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Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin

Origin's On the House program now offers Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition as a free download, a 100% discount off its normal $4.99 price tag (thanks Tech ARP). The action/strategy is available for Windows and OS X, and requires an Origin account to redeem. Here's a refresher on the game:

What do you do when there's a zombie on your lawn? If you answered "start planting flowers to defeat it," then you've likely heard of Plants vs. Zombies. Armed with dozens of zombie-zapping plants, from the classic peashooter to the devious cherry bomb, you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to stop all types of zombies dead in their tracks. And just when you think you've got a handle on things, obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog, and a swimming pool add to the challenge. With five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies!

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24. Re: Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 12, 2017, 08:14 Mr. Tact
 
Rigs wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 06:27:
You'd have to wrap me up in a bubble suit before I'd get on a motorcycle, especially down here in FL, where I've seen some absolutely horrific accidents happen with people that didn't have any kind of helmet or safety apparatus whatsoever. It's almost like a war, I know several friends that have family that they've lost because of motorcycle accidents and no one talks about it like it's taboo or disrespectful to the people who died.

=-Rigs-=
Yeah. I love the idea of riding a motorcycle, but people are such atrocious drivers I haven't been able to convince myself to even try it. It is bad enough being in my car when I'm nearly in an accident once or twice a month due to the bad driving of others.
 
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23. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 12, 2017, 06:27 Rigs
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 02:48:
Helmet effectiveness stats:

Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.

More injuries = more people and resources required for healthcare = higher healthcare costs for everyone. A national helmet law says us all $$$. Your personal liberty is fine until it starts stealing my money.

You'd have to wrap me up in a bubble suit before I'd get on a motorcycle, especially down here in FL, where I've seen some absolutely horrific accidents happen with people that didn't have any kind of helmet or safety apparatus whatsoever. It's almost like a war, I know several friends that have family that they've lost because of motorcycle accidents and no one talks about it like it's taboo or disrespectful to the people who died.

=-Rigs-=
 
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22. Re: Re: PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Desert Map Details Dec 12, 2017, 02:48 jdreyer
 
Rigs wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 16:22:
Slick wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 16:07:
It's the law to wear a crash helmet if you ride a motorcycle, even if that's common sense to you, it might not be common sense to other people.

Just want to point out that Florida has no such law. Big shocker, I know. I routinely see more people without one than with one on.

Carry on...

=-Rigs-=


Helmet effectiveness stats:

Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.

More injuries = more people and resources required for healthcare = higher healthcare costs for everyone. A national helmet law says us all $$$. Your personal liberty is fine until it starts stealing my money.
 
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21. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 11, 2017, 18:22 Slick
 
...I realise that some people think that the noblest cause in today's world is to wage a holy war against videogame makers.  
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20. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 11, 2017, 18:08 RedEye9
 
LiTh wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 18:00:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 16:03:
LiTh wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 13:41:
Install Origin and support EA? Ya...that price is just too high.

You do realize that by installing Origin and only ever playing the games that they give away for free, you're actually costing them money, right?

Actually it's good for them. They can show Origin adoption rates and usage increasing. Their executives then show their board of directors which also pleases their shareholders. But i'm sure you definitely realized that...
Shareholders look at numbers like how much money each account brings in, anything beyond that is just smoke and mirrors.
But keep up that senseless crusade. RESIST while the rest of us play a free game. sigh
 
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19. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 11, 2017, 18:00 LiTh
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 16:03:
LiTh wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 13:41:
Install Origin and support EA? Ya...that price is just too high.

You do realize that by installing Origin and only ever playing the games that they give away for free, you're actually costing them money, right?

Actually it's good for them. They can show Origin adoption rates and usage increasing. Their executives then show their board of directors which also pleases their shareholders. But i'm sure you definitely realized that...
 
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18. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 17:01 El Pit
 
Flatline wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 14:02:
El Pit wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:36:
Waiting for the "What? How dare they! The game sucks!" and "What? How dare they! It comes with Origin - an online DRM that is directly linked to Russia, Hillary, and the FBI!" posts... 3... 2... 1...


Took about 90 minutes for your wish to come true.

Yes, longer than usual. Oh well, it is christmas time, people got more soft spots right now than usual.
 
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17. Re: PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Desert Map Details Dec 11, 2017, 16:22 Rigs
 
Slick wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 16:07:
It's the law to wear a crash helmet if you ride a motorcycle, even if that's common sense to you, it might not be common sense to other people.

Just want to point out that Florida has no such law. Big shocker, I know. I routinely see more people without one than with one on.

Carry on...

=-Rigs-=

 
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16. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 16:07 Slick
 
Alamar wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 14:02:
Slick wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:50:
Well, there should be a secure method of identification then to make sure 18+ means 18+. I'm sure people would be able to bypass it, but it would solve a big chunk of problems with 8 year olds spending $1000 on candy crush.

This isn't a problem that needs solving... It was already solved years ago... Teach your kids what those tactics mean, and why they need to be avoided... If that fails for your kids (Worked fine for ours), don't enable purchases on your kids devices.

So you're basically wiping aside any societal rules to help those that need it? It's the law to wear a crash helmet if you ride a motorcycle, even if that's common sense to you, it might not be common sense to other people.

And how many parents out there have a better understanding of technology than their kids? You're saying that the parents have to be tech-savvy to even know that there is such a function to restrict purchases. For most families I imagine the kid asks to buy one thing for $5 once, parents say OK, the device stores CC info, kid starts racking up the bill, parents have no legal recourse.

If there was a system in place (that worked) where kids (whatever age you deem appropriate) can't do that shit, then the companies would have to refund them.

It's not a flawless idea, but I think that in general we need some regulation here. Isn't that what the whole #lootboxgate movement is all about? If people are mad at Battlefront, they should be teeming with hate towards freemium mobile games. So let's come up with answers.

I think that targeting freemium shit towards kids should be illegal, unless there's a clear, easy-to-use method of turning off all MTX until the account gets verified as an adult that can make their own decisions. Or maybe just that the account is linked to a CC with THEIR OWN NAME on it, not their parents. That with an 18+ gate.
 
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15. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 16:04 jdreyer
 
Alamar wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 14:02:
Slick wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:50:
Well, there should be a secure method of identification then to make sure 18+ means 18+. I'm sure people would be able to bypass it, but it would solve a big chunk of problems with 8 year olds spending $1000 on candy crush.

This isn't a problem that needs solving... It was already solved years ago... Teach your kids what those tactics mean, and why they need to be avoided... If that fails for your kids (Worked fine for ours), don't enable purchases on your kids devices.

While I agree you should also do that, having laws that disincentivize creation of these kinds of games in the first place is a good thing, IMO.
 
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14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 11, 2017, 16:03 jdreyer
 
LiTh wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 13:41:
Install Origin and support EA? Ya...that price is just too high.

You do realize that by installing Origin and only ever playing the games that they give away for free, you're actually costing them money, right?
 
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13. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 15:59 jdreyer
 
Slick wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:29:

You'd think that if the ratings industry meant anything this would all be an easy fix. Any game that has these "freemium" things should be rated 18+ so that no children are spending $1000 on this dumb shit. If you're an adult, then you can make up your own damned choice. I'm all for personal responsibility.

Yeah, and it's not even the money, but creating the OCD "gambling" neural pathways in their brains to get them used to having to pay $$$ for their gaming dopamine hits.

But yeah, that's a great idea.
 
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12. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 15:57 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:02:
PvZ is a great game, it's just too easy. Once you figure out how to do an optimum build order, you literally can never fail.

PvZ2 is a lot more challenging in that regard, but of course, it's absolutely infested out the ass with EA's microtransaction shit.

You don't always have access to your favs, night missions for example, or pool missions. PvZ is a classic, and a great game to give to your kids.

As for PvZ2, what a waste. There's a gem of a game there hidden behind an awful free-to-play model. Played about 15 hours before I hit the paywall.
 
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11. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 14:02 Alamar
 
Slick wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:50:
Well, there should be a secure method of identification then to make sure 18+ means 18+. I'm sure people would be able to bypass it, but it would solve a big chunk of problems with 8 year olds spending $1000 on candy crush.

This isn't a problem that needs solving... It was already solved years ago... Teach your kids what those tactics mean, and why they need to be avoided... If that fails for your kids (Worked fine for ours), don't enable purchases on your kids devices.
 
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10. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 14:02 Flatline
 
El Pit wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:36:
Waiting for the "What? How dare they! The game sucks!" and "What? How dare they! It comes with Origin - an online DRM that is directly linked to Russia, Hillary, and the FBI!" posts... 3... 2... 1...


Took about 90 minutes for your wish to come true.
 
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9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 11, 2017, 13:41 LiTh
 
Install Origin and support EA? Ya...that price is just too high.  
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8. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 12:50 Slick
 
Well, there should be a secure method of identification then to make sure 18+ means 18+. I'm sure people would be able to bypass it, but it would solve a big chunk of problems with 8 year olds spending $1000 on candy crush. We put a man on the moon almost 50 years ago, I think we can figure this one out...

I never got how they can't figure out a voting machine that isn't hackable, or doesn't break, or can actually you know COUNT VOTES ACCURATELY.

When the ENTIRE WORLD lives and dies on a financial system that tracks every 1/100th of a cent globally without ever messing up. Some comedian (can't remember who) made the observation about going into a Casino and wondering if they care if the tally at the end of the night is +/- a few hundred... lol yeah right. They have that shit so locked down you can't even do math in your head.

anyways, my point is that if there's incentive to get a system done right, it will manifest itself.
 
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7. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 12:39 RedEye9
 

Oh SWEET, snagged!
 
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6. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 12:36 El Pit
 
Waiting for the "What? How dare they! The game sucks!" and "What? How dare they! It comes with Origin - an online DRM that is directly linked to Russia, Hillary, and the FBI!" posts... 3... 2... 1...

 
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5. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Free on Origin Dec 11, 2017, 12:35 Creston
 
Slick wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:29:
Creston wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 12:02:
PvZ is a great game, it's just too easy. Once you figure out how to do an optimum build order, you literally can never fail.

PvZ2 is a lot more challenging in that regard, but of course, it's absolutely infested out the ass with EA's microtransaction shit.

Isn't PvZ2 just laden with the standard "candy crush" timed lockout stuff? Like it's a free game, but you can only play a certain amount before you get locked out for 45 minutes or so, but you can pay to bypass?

For a game that plays well on a mobile device, it always worked for me cause I'd only be playing for 10-15 minutes at a time. If you wanted to binge it you'd hit the paywall pretty fast.

Yeah and it's just an ages long grind to get the really good cards that will help you beat the really tough levels. I didn't play it all that much, because it took ages to load on my then pretty darn old phone.

I don't really know how I feel about this model. On one hand it feels really insidious, but on the other I get to play a fully fleshed-out game (alot bigger and more complex than the first game) without paying a dime.

Yeah, if you only play for 10 minutes at a time, it's not a bad deal. Unless of course that then turns into a five years grind at ten minutes at a time to get somewhere.

A timegate itself I wouldn't mind so much. I mean, it's stupid, but eh, it's a good excuse for me to turn the game off. It's the endless grind that you can bypass for the measly sum of $3. "We've made our game so terrible to play that we'll let you pay to not have to play it!"

Fuck off, shit publishers.

You'd think that if the ratings industry meant anything this would all be an easy fix. Any game that has these "freemium" things should be rated 18+ so that no children are spending $1000 on this dumb shit. If you're an adult, then you can make up your own damned choice. I'm all for personal responsability.

I like that idea. Of course, everyone knows that 18+ means nothing, especially on phones.
 
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