play without CD legally

#1yutterhPosted 2/2/2012 3:10:54 PM(edited)
http://www.platinumsimmers.com/how-to-play-sims-3-without-a-disc/

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Switching discs each time you want to play a different game can be a real hassle, fortunately there are plenty of alternatives to play your Sims 3 game legally without a disc. There are two scenarios covered by this article. The first is for houses with multiple computers and Sims players, and will allow you to share your copy of the game. The second is for people who simply don’t want to use a disc to play The Sims 3, at all, ever.

1) I want to play The Sims 3 on more than one computer in my household at the same time

The Sims 3 disc is needed for only one moment to verify that your copy of the game is legitimate. This occurs at the main menu, before the game loads one of your neighborhoods (saved games).

As soon as your game is loaded, you can remove the disc from the dvd-drive and put it in the next computer and have the game load on there. You can then continue to play without the disc, while somebody else in your household plays on another computer.

2) I do not want to use a disc to play The Sims 3, ever (PC only)

Especially if you travel a lot and like to play Sims 3 on your laptop, bringing the discs with you all over the world can be a worry – what if you lose or break them?

EA has recently started a new platform for digital downloads of their games, for PC, it is called Origin. If you currently have The Sims 3 installed, back up your “The Sims 3″ folder in My Documents\Electronic Arts, then download and install Origin. When origin opens for the first time it’ll ask you to log in to your EA account (the email/password combination you use on www.thesims3.com for instance).

After you open Origin some of your Sims 3 expansion packs might be missing in “My Games”, but don’t panic! You simply have to (re)activate your games on: https://activate.ea.com/applyentitlement.do - just enter the serial code for one of your missing games, and your email address and password that you use to log in to Origin. Repeat this for any other games that are missing from your “My Games” list.

When that is done, log out and back in on Origin and you will see all your games. Download all the games and install them and your games are installed – and you’ll never need a disc again! Plus, you can buy future games directly on Origin.

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#2ShaidonPosted 2/2/2012 5:51:11 PM
Origins has not, and is not allowing me to add, my Late Night expansion. =P
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#3yutterh(Topic Creator)Posted 2/2/2012 9:14:13 PM
are you putting in everything correctly?
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#4ShaidonPosted 2/2/2012 11:27:57 PM
Of course!
It said that can't be redeemed there, and so I need to use The Sims 3 registration site. But this expansion is already registered there.
Another thing, I have a hard copy of everything, and that is why I was interested in this topic. But even if I execute it by the Origins app it launch The Sims 3 launcher, and so require the DVD.
Not in the mood to download the digital version all over again, mainly with it not recognizing one of the expansions.
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50% of the challenge is made by the game. The other fifty, by the player.
#5yutterh(Topic Creator)Posted 2/3/2012 5:33:58 PM
well i dont know why it wont let you register it in origins. but in order to use it without a disc you have to digitally DL the last expansion, you dont have to do it for everyone of them.
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Good news everyone! - Hubert Farnsworth
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#6yutterh(Topic Creator)Posted 2/4/2012 3:22:23 PM
well the expansions in order they are released. like if you bought pets or outdoor living stuff you only need to install those digitally to play the game. jsut uninstall the last expansion and re install it using origins and you can play without the cd. you also dont need to open up origins in order to play and when the sims launcher pops up just click play it wont ask for the cd.
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Good news everyone! - Hubert Farnsworth
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