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People Are Extremely Mad The Sims 4 Is Now Free

The Sims 4 is now free, and nobody is quite as mad as the people who purchased it.

Electronic Arts, which produces The Sims 4, announced the brief-sale on Wednesday morning, where users can purchase the base game -- originally $49.99 -- for exactly zero dollars if they pick it up before May 28th.

For those who missed the decades-long phenomenon that is The Sims (question: how?), it's a simulation game that's essentially like playing dollhouse. You create your humans (a.k.a. 'Sims'), build them houses, find them a job, guide them through life, and eventually, bury their remains. In recent years it's become akin to a fantasy game. A job and a house? In this economy?

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Casually living in your mansion with a swimming pool, no big deal. Photo: EA.

As soon as EA announced the week-long sale, Sims 4 began trending. Some were simply spreading the good news that this popular game was briefly free. Others were less than impressed.

"The Sims 4 really decided to be free after I paid for it.... a clown," one person said on Twitter, posting a photo of a sad clown resignedly putting on his red wig. (Clowns are a Sims thing. They're also, well, clowns.)

Unfortunately, the free Sims 4 deal does not cover EA's deluge of expansion, and 'stuff' packs (there are 15 and counting), but if you were a fan of the old games and haven't yet dipped your toe into the latest pack, it's not a bad deal.

You can also keep the game -- this isn't a free trial. It's just free.