05-24-2009 03:50 AM
I'm wondering whether The Sims 3 Collector's Edition will be available in-store, or is the quantity listed on this site only available for online ordering? Also, once that quantity is gone, will there be no more copies of it, ever again? Could I somehow go to a Future Shop store and tell them to pre-order for me, and I pay them up-front and get a receipt? I'm asking simply because my parents refuse to order things online and are willing to get this game for me if they can avoid the online ordering. But I'm afraid they'll be gone if I wait for the release date and check to see if there are any copies in the store. Please let me know if there is a way! Thanks!
05-24-2009 12:39 PM - edited 05-24-2009 12:42 PM
I can't answer all of your question as I'm not working for FS but there's a few things I can tell you.
Collector's Edition are usually produced in limited quantities. The last limited edition game I got was C&C 3, another game by EA(the one making The Sims) and it was limited to 100 000 copies. I'd expect them to do the same with The Sims 3 but with a larger quantity of copies since it's most likely going to be one of the most sold products for years to come.
Regarding your parent not wanting to order it online for you, I assume it's related to the fact that they don't want to use a credit card online (which I can understand). There's another option for you to order something online. It requires you to first go into a store and buy a Future Shop gift card of a value superior to the cost of the game, don't forget to include the taxes and shipping cost(shouldn't be more than $6 for shipping) so when you'll be ordering online, all you'll need will be you gift card, no credit card needed. I know it works as I did it myself a couple of times already.
While at the store to buy your gift card, you could first ask if they accept in store pre-order for the Collector's Edition of the game and if they do, you'll be able to reserve your copy right away.
I hope I was able to at least help you a little and good luck for getting that Collector's Edition.
EDIT: I almost forgot, I know it's possible to pre-order the regular edition of The Sims 3 when you go in store, I just don't know if they let you do the same with the Collector's Edition.
05-24-2009 01:08 PM
05-24-2009 04:27 PM
Thanks for your answers, guys. I'll see with my 'rents to double-check about pre-ordering in-store (expecting a negative response though, since you've already tried, Gamegirl). Also, I'll make sure they ask whether there will be any copies of the Collector's Edition arriving in-store at all on the release date. If so, my parents will likely opt for that (being that I live in Bosnia, and they're in Canada, and they'll be leaving to visit me on June 5th, so the online order probably wouldn't even get to them on time). If not, I'll just tell them to use the gift card, as you suggested, Morfanos. And then, even if it doesn't get there on time, they'll just ship it to me when they get back home. That would mean I'd have to wait about another month and a half (til they get back and then til it gets to me), but better than not getting the game at all. Wish me luck, and here's to hoping they'll be able to buy it in-store on the day of the release and get it to me when they come to visit.
Thanks again, you guys helped
P.S. Don't know if it's allowed to be discussed here, but if so - do you guys know of other places that will also carry the game (Collector's Edition, mainly)?
05-24-2009 04:41 PM
Well, best of luck with your quest to get the Collector's Edition.
I'm sure it's possible to find it elsewhere but it's again the forum guidelines for us to tell you where... But it's shouldn't be too difficult to find. The problem is, I don't think it's going to be much different from Future Shop.
05-24-2009 08:03 PM
05-24-2009 08:17 PM
05-25-2009 01:11 PM
I'm assuming it will be all Future Shops across the country but I have to admit I didn't ask the associate that. I suggest that you ask your parents to call the Future Shop they plan to purchase the game from next Monday, June 1st to verify that the game will be in the store on June 2nd and that they will have the collector's edition available. If they say yes ask your parents to go when the store opens to pick it up. Is the laptop your parents buying for you to play The Sims 3? If so, check the system requirements on the game website to make sure the machine is powerful enough to play the game. The requirements aren't too steep though, compared to most high end computer games. Good luck getting the game and wish me luck too, I want to get the collector's edition as well.
05-25-2009 01:47 PM
05-25-2009 02:44 PM
Well, according to the sys.req.'s on EA's site, the laptop I've had my eye on (as it's appealing to me in every sense), should be just fine. It has the following specs:
Hard drive speed/capacity: 320GB 5400RPM
Optical drive: 8X DVD+/-RW Super-Multi With LightScribe
Processor speed: 2.10 GHz
Processor type: Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo Processor T640
RAM: 4 GB DDR2 (Exp. To 8GB)
Discrete video memory: NO
Expandable video memory: NO
Graphics chipset: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Integrated video memory: YES
Native screen resolution: 1366x768
Upgradeable video system: NO
Video memory: up to 1GB
If you want, I can list the audio and input/output info, but I kinda figure that to be unnecessary in this matter. Oh, and one more thing, there is no IEEE 1394 port, and that is one thing I kind of wish it had, so could you tell me if that's possible to get later? Ie. go to a shop and have them put it in? I've never had a laptop so I'm not sure how easy it is to upgrade things like that. I did it with my PC myself, with no problems, but somehow I fear that it's not quite so easy with laptops. The reason I even want that is because I'd occasionally need to transfer video from my miniDV camcorder for editing purposes, and I find the quality is best that way. USB sucks when it comes to that, in my experience. Let me know what you think! Thanks
Oh, and one more detail: it's an HP laptop.