Hi. Here is a very short list of gripes which is certainly not to be considered all inclusive (like many in this game I have quite a few but these only are the ones looming largest at the moment): 1. My oldest sim is 1953 days old today, which shows on my sim's age and has shown all day today. According to a chart on ealandmania.net I should have received my 113th skill lock today, and I have not. I would like my skill lock please. 2a. I have kept two accounts continually paid without interruptoin since this game went retail and yet one of my sims (the oldest account, oldest by just 3 days at most) never received one of her mystic trees. Tech Support just simply never replied at all to my queries at the time about this and never have replied. I'd like that mystic tree please. 2b. since I've paid for my accounts and had sims without interruption since creatoin on 11/26/2002 and the game went retail I'd like to know why my entitlement on both accounts does not reflect and match up wtih the sims/account age at all. My steady on 1953 days' old sim/account has entitlement for only 1927 days and my sim of 1950 days inexplicably only has entitlement for 1589 days. I'd like al my entitlement days I've got coming back to me please. 3. Does Maxis/EA ever ever EVER plan to rectify the economy? I just need to know. Sitting in skill lots for literally 3+ days or tree-sitting the scant few trees all my sims have between them (three because I was shorted one, see 2a above) for insane amounts of time for a precious fruit-induced skill increase just so I can then frustrate the crap out of myself straining at $52 per item when I finally get to 20.99 at something for money that will never remotely come close to anything I need to do anything at all in this game is a drag, a real drag. I understand they would like to entice people to pay above and beyond the $9.99 per account they already receive.. but this is rediculous. Would somebody please tell me if they intend forever and ever to have us eeking along at $52 per item at ages to acrue any of the thousands that just any action (lot-purchases, lot-enlargements, repairs, most of the items in the catalogs, etc etc etc ad nauseous) cost? If I REALLY wanted to play Second Life or Project Entropia (other games that already attempt through 'sucktitute' otherwise to coerce you to regularly buy ingame money but even they at least have loads better graphics and you can at least SEE what you are doing) I would play those. I'm not playing those I am playing here (and at this point only because I've got the longevity going here) so could you guys at EA/Maxis whatever there ease up on trying to emulate those other games and cut us a break because if I wanted to spend literal mind numbing days in a chat I would be on Yahoo or MSN or IRC and I'm not there either. I'm trying to play THIS game, would you please make it possible? Thank you. (PS, yes this was written in a really bad mood, flame on all dev-praisers etc, but they need to know).