• FAQ,  Origin/EA-App

    [EA app] FAQ

    Below you can find some commonly asked questions about EA’s replacement for Origin. Origin can still be used for the time being, especially since quite a few features haven’t been implemented in the app yet. For older games especially it’s advisable to still use Origin. You can download Origin here (link will immediately initiate the download): Mac, PC Please see this post of Sims 4 specific questions: Sims 4 and EA app. I would not recommend EA app for any older Sims titles at the moment. For more common questions, please refer to the official EA app FAQ.

  • Tutorial

    Add Exceptions to Anti Virus Programs

    Introduction Many antivirus programs now offer protection against ransomware which protects the user folder from malicious attempts. This is normally a good thing as ransomware is designed to encode your user data since data has a huge value. Unfortunately this can prevent that trustworthy programs can write to these folders either which can lead to all kinds of unwanted behavior. The antivirus programs allow to put certain programs on a safe list so that they are allowed to write to these folders again. This tutorial will show you how to do that for a few widely used antivirus programs. The…

  • FAQ,  Origin/EA-App

    [ORIGIN] How to redeem a Game Key/Code

    Introduction If you buy game directly on Origin, you won’t get any keys. The game is automatically added to your game library. There are means to get game keys/codes though that you can redeem through Origin so the game gets added to your account. Be aware that any DLC will appear on the base game and not as separate entry. These cases include Buying the game through a trusted seller Buying a key in a box or other boxed retail versions Winning a key How to Redeem Keys can be redeemed on Origin. You need to an EA Origin Account…

  • Desperados 3,  FAQ

    [DESPERADOS 3] System Requirements

    Desperados 3 is available for PC, XB1 and PS4 (Release Date: June 16th, 2020). The system requirements for PC are as follows: PC Minimal Requirements (Source: Steam) Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: Windows 7 64-bit or higher Processor: 3.0 GHz Dual Core (Intel i3-530 / AMD Athlon II X3 460) Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia GTX 560 / Radeon HD 5850, 2GB DirectX: Version 11 Storage: 20 GB available space Recommended Requirements Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: Windows 10 Processor: 3.0 GHz Quad Core (Intel i5-750 / AMD Athlon X4 740) Memory: 12 GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia GTX 760, AMD Radeon HD…

  • Bugs,  Origin/EA-App

    [ORIGIN] Games Tabbing Out/ Games randomly auto-launching

    Problem I’m playing an Origin game but it randomly tabs out, minimizes or goes to windowed mode Origin coming to the front while playing a game. While doing something else, another Origin game randomly starts up Origin randomly starts itself, asking me to login. Cause Probably an issue with recognizing the licenses. Solution Close Origin Stop the following processes through the task Manager: OriginWebHelperService.exe and OriginClientService.exe Delete all files in the following folders (These folders are hidden, you need to unhide them first) C:\ProgramData\Electronic Arts\EA Services\License  C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Electronic Arts\EA Services\License Restart Origin

  • Tutorial

    Moving Windows Documents folder to external drive via symbolic link

    Introduction A lot of newer notebooks come with a rather small SSD. To save space, the ‘symbolic link’ method gives you the possibility to move game user data (like save games) to an external drive if the room on your system drive is getting scarce. Steps The method is explained with the example of Sims 4 but should work accordingly with any other game or application that has data in the documents folder. All you need to find out is in which folder the data is store and then do the instructions for that folder. Make sure Origin (or other…

  • Origin/EA-App

    [ORIGIN] Issues with installing and updating Origin and Origin Games

    Problem Some system currently have issues updating and installing Origin itself as well as downloading patches of Origin games. Cour download has been paused. Origin needs to download files and is waiting for permission. Error Codes 9:0: Whoops – an installer encountered an error Cause It looks like that the Origin Windows services “Origin Client Service” and “Origin Web Helper Service” are unable to give the correct permissions to the program. Without those services, the program would show a UAC prompt which doesn’t appear if the services are active. Solution Workaround that currently works Press the windows key Type: Services Click…

  • News,  Origin/EA-App

    [ORIGIN] Legacy Client is being retired

    Introduction EA announced yesterday that they will drop support for the Origin Legacy Client starting January 14th, 2020. This doesn’t have anything to do with the Sims 4 Legacy Edition that was published recently What does that mean ? All players on older, unsupported operating systems had to download the Origin Legacy Client. Those are in detail: Windows: Windows XP and Windows Vista (and everything older) Mac: Lion 10.7 und Mountain Lion 10.8 (and everything older) With the retirement of the Origin Legacy Version those players won’t be able to play any Origin games after January 14th, 2020 on these…

  • Anno 1800,  Patch

    [ANNO 1800] Patch 5.0 – September 10th, 2019

    Patch Size 2.51 GB Patch Notes Source: Ubisoft Highlights Added support for the new Botanica DLC (available as part of the Anno 1800 Season Pass or as a standalone purchase), which allows you to turn your city green with a new modular botanical garden. Let there be night! We have added a new dynamic day & night cycle to make sure your city looks stunning at any time of day! In addition to the cycle, you can at any time select one of four lighting presets (dawn, day, dusk or night). Added new plaza tiles and reworked four existing ornaments…

  • Gamescom

    Gamescom 2019

    Introduction Gamescom 2019 was again a very special experience. Each year I’m thinking, I will be there way to long but every time, Gamescom feels way to short. I met with many folks like every year and also with a few new ones that I haven’t met before. Meeting others is for me one of the main part of Gamescom as you don’t get many opportunities to meet the people you only know from the internet in person. Gamescom again broke all records although it felt emptier than before. The additional hall 11 did probably play a big part in…