Since I know not all of you out there who play sims are part of the Sims 2 community, I thought I'd post this here - the official EA Sims 2 site is closing down within a month. If there's anything on there you want to keep, or stories you own, jump on them. This includes the patches, though I know someone else has backed up the patches elsewhere for you to download.
ETA: At least with Sims (unlike City), I can still play the game after it's officially closed. :/ (Yes, I downloaded the patches ages ago)