With a new patch comes new problems, and with new problems comes fresh (and old) raving and ranting.
EA released patch 1.47 last week and while it certainly was a patch to solve issues, these issues were not well known within the Mac community. And I can see why:
Base game updates:
- Fixed an issue where Sims could not get married.
- Fixed an issue where Sims could not use the telescope.
- Fixed an issue where Sims could not collect space rocks.
Create a world updates:
- Fixed an issue with saving worlds in Create A World.
- Worlds will now install and appear on the main menu properly when downloaded. Worlds do not need to be resaved for this to apply. Any worlds that were affected by this issue can be reinstalled via the launcher and will appear in the main menu.
- Fixed an issue where several Store sets were not appearing in the appropriate room category in Buy Mode.
To my knowledge, no one with a Mac (If they can even get their game to work) has had any issues with freakin’ space rocks. They’ve been too busy trying to get their game running since the Seasons release. Hell, even Supernatural.
With news of the patch not fixing anything major for Mac, and even PC users to boot, the outcry of Mac Simmers spread within the forum. There were multiple posts asking for help with the update, considering that it wouldn’t actually install through the launcher because it wouldn’t even download (or open).
However, about 9 posts down, a mythical creature that I had never seen in the Mac forum (and I’ve only been there for 8 months) appears from behind the shadows of EA:
There was great rejoicing and presenting of gifts for the fine man going by SimGuruSteve! Mac Simmers flocked to his beck and call and he had women falling at his feet…
That was sarcasm.
It didn’t take long for the Mac Simmers to stab a knife into Steve’s innocent heart:
Instead of running away and hiding behind the deletion of posts and silence like many other SimGurus (*cough* Nichaedemus *cough*), Stevie took the attacks in stride and certainly tried his best to answer questions and concerns that Mac Simmers had been dealing with for months.
Considering that he made the statement of being an engineer for the releases of Mac patches (not anything really major within the game and Cider), everyone ignored that fact and assumed that he would be able to answer their ongoing questions about why the game was sucking many butts.
He also noted that even EA wasn’t fully aware of the major qualms (like Error 12 and disc authorizations) that Mac Simmers had been dealing with for a long time.
Many of the posts were used to bring Steve up to speed on just what was going wrong with the games on a Mac platform.
Others, of course, used it for letting out an uncontrollable rage that they had been holding in since God knows how long:
Corey785 is a forum frequent lately, posting his complaints on different threads along with the same problems of how his game isn’t even playable for more than 15-25 minutes and how CAS won’t even allow him to put a shirt on his Sim. But there really wasn’t any need for shouting Caps at a Guru that has no idea as to what’s going on, let alone not being able to answer every question possible.
And other Simmers let him know to cool it down:
Of course, he laughed off his childish antic with a subtle apology, as well as a sly compliment towards Jooliea on her ongoing joke of how long her game hasn’t been working in her signature:
Nevertheless, Steve got to work on answering as many questions as he could, pointing out that he wasn’t fully aware of most issues or capable of answering all of them correctly (and thanking a few Simmers who helped calm the raging crazies down):
There were a few Simmers who certainly let him know how they have truly felt about the treatment of Mac Simmers from EA over the years (unlike Corey785’s bellowing):
While there were others who respected his presence and gave him even more helpful threads for research:
But, even Steve has a limit as to how much time he could spend helping everyone out in the thread, and eventually he will disappear into the darkness from which he came.
Hopefully, with a little more knowledge as to what exactly goes on within the Mac forums, more useful Gurus will step forward and try to help out with the ongoing issues that Mac Simmers are facing.
Or, EA could actually hire a Mac developing and programming team, but that’s a bit too logical for them.