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Help Our TSTO Addicts Community Send a “Holiday Greeting Message to EA” Part II

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Ah…as the old song says, It’s the “Most Wonderful Time, Of the Year!”

A time when all people set aside their differences, and work toward a happier, jollier feeling, when they can be unified in the joy of the season.  A season when we all agree that the trivial differences that separate us, can be put aside toward a unified wish of “Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Mankind!”

Or Not…

So, EA has certainly “done it this time,” in creating a “Winter Update” that has been without question, one of the most divisive of all time (and that is saying a lot!).  Part I of our experiment has been enlightening, to say the least. Our little one-sided poll has produced results that are predictably slanted, while offering some insight into the feelings of the community.

The results speak for themselves…
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Help Our TSTO Addicts Community Send a “Holiday Greeting Message to EA”

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I don’t have to tell you, that the Winter 2016 has blindsided us all, and could not have come at a worse time in regards to the level of emotions rubbed raw by current world events.

The outcry and level of angst over the elements and flavor of this very “Un-Christmassy” update should be predictable, to even the most Non-PC, insensitive, thoughtless programmer/writer lout who thinks that their “humor” is insulated from public opinion by the fact that they write for a game based on a cartoon.  But, of course…nothing could be further from the truth.

But to me, the saddest and most disturbing result of this update, has been the public reaction, along with the complete dismantling of any semblance of polite discussion, common sense, or tollerance  for other’s opinions.  It has gone from  “EA Sucks/This Update Sucks” to personal attacks on one another’s beliefs, attacking religions, attacking those who disregard the controversy, and attacking those who are attacking those who are attacking any and all positions.

It is divisive and harmful to a community. We have had to delete more comments in moderation, than any other time in the history of TSTO Blogging.

This. Is. Going. To. Stop. PERIOD. 

It’s going to stop here. And it’s going to stop now. Because enough, is enough, is enough.  AND…I ACTUALLY HAVE A SOLUTION FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE UPSET ABOUT THIS UPDATE…Really.

But, as far as a free-form, open forum for random, vitriolic bitching? We’re done. You made Mom cry. And, that is unacceptable.

First a little history…a chance to vent…and then a solution.

But. be forewarned, if you don’t read the whole post, and just jump ahead to make a comment, you risk having your comment deleted. So…READ IT ALL.
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Hey Addicts, Caption This!


Sometimes TSTO gives us humorous little moments when we capture our characters doing rather strange things.  These posts are all about those strange and funny moments! Twice a week we’ll be posting a Caption This! moment where we want you, the Addicts readers, to put on your writing caps and come up with what you think is happening in the screenshot. Post your captions in the comments below. We can’t wait to see how creative and funny you guys can be!

Let’s see what y’all can do with this….

Hey Addicts… Caption This!

(Caption This image was submitted by Addicts reader TmXGhost)
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If you’ve got an image you’d like to submit for a “Caption this!” post, email it to us at TSTOAddictsblog@gmail.com or post it on the Addicts Flickr page, you never know when yours might be next!

The rEAl story behind the delay of Winter/Holiday 2016 Event!

Note from Alissa: Guys this post is meant to be funny. You know humor. Laughing is what we do around here. .especially when we’re all going crazy waiting for this update to hit.  So relax. It’s a joke.  Remember it’s ok to laugh…
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AsI may have mentioned in my last article regarding the upcoming (please?) Winter/Holiday event, I have a slightly contentious relationship with EA.

What I am about to write is not likely to get me added to their Christmas card list. But, I have a suspicion, perhaps even a hunch (but not quite strong enough to be considered a prognostication), about what rEAlly happened to keep EA from releasing the aforementioned update when I thought they would/should last week.

Let’s be clear…I realize that we are ALL sick and tired of talking about “Election 2016,” but there is little doubt in my mind that the election combined with regular EALPish behavior, created the perfect fog, which ended up delaying the release.

Conspiracy, wild theory, or just pragmatic reasoning? You tell me…

But, HERE is what I think happened…
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Addicts Open Thread

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time of the week again, time for the Addicts Weekly Open Thread!  So, let’s get the conversation going!  Oh and remember…just because this is posted here today doesn’t mean you can’t comment on it all week long.  This open thread will still be open for comments long after today is over!

Here’s where you can talk about anything you want to talk about…TSTO Related, Simpson’s Related or ANYTHING.  Just no Add me requests…those should go here.  We’ll give you a few suggestions (like most Sunday’s you can talk about the current episode of the Simpsons) but for the most part you’re free to talk about ANYTHING your little Tapping Fingers desire…just keep it PG.

So, here is your Open Thread…..

After  a week off the Simpsons are back this week with an all new episode, what do you think will happen in this week’s episode?

The Thanksgiving/Most Dangerous game mini event ended early last week…and now we wait.  When do you think the next update will hit?  What do you think it will be?

How was your weekend?  Do anything fun and exciting?  We’ve spent the weekend surrounded by Christmas.  Taking Riley to the Christmas Village, Breakfast with Santa and on Monday we’re taking her to Macys in NYC to see Santa.  It’s a Christmas/Santa filled weekend around here!

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, Update fun, or anything else you can think of!  Can’t wait to chat with you all, you know we love hearing from you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!

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Episode Reminder: The Last Traction Hero

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s almost Sunday and the Simpsons are back this week with an all new episode!

So here’s your official TSTO Addicts reminder…all new episode of The Simpsons, this Sunday, December 4th, on FOX….“The Last Traction Hero”

So what do The Simpsons have in store for us this week?  Here’s the episode information released from FOX:

A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor” and tries to keep the peace..

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And here’s the sneak peek for this week’s episode from FOX:

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night to see all the fun!

As always after the episode airs we’ll have a full episode recap!

Are you excited for the new Episode?  What do you think will happen in the new episode? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

Winter 2016 – The View From a Seasoned Christmas Veteran

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This is an experiment. You are all part of it. But in full disclosure, I’m not sure if you need to participate or not, beyond simply clicking below the fold to read what’s there.

You see…I have a pretty storied history with EA, and being able to force their hand to start a major event when I want it to start.  All I have to do, is spend a bunch of time preparing a post about what’s in store. And like magic, EA will start the update, if for no other reason, than to render all of my hard work moot. It’s a love/hate thing.

This will be my 4th Winter/Christmas EA event. NO…WAIT…my FIFTH! Five Years. Not Four. Not three…or two…FIVE.. That is a whole lot of experience from which to draw.

For that reason, I am uniquely qualified to PREDICT THE FOLLOWING about the upcoming Winter Event…which will no doubt start within an hour of this post going live. EA hates me. But, I will fall on my icicle and “take one for the team” if it means we can start Winter/Christmas 2016 on time.

If you want to help…and see my predictions… KEEP READING.

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Addicts Open Thread

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s that time of the week again, time for the Addicts Weekly Open Thread!  So, let’s get the conversation going!  Oh and remember…just because this is posted here today doesn’t mean you can’t comment on it all week long.  This open thread will still be open for comments long after today is over!

Here’s where you can talk about anything you want to talk about…TSTO Related, Simpson’s Related or ANYTHING.  Just no Add me requests…those should go here.  We’ll give you a few suggestions (like most Sunday’s you can talk about the current episode of the Simpsons) but for the most part you’re free to talk about ANYTHING your little Tapping Fingers desire…just keep it PG.

So, here is your Open Thread…..

No new Simpsons this week..BUT we’re smack dab into the Simpsons 600 marathon!  Have you been watching?

The Thanksgiving/Most Dangerous Game mini event winds down this week, have you enjoyed it?

Black Friday Rebate Specials have been in our stores all weekend, have you picked anything up yet?

Christmas is just around the corner..what do you think the 2016 Winter/Christmas Event will bring to TSTO?

How was your weekend?  Do anything fun and exciting?  We’ve enjoyed a much needed four days off!  Celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, put up our Christmas Tree on Friday and spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and catching up with friends!

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, Update fun, or anything else you can think of!  Can’t wait to chat with you all, you know we love hearing from you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!

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Black Friday Breakdown…Friday’s Specials

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Tomorrow morning at 3am ET, 8am GMT, the Black Friday rebates start up in our stores…where every hour starting Friday and running until very early Monday morning, another item will appear in the shops to purchase for a rebated donut price!

As I promised I would do in our Black Friday Rebate Reveal Post, I’m going to breakdown each item for you the day before they’re set to appear in the stores.  So you can make a decision on what you’d like to buy and be prepared to grab it.

So here’s where you’ll find the quick links to the previous Should I Buy Posts on each item, as well as my current opinion on each item. Just remember…it’s all about what you like and want in your Springfield.  There may be something that you love, that I hate.  That’s how the world works.  So get what you like because, you like it…

Now on with the list!

Here’s the breakdown for the items that will appear TOMORROW Friday, November 25th starting at 3am ET, 8am GMT

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Happy Thanksgiving! (New/Returning Items in the Store)

Don’t forget to pick up your Keep Springfield Weird! shirts available via Teespring.  They’ll only be around until tomorrow, so get em while they’re hot!🙂front-1

Hey Howdy Hey Turkey Tappers!

It’s finally Turkey Day here in the US!  And you know what that means…Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Apple and Pumpkin pie, football, stretchy pants and insane sales at the mall!

You may notice things a little quiet around here today (you can always check out the details of the Thanksgiving (Most Dangerous Game) Event here) as we take the day to celebrate the holiday with our families.

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However, we couldn’t let a day dedicated to being thankful go by without a special THANK YOU to YOU…our AMAZING readers!  We are so thankful for each and every one of you that take the time to read our posts and comment.  So from Patric, Wookiee, Bunny and myself…THANK YOU!!  You guys rock and we couldn’t do this without you!

Here at Addicts we’ve all been blessed in so many ways and we hope you have too. In that spirit we’d like to invite you to take a moment and let us know in the comments below what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Well, before we start to carve into the Turkey (or Bunducken) we’d like to take just one more moment of your time. As I mentioned above, today’s a day to reflect on all you’re thankful for in life & in that spirit, if you can, as we do each year we’d like to invite you to donate to a charity that’s near and dear to our hearts, Friends of Buyijja.  A fantastic charity founded by our own Patric to deliver “Unconditional Support for the Education and Welfare of Children…in an effort to deliver hope and opportunity.”  Patric talked about it a bit in last week’s Addicts Live.  You can find out more about Friends of Buyijja by clicking the link below, and if you can we’d like to encourage you to make a donation to an amazing charity that’s doing amazing work.

You can find out more, and make a donation here 

Happy Thanksgiving Tappers (whether you celebrate or not, we all celebrate through TSTO)!

And now…since you’re all TSTO Addicts, here’s some info about the Thanksgiving themed items that have made a comeback in our stores…

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First, don’t forget to login for your free cornucopia, which offers a .5% bonus on all cash and XP.

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