We certainly hope Electronic Arts built up some tough skin during the whole Spore
piracy pandemic, as it looks like they'll be facing similar buccaneering with their upcoming plumbob-equipped title, Sims 3
. According to media measurement group BigChampagne, the game was illegally download over 180,000 times
between May 18 (the day the game hit the Torrentscape
) and May 21.
Holly Rockwood, an awesomely named EA PR rep, responded to the downloads by explaining, "the pirated version is a buggy, pre-final build of the game," and that, "it's not the full game. Half the world -- an entire city -- is missing from the pirated copy." Based on the image seen above (sent in by an anonymous pirate), we don't think Rockwood is bluffing. For a more full-bodied Sims 3
experience, you'll have to wait for it to hit store shelves June 2.