Two days ago via Electronic Arts’ TheBeatblog, it was announced that The Sims 4, the next generation in the Sims series, would be coming to PC and Mac in 2014. Simmers throughout social media networks and forums expressed their excitement, shared open-ended questions we’ve all had for years, and most Mac users expressed concern with compatibility; will it actually work on Mac?
As a proud owner of a 2011 Macbook Pro 15″ and a longtime simmer whose been down with The Sims since it’s release in 2002, I too found myself warped with the concerns of whether it not I’d be able to fully enjoy everything that The Sims 4 will offer.
You see, prior to owning a Mac, I played The Sims strictly on Windows and even had a computer built/modified just to meet the specifications of the main game, as well as the expansion packs. I’ve owned almost all of the expansion packs over the years (a few of the stuff packs) and when I switched over to my Mac, I was excited about the gaming possibilities.
At first, nothing seemed wrong. I was able to play World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, and Generations without any cause for alarm, but ever since updating to the latest patches and installing Supernatural, I have become one of the thousands of Mac user plagued with random crashes. I can’t even play my game, let alone make it past ten minutes in Create-a-Sim.
Troubleshooting sounds like it would be an easy fix to the problem, but after many failed attempts of fixing the crashing, I did a little research and found out that many Mac users face the same issues; I’m not alone. The Sims 3 proudly showcases a PC/Mac logo on the box, but what that really means is that it will play better on PC and it can work on a Mac, but if you have Windows installed on your Mac…well, then you shouldn’t have any problems. Don’t have Windows on your Mac? Then, say hello to random crashes resulting in a base game and tons of expansion packs) that are virtually unplayable.
Electronic Arts/MAXIS, unless living under Patrick’s rock in Bikini Bottom, know that Mac users are frustrated, so will they make an attempt to fix this? Die-hard simmers (like myself) who have been committed to the franchise since inception might (they should be) be unhappy about the crashing. but sadly…we just have to pick up the slack of EA/MAXIS and tailor our Mac’s to the game. What does that mean? Mac users who are experience crashing while playing any of The Sims games, even after uninstalling all custom content and cleaning out the cache files, will have to restort to installing Windows on their system via Bootcamp or Parallels. Once that is done, you shouldn’t have a problem playing the game; sim on for hours.
Installing Windows on your Mac isn’t the worst thing in the world, but if you don’t have Windows, then you’ll have to flush out the cash, buy it, and then install. Take it or leave it as an option, but considering all the highlights The Sims 3 has, it’s a pretty good option. But my hope is that The Sims 4 won’t have all this messy confusion of crashing, glitches, and random debug error codes.
Electronic Arts should listen to our years of complaining and finally release a Sims game that works for Mac. Details of the The Sims 4 and it’s entirety haven’t been released yet, but in these early development stages the developers will find a way to make it playable for Mac users on OS X Mountain Lion.