If it's not dead, it will be because of mods, because of people who work their way past the awful "game design", when it's really software draped on a cheap-ass marketing plan. The last Sims I ever saw, years old, I hated for the same reason - you design, if you're like me, maniacally, then there's nothing to do with it. But everyone online has the same complaints and there's mods that apparently work fine, to turn it into a real game. Which it isn't, I mostly only play independent or fairly obscure stuff, and it's so easy to see marketing driven screw the people who buy this fake game design behind it.
I want it to work, really bad - it's really sci-fi, and creative (the sims could only be a designing game for me at best, sci-fi is heaven), if you can get that to work, it's my kind of perfection. So I've put in some mods that are working for everyone else (they're at sporebase, as far as I know, all kinds), now that I found out where the right place on a Mac is - no result, I'm wondering if you're supposed to do an AppCleaner and reinstall or what. I was always tech hopeless, and not young, so I may need the most for compleat idiot help ever seen for game mods.
In the end it's up to real people, the players - no way I could have not seen Maxis design was just screwing the game to death, as soon as tech support miraculously got it to work at all, but still love the idea and want to get a game out of it (so nice to find people who get that it means beating EA first). And it's a huge irony, for an awesome idea with great software, they just kicked it so hard with the greedy crap. Here's hoping players save the great part - they seem to be, my lack of helpfulness is actually from a math related learning disability, so it's just a matter of having faith in good hackers beating the jerks. Which seems to be going great, if I can ever get the "make my downloaded mod work" thing figured out.
I saw a really good breakdown of the G nations thing, if I could find it. Also if someone could please tell me (maybe with pictures) how to make my mods work - mediafire being down might have something to do with it...