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jaffaface wrote:
........ but asking us to pay for a commercial is pretty lame."

I came across this on reddit, and I felt like such a fool because it's true. I bought the Sushi restaurant with donuts I won from one of those golden scratch r's, as I just thought "oh hell, why not", It's not like I paid the real price for them. It never occurred to me, what I was actually buying was an advertisement, a promotion spot, and what's even better, is it's something I'm not even nostalgic about. I never bought the fruit batman because at the time I knew I wouldn't care if I had him or not. If it had been Lyle Langley I wouldn't have batted an eye lid in purchasing him, but I went against my own principles with this one.

If they release more episode tie ins, then don't pay for a promotion, they need you to watch The Simpsons, so stop letting them get around you because it's just wrong. You would never pay to see a promotion anywhere else so don't put up with from a game.

However if you have your reasons for wanting those items and are happy to pay for them, then it's all good because The sushi building is a nice addition but I can't help feeling a little stung.


Yeah and they're the clever ones because we buy it.

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  • jaffaface
    903 posts Member
    edited April 2013
    I know, I certainly did. I'd do a face palm image here but I'm already wounded enough.
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6358 posts Moderator
    edited April 2013
    Just imagine what they'll brew up for the Season 25 premiere. 8)
  • theredjacket
    526 posts
    edited April 2013
    A free Duff Plane to park with my Racer?
  • LaSpangle
    81 posts
    edited April 2013
    I only get to watch old episodes in the uk - the more recent stuff is shown on Sky first and I'm not in the market for satellite channels when we have so many good freeview channels included in the licence fee... so, yeah... as tie-ins they're irrelevant to me, and i'd imagine a lot of players, anyway.

    Fruit-batman therefore wasn't on my radar, but I bought the sushi place and i'm kicking myself over not playing when Fat Tony was available because although tie-ins, they have a place in my historical simpsons universe. (Springfield-iverse? Apu-niverse?)
  • Mjr1124
    654 posts
    edited April 2013
    Nobody forces you to buy anything, and every promotional tie in has included at least one free item, this time it was the waterfall.
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6358 posts Moderator
    edited April 2013
    Actually only the last 3 episode tie-ins had both a free & premium item included. Swanky Fish/ Springfield Falls, Fruit Bat-Man costume/ Fruit Bat-Man Signal & Gorgeous Grampa costume & Gorgeous Grampa Billboard

    Before that, the first 3 episode tie-ins were totally free

    Duff Racer
    Fat Tony
    Cool Brown House & Cool Homer costume
  • jasonicus321
    1811 posts New member
    edited April 2013
    The tie-ins should be free. The greedy trend continues.
  • brenner_yes
    1156 posts
    edited April 2013
    Actually only the last 3 episode tie-ins had both a free & premium item included. Swanky Fish/ Springfield Falls, Fruit Bat-Man costume/ Fruit Bat-Man Signal & Gorgeous Grampa costume & Gorgeous Grampa Billboard

    Before that, the first 3 episode tie-ins were totally free

    Duff Racer
    Fat Tony
    Cool Brown House & Cool Homer costume

    From the trend after the cool brown house, it seems as we will never get a free tie in like that again, a new costume plus a building, oh well i dont mind :p updates are updates but free update are btr premium updates.. When it comes to tie in- episodes
  • TRTX84
    556 posts
    edited April 2013
    The tie-ins should be free. The greedy trend continues.

    There were free items. The entitlement trend continues.
  • kelekod
    415 posts Member
    edited April 2013
    I judge these as every other premium. Will I miss it if it's gone? I only got 1 limited time item, that was Kang. If you count some of the Christmas stuff that is now donuts, I have a few of those. But passed on the donut Thanksgiving Balloons, passed on Santa's village, passed on Mr Plow (sort of wanted this, but thought it was a little pricey), passed on Shauna, passed on the Well, passed on the billboard, passed on Fruit Bat Man. Didn't care for any of those.
    I'm GamerGD3. Lost all 3000+posts for my (now) former name.
  • Mjr1124
    654 posts
    edited April 2013
    Actually only the last 3 episode tie-ins had both a free & premium item included. Swanky Fish/ Springfield Falls, Fruit Bat-Man costume/ Fruit Bat-Man Signal & Gorgeous Grampa costume & Gorgeous Grampa Billboard

    Before that, the first 3 episode tie-ins were totally free

    Duff Racer
    Fat Tony
    Cool Brown House & Cool Homer costume

    Yes I know, that's why I took the time to type "at least". :wink:

    Would be better if they were free for the week of the tie in, then were available for donuts for a while. I would gladly pay a few donuts for the duff racer.
  • LaSpangle
    81 posts
    edited April 2013
    Yeah, I wasn't playing when the cool brown house was released but i'd pay doughnuts for that. Frankly, I'd like to live in it. Tis lovely.
  • sherryt07
    3273 posts Member
    edited April 2013
    TRTX84 wrote:
    The tie-ins should be free. The greedy trend continues.

    There were free items. The entitlement trend continues.

    EA just gave us the first couple of tastes for free. Now that we're hooked, we gotta pay. Sound like something???
  • jordanahley1
    14 posts
    edited April 2013
    LaSpangle wrote:
    I only get to watch old episodes in the uk - the more recent stuff is shown on Sky first and I'm not in the market for satellite channels when we have so many good freeview channels included in the licence fee... so, yeah... as tie-ins they're irrelevant to me, and i'd imagine a lot of players, anyway.

    Fruit-batman therefore wasn't on my radar, but I bought the sushi place and i'm kicking myself over not playing when Fat Tony was available because although tie-ins, they have a place in my historical simpsons universe. (Springfield-iverse? Apu-niverse?)

    I'm in this boat with the episodes, I don't care for Sky. I haven't bought the fruit bat man costume or the sushi falls, figured I probably wouldn't even remember what they were were a few weeks after the episode, much prefer the more iconic buildings and charecters. :)
  • FrinksIntern
    282 posts
    edited April 2013
    sherryt07 wrote:
    TRTX84 wrote:
    The tie-ins should be free. The greedy trend continues.

    There were free items. The entitlement trend continues.

    EA just gave us the first couple of tastes for free. Now that we're hooked, we gotta pay. Sound like something???

    Is that why when I havn't gotten any new content for a while I feel like...

    Amypoehler.gif
  • Deadshot_DCU
    6358 posts Moderator
    edited April 2013
    Mjr1124 wrote:
    Would be better if they were free for the week of the tie in, then were available for donuts for a while. I would gladly pay a few donuts for the duff racer.

    I don't get why people want the Racer so much. It's nothing special and doesn't do anything unlike the other vehicles that came afterwards. Do people want it solely on the rarity of it?
  • sherryt07
    3273 posts Member
    edited April 2013
    cl891 wrote:
    I don't get why people want the Racer so much. It's nothing special and doesn't do anything unlike the other vehicles that came afterwards. Do people want it solely on the rarity of it?
    For me it's partly the rarity, but it's also the fact that I think it looks good so it's an aesthetic thing as well.

    It's really cool looking. I wasn't playing when it came out, so I can't regret it. But I'll buy it, if offered again.
  • waltercartman
    677 posts
    edited April 2013
    Mjr1124 wrote:
    Would be better if they were free for the week of the tie in, then were available for donuts for a while. I would gladly pay a few donuts for the duff racer.

    I don't get why people want the Racer so much. It's nothing special and doesn't do anything unlike the other vehicles that came afterwards. Do people want it solely on the rarity of it?
    I'm with deadshot I don't understand people wanting the racer so much. Most people would rather have it over fat tony.

    I have the racer and I think it's cool but it's nothing to me. Fat tony is way cooler.
  • Bart-man5674
    1633 posts Member
    edited April 2013
    The duff car is not good I don't know where to put it it looks out of place every where
  • waltercartman
    677 posts
    edited April 2013
    The duff car is not good I don't know where to put it it looks out of place every where
    I still like it but yes it doesn't really fit anywhere. It looks ok with the duff building or the downs.

    I think I have even used it with the bowlorama. Never really fits anywhere.
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