Are there any EA / Origin / Sim 4 gamers here?

I am not a gamer and am trying to help a family member. Questions are:

  • how usable is this for a young, neophyte computer user and gamer?

  • are there any parental controls?

  • can the social networking functions be disabled?

  • can game purchase be limited?

  • would you allow your 9 year old daughter to play games on this platform?

- how usable is this for a young, neophyte computer user and gamer?

Once it’s installed, it’s as simple as Amazon. It works like any other internet storefront.

- are there any parental controls?

Yes.

- can the social networking functions be disabled?

I’m not sure. I’m guessing not, since becoming their own social network is one of their primary goals, but don’t take my word for it.

- can game purchase be limited?

I’m not 100% on this because I’m not on my home computer so I can’t launch it and check, but I don’t think they require you to enter any credit card info just to use the client. As long as you don’t “save” your credit card info to the site, purchases can’t be made without actually possessing a card (they’ll ask for payment info when you try to make a purchase).