Issue 58 Monday 24th May 2010

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Latest Updates

One new video, five new preview links and four new screenshots added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Ambitions

Message sent by monarchkat replied to on the ”Contact Me / Previous Questions” page

Latest News

The soundtrack for Ambitions was revealed with a music video for one of the tracks, a few previews for the expansion were put online, the Create a Pattern Tool was announced, and more

The Psychology Behind Simming

A quite interesting article about the “Psychology behind Simming” has appeared on examiner.com:

It is fascinating to study the demographics of “God games”, simulation games, in particular, the Sims franchise. The player is in charge of everything from making sure his sim is fed, has enough rest, is kept comfortable and happy, so that his job performance doesn’t suffer. With Sims 2, the game took a huge leap forward, with the addition of memories and “aspirations” to give more depth to the characters in the game.

 > “The Psychology Behind Simming” at examiner.com

Ambitions Soundtrack Announced

EA has announced the soundtrack for The Sims 3 Ambitions in a post on TheSims3.com. Here’s all the tracks:

• Lady Antebellum—“Need You Now”
• Rise Against—“Savior”
• Charice—“Pyramid”
• Melanie Fiona—“Bang Bang”
• Toni Braxton—“Make My Heart”
• Neon Trees—“Animal”
• V V Brown—“Shark In The Water”
• Daisy Dares You—“Number One Enemy”
• OK Go—“This Too Shall Pass”
• Old 97’s—“Early Morning”
• Murder By Death—“As Long As There is Whiskey In The World”
• The Acorn—“Restoration”
• Mike Posner—“Cooler Than Me”
• Violent Soho—“Jesus Stole My Girlfriend” 
• Kerli—“Tea Party”
• Eli “Paperboy” Reed—“Come And Get it”
• Hal Linton—“Lock My Heart Down” 
• Radney Foster And The Confessions—“Until It’s Gone” 
• The Constellations—“Setback”

For the full announcement, click below and scroll to the post titled “Chart-topping artists featured in The Sims 3 Ambitions soundtrack!” – if you can’t find it, click “Select Language” at the bottom then select English > United States.
 > News at TheSims3.com

“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum Is Latest Simlish Music Video

EA has released the latest Simlish music video: “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. It’s made using The Sims 3 Ambitions and can be watched below:

The band themselves have also released a behind the scenes video of them recording the track for EA:

Current Poll Extended To 29th May

Surprising enough, I still haven’t received enough votes to end the current poll (Have you bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff?), so it’s been extended again. Assuming I have finally received enough votes by then, it will now end 29th May. Not voted yet? Well do it now dammit!
 > Go to the website to vote

GamePro Preview Ambitions, Reveal Laundry

The onslaught of The Sims 3 Ambitions previews continues with GamePro, who reveal that Sims can now do laundry, and that there will be a Junkyard and Consignment Shop in the new town:

Laundry: You knew this day would come; the premier life simulation game couldn’t avoid laundry forever. Ambitions, however, allows players to opt-out of the nasty chore of washing, drying, and putting away clothes by attaching the function to washer/dryer machines and the clothesline item. Don’t buy any of those and your Sims won’t need to do laundry.

Worth reading.
 > “The Sims 3: Ambitions preview” at GamePro

guardian.co.uk Does An Interview About Ambitions With… Have A Guess

You’ll never guess who guardian.co.uk has interviewed about The Sims 3 Ambitions for their games blog. Grant Rodiek you say? I can’t believe you knew! I was so sure you wouldn’t get it…

What was the thinking behind the new “career” focus? Is it purely to attract more hardcore gamers to a brand that they may have previously discounted?

Ambitions should actually have a little bit of something for everyone. Firefighter and Ghost Hunter may skew more towards your “hardcore gamer,” while Stylist and Architectural Designer are for players who love the creative tools of the Sims. Private Investigator and Doctor are perfect for Sims storytellers.

Seriously though, Grant does confirm that the free base game update will include a “completely revised user interface to make the experience easier and more enjoyable”.
> “Sims 3 Ambition interview” at guardian.co.uk

GamesRadar Posts Its Ambitions Preview

GamesRadar has now posted its previously promised The Sims 3 Ambitions preview:

As an interior decorator, we were asked to redesign a Sim’s garage and were provided with a list of new furniture and accessories the customer wanted to have added. Using the editor interface, we made the changes and managed to please our client.

The preview’s fairly short and I don’t think it reveals any new details, but it might be worth a read.
 > “Mastering the art of choreplay in The Sims 3 Ambitions” at GamesRadar

GameInformer.com Previews Ambitions

Sim having a tattooGameInformer.com has posted a new preview of The Sims 3 Ambitions:

In Ambitions, performing tasks related to your job grants job XP, which is how you get promotions in the new careers. As an investigator, any time Columbo spent improving his logic skill granted job XP, as did his stakeout and the case he solved. The more time you spend working, the more XP you receive, and the faster you advance.

It's quite short, but was accompanied by four new screenshots which you can also view on the Screenshots tab.
 > “The Sims 3: Ambitions – Sims Work Hard For Their Money” at GameInformer.com
 > The Sims 3 Ambitions screenshots

GameSpot Spotlights Ambitions

GameSpot has posted a ”Spotlight” of The Sims 3 Ambitions on their Work in Progress blog, which reveals some new details. The expansion will come with a new town called “Twin Brook”, which the preview describes as a ”bayou town not unlike a backwoods suburb of Louisiana”. It also expanded on the “more options with customizing a neighborhood” that IGN mentioned – saying that “you’ll now be able to add, remove, and edit lots in the neighborhood view, just like in the Sims 2″. Here’s a quote from it:

There’s also a time machine that lets your sims travel back in time to have past-tense “woohoo” (The Sims’ euphemism for getting to know someone in the biblical sense) and even have your children come visit you in the future. And, there’s a live-in robot that will not only do your chores but can also pursue its own career path and even have relationships with other sims.

 > “Spotlight On – The Sims 3: Ambitions” at GameSpot

Create A Pattern Tool Announced With Screenshots

The Create a Pattern ToolEA has now announced the Create a Pattern Tool on TheSims3.com:

Create and share your own original patterns with The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool. Whether you’ve been hankering for a new plaid for your Sims’ PJs or an exquisite flourish of tiles for their floors, everything you want to create is now within your grasp! Design a pattern quickly using dozens of images available in the Sticker Library or layer and modify your own images to create even more unique patterns. Expand your creativity and share your creations online through The Sims 3 Exchange.

The announcement was accompanied by four screenshots, two showing the Create a Pattern Tool itself, and two showing patterns created with it being used in-game. View the screenshots by clicking below then finding the post called “The Sims 3 Create a Pattern Tool is coming Summer 2010!” – if it’s not there, or the post has no screenshots with it, scroll to the bottom, click “Select Language”, and change it to English > United States. According to IGN’s earlier preview, EA will release the tool on 28th July for registered users of TheSims3.com to download for free (the announcement gives a more vague “Summer 2010″).
 > News at TheSims3.com

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

Yes:

50%

I haven't decided whether to get it yet:

25%

No, I'm not interested in the items included:

37.5%

No, it's too expensive:

0%

No, I don't play The Sims!:

0%

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0%

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Quiz
What song, included in the soundtrack for The Sims 2 Apartment Life, did EA make a music video for using The Sims 2 and expansion packs?

Answer next issue!

Last issue's quiz question:
Which The Sims 2 expansion pack introduced the ability for Sims to be "furious"?
The answer was Nightlife

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