Yes, I’m actually sitting here with my PC queued up to download the Sims Online Public Beta Test. The wife and kid are into The Sims and so they’re interested in trying out the beta for what will be, as was eloquently put by one of my coworkers, the world’s most advanced chat room software.
For the first few days of the open beta you could only get the file through one of the big gaming file resource sites like File Planet or File Shack and you had to be a subscriber to the service to boot. Tonight the folks at File Planet have opened up the download to any and all takers. Naturally, their servers are flooded with folks just like me hoping to download a copy of the beta. If you’re not a paying subscriber you have to wait in their file server queue and these are some of the longest waits I’ve ever seen. Right at this point in time I am number 139 out of 326 people waiting to download the client and they are estimating it’ll be another 44 minutes before my turn comes up. That’s not mentioning the fact that it’s a 1,214.8 MB download. Dial-up users need not apply.
Don’t know what’s wrong with me, I suppose I must be somewhat brain damaged to bother downloading the client. Still, I am curious as to how the game is going to work and this’ll give me a chance to try it out without paying for it beforehand.