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Post by Adwomin on Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:14 pm

@dragonracer3 wrote:ps Admin (or whoever does the code-y business.  I love the X-mas decor (mouse pointers and lights n all that.)
Hi there,

Thanks, I like them too!
Especially the snow creates a warm Christmas spirit.

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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:15 pm

Although it's clear anyway, I'd like to emphasize again:

To those who sent in an e-mail, please stay on standby, as we will announce the winner(s) on 25th of December. The winner(s) will then be sent PMs, with the serial number - and again, it would be nice too, if the winner(s) posted in this thread too, saying that the serial works, and maybe a small "thank you" too. Razz 

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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by shalese08 on Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:17 am

so all the ones you have posted in last? or just in general you made a post in?

 also are the picture per topic? like if i found one picture in support topic could there be another there? or can i stop looking there and move to another topic
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Post by The_gh0stm4n on Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:49 am

@shalese08 wrote:so all the ones you have posted in last? or just in general you made a post in?

 also are the picture per topic? like if i found one picture in support topic could there be another there? or can i stop looking there and move to another topic


Again, as stated in my opening post.. Smile

1) all my posts in the section "The Sims 3"
2) written during June/July/August 2014


And no, the pictures are PER POST, not per topic. So yes, it is possible that there may be more than one picture in one and the same topic. Wink  
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Post by shalese08 on Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:12 am

ok Wow so baicly i need to look at EVERY post between jun-aug regaurdless if it was posted by you or if you just posted to help someone....welp i have alot of scrolling to do lol
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by reichenbastard on Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:27 pm

Four hours later and I've found 11 ghosts and three questions... my eyes are burning... I think I'll try again tomorrow. This is fun though!

//Edit: Still searching for that last ghost and Q #2. Still running into questions and ghosts I've already found. Is Q #2 hiding out with a ghost?? WhatDidUJustCallMe?
//Edit: FOUND THE LAST QUESTION! Now for that ghost...


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Post by shalese08 on Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:06 pm

ikr.....i make this face -_- every timei see a fake ghost lol
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Post by glitchee030 on Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:42 pm

can't seem to find any questions so far (or maybe i missed them lol orz)

are they in a spoiler, hidden really well or does it say that its a giveaway question very explicitly? confused

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left with 1 more ghost and question 2!!! @@
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Post by shalese08 on Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:56 pm

3 pictures and 2 questions to go!
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by reichenbastard on Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:20 am

This felt like either a refresher course on how big this place is and what the rules are or an secret search to hire someone new. Either way, that was intense and if I've haven't mentioned it here yet ('cause I know I do on facebook and twitter), then by goodness do I appreciate the work you all put into this.

Good luck everyone!
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by shalese08 on Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:20 am

2 pictures one question left cant find them ive searched every topic and sub-topic over the last 4 days and still i didnt find the last 3 things i need, not sure if question 2 is hidden differently than the other 3 but this is actually kinda hard i really hope there arent any winners yet

Found question 2 and 1 more pic left! yay!   Very Happy
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:48 pm

@glitchee030 wrote:can't seem to find any questions so far (or maybe i missed them lol orz)

are they in a spoiler, hidden really well or does it say that its a giveaway question very explicitly? confused

//edit

left with 1 more ghost and question 2!!! @@

As mentioned, you must look closely at my posts, and then you will find the questions too. Wink  


@reichenbastard wrote:This felt like either a refresher course on how big this place is and what the rules are or an secret search to hire someone new. Either way, that was intense and if I've haven't mentioned it here yet ('cause I know I do on facebook and twitter), then by goodness do I appreciate the work you all put into this.

Good luck everyone!


Glad to hear that you like(d) it. Very Happy  And no, those questions partially deal with stuff that is relevant mainly for Moderators. And I can tell you that new Moderators in all likelihood won't be appointed anytime soon again. Besides, we wouldn't use a contest like that to "look for hidden talents"; instead, we would very closely evaluate prospective candidates, who are on active staff duty already on here.

The fact that people manage to answer those 4 questions correctly impresses me personally, and to some extent I'm also proud of those people who managed to do that. Razz  But using this contest "as a secret search to hire someone new" was never my (or anybody else's) intention, and will never be done on here. 

In another (future) contest, the overarching theme of the quiz questions may be totally different; who knows ? 
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Post by shalese08 on Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:02 am

one last ghost woo! and wow question 2 is really a good one but the questions weren't as hard as i anticipated, actually finding them was much more difficult lol
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:49 am

@shalese08 wrote:one last ghost woo! and wow question 2 is really a good one but the questions weren't as hard as i anticipated, actually finding them was much more difficult lol


Good for you. Very Happy  


Yes, each question, taken by itself, might look easy. But the challenge is to get ALL tasks right. Remember the opening post ? Not one mistake is to be made. 

I'll give you a hint now: I've seen QUITE a number of replies that only have one single mistake, be it either with the pictures, but mostly, one of the 4 questions was not answered correctly. Note that no specific question was "problematic"; those who "lost" already either had issues with questions #1, or #2, or #3 or even #4.

Yes, it's nice that all other tasks are right, but that doesn't matter for this contest anymore. According to policy you're out if you even make one mistake. 

I was thinking of doing it differently in the next contest; maybe I'll introduce a points-system, and the winners will be determined according to how many points they have achieved ? That would allow a little bit of leeway with regards to making mistakes. But let's see.
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Post by stabitha666 on Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:38 am

Good luck people!!!
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Post by kookiekween99 on Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:51 am

Do you know if anyone has gotten the correct answers yet? I just submitted mine, but I'm worried I was too late. Sad

Also, what will happen if you don't get three 100% correct entries by the deadline?
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Post by The_gh0stm4n on Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:29 pm

@kookiekween99 wrote:Do you know if anyone has gotten the correct answers yet? I just submitted mine, but I'm worried I was too late. Sad

Also, what will happen if you don't get three 100% correct entries by the deadline?


I have looked at the replies so far, but I'm not going to give anything away at this point. There are still a bit more than 2 days to go, until the final announcement. Wink  What I can tell you though is this:

With a few of the tasks (especially question #2, and to some extent also question #4), you have a bit of "leeway" in answering them. Which basically means that there may be more than just one correct reply. I want to wait until the deadline; after all, there may be a last-minute reply which has "better" solutions to these questions, than all those who sent in replies before that ?

Also, I'll repeat it again: there will be a surprise on the 25th of December; something which I didn't mention in the opening post here. Very Happy


Again: stay tuned, all of you.


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Sorry, forgot about that before: in case there aren't "enough" correct replies by the end of the deadline, I'll just keep the leftover key(s). Wink   
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Post by Adwomin on Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:03 pm

Carlos wrote:Sorry, forgot about that before: in case there aren't "enough" correct replies by the end of the deadline, I'll just keep the leftover key(s). Wink   
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:13 am

Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation The contest is over - thank you all for participating  Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation




Let me at first tell you that it already speaks volumes, that you - who have sent in a reply with actual solutions - volunteered to do that. No matter what the outcome may be now, you can be proud of yourselves. 


Let me at first tell you what the SURPRISE is I had in mind. Remember the opening post ? I said I was giving away 3 serial numbers as prizes. I am now extending this, since it's Christmas, to 5 (five) serial numbers. Yes, you heard right. Smile  And that increases the range of winners, but first things first.

I'll now post the solutions to all the tasks:


I.) "Retrieve the ghosts". 


Your task was to find 12 ghost pictures, in all posts written by me, in the section "The Sims 3", during the months of June + July + August 2014. Here goes:


The Sims 3 in-game support:


http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17261-my-game-is-frozen-kind-of-in-buy-mode#118804

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17462-possible-issues-with-store-fixes-closed#119648

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17462p40-possible-issues-with-store-fixes-closed#120035

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17456-grandma-s-canning-station-not-working#119762

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The Sims 3 downloads support (PC):


http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17588-error-during-startup-solved#120496

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17103-critter-comforts-forest-bedroom#117995

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t16948-error-during-startup#117458

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17635-i-m-completely-stumped-on-applying-the-manual-patch-solved#121031


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The Sims 3 chit-chat:


http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t16994-sims-3-farming-challenge-with-a-twist#117524

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17423-the-sims-3-final-store-release-august-2014#119493


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The Sims 3 Exchange - Sims:

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t14850-eva-gallegos#120649


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The Sims 3 Exchange - Buymode objects:

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17507-last-venue-of-amore-ghastly-manor-grandpa-s-grove-country-livin-renaissance-venue-the-now-then-century-manors#119958



II.) "Judgement day" 

1)
http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17479-the-sims-3-has-stopped-working#119831



This is #1, and the solution to the question would be something along the lines of PMing the user, pointing him/her to the correct forum section. Alternatively, you can post directly in that thread, so that the user will read the reply (especially useful for those who don't read the PM, because they don't know how to open the PM inbox, lol). And then you delete your reply and the question from that thread, once the user posts in the correct section. All of those who won, sent in variations of this "method", which is fine with me. Smile


2)
http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t16260-isabella-de-santis#120623


This one is #2, and seemingly harder. Possible solutions to that would be that in the thread, there are only "thank you"-posts, hence one could assume that questions do not belong there. Another alternative could be that there are already special sub-forums for questions. Again, all of those who won wrote "similar" replies, which are OK too. This is one of the questions where you had some "leeway", so to speak.

I saw replies though that said "you can close the topic". But that is TOTALLY wrong, sorry to those who wrote that. That "solution" is not even close to what would be considered correct. The question was to find ARGUMENTS as to why posting questions is not allowed there. The question was NOT "what can be done instead of posting here". I know that I can lock the thread, but this was NOT the task. A fine line, that should not be crossed.  Twisted Evil   Very Happy  


3)
http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t17290-guide-horses-riding-and-competitions#118865


As for question #3 (probably the simplest question of all), the correct answer would be "The Sims 3 Downloads Support (PC)", here:
http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/f38-the-sims-3-downloads-support-pc


I saw a reply saying "The Sims 3 in-game support", and that's incorrect. 

4)
http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t8929p40-registry-helper-closed#118229

The last question: 
1) At first, you suggest to re-apply the latest manual patch + Ultimate fix
2) Second comes the thing with the mods
3) Third is the GameBooster
4) And last is the thing with the hardware failure


That would be the perfect solution. At first, you should make sure that the general framework (correct patch + crack AND compatible mods) is present. That's why you suggest at first to apply the patch + crack, and then suggest the thing with the mods.

If you suggest GameBooster as a second option, it's not optimal. Because the user could have incompatible mods, right ? Sure, you can suggest focussing on the mods AFTER GameBooster too, but then you will have "lost a tempo", so-to-speak. And you would need a third step to fix the problem. If you focussed straight away at the mods, you would have been at step #2. If you really want to focus on GameBooster first, it would actually be more logical to suggest GameBooster as step #1, and THEN go on with manual patch/Ultimate fix (step #2), and then the mods (step #3).



Basically this is it, in terms of solutions. Now to the point: The 5 winners of the contest are:


- kookiekween99


- dragonracer3


- shante090


- Rosellee


- Triavalon


Congratulations to you 5. Smile  You have passed the test with 100% correct replies. I will at first send you an e-mail, asking you if you are still alive here. If you confirm that you are here and have not forgotten the contest, I will send the serial numbers straight away (probably via e-mail too, unless you want them via PM on the forum). Don't worry, you will not (really) lose the prize, unless you don't get back to me via e-mail at all (lol).

I saw quite a number of users that only had one mistake, which is sad of course, but according to policy (see opening post) you are uneligible for claiming the main prize, however, I'd still like to ask those who did not win to stick around for a little while, still. The Admin may have an "extra". But I don't really know any details about that. I'll leave it to him to post here. Very Happy  

I also have a small extra for those who did not win: you are invited to participate in any future contests by me. This means for the winners - and this is the only bad news I have today - that the winners are not eligible in participating in future contests.

I'd like to ask you, Rosellee, Triavalon, shante090, kookiekween99 and dragonracer3, NOT to participate in future contests (and do not cheat either, please Razz ). Seriously though, I think it is only fair. Other people should get a chance to win a game too. I wouldn't want to give you a prize again, in a future contest.

Basically, that's all I had in mind to say. If any of you wishes to say anything or give feedback on the contest, feel free to do so in this thread. I will now also say this here: no hate please. I don't want to hear things like "I did not understand the task(s)". I ALSO said in the opening post that besides my willingness (to some extent) to give actual hints to the solutions, you were ALSO allowed to ask general questions in this thread of course. If you really didn't understand something, you should have simply asked. Some people in this thread did ask, and I made my best effort to get back to those users as quickly and as thoroughly as I could.

Was the contest too easy/too hard or just right ? What about the searching component - with the 12 pictures ? I saw some comments on Facebook, indicating that this was a lot of posts to sift through. Actually, this "search area" is/was VERY small; nothing compared to what I had in mind originally, lol. 

Let's hear whatever you have to say (or not). Very Happy  


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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by Triavalon on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:40 am



Well, I yelled so loud that my cat nearly pooed himself. He desperately wants to be an outdoor cat now and I desperately want my desktop to boot up. So ultra super excited! The fifth winner though, that was just... dang... Thank you sooooo much!!

The contest took a lot of work, but that did help keep the winners from all just being the ones who saw the post first. I actually literally spent my entire evening on the contest, and that was even with using keyboard shortcuts to close and navigate the pages faster. A bigger time range would have been... I probably would have given up actually.

And, for the technicals, the code did work perfectly and of course I won't enter more contests.




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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:45 am

@Triavalon wrote:

Well, I yelled so loud that my cat nearly pooed himself. He desperately wants to be an outdoor cat now and I desperately want my desktop to boot up. So ultra super excited! The fifth winner though, that was just... dang... Thank you sooooo much!!

And, for the technicals, the code did work perfectly and of course I won't enter more contests.




Just because I mentioned your name "last", it doesn't mean you sent in your reply as #5. In fact, (I think I said it already), I won't be giving details on the order of the entries. Smile

That said, I'm happy to hear it works. I hope you'll have lots of fun with your game ! Very Happy  bounce  


Congratulations again. Wink  


//EDIT

To all other winners: I will also be sending you the serials. Please stay tuned, and I would appreciate it, if you also posted in this thread and said something Razz  (kookiekween, I also sent you the mail already).


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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by kookiekween99 on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:48 am

*fist bumps the air* Just got my email! I'm out and about right now, but I'll definitely try it when I get home. Although I wonder, do I have to uninstall the pirate version first? I'm not quite sure how Origin works, to be honest.

Feedback about the contest: I thought it was just the right amount of work for what it was. Though I think it would be better termed a scavenger hunt than a contest. Knowing how forums work in general definitely helped. It was hard and kind of a pain in the butt, but the way I see it, it took me about three hours to find everything and another half an hour to answer the questions, and considering the usual cost of the game ($60), it was basically like working for $17/hour, which is a lot more than I usually make. So the time and energy was worth it to me.
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:51 am

@kookiekween99 wrote:*fist bumps the air* Just got my email! I'm out and about right now, but I'll definitely try it when I get home. Although I wonder, do I have to uninstall the pirate version first? I'm not quite sure how Origin works, to be honest.

Feedback about the contest: I thought it was just the right amount of work for what it was. Though I think it would be better termed a scavenger hunt than a contest. Knowing how forums work in general definitely helped. It was hard and kind of a pain in the butt, but the way I see it, it took me about three hours to find everything and another half an hour to answer the questions, and considering the usual cost of the game ($60), it was basically like working for $17/hour, which is a lot more than I usually make. So the time and energy was worth it to me.


I would un-install the pirated version, yes, and then re-boot the computer, to avoid any potential complications (not so much with Origin itself, but rather with the correct functioning of the game). And thank you very much for your feedback on the tasks ! Very Happy  

Congratulations to you too, again. Smile  

To all winners again: don't type the serial in; instead, simply copy + paste the serial from the mail, into the Origin prompt.


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I've now sent out all e-mails to the 5 winners. Those who didn't do so yet (Rosellee, shante090 and dragonracer3) do post back on here if everything works as it should. Smile  
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by kookiekween99 on Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:58 am



Serial works!  Tea 5
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:00 am

@kookiekween99 wrote:

Serial works!  Tea 5


Lovely ! Razz  

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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by shante090 on Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:36 am

OH WOW, that's so amazing! Such a great Christmas present! Thank you for this wonderful contest! I haven't checked out the key yet but as soon as I know if it works (i.e. when I get back home), I'll let you know. For now, I just wanted to say thank you! I love you

// EDIT: One more thing - I really enjoyed the contest! It wasn't overwhelming nor boring. I'd say it was educative and fun! So again, thank you for that. Very Happy
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Re: Christmas 2014 giveaway contest: "The Sims 4 Limited Edition". [CLOSED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:08 pm

@shante090 wrote:OH WOW, that's so amazing! Such a great Christmas present! Thank you for this wonderful contest! I haven't checked out the key yet but as soon as I know if it works (i.e. when I get back home), I'll let you know. For now, I just wanted to say thank you! I love you

// EDIT: One more thing - I really enjoyed the contest! It wasn't overwhelming nor boring. I'd say it was educative and fun! So again, thank you for that. Very Happy


Congratulations to you too. Smile

And yes, I'm glad to hear you liked it. Very Happy  I really wanted to add in a component where you really needed to think about stuff - and hence learn about it. This component will also be present in future contests - in one form or the other.


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It's OK, do post back, when you get to it. Wink  
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