I admit, I was a bit worried when Apple first hinted that developers would be able to add in-app purchases to their apps. I had this fear at the time that developers would take advantage of it the process, and games, especially online games, would require mafia game style add-ons to compete at higher levels. Well fortunately this hasn't occurred yet, but as one could guess, EA is starting the in-app download trend with some additional theme packs for its ever so popular game, The Sims 3.
If I've learned anything from my years on Earth, it's that have to pay my taxes, and that there will be expansion packs for Sims games. Oddly enough, this doesn't bother me in the least. I admittedly don't play the Sims too often, but who's to say that some of the great games out there won't follow suit. Would I be upset if Fieldrunners charged a buck or two for an expansion pack? No, probably not. The great thing that I've learned from the app store is that it's a great example of capitalism at its finest (well, it may be a bit regulated for true capitalism). When people make good products, their apps sell... just look at Harbor Master. I'm assuming that the same will hold true for expansions and in-app add-ons.
Back to the Sims... I went on a bit of a tangent there. In the next update to The Sims 3, 6 theme packs will be available for download at prices that are yet to be determined. 5 are already set in stone by EA (Nightlife, Sci-Fi, Gothic, Medieval, University), and on the EA website, they are having a poll to choose what the 6th pack will be. Sounds cool to me.
There is yet to be a release date for this update, or the exact price of the add-ons, but I'm hoping that the date will be tomorrow and the price will be a penny. Maybe I'm a bit optimistic, but here's hoping.