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Try The Sims 4 for 48 hours, free with Origin Game Time!

Are you ready to rule? The Sims 4 is now available with Origin Game Time, giving players 48 hours of free, unrestricted gameplay. Now you can check it out without spending a penny.


Theme Hospital is free with On the House! Here are 5 tips to get you started

What will you do when your hospital is overrun with vomiting, big-headed patients scrambling to spend their hard-earned money on medical support? What about when a bunch of people show up dressed like Elvis Presley and need psychological help? If you answered "hire more doctors", you're already mentally prepared for the insanity that is Theme Hospital, Bullfrog Productions' 1997 classic.Good news! The game is available for free with Origin On the House, so you can download it and start playing immediately without spending a dime.


2014: The year the Origin community logged more than 1.1 billion hours of gaming

Fact: last year was a great year for PC gamers. First-person shooters, sports games, RPGs – no matter your tastes, 2014 saw the release of tons of great titles spanning a variety of genres. But you know what? It was an equally incredible year for you, the Origin community. In fact, we thought it would be fun to share some stats with you to give you a look at what the community has been up to. Check them out right here!


Origin's year-end sale has arrived! Celebrate what made 2014 awesome

2014 is coming to an end, and that means it's time to look back on what made the year so awesome. Video games, by the way. That's the answer. Video games is what made the year so awesome.


5 fun predictions SimCity 2000 made about the future

Way back in 1994, Maxis released SimCity 2000 – one of the most revered city-building and management sims of all time. For a game that was released back when pagers were the hot new thing, it holds up remarkably well. But while the gameplay is as fresh as ever, SimCity 2000's many hunches of what the future would hold for mankind feel a little sillier than they might have in '94. Flying cars? Yet to be seen. Giant self-contained cities that could be launched into space to serve as colonies? Still a ways off on that one. So join us on a nostalgia-fueled journey as we take a look at 5 predictions SimCity 2000 made about the events that would come to pass in the years following its release.


Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Shadow of Revan expansion is available! Here’s what you need to know

Recently, we had a chance to sit down with BioWare and check out STAR WARS The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan. We explored some of the new content on the new planets of Rishi and Yavin 4, and tried out some of the new Flashpoints available to players climbing towards the increased level cap of 60. We also reached out on the Origin Insider Twitter account to find out what our community wanted to know about Shadow of Revan. Here are a few questions we received, with answers straight from the source: BioWare.


SimCity 2000 is On the House - Here are 5 things you should do while playing!

There are two kinds of people in this world. People who have no idea what "Reticulating Splines" means, and those who have nostalgic memories of spending hours building cities in SimCity 2000. Today, we have great news for both of those groups: the classic sim is the next game On the House on Origin, meaning you can get it – right now – for absolutely free! Just add it to your Origin Game Library and you can play it whenever you want.


New to Battlefield 4? Learn the ropes with these 5 Insider Tips!

Ever wanted to play a first-person shooter that features massive 64-player online battles, map-altering environmental destruction, and a mix of infantry and vehicle combat? Good news: Battlefield 4 offers all of those things and more. Maybe you recently picked it up on sale – or maybe you're wanting to check it out for a full, free week of play via Origin's Game Time program. Either way, we want you to have the best experience possible. Let these 5 Insider Tips serve as the foundation for your all-out war experience.


Origin’s Black Friday sale kicks off today – details here!

Ah, yes – Black Friday. That time of the year when thousands of people wait in a line for, like, 15 hours so they can save $30 on a $2000 television. Some folks brave the grueling cold to do so; others simply stand around for days, waiting for the perfect deal. But let’s be honest for a minute here. Savings are great. Lines? Not so much. That’s why you, the savvy internet shopper, have made an incredible choice by coming to Origin. Our Black Friday sale has tons of awesome deals on equally awesome PC games. Best of all? Zero lines. Not even one. Want the details? Read on.


Dragon Age: Inquisition - Insider Tips

If you're reading this, odds are you're either already exploring Thedas, or you're thinking about diving into Dragon Age: Inquisition in the near future. And who can blame you? The game is incredible, and totally worth checking out for any RPG fan. It's also massive, with plenty to see and do in the 150+ hours you can spend in the world. That's why we're here, with some Insider Tips to make your Herald of Andraste the best Herald of Andreste the world of Thedas has ever seen.


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