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dcadamb
192 posts Member
dcadamb wrote:
There are a lot of threads with opinions on if EA should re-add limited time items. I think all of the opinions should be in one place.

What you do: list what side of the argument you are on and then you write your argument.

I'll go first:

I Don't want EA to re-add the items because I have been playing since the day of the rerelease of the app in October (I was waiting all summer) and have all of the limited time items that are free (the holidays and the episode/game tie ins) and I think because we have been playing longer we should get some bonus items.

+1 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
You are absolutely right. No reason why new players should have old items.

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  • TRTX84
    556 posts
    edited June 2013
    I have no problem with limited time items coming back. In fact I'm quite expecting once we start getting into the game's second year and loop back over previous holidays like Halloween and Christmas. They can mix the old and new content in such a way that long time players will have something new to explore while also giving both old and new players a chance at some of the content that they may have missed last time.

    I think the way they handled Fat Tony is a great example of how it should work. He was a promotional character, so they brought him back with a Level Update. Likewise, it sounds like Kang is coming back soon as a Premium Item...which would be fair considering that was what he was before.
  • dcadamb
    192 posts Member
    edited June 2013
    TRTX84 wrote:
    I have no problem with limited time items coming back. In fact I'm quite expecting once we start getting into the game's second year and loop back over previous holidays like Halloween and Christmas. They can mix the old and new content in such a way that long time players will have something new to explore while also giving both old and new players a chance at some of the content that they may have missed last time.

    I think the way they handled Fat Tony is a great example of how it should work. He was a promotional character, so they brought him back with a Level Update. Likewise, it sounds like Kang is coming back soon as a Premium Item...which would be fair considering that was what he was before.

    I just think I should get a bit of a bonus for giving up almost a year of time to this game.
  • TRTX84
    556 posts
    edited June 2013
    dcadamb wrote:
    I just think I should get a bit of a bonus for giving up almost a year of time to this game.
    You say "giving up" like you haven't gotten any amount of entertainment out of the deal.

    Replaying events such as Halloween and Christmas with a combination of old and new content would be a great way to ensure they don't run out of ideas that could be used to add more levels.
  • stoob0t
    107 posts
    edited June 2013
    I like that there are some items that are exclusive to long-term players, like the Duff Racer, and the Cool Brown House/Hipster Homer.

    I think they did it right with Barney. Players who were playing at the right time got him for free as part of a seasonal quest-line, and people who came along later were able to buy him for donuts.
  • bryantvb84
    468 posts New member
    edited June 2013
    Although I can see getting a bonus would be nice from playing for so long, i don't see them doing that because I have never heard of EA doing that for any other game out there. I played other games for years and never got any kind of bonus for it. They already give extra donuts for leveling up from continuous play. But I do wish there were better bonuses.

    Regarding bringing back limited time items: Why not? I mean it's not the other players' fault for missing out on these items. They were introduced late in the game, why can't they have access to these items like others were. If its holiday stuff, I can understand. Theres no point. But other limited time items, that's a bummer. Is it because they dont have room on their servers for all this stuff?
  • sherryt07
    3273 posts Member
    edited June 2013
    It would be nice if EA rewarded loyalty, but we all know EA will do whatever makes them money.
  • NHLBK
    42 posts
    edited June 2013
    I could make a long argument here, but I'll just sum it up...

    If they don't re-release some of the MANY limited time items from the past, that leaves only one place to find them, a hacked version of the game. This is the last thing EA wants to promote. In my opinion, if they don't re-release certain items, they are simply losing easy money. EA wouldn't allow that to happen.


    Best returning user reward you could ask for is all the donuts you have received over time. Something new players envy. Anyone know how many times it popped up and given you like 10 free donuts, like whacking day... Wasn't Fat Tony free (easily a 100+ donut value)?
  • dominic115
    938 posts Member
    edited June 2013
    "Miss it, miss out" this catchphrase suits this conversation well.
  • chrisp530
    2611 posts
    edited June 2013
    I have everything in the game, so makes no difference to me, but it's a bit unfair to Android users. They didnt miss out on the items, they were never given a chance to get them. Why should they miss out on things because EA was late in releasing the game on their platform?
  • slivdawg77
    422 posts
    edited June 2013
    dcadamb wrote:
    There are a lot of threads with opinions on if EA should re-add limited time items. I think all of the opinions should be in one place.

    What you do: list what side of the argument you are on and then you write your argument.

    I'll go first:

    I Don't want EA to re-add the items because I have been playing since the day of the rerelease of the app in August (I was waiting all summer) and have all of the limited time items that are free (the holidays and the episode/game tie ins) and I think because we have been playing longer we should get some bonus items.

    I started the game in September but only played it occasionally an have brought about 20 plus friends to this game! I missed out on items cause I did not play at the time, but I totally agree with you it was my fault!
    But that is pretty pathetic that you think you deserves bonus for playing longer if others should not get the rest of the old stuff!
    There is tons of stuff I wish I had but o well!!!!
  • dessskris
    195 posts
    edited June 2013
    I'm an Android user who only started playing in March.

    I do often get that feeling, wanting old limited-time items and wish I had started playing earlier, or I had an Apple device. but I also think that it's unfair if I could get limited time items after the promo period.

    but since I really want them, I think it would be fair for EA to repeat the promotions every year. for example in December 2013 they should do the Christmas promotion again and allow "new players" to get the limited items that were sold in December 2012 during the Christmas promotion. same for Valentine, Whacking Day, etc... but they should still add new items each year so people who have played for more than a year don't get bored.

    what do you guys think?
  • Marcovarius
    558 posts
    edited June 2013
    I think it should be both. I love Kang and if people are willing to pay the price so be it. But some should remain a limited edition like Shauna, waterfalls, Duff racing car, cool homer
  • Excruciator69
    697 posts
    edited June 2013
    I think that re-releasing the content is fine and I have all the premium items.

    If someone can explain how a new player gaining access to limited content ruins the game experience for a player that already has that content I'd love to hear it.

    Honestly, what difference does it make if people you probably don't know can get Kang or the Mapple Store in late 2013? Is your game experience based that much on feeling superior to other players that just got on board?

  • SuperMario643000
    1589 posts
    edited June 2013
    Uh, Fat Tony, Kang, It's already happning.
  • Burnin_TODI
    1552 posts
    edited June 2013
    We can debate until blue in the face......some bean-counter at EA makes the decisions...... :wink:
  • theanimaldav
    723 posts Member
    edited June 2013
    Is this a mass-debate? :XD:
    Sorry :)
  • mcduck90
    940 posts
    edited June 2013
    I have a small problem because I started playing in September and yet due to a RL crisis I took two weeks forced vacation from tapped out and I missed the halloween event... No matter how much I tried before the 31st the update wnt available anymore :cry: so I really hope that those items will come back this year :twisted:
  • DiNavarro89
    17 posts
    edited June 2013
    Limited time items are, wait for it ........ LIMITED TIME ITEMS. Sorry if you're new and missed it, that sucks, but that doesn't mean they should bring items back. That would defeat the purpose of those items.
  • ChristianJ92
    49 posts Member
    edited June 2013
    Limited time items are, wait for it ........ LIMITED TIME ITEMS. Sorry if you're new and missed it, that sucks, but that doesn't mean they should bring items back. That would defeat the purpose of those items.

    The purpose of those items is to make EA money. They will bring them back if there is money to be made. Just look at Disney, they do it all the time with all of their classic movies. Laser discs, VHS/Betamax, DVD, Blu-Ray...all 'limited time' and released multiple times even in the same format. It's a marketing ploy and a good one at that. :)
  • KristinMJ78
    292 posts
    edited June 2013
    Understood that Limited Time Items are, wait for it, Limited Time Only.

    My argument here is that even though I was introduced to the game later, right around Thanksgiving, I didn't get Fat Tony for free, which I have him now because of the quest line. I just want the Cool Brown House and Cool Homer to go with it cause it's the only thing major I've missed out on since starting the game. The house was available as a quest when I started playing but I didn't level up fast enough to get it in time, thus, I missed it by literally a day or two. Seeing it in all of my neighbors towns except ONE because they started after me, it's the one item I wish I had, and would be willing to pay donuts or an absurd amount of STO cash for it (skin included of course).

    I would never expect to get any Halloween items that I was not around for, Kang included.
    That's my fight on it. I was there, could have got it, and barely missed it.
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