+ years, and it has helped me through a lot of rough patches in my life. So thank you for the memories, and for keeping me sane for all these years. I will miss you The Sims Online, very much.

  183. PayingSim said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  184. Tori in TSO said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I agree PayingSim…

  185. on April 29th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  186. Tori in TSO said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    PLEEAAZZEEE DON’T DO THIS!!! This is how i relax at the end of the day with 2 boys on my hands - TRUST ME raising boys aint easy! I need this game to unwind at the end of the day!! Without it I will go nuts!

    :( Plz I am begging you all…. Show your boss(es) these posts seriously - there are tons of people out there who rely on the The Sims Online and to hang out with friends and chat and joke and have trivias etc. It’s like giving us a social life with friends then ripping them away from us!! Stop it!! Put it back the way it was! People were happy then, CUSTOMERS were happy then.

    I feel like I am desperate to do what it takes to keep this ship a float! Im not sure what to do if anything… Im seriously going to cry… I came to The Sims Online because I had no car, no friends, no job and was a stay-at-home mom and had no social life, TSO was my life saver… I got the social that I craved and needed desperately (really RED bar in social)… I guess I am begging you… pleading with you… Please SAVE US!!


  187. Zarr said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  188. lolamento said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Why do promises if you was not going to do them..
    Amnesty? what a joke!

    Anyway I had a good time in EA-land
    And tought this new developers was taking this seriously.. but now they just take the game away.
    I also want to know is there is form to buy the EA LAND server to turn it into a community. where w all can put our little r sand

  189. Rosy1954 said,

    on April 29th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Those who have “My Space” I sugget you place your comments there for the world to see. I still am up playing at this time of night. I can’t believe this is all happening. I’m a 53 yr old fart and my only escape from life is this game. It actually helped me stop gambling online. So now what? I hate SL flying around naked only seeing my butt. This is really awful for me. When it sunk in after I read the blog, I had a panic attack and called my doctor who I chewed out on the phone. I’m in customer service and this game before work would relax me so that I could face the rest of the day. I hope EA realizes that this is a very big mistake. I agree with Brite. Bring back our casinos so we can go out having fun. Raise our skill level to 247% all the time until August. What difference does it make if we make TOO much money now? And the parting gifts are a great big humongous joke. And I was going to go DSL just so the game would run better. I’m glad I didn’t invest in that. The only reason I have even a regular phone is so I can sign up on the internet to play TSO. Well, I guess it’s all going in one of their ears and out of the other. And No, I don’t blame the developers. They did work hard, but did they know about this while they were developing?

  190. Raisin said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:17 am

    You were not wrong for being one of the positive members.
    Being positive is never wrong, even if you get crap for it in many different ways. Just being positive and influencing someone else to be positive and get a better life for it, is a good thing.

    Do not ever regret having been positive. :)

  191. wanabrar said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Ahah!Guess I see it coming lol!
    I’m still new at TSO but yeah, I have a lot of fun there.Got 100 friends already.
    I’m a free user..Guess I see it coming to a close anyway.


  192. wanabrar said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Ermmm I will tell the WORLD about this..

    To all you guys and girls out there who like the game play this game it is better :

    First suggestion :

    Second :

  193. Raisin said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:30 am

    The team;
    I think people are feeling that they got “shafted”, because of the great promises made.

    The email that went out to us was so positive. It was very well written and it really roped us in.
    All the improvements that happened. Many people really took it seriously and helped develop the game, by writing designs on the wiki, investing through paypal, and firmly believing it was the start of some good things.

    I suppose it’s only good business sense to keep everything incredibly positive, and trying to draw back as many people as possible.

    But then it suddenly ends and gets called “the Experiment is over”.

    It was never called an experiment, at least never to the returning players, and we were never cautioned not to invest that much of ourselves in it, since it could end at any time.
    I don’t see this as great business sense any more - because you were so overly excited and positive earlier, you made people invest a lot of themselves in you, and this will probably now cause a great drop in faith in EA. As you have seen above, some people never want to buy an EA product again - imo that is not just because the game shuts down, but because it feels like we’ve been tricked.

    You really should have been more realistic in your comments earlier.

  194. Azrael Martinelli said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Instead of closing the game completely.. why did no one think about offering shares to the players… thus still making money and giving the game to the people who have provided all the time effort and own money already….
    Makes sense really

  195. Suzi Q said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 1:10 am

    What can I say? I’m gobsmacked!!! Although, I don’t know why I am really, I forcast this would happen weeks/months ago and posted in stratics (much to everyone’s dismay). Unlike a lot of you I actually DO blame the devs. They were given a job to do and a deadline to do it, which was extended as the original deadline I believe was March. All they did was mess a perfectly enjoyable game up! Ok, TSO was outdated, we know that, but all that needed to be done was to improve what they had already. Add more interaction, jobs, skills and skill objects/activities, the list was endless but they didn’t have the sense to do it! Instead, they introduced ATM’s a scam to extract cash, custom content that caused more problems than it was worth most of the time and what else??? errrmm can’t think of much else they’ve done to be honest. I’ve already said this in stratics and I’ll say it again, the BIGGEST mistake they made was the introduction of FREE players. Not just that, but allowing them to play the full game in TC3. I don’t know the actual figures, but I’d hazard a guess that at least 50% of past subscribers went FREE and continued to play in TC3 (incidently, I didn’t!!) Who still thinks the DEV’S ROCK? I never did they were rubbish, had no clue what to do or how to do it, for a start they never listened to the players and took on board what we wanted! Well, great lets all play POGO pool or dominoes eh? I don’t think so. Lets hope some other company jump on the band wagon, see an opportunity and create a fantastic realistic virtual reality game like TSO was, they’ll make a small fortune and hopefully employ people that actually know what they’re doing and listen to what the players want!

  196. Helen said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 2:54 am


    I’ve played TSO for 4 yrs. I stuck with it through thick & thin, so have many of my friends. I met my rl bf the 2nd day I played the game and we are still together to this day. We both still play & really enjoy it! It’s home away from home/reality….a place to be silly, have fun and meet great people that become good friends. We can work through the gliches as you work on EA-Land. Just don’t give up on a wonderful place for people to have innocent fun. There’s not to much of that left in this world. Most games are all about killing, competing or being on teams against each other. TSO isn’t about that, that is why the people that play it are so great! Where interested in just having fun with old friends that you would have never met any other way, being creative along with finding new friends.
    Please re-think your decision and keep the game online.

    Very Sad….

  197. Kortneygdg said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 5:07 am

    I played Tso for two years left and came back when i heard about all of the exciting things going on. I made many friends over the years through this game.Let’s celebrate that and enjoy that these final days. Thanks to the team that tried to make things work. If there is a way to keep things going i am there until then i will go down with the ship.

  198. MandiKII said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Thanks for billing me today, a day after the announcement that the game was closing. Very nice.

  199. seanyblaze said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Post removed by Parizad. Please control your language.

  200. seanyblaze said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 7:06 am


  201. braxtaplock said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Very nice they decide to shut it down. I remember the days when the game “Second Life” came out. 50% of the TSO players left to try that game. I happened to be one of the die hard TSO players. I have dumped SOOO much money into this game since its release its unreal.

    Yes there have been problems (for which we all got mad out), and other “likeness” games during the time. EA had their own little family when it came to “Sim” games.

    My opinion…..EA sold out. I have over 15 games registered with Electronic Arts (11 of them being Sim games) I will not be purchasing any more EA games, nor will I sign on to anymore of their online group games. Like with MandiKII said above…thanks for taken my money AFTER you calim to shut it down. Ok so the last few months are supposed to be free. WHATS THE POINT…might as well go get some sort of IM service to chat with friends…cuz everything we do in the game is for nothin…..why pizza?, why jam?, why run your house??…all the numbers, rankings and money will be gone soon…so again whats the point. Why skill????? Skill to do what??????make pizza for a month so you can lose it all??????

    EA…..SELL THE GAME PROGRAM AND THE SERVER TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO KEEP THIS GAME GOING. You just dont want to let it go without a big enough chunk of change……I got news for ya…you woudnt had to worry about that had you just kept the game running normaly. I know at least 20 Sims that stopped playin after the “Big Crash” cuz of the graphic size change, and the money payouts. You got greedy when you made the game free, so you could get money from folks all the time with the ATMS, instead of at the monthly account renewl. THAT WAS YOUR MISTAKE. You forget that most folks will take pride in tha gem they play and use the game to make their money. You should have just left it a 10 bucks a month, and left payouts high so folks could do as they wished. NOW your losing a HUGE chunk of the EA, Sims family.

  202. Suze T said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Sign this you guys…Use your Sim names too…It might help. Who knows :(http://www.petitiononline.com/kl5c3854/petition.html

    keep thgis going…

  203. cotton said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 7:59 am

    I dont think you all get it. EA closed EA Land, they didnt close TSO.
    It was all a lie from the start to end TSO.
    EA couldnt hurt their Sims games.

  204. Death_Wish01 said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 8:06 am

    May this be a lesson to you all. EA Loves to pull the plug on MMORPGs. A lot. First Earth and Beyond, now this. I suggest you guys never play EAs MMORPGs, Ever.

  205. wanabrar said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Yeah they only make online games to make money for future offline games(My suggestion).

    If they close this online game for real.EA will get a lower profit of money when they sell their game.Because no one will by them :)

  206. braxtaplock said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    cotton…..I dont think you get it….EA-Land runs TSO now…if they close EA, the game will no longer be avail to play. Why do you think they got the “Sims” out of the TSO name. They have been planing this for awhile I suppose without asking the hundreds of folks who play this game. They wont hurt the Sims games…so the remove the name from the title. Ever notice in the game, where it used to say sim now says avator. You must not have been around nearly 6 yrs ago when they created TSO. They game now is FAR from what it used to be….some better, some worse.


    I got mad at the cryin about free players…cuz they kept complainin that they could do nothing in EA…well…TC you could as a freebie!!! My suggestion was for them to shut the hell up, and be thankful they can play for free….but after playin in EA (on a free account) I started to agree with them. TSO life was easier, and more fun when there was no money from RL….THATS WHEN IT GOT F**KED UP. Just drop 30 bucks into your Paypal account, and start building….what fun is that????? Your not playin, your cheatin. I ran several # 1 houses in different cities, and I earned each and every dollar on the jams, or at the pizza table.

    Its sad…just so sad that they are goin to do this. We need to find someone or a group that would be willing to grab up the games base code, and the server….and bring back the original TSO.

    If they keep the game going…I WILL GLADLY KEEP PAYING. Its what I enjoy, and Im proud of it.

  207. turkeydeniz said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 9:41 am

    No way!! I am very sad.I hope it will not close.. Is it definite?

  208. teddibearbaby1 said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I’ve been playing this game since Sept 2006. It has been my home away from home. An escape from the real world. Couldn’t wait to get home to play the game. Met alot of people. We have all at one time or another cried and had hurts throughout the game.
    And now! You’re going to shut it down? What? Not enough money for you? Can’t tell us you haven’t made millions off of us cause we all know that you have. We all stuck by you when you started changing things. Closing down cities. Couldn’t play our original sims til merge took place. When everything went haywire we stuck it out. And now you want to murder our sims by closing down. Nobody is going to buy from ea.com. We’re not going to trust you all again. Thanks for nothing.
    You’re taking away our world of retreat. Our getaway from the real world. Our fantasy. Maybe you all should just change your mind and leave sims alone. Let us have our home away from home. Money isn’t everything ya know.
    Gonna miss all of my friends and family. We have come a long way. I love you all..Charlotte you are my babygirl. Not only in the game but in reality to. Someday we will meet. :-)

  209. Natasha-CC said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I’ve been playing this game since Sept 2006. It has been my home away from home. An escape from the real world. Couldn’t wait to get home to play the game. Met alot of people. We have all at one time or another cried and had hurts throughout the game.
    And now! You’re going to shut it down? What? Not enough money for you? Can’t tell us you haven’t made millions off of us cause we all know that you have. We all stuck by you when you started changing things. Closing down cities. Couldn’t play our original sims til merge took place. When everything went haywire we stuck it out. And now you want to murder our sims by closing down. Nobody is going to buy from ea.com. We’re not going to trust you all again. Thanks for nothing.
    You’re taking away our world of retreat. Our getaway from the real world. Our fantasy. Maybe you all should just change your mind and leave sims alone. Let us have our home away from home. Money isn’t everything ya know.
    Gonna miss all of my friends and family. We have come a long way. I love you all..Charlotte you are my babygirl. Not only in the game but in reality to. Someday we will meet.

  210. katydidasim said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Some days my Hubby would refer to my “glorified chat program.” A chat program that I had to pay for to talk to friends.

    And why didn’t I just go to some of your competers like yahoo chat or MSN Chat and talk for free. I spent much time defending your TSO telling him how it was more than just a chat. It was gaming, interactions that were more than just chat.

    Now you have really hurt me and angered me and I will never play an EA game again, because “you giveth and you taketh away.” So many promises made and many not given.

    Why can’t you leave the game as is now and just fix an occasional bug that pops up, as it is more or less playable as is if you “tweek” the money and skills a bit.

  211. Darth said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    As I stated last evening I’d love to talk with ‘whoever’ pertaining to buying the game from EA in order to keep it going for however many dedicated players. It would probably take a group effort, quite possibly be out of the realm of possibility but still, it would be great to know the figures…. where we stand.
    Parizad, you seem to be monitoring these postings. Any ideas? Lil help?!

    LONG LIVE EALand!!!!!!!!!!

  212. sweetNmad said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    This is all a bunch of BS any way you look at it. Oh yeah lets sit back and say great job guys, good going, WHATEVER! The fact is that we stood by them the whole time when the merge was going through and this is the thanks we get. Oh yeah EA Land has been open less then a year and now with no explination why we are closing y’all down. This game is an honest to goodness lifeline for some folks, that suffer a disability or depression or things like that. People have made rl friends and rl husbands and wives have met because of this game. It’s not as tho they are lacking customers or anything like that. People sign up everyday to try this game out and old players are coming back to see the new changes. I know everything we say and do is somehow tracked, so why not see how this is going and stop saying we are going to be shut down. Why start the lava lamp gave and the new money name game if it isn’t gonna happen? How hard is it to listen to a few peoples ideas and try something do. I’m sorry but I can’t stand back and say it’s been a fun ride cause dang it, I’m not ready for the ride to end yet.

  213. Suze T said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I was just billed for both my accounts…nice, huh?????

  214. smilz said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I cant even begin to tell you how dissapointed I am that the game is closing. I have been playing now for 5+ years. Just when I thought they gave the game life again and made it fun, they are taking it all away. I hope that someone finds a way to keep the game going. I think maybe there is talk of it somewhere if they are letting us keep the game for another few months. At least we can hold out some hope. I plan on playing till the end, with all the great friends that I have made. I do have to admit it is a little depressing to still play, but I have hope, and will continue to play as I always have. If it closes, it was ment to be. We will all move on and find something new. As far as the other Sims games go, TSO has ruined them for me. They are boring and have no real goals, basicly if all you really enjoy is building houses then they are for you. I have purchased every Sim game made, but I find it hard to imagine that I would buy anymore. To be honest I believe that it would just bring back so many memories of my times here. I am not proud, I will admit I shed a tear or two when I found out the game was closing. I hope that EA plans to open a new TSO very soon or gives us our game back. I hope someone besides the devs get to read this and realizes what a terrible mistake they are making. Before I go, I want to give a huge thanks to the Devs. You have given us a wonderfull game. I want to personally thank you for all your hard work. You have brought back a game that was just about dead and made it to what it should have been all along. Thank you.

    I will miss all of you my dear friends

  215. LadiLuck said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    IMO They did change our sims to avatars and TSO to EAland for one reason only.. To distance the shut down from the release. of SIMS 3.. so they could make money on SIMS 3.. the one thing they forgot was the community that buys their sims games were also the same community they have now shut down.. Or they are really thinking we will be that forgiving of them and go out and buy it. Well, some might but overall I think every one of us has had enough of EA and their deceptive moves and lies. No matter how much I love the SIMS serious, I will no longer be giving any more of my hard earned money to EA in any shape or form. I will also be on a major campaign to get the word out to other SIM loving game players of what the company behind the SIMS really is as well as inform them of what they did to the THE SIMS ONLINE community.

    So its up to us.. get the word out.. let everyone you know and get them to pass it on to everyone they know. Word of mouth is the cheapest advertising.. and bad word of mouth gets around so much quicker then good.. thats the advantage we all now have..

    They could of had us spreading the good name of SIMS and EA .. but now all we have is a bad taste for anything EA branded. I know yesterday alone, i spoke to over 50 people .. very easy now a days with Instant messengers - These were all PC playing SIMs but waiting to see what EA was gonna do with THE SIMS ONLINE.. well they found first hand from me.. and those 50 will now move on to another 50 and believe me I wont stop.. till the day of SIM 3 release I will be making sure to get the word out to everyone.

    You (EA) took more then just a game away… you took a family and community away that has been loyal to your company through the ups and downs. Even during the neglect posed on the game by having no updates and keeping the game fresh. You failed us and you failed the SIMS name.

    You (EA) have cheated your customers out of money. If your intentions were all set from the beginning as they sure seem to be. You only put the DEV team together as a delay and to try to say you tried and to get the name quickly changed before the release. You never did really care or try to save our beloved game. You gave a small team of people a task that was almost imposable to complete on your deadline… A team of 100 would of had a hard time getting it all done while still testing and stealing our monthly payments to fund your other projects. You neglected this game for 3+ years - and it needed more team members and more time to get it making money. If other online gaming communities with the same outline as THE SIMS ONLINE had are making it out there, this one could of been on the top of the list. But it didn’t and the only blame goes to the EA suits.

    Sorry EA I was not an experiment… THE SIMS ONLINE was not an experiment or let me tell you thats one long experiment with a lot of neglect by you EA. Did you returning SIMS get your email stating that it was an experiment?????? NO - but they put that there for a reason, to cover their butts… And EA….the only one that failed.. is EA suits not the DEV team.. Your customer serivce s***s, both virtual as well as phone service. Guess selling out buy subcontracting to India to do the work of someone in the USA.. NOT GOOD BIZ at all..

    I am sure Luc left for that reason.. at least want to think thats the reason… and truly hope the rest of that wonderful team stops working for the worst gaming company in the industry. They only care about the off line because its easy money.. people get bored and go find another one to play.. Online becomes different, addictive and community building.. They couldn’t bother with that concept.. to much maintenance.. but yet the future of gaming has been moving towards on line gaming. To bad they they keep shutting down all their chances at that money.

    I will continue to find anywhere I can post that has any advertising to SIMS 3 and let them know how much you really care and watch out.. they too might just be an experiment…. Also make sure to type out The Sims Online vs TSO… search engines will pull up the word SIMS and anything said will be able to be indexed easier..

    I will so miss all my friends and sim family…. you all have have been the greatest. My lovely niece Arwen.. and all her 86 sims (OMG girl… is this what happens when we let you loose in the new city…lol i remember the first day I met you as well as the hours of fun we had. All my friends from Calvins Creek you all were the best. It was the best City to live in and we all had such a grand time. No matter where we were Calvins Creek was always our home… Mad Max.. what can I say.. loved hanging around with you every minute… You are the best!!!! You and all your sims too.. Qute Pi, I so wish the carnival was still open in CC … you think you can do one for the last go around? I have a lot i can donate still in CC and what ever money I have their is yours. We can also use any of the items I have from my stores that will never open - Let me know….. I so miss those days.. before the whole merger.. There were so many their that I will miss.

    EA you killed a great game… I know you don’t care that is pretty clear in how you handled this game from the start. You never cared.. but yet had our loyalty.. I just hope enough SIMS get together and get the word out, maybe we can make an impact..

    I also wish there was someone out there, maybe a die hard TSO addicted SIM that can be our White Knight and get this game out of EA hands and into a real home with a company that could make it what it should be.

  216. BARBE said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    first off we got no reason why ur killing us off.. so i would like to know on what basis why u are shutting us down? and second why with all atm’s and promises and then oops 90 day notice makes no sense u have had to know in advance if not pls explain because were all HURT AND PIST we all have been with u through hell and back and yet we stay why because we love the game and the ppl we see everyday.. yes there is other ways to comunicate butdo i really wanna sit on yahoo chat all night talking no i wanna do what we have been doing for years….. we have stuck with u all this way u need to stick with us and give ealand a chance aand not close less than a year…. this game is an escape from alot of diff. thinigs and no other game like the SIMS …. if u not gonna give a chance the ones who pay every month through all bugs and merges and still logged in and payed faithfully monthy only because they love this game .. then stop bn cowards and say why u are closing and why all empty promisses and atms and so on ur ruining the way u are precieved…. SO PLEASE GIVE AN EXPLANATION ON WHY IS GOING BYE BYE AND EMPTY PROMISES… hard to say buy everytime i think about saying goodbye i cry and its not only about game its the ppl pls dont do this sell or something =’(

  217. mintdelight said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:06 pm


  218. Azrael Martinelli said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:12 pm


    Come see me u can have one of my trees.

  219. mintdelight said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Well I was numb to hear we are really closing. I have spent many hours and days skilling my main sims. I have had the prilvage to play not only with my daughter Christine who lives on the east coast but her boyfriend Denny that she met on the game and so many friends..I am like in a mode of grief…I feel that had you not got greedy and brought in those ATM machines to try get us to use them we wouldn’t have failed. We all went and got jobs when we couldn’t make money to craft. I will go to the old sim now I have 7 accounts I’ll just say I can save me 70 bucks a month. I will miss all my friends and the characters I had built for so long. It really is a shame you ended it this way but you won’t get my money from second life either cause I won’t play it. Farewell my good friends I will be on mintdelight2003@yahoo.com. Farewell to my characters it’s been alot of fun. I wish you would sell to someone and give us a chance to continue our venture but I know you won’t ..I feel silly crying at 54 over this game but it’s not the game it’s everyone I became to close there.

  220. Azrael Martinelli said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    well, there was just a memo from Parizad that said object prices were coming down and skilling speed was going to 150% permanantly (until the end) and that within a week, land prices would be coming down

    WTF is this all about….

  221. BARBE said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    i know how annoying made me pist….

  222. Qute Pi said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    LadiLuck said,
    on April 30th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Qute Pi, I so wish the carnival was still open in CC … you think you can do one for the last go around? I have a lot i can donate still in CC and what ever money I have their is yours. We can also use any of the items I have from my stores that will never open - Let me know….. I so miss those days.. before the whole merger.. There were so many their that I will miss.


    :) Ladi that is a great idea! I have the carnival built in ea land, but don’t u only play tc3? I could build one there, I think I even have a property and money there lol.
    I was thinking about doing one last survivor contest for old times…got a few extra tigers and a st for a prize.
    Get ahold of me ladi! Or I’ll find you :P

  223. ChristineMarieRyder said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I can’t believe what is happening. My heart is so torn I can’t stop crying. How can EA just close us down after everything we have been through. It hurts so much knowing I will never see my mom and my sweeties sims. Harley Ryder and I meet here 5 years ago and now we are together in rl for over 2 years now.Harley Ryder and Mint Delight mean the world to me and now I can’t see them anymore :(( OMG!!! come on you can’t do this to us. So many of us are so hurt. You know our sims have a life too we give them there personallities and keep them alive and now you’re taking them AWAY!!! :(( I don’t care that I have spent my rl cash on this game or have paid 5 accounts for 5 years or the freaking time I spent on it with my family and friends….It sentemental value to me that hurts so damn much. I just wish TSO can be the way it has always been…We were fine till EA started changing it. It should of been left ALONE!!! :(( Our poor sims are being MURDERED!!!! Thats what it really is. If you guys don’t have the heart to see what you are doing to thousands of us players then I hope you all rot in hell. This is really sad and I hope you give us a chance to be together again and SAVE our SIMS!!!!!! :((

  224. Dyson2972 said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Let me say goodbye my friends that might no be around till “sunset”, AKA The Nuking of EA-Land. Thanks for six wonderful years.
    I’ll be sitting on the roof of my house waiting for the blast of white light.
    Love you guys, peace.

    Write the game mags, CNN, MSNBC, other news networks. Let them know how EA treated us, not the devs, and how they took our money.

    Parizad talk to us, what are you thoughts? Or do they have you under a gag order? It wasn’t the devs fault.

  225. Arwen said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Qute Pi, idk if i have anything you can use, but Aaiden and I have a crapload of objects of all sorts, i never got to see your carnival, so don’t know what it entails, what kind of objects you need for it, but if there’s anything i can donate to you, i’d be more than happy to. I will probably be on Arwen alot, but…if u give me a way to im you outside of the game; google talk/msn/yahoo..i can let you know which sim i’m on…all of ours have tons of objects, so if this helps, i would have to go on many sims to find anything you may need from me and you’d never find me, lol. i have been working with Black Shadow on trying to get an email/im exchange for us going on his website. i use google talk and msn more than yahoo, as yahoo makes me lag really bad when in game..my google is m.clevergretel@gmail.com, msn is clevergretel62@hotmail.com and yahoo is melodymagnan@yahoo.com. Anyone else who wants to add me to any of those im’s, is welcome to as well. I hope to hear from many of you
    Ladiluck, thank you for your many posts, there are so many ppl who are hurt by this, it’s very hard not to be angry…we all must remember how much energy it drains of us to hold on to anger…after we get past the anger, i am hoping that we can turn it into something productive, that may help save our game…i’m not a big one for revenge, but the way i see it, it’s not revenge to boycott any/all EA products from here on out. the only way i see that not happening by at least 90% of the SIMS community, is if EA steps up to the plate and CHOOSES to do what’s right, for once. Stranger things have happened, believe me. But i tell you, Ladi, i am with you all the way on getting the word out to as many ppl as i can as to the horrendous moral, ethical values that EA has shown. It is hurtful, to say the least. I could go on and on, and i’m sure this will not be my last post..but, that’s all for now…did you know that my kids from Calvin’s Creek, my sim kids, are once again my kids? That’s right, My first sim i ever created, who is now Arwen, remember when she was Bovoxa’s Mom? ofc you do..and because of circumstances at the time, those kids of mine (you know who they were) left CC, well, they’re back..and as a matter of fact, he is sitting right behind me now in real life on his computer, playing SIMS! This is more than a game! this is one of my dearest friends in the world, crying with me over this announcement of shutting down our game. This is a founder, for cripes sake. Someone who has played this game since beta, almost 6 years. I am 15 years his elder, yet here he sits, and all the time since i started, he has taught me everything i know about playing the sims. We have laughed and cried together through many game and real life issues. What a blessing it is to have him for a friend. I can only imagine how he and all the other founders must be feeling right now, as my baby sim heart is totally broken right now. My heart goes out to every player/lover of this game, but most especially the founders and long time players..There is a bond we all share, and this is a very tight community, regardless of our different opinions. We must stick together, remember..many hands make light work…there are things we can do..there are so many intelligent and willing ppl who play this game. It’s never too late…(also another one of my sims names- Never Too Late) go figure, lol. anyway, i said a chapter up that i was done for now, lol..ya’ll should know better when it comes to me and my “novel” posts, hehe. :P
    Please add me to any of the above im’s any of you who wish.
    Blesssings Always,

  226. BARBE said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    yes i agree contact some body maybe someone would buy us out and we can stay pls dont make us leave u will tons of ppl to ever buy or associate with EA again .. and if we do go bye bye (fingers crossed) someone help.. then i will never buy anyhting or associate or recommend EA or anything affiliated again.. still waiting for AN EXPLANATION!! WE DESERVE ONE AND U KNOW WE DO…..

  227. Suze T said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    EA could care less you guys…think about it…they let sims buy money the night before the announcment! How cheesey is that! One guy posted that he spent 80.00 RL money the night before! I have to laugh at the speed increase and the lowering of items and lots costs! That stuff should be FREE now! Yes they are monitoring these posts….removing swear words and such. The Devs are just following instructions. They can’t be blamed for EA’s call on this. This whole thing just sickens me..

  228. buster387 said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    This is sooooo LAME and yet typical of EA, they shut down TSO and get us loyals all excited about the NEW EALAND, with many empty promises, and even sold simoleons for the game via PAYPAL, then to shut it down anyway, I am planning on filing chargebacks on all of them due to the game closing. I iwll never purchase anything from EA again , no matter how good or exciting it is! I hope EA goes bankrupt, they deserve it. The reasons they lost so many people was because they would never UPDATE anything on TSO, nothing new and the music was always the same, ahhh well thats fine, I will just BOYCOTT EAgames from now on.

  229. campylaura said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    October 2002: Finally got my invitation to join the beta test for a new online game. What a strange idea - can’t imagine why I would ever want to play a long and involved game online, but I’m excited to try it nonetheless because I’m hopelessly addicted to The Sims. I had played all the Sim games before, and each was addicting and had merit in its own way, but The Sims was far and away the most amazing game I’d ever played. I couldn’t imagine playing it online with other people and couldn’t even conceive that I would still be playing that same game, for as many hours as I could manage nearly every single day for five and a half years. I thought $9.99 a month was a lot to pay and couldn’t fathom spending that much over a year for one game, much less envision paying $49.95 a month for 5 accounts for years on end. And mostly, not complaining and not feeling like I was being cheated as I felt I received a huge value for my money and my time investment.

    Playing TSO I was amazed at how fun it was to interact with other real people - people out in the world I would be destined never to meet. People of all ages and races and religions from all over the world. What an amazing time I have had - making friends and losing so many that moved on, sharing our lives together through triumphs and tragedies. And laughter!

    I’ve met so many people whose lives have been forever changed by the opportunity to play in a world where they are equal and not judged by their appearance or disabilities and handicaps and are free of the prejudices they face in daily life. All Sims are created equal. I was given an opportunity to be whoever I wanted to be and absolutely in control of my own destiny. That is a an empowering gift, and one that has provided a life-line to so many in need.

    It seems that the boom has fallen, and despite everyone’s pleas and desperate words of anger and hurt, the powers that be have decided we are no longer worth holding on to as customers. I have no idea how large their customer base is, but apparently, we’re not significant enough to warrant even an explanation beyond a “sorry our experiment is over”. Don’t let the door hit you on our way out.

    It is obvious that this has been premeditated and planned for a very long time. It is also obvious that nothing we say or do will have any impact on our destiny here, as our voice is not heard no matter how loud we yell. Sign petitions, threaten litigation, jump up and down and use the most creative colorful language you want. All of us feel the same way - that hole in my chest is my Sims being ripped out against their will. It’s more than pixels on a far-off server to us, the heart and soul of our recreational lives are beating through this game.

    I won’t lament on what I’ll buy or not buy from EA or if I’ll subscribe to another online game, I’m not sure. The future is always uncertain and if they came back with another game, I’d probably try it. Why? For the same reasons I tried TSO. They certainly haven’t handled the shut-down of TSO well so far and I can’t say I’m at all impressed that their PR can’t spin a nicer angle on this or at least attempt some sort of damage control. It would be nice to understand why they are closing the game - is it purely revenue driven? Are they having technical difficulties they can’t overcome? Is this preparatory to launching a new and improved game? Is there any logical reason to so alienate the amazingly steadfast and loyal customer base they have in this callous way?

    People have always had a very entitled attitude with this game, as if their paying to play gives them an ownership right, and a right to demand everything and anything they want. I can certainly understand if the constant negativity and threats of the very verbal community got under everyone’s skin at EA and they stopped wanting to do things for such bratty, ill-tempered, childish customers.

    I shudder to think how many thousands of dollars I have paid for the game, but I’d do it all again given the chance, and would have continued to indefinitely.

    It’s hard to come up with words to express how profoundly this affects me - it’s as if my best friend is lying dying and I even know the exact moment of death. It’s a friend that can’t be replaced easily, and one that will be mourned for a very long time.

  230. Suze T said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Well said, Laura. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Your right. Loosing this game will leave a huge whole in many lives. The thought of my Sim and her pink poodle just going poof is sad beyond words. Knowing that we won’t be signing on and hearing that crazy toon we have heard for years on end. The excitement of getting into the game….meeting up with our other sim friends…leaving the troubled day behind us and having fun! As crazy as it seems.
    This wasn’t just a game to us EA….Shame on you all….

  231. stephxshea said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I cannot believe this. I felt my heart drop reading this. I am more than disappointed in EA. I think us players that have been playing for a long time deserve more than 15 dollars at the EA store and Club Pogo subscription. I know I will lose contact with many friends after this.
    I don’t think its right how you led us on and gave us high hopes.
    EA land was a crop of crap anyways… there was nothing wrong with TSO land, or nothing a few adjustments couldn’t fix.

  232. Thsmsplyr69 said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I love the sims online. I have been playing in Dec 2005- Christmas present to present. I have worked for my sim money from city to city, I have played all kinds of characters… hehe a woman playing a man..kool. I have been thru thick and thin w/ this game. Hurricane Katrina trashed and tore up my family and home. We traveled all over to start again, but I brought my tso cd w/ me to help me thru it all. If I didn’t have tso, I don’t know what I would do. I love it and a devoted addict to the game. Been using my hard earned money to play this game. Please don’t kill me and the game.

  233. BARBE said,

    on April 30th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    laura u summed it all it up hun great job and if they cant feel or see that than there inhumane… ugh i cant stop thinking about it and everytime i do i start crying…. still would like to know why stop hiding behind the scenes and speak up dam it we owe one we gave so many years of our lives to u and u dont give a dam and keep lieing and literally breaking our hearts…. loss of words soo pist and sad and so dissapointed in ea////