Issue 54 Monday 29th March 2010

Welcome to my News Email, bringing you all the latest news, website updates and poll results from Danny's The Sims Website

Latest Updates
Moved most of Home/News section over to Wordpress

Latest News

Exciting stuff as the box art for The Sims 3 Ambitions is revealed, a new The Sims 3 game update is released, a new poll launches and the news system on the website moves to Wordpress

Ambitions Box Art Revealed

EA has revealed what you’ll see on the front of the box when you pick up The Sims 3 Ambitions – in the States anyway, art may vary in other locations, rating definitely will. And this is it (click it to make it go all bigger like):

The Sims 3 Ambitions US Box Art

> News at TheSims3.com (Source only, language may need to be changed to English > United States to see the post)

New The Sims 3 Game Update Prevents Sims Getting Stuck In “Grab a Slice” Interaction On Pizza, More

A new game update has been released for The Sims 3, which includes the following fixes:

  • Base Game: Fixes an issue that causes Sims to get stuck in the “Grab a Slice” interaction on pizza.
  • Base Game: Fixes an issue where Sims continuously perform the “Be Invited Inside” interaction on other Sims’ lots.
  • World Adventures: Fixes an issue that causes the game to freeze when attempting to save a household on a base camp.
  • High End Loft Stuff: Fixes an issue where the family inventory loses functionality after using the Create a Style tool on an object.
  • High End Loft Stuff: Fixes an issue that prevents the fulfillment of the “Buy a Video Game System” wish when buying the “GUGA JoyToy 3” and “Console 7” video game systems.
  • High End Loft Stuff: Fixes and issue that prevents the “Presenting the Perfect Private Aquarium” Life Time Wish from counting fish in fish aquariums.
  • Shop Mode Update: Fixes problems caused by the font and updates the In Game Store to the latest EA Webkit version.

As usual, they recommend you follow their “check-list” before updating, which you can find by clicking below and finding the post called “Game Update for: 1.11/2.6/3.2″ – remember that the file directory in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is, by default, C:\Users\USER\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 (the directory they specify only applies to Windows XP):
> News at TheSims3.com (UK)

You can get the update by going to the Game Updates tab in your game launcher, if you’re not prompted to update automatically.

If after updating you get some sort of “code version is incompatible” error, SimGuruHydra has got you covered:

If you are running into an issue after installing the March Update stating the code version is incompatible, and all products are completely up to date, try deleting the Version.tag file located in your My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 folder. This file will be created again upon starting the game.

“Issue after installing 1.11/2.6/3.2 update – code version is incompatible” at TheSims3.com forums

There’s also a small update for the Create a World Tool, bringing it to version 1.6 (still beta):

Create a World – Updating compatibility version of Create a World Tool – Beta to be compatible with The Sims 3 to ensure it continues to function with in-game features and the Exchange.

You can apparently get that through the game launcher too.

New News System!

Well, I've finished moving the news system to Wordpress, and it's gone live - here’s some reasons why this is great:

Benefits for you:

  • Posts can now be commented on without logging in and with extra formatting
  • Posts can now be linked to directly as they all have their own page (this is especially helpful for those accessing the news via the RSS feed or Twitter)
  • The home page will probably load quicker
  • All the news in certain categories, for example “The Sims 3 Ambitions”, can be found easily

Benefits for me:

  • Easier to add posts
  • Can post news from anywhere (rather than just from home)
  • News is automatically archived

There are, however, a couple of downers:

  • Windows Live Alerts support has been discontinued
  • If you actually wanted to use your Google Friend Connect log in to comment, you can’t – sorry

New Poll: Have you bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff?

At last I have been able to end the poll – so, that must mean we finally have some results right? Yes. So last time I asked Have you downloaded The Sims 3 Create a World Tool Beta? The majority of you (40%) aren’t interested in the tool at all, but 30% of you have. Click below to view and discuss the full results, plus read two explanations.
 > Poll results

As a consequence of a poll ending, a new poll must have begun, and so it has: Have you bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff? So have/are you? I want to know, so vote to the right of any page right now.
 > Go to the website

Discuss this news on the website!

Current Quick Poll Results
Have you bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff?

Not enough people have bothered to vote yet for the results to mean anything

Go to the website to vote!

Results were correct when this News Email was sent

Previous Quick Poll Results
Have you downloaded The Sims 3 Create a World Tool Beta?

Yes:

30%

No, I'm waiting till it leaves beta:

20%

No, I'm not interested:

40%

No, I haven't got round to it yet:

10%

Two poll choice explanations - go here to read them or to discuss these results

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