Issue 66 Monday 13th September 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
Four new screenshots and two preview links added to ”The Sims 3 Expansion Packs The Sims 3 Late Night

Latest News

A new town was revealed, some more previews of Late Night were put online, some new Fast Lane Stuff screenshots and a video were released, and more

New Town To Be Made Available At The Sims 3 Store

Screenshot of Barnacle BayA new town will be made available at The Sims 3 Store in the autumn (fall), called Barnacle Bay:

An island nestled in the Simuyan Sea, Barnacle Bay is a vibrant vacation getaway with stunning beaches, campgrounds, parks, and a curiously modern downtown. First settled by pirates, fisherman and artists — the world’s inhabitants now enjoy relaxing at Smuggler’s Beach and letting loose at The Wanderer’s Watering Hole. Will your trip be a vacation or a staycation?

It’s not yet known how many SimPoints it’ll cost, but probably a lot!
 > Barnacle Bay at TheSims3.com

For an extra couple of screenshots, click below and scroll down if necessary to the post titled “New screenshots of Barnacle Bay!” (can’t find it? Change to English > United States via the Select Language link at the bottom of the page).
> News at TheSims3.com

GamesRadar Focuses On Vampires In A New Late Night Preview

GamesRadar has posted a new preview of The Sims 3 Late Night, focusing on the vampires:

There’s something off about the color of her skin and when we zoom in for a closer look, we can see a hint of fang in her grin just below her smoldering bloodshot eyes. [Grant] Rodiek draws attention to his Sim’s moodlet. “Basically, when you’re around vampires you don’t know, your Sim gets a moodlet called ‘Hunted.’ And this is to encourage you to either leave or to befriend them – because once you befriend them, you won’t get this anymore. And of course, if you’re a vampire, you won’t be ‘Hunted’ you will be the ‘Hunter’.”

The article contains four new screenshots which you can also view on the Screenshots tab if you prefer.
 > “The Sims 3: Late Night – ‘Vampires won’t be like Twilight,’ declares associate producer” at GamesRadar
 > The Sims 3 Late Night screenshots

New The Sims 3 Game Update Makes It Possible To Be Friends With Cars, More

Another The Sims 3 game update has been released, to coincide with the launch of Fast Lane Stuff. It adds a couple of new features that relate to that pack, in fact:

New Features

  • Sims that drive extensively can now develop a relationship with their vehicles.  Vehicles can be named once a friendship is formed.
  • The Vehicle Enthusiast Trait is now available.  Sims with this trait can name their vehicles immediately and develop relationships with them more quickly.

There’s also a small number of updates for the base game and World Adventures – to read them, plus that all-important checklist that must be run through before installing, click below and scroll down to the article titled “Game Update for: 1.15/2.10/3.6/4.3″ (can’t find it? Switch to English > United States via the Language link at the bottom of the page):
 > News at TheSims3.com

Those that have the Create a World Tool will need to download and install a new version after installing this update, which can be obtained the same way as earlier versions – from the Create a World Tool page:
 > Create a World at TheSims3.com

GameSpot Gets Some Exclusive Hands-On Time With Late Night

Vampires in The Sims 3 Late NightGameSpot has posted an exclusive hands-on preview of The Sims 3 Late Night:

Late Night will have a “hotspot” system that highlights which of the town’s clubs will be the most crowded and which will be flat-out empty.

The hotspot system plays into several of Late Night’s new features, such as the new “celebrity level.” All sims can gain up to five levels of notoriety (indicated by a 5-star meter that floats above each one’s head).

 > “The Sims 3: Late Night Exclusive Hands-On – A Brief Look at the New Expansion” at GameSpot

Full Late Night Soundtrack Announced

EA has announced all the music tracks that will feature in The Sims 3 Late Night - here they are:

  • Travie McCoy - “Need You”
  • My Chemical Romance - “Na Na Na”
  • Soulja Boy - “Speakers Going Hammer”
  • Kelly Rowland - “Rose Colored Glasses”
  • 3oh!3 – “Double Vision”
  • Bryan Rice – “There for You”
  • Chiddy Bang – “Here We Go”
  • Electrolightz – “Miss Outta Control”
  • Eliza Doolittle – “Rollerblades”
  • Foxy Shazam – “Unstoppable”
  • Hadag Nahash – “Lo Maspik”
  • Hadouken! – “M.A.D.”
  • Jessica Mauboy – “Saturday Night”
  • Junkie XL – “Live Wired”
  • Kelis – “Brave”
  • King Fantastic – “All Black Ying Yang (The Party Song)”
  • Nikki & Rich – “Next Best Thing”
  • The Ready Set – “More Than Alive”

Go to the news post (titled “FLO RIDA, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, TRAVIE MCCOY, 3oh!3, AND MORE PARTNER WITH EA ON THE UBER POPULAR LIFE SIMULATOR SERIES THE SIMS”) for some quotes from 3oh!3’s Sean Foreman, Travie McCoy and Kelly Rowland:
 > News at TheSims3.com

Current Poll Extended To 18th September

I’ve extended the current poll, asking whether the title “The Sims 3 Late Night” sounds like it should end with “Stuff” to you, to 18th September as I haven’t received enough votes. That’s now the day I’ll reveal the final results – if enough visitors have voted anyway - but the results as they stand now are available at the bottom of this News Email.

New Fast Lane Stuff Screenshots Released On Facebook

EA Singapore has posted some new The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff screenshots on their Facebook page. One of them actually doesn’t have a car in it!
 > Electronic Arts (EA) Singapore’s Photos – The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff at Facebook

Fast Lane Stuff “Launch Video” Released

EA has released a “Launch Video” for The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff – check it out:

IGN Has A Q&A About Barnacle Bay

IGN has posted a Q&A with EA about Barnacle Bay, the new town that will be made available on The Sims 3 Store (though they seem to think it’s a full-on expansion pack as they’ve created a game page for it and everything):

IGN: What kind of loot will you be able to find?
EA: There are hidden insects, fish, gem and mineral spawners all over the island for explorer Sims to find. There is even a secret Pirate’s Hideaway, but I’m not telling you where it is. You have to explore the island to find it yourself.

The article also confirms a release date of September 23rd.
 > “Arrrgh! The Sims 3 Gets Pirate-y” at IGN

Discuss this news on the website!

Current Poll Results
Does the title "The Sims 3 Late Night" sound like it should end with "Stuff" to you?

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42.86%

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57.14%

Go to the website to vote!

Results were correct when this News Email was sent

 Quiz
Sheet music was released for which expansion pack's version of The Sims 2 Theme?

Answer next issue!

Last issue's quiz question:
Which The Sims 2 expansion pack were Simlish music videos of both Datarock's Fa Fa Fa and Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine created to promote?
The answer was FreeTime

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