Diary of a Wookiee: Squeaky Wheeled Success

Hey honey!  Honey?  Huhhhhh—-kneeeeee…..

There she is!  My baby, my boo, my precious blue-eyed Wookieetown.

Return of the Wookiee

Oh yeah!  Super stoked!  Who’s the master? Sho Nuff…  Who’s the master? Sho Nuff…  Don’t see no Bruce Leroys around here… only one ecstatic Wookiee and the reason for that is simple… I CAN ACCESS MY GAME AGAIN….  WOO FRAKIN HOO DIPPITY DOO!!!

Wow… a bright, green Springfield I can play around in.  I know most people have been looking at these colors for several weeks, but after all that snow and a crash-enforced vacation from my town… I feel blinded by all the colors.  Reminds me of the time I flew home from the Middle East to a tropical island 8 degrees south of the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  Sensory overload to the max!

My first thought when I re-entered my town (other than I hope those bully punks didn’t blow it up again while I was gone) was that EA had made all the colors a little brighter.  Anyone else think that?

Well… I’m a nerd at heart and had to test it.  Check out these two screenshots I took of the same area.  The top one is from September 2013 and the bottom is today, 28 January 2014.

Color Diffs

Looking at the images, it actually looks like the old Springfield pre-winter was a skoshi brighter.  For the sake of science (lol), I also took an image I screenshot after Halloween to compare to my new green Springfield.

Color Diffs 2

Once again, the old one seems brighter but it’s subjective at best.  One might argue the new colors are richer and therefore brighter.  When I compare my game screen to the image, it does seem brighter.  Who knows?

Anywho… totally rambling again and not even making the point I planned originally.  The reason I choose to bore you with another diary post is I wanted to let you know that the system works.  This is my second major glitch/issue with my game and both times I went through EA’s help process and found resolution.  While far from scientific, both fixes took about 2 weeks from start to finish.  To say I’m happy is an understatement but is it weird that I’m still not sure if I should be disappointed that it cut short my whole Homer got abducted by aliens story?


One of the coolest things for me is this time I completely followed the steps outlined in Bunny’s post about it so it was even easier than figuring it out on my own during Halloween.  You should have seen the texts from Alissa and Bunny when I sought sympathy and told them my game was broke.  You wanna bet they both told me to read the blog?  Possible karmic retribution for saying the same thing to my family?

Well I did and it was helpful.  Sure sometimes the help system can be frustrating or slow, but good things come to those that wait….. and also to those that wail like a baby Wookiee.

baby wookiee

The key to success is first and foremost contacting EA and secondly following up.  You don’t need me to use the squeaky wheel analogy, right?  Good.  Everyone knows you should keep your wheels properly WD-40’d at all the times so they don’t squeak in the first place.

Knocking out your personal troubleshooting steps is important before contacting EA.  If these don’t work, the e-mail system does.  I didn’t even have to call them this time.

EA Call Center

Best part about the whole contacting EA dealio is they sometimes give out free donuts to effected tappers.  Missing Homer was only worth 17 donuts but this crashtastrophe got me 50 donuts AND they made sure setting my game backwards didn’t keep me from getting Kumiko.  Now that’s what I call thoughtful.

I hope my good news means that all my tapperino compadres with issues are also seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  If not, don’t lose hope.  If you need ideas for things to do in the interim, check out another page from my diary here. I’m right here rooting for all of you!

Well, just a quick ramble today without most of my insanity.  Maybe it was all caused by withdrawal symptoms?  Not sure and definitely don’t want to repeat the experiment.  Y’all stay classy and TTFN… Wookiee out! (and keeping it tight)

Tapped Out Wookiee

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7 responses to “Diary of a Wookiee: Squeaky Wheeled Success

  1. Hooray! Strange, but today on my lunch break I was wondering if you were back in the game yet. Welcome back!

  2. Glad you’re up. Still waiting myself.

  3. Yay!

  4. No more training do you require. Already know you, that which you need…

    (Glad you’re up again!)

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