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News: July - December 2006

Saturday 30th December 2006:
One poll ends, another begins: It's that time again, so lets get on with it.

First, the poll that has ended: Which has been the best The Sims 2 Expansion so far? The answer is Pets, according to 29.17% of you. To see the full results, go to the Quick Polls page.

Now, the poll that has just begun: What part of Seasons are you most looking forward to? Go to almost any other page on the website to vote.
 > Quick Polls

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 2:00 pm GMT/UTC

Friday 22nd December 2006:
Music Survey: Maxis are running a survey so you can tell them what you think of Sims music. The results could effect the future of music in The Sims, so take the survey by clicking below.
 > Survey

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 2:31 pm GMT/UTC

Wednesday 13th December 2006:
EA officially announce The Sims 2 Seasons: EA have released a press release officially announcing The Sims 2 Seasons. It mentions at the end that the expansion will be shipped in Europe on February 23rd and in the USA 5 days later on the 27th.
 > Press Release on TheSims2.com

 > The Sims 2 Seasons information...
 > ...and screenshots right here

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 5:21 pm GMT/UTC

Friday 8th December 2006:
Maxis/EA reveal The Sims 2 Seasons: Remember The Sims 1 expansion On Holiday, where you could play in the snow of an ideal (though rare here in the UK) winter? Well that's just one of the four seasons revealed today to be the focus of the next The Sims 2 expansion pack. Simply (but appropriately) named "Seasons", this expansion finally brings weather to the game - a feature seen in early screenshots of the base game (it was removed due to problems getting it to work I think). Find out more in the new Seasons section of The Sims 2 Expansion Packs page. Also, the first screenshots have been added to the screenshots section too.
 > The Sims 2 Expansion Packs
 > The Sims 2 Seasons Screenshots

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 8:21 pm GMT/UTC

Saturday 2nd December 2006:
New Quick Poll, plus previous results: A new quick poll has begun, so a previous poll must have ended.

Firstly, the previous results. Last month I asked:
You can have cats and dogs in Pets, but which do you prefer?
Well, dogs have won, but not by too much - Dogs got 54.55%, while Cats got 45.45%. See the results in bar form, plus a rare comment, by going to the Quick Polls page.

Now, the new poll. This time, I want to know:
Which has been the best The Sims 2 Expansion so far?
Did/do you enjoy the Nightlife the most, going to Uni, opening your own business, or buying a pet? Vote now on the Quick Poll page!
 > Quick Polls

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 5:03 pm GMT/UTC

Sunday 12th November 2006:
The Sims 3 - Before April 2009: As part of an earnings announcement, EA have confirmed that The Sims 3 is in the works, and will likely arrive before April 2009.
 > GameSpot News Article

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 6:48 pm GMT/UTC

The Sims Life Stories: A new game has been sort-of revealed. Well, the name anyway - "The Sims Life Stories". There is no other information available at this time.
The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 6:41 pm GMT/UTC

More Pets Reviews: GameSpy and IGN have each added reviews of The Sims 2 Pets.

IGN says "Pets is hands-down the least significant and useful of the Sims 2 expansion packs" and "the lack of clothing options for human Sims and the lack of new, non-pet-related objects really hurts", and give it 7.4 ("Decent") out of 10.

GameSpy says "the real issue with [Pets] is that it doesn't contribute a lot of additional gameplay" and "Unless you're really into dog breeding, nothing really substantial is added to the core game". GameSpy gave Pets 3 out of 5 ("Fair")
 > IGN Review

 > GameSpy Review
The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 6:33 pm GMT/UTC

The Sims 2 Festive Holiday Stuff - And Happy Holiday Mini-Pack?: Here in the UK, Festive Holiday Stuff, featuring "60 items of festive fun" seems to have been released, as it is available at GAME, although there is no listing on either EA's website, or The Sims 2 UK. According to TheSims2.com, it, known as "Happy Holiday Stuff" over there, has not been released yet. There is something interesting on the page that I got that from though, as it says that a "Mini Pack" will also be released, so people who bought last year's holiday pack can only get the new items, rather than paying for the main stuff pack which contains mostly items from said previous pack.
 > The Sims 2 Festive Holiday Stuff at GAME
 >
Holiday 2006 Home Page on TheSims2.com

Update: I've downloaded EA Link (successor to EA Downloader) and "The Sims 2 Festive Holiday Mini Pack" is available for £3.99. TheSims2.com says it is only available using EA Link.
 > EA Link

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 1:50 pm GMT/UTC

Hilary Duff Video Interview: The Sims 2 UK has posted a video interview with Hillary Duff about The Sims 2 Pets and her chihuahua, Lola. Click below to view it.
 >
The Interview

The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 1:32 pm GMT/UTC

The Sims 2 Festive Edition Announced: EA Games have announced The Sims 2 Festive Edition, which is basically The Sims 2 with an extra 40 items for Christmas and News Years. I can't confirm at this time whether it is any different to last year's one.
The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 12:27 pm GMT/UTC

Monday 6th November 2006:
Contribute News: I'm having a bit of trouble getting the time to post news at the moment, because of the amount of homework in A-Levels, so why don't you help?

Just click that little contribute link under the news title, and you could see your name where it says mine below. Make sure its The Sims related though.

Go on, help me inform the world about The Sims related news.
The Sims Sub-Domain News by Danny Cox (Webmaster) - Posted 8:51 pm GMT/UTC


Saturday 11th November 2006:
New Quick Poll and Previous Results: One quick poll has ended, and a new one has begun!

Firstly, how well does the nanny take care of babies in The Sims 2? Well, adequately according to the majority of you lot - although badly was pretty close behind. See the full results on the Quick Polls page.

Now, onto the new! This month, I want to know whether you prefer cats or dogs, after the recent release of The Sims 2 Pets. To vote, all you have to do is go to the Quick Polls page, or browse the website randomly until you find one of those boxes (of course if you're here for something specific, maybe you shouldn't be random).
 > Quick Polls

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 3:27 pm GMT/UTC


Sunday 22nd October 2006:
First Pets Review: GameDaily.com has posted the very first The Sims 2 Pets review. They say that it's the best expansion yet, and give it four out of five.
 > Read It!

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 2:09 pm BST (GMT/UTC + 1)

Got Pets? Want celebrity? Download Hillary Duff and Lola now!: Hillary Duff and Lola are now available to download from the official Exchange.
 > Information on TheSims2.com
The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 2:01 pm BST (GMT/UTC + 1)

Pets Released: The Sims 2 Pets is available now in most good stores, as well as on EA Downloader.
 >
Download Pets using EA Downloader (UK)

 > Download Pets using EA Downloader (US)
The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 1:54 pm BST (GMT/UTC + 1)


Friday 13th October 2006:
Chat Transcripts: The transcripts for a recent The Sims 2 Pets chat have been posted on TheSims2.com. You may learn something new about the expansion if you read it.
 > Chat Transcripts

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 7:05 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Another four Pets screenshots: Maxis have released a further four Pets screenshots, which makes my total 37 (compared to TheSims2.com's 23). Click below to view them.
 >
Pets Screenshots

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 6:51 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Hillary Duff and Lola available from online Exchange: Just a quick post to clarify that Hillary Duff and her Chihuahua will be available to download from the online Exchange, and not come with the game.
The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 6:20 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Pets Music Samples: A sample of a track each from The Pussycat Dolls, The Flaming Lips and Aly & AJ, which will feature in The Sims 2 Pets, have been added to TheSims2.com. Click below to listen to them, and read a quote about the recording experience and The Sims 2 in general from each group.
 >
Music Samples at TheSims2.com

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 6:01 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Saturday 7th October 2006:
Hilary Duff playable character in The Sims 2 Pets: EA has announced that singer Hilary Duff will be a playable character in The Sims 2 Pets. Also, her pet Chihuahua will be in there too (so her inclusion makes a bit more sense I assume).
The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 10:31 pm BST (GMT + 1)

New Quick Poll and Previous Results: The previous Quick Poll, asking whether you've bought the stuff packs, has ended, and the results are in. Read them on the Quick Polls page.

As that one has ended, I've started a new Quick Poll as a replacement. What's the question this month? Well, I want to know what you think of the nannies in The Sims 2. So, whatever you think, you need to vote on almost any page except this one.
 > The Quick Polls page

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 6:09 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Saturday 30th September 2006:
Pets Designer Walkthrough: A video walkthrough of The Sims 2 Pets has been added to TheSims2.com. It covers creating pets (mostly dogs), training them and more. Click below to view it.
 > Designer Walkthrough on TheSims2.com

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 5:43 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Wednesday 20th September 2006:
Pet Chance Card: The Sims 2 UK has posted a feature showing one of the chance cards for a pet career in The Sims 2 Pets Expansion.
 > Read It!

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 9:53 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Even more Pets Screens: I've added a further nine screenshots of upcoming The Sims 2 expansion.
 >
The Sims 2 Pets Screenshots

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 9:44 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Sunday 17th September 2006:
Pussycat Dolls and more contributing to Pets soundtrack: The Pussycat Dolls, as well as 23 other artists (which I've never heard of) have been confirmed by GameSpot to be recording versions of their songs in Simlish for The Sims 2 Pets. Click the link below for list of tracks:
 > News Story on GameSpot

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 4:31 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Friday 8th September 2006:
Get exclusive 'Bandicat' at GAME with Pets: If you pre-order The Sims 2 Pets from GAME, you'll be able to unlock a 'Bandicat' - or a cat with marking resembling a bandit. If you're interested, click the link below. There are pictures of the 'bandicat' at the bottom of that page.
 > The Sims 2 Pets at GAME

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 10:52 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Sunday 3rd September 2006:
More Pets Screens: Maxis has released another three screenshots of the latest The Sims 2 Expansion pack.
 > The Sims 2 Pets Screenshots

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 2:26 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Behind the Scenes of Glamour Life Stuff: TheSims2.com has posted an article that "lets you in on some of the behind-the-scenes secrets".
 > Read it!
The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 1:30 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Glamour Life Stuff released: The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff is in stores now and that's a guarantee - because I've bought a copy from WHSmith (and seen it in Woolworths). I haven't installed it yet though, so I can't guarantee it's actually good. Why haven't I installed it yet? Well, if its anything like Family Fun Stuff, there'll be loads of bugs, so I'm waiting a bit to see if a patch is released first. I've given some online stores you can buy it from below (in order of price including delivery charge):
 > Play.com (£7.99 Delivered) - Cheapest
 > Woolworths (£7.99, £1.50 Delivery Charge)
 > GameStation (£9.99, Delivery seems to be free)
 > Amazon UK (£8.99, £1.99 Minimum Delivery Charge)
 > GAME (£9.99, Delivery charge £1.50 minimum)
 > WHSmith (£9.99, £1.64 Minimum Delivery Charge)
 >
EA Downloader (£14.99, Digital Download) - Most Expensive

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 1:22 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Use FilePlanet? Now you can download my houses from Planet The Sims!: I have added all my The Sims 2 houses to Planet The Sims, so you now have an extra choice on where to download my houses from. You probably require a subscription to FilePlanet to download from Planet The Sims, although please correct me if I'm wrong! Oh, and don't worry The Sims Resource users - my houses are still on there too.
 >
Download my brilliant The Sims 2 houses!

 > Contact Me
The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 12:23 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Saturday 2nd September 2006:
New Quick Poll: A new Quick Poll has begun. This month, I want to know if you've bought either of the Stuff Packs (Family Fun Stuff and Glamour Life Stuff). Go to practically any other page to participate, including the Quick Polls page.
 > The Quick Polls page

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 3:50 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Quick Poll Results: So, will you be buying The Sims 2 Pets? Well, the results are in, and it seems that 61.9% of you are! Click below to view the results, what I said, and read the comments!
 >
The Quick Polls page

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 3:47 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Sunday 27th August 2006:
Glamour Life Stuff Available on EA Downloader: If you don't mind paying a bit more so your Sims can start their Glamour Life a bit sooner, you can now pre-load Glamour Life Stuff on EA Downloader, so you can play it as soon as it's released. If you don't know, Glamour Life Stuff is a stuff pack which will add a load of glamorous furniture, decorations, clothes and more to your game.
 > Get Glamour Life Stuff on EA Downloader (UK)
 > Get Glamour Life Stuff on EA Downloader (USA)

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 9:12 pm BST (GMT + 1)

More Pets Screens: Maxis has released four screenshots showing the Create-a-Pet, so I've added them to the Screenshots page:
 >
See more Pets!

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 8:29 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Saturday 26th August 2006:
Quick Poll extended by one week: The first ever Quick Poll is continuing for another week to line up with my new system for the Sub-Domain - A new Quick Poll will start on the first Saturday of every month (unless I do not get the minimum votes, in which case the poll will run another month). Therefore I will reveal the results, and start a new poll next Saturday (the second of September). For now, why don't you get yourself over to the Quick Polls page and vote yourself (unless you have already)?
 > The Quick Polls page

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 11:13 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Monday 14th July 2006:
See and read about The Sims 2 Pets now without leaving this website: Want to know some information about this new expansion pack? Want to see some pictures of it? Well, all you need to do is click the appropriate link below, and enjoy.
 > The Sims 2 Pets Information
 > The Sims 2 Pets Screenshots

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 9:08 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Saturday 29th July 2006:
First Ever Quick Poll: The first ever The Sims Sub-Domain Quick Poll has begun! The question is: Will you be buying The Sims 2 Pets Expansion? Vote now on most pages other than this one.
 > Quick Polls

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 5:48 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Next Expansion Pack Officially Revealed: The next expansion pack has finally been revealed by way of a press release (click the link below to read it) as being "The Sims 2 Pets". In other words, in a few months, your Sims will be able to have their own dog, cat, or other caged animal! Watch out for more information here soon.
 > Press Release on TheSims2.com
The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 5:46 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Sunday 23rd July 2006:
University, Nightlife expansion packs required for all houses: I have just learnt thanks to a handy guide on TSR that all the expansion packs that I had installed when my houses were created are required, so I have updated The Sims 2 Houses page accordingly. Unfortunately I'm unable to edit the required expansion packs in the descriptions on The Sims Resource.
 > The Sims 2 Houses
 > "Prepare and submit clean Lots at TSR" tutorial on The Sims Resource

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 4:37 pm BST (GMT + 1)


Tuesday 11th July 2006:
Posting to Guestbook Restarted: I have re-added the form to the Guestbook, with one difference - it no longer adds the entries to the Guestbook automatically. This is because the spam entries far out-weighed the non-spam ones. Guestbook entries will now be added by me as soon as possible, assuming they're not spam or inappropriate of course. I apologise for any inconvenience to non-spammers this may cause.
 > The Guestbook

The Sims Sub-Domain News - Posted 9:25 pm BST (GMT + 1)

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