Issue 68 Monday 11th October 2010

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Latest Updates
Three new screenshots and a preview link added to ”The Sims 3Expansion PacksThe Sims 3 Late Night

Latest News

Bands in Late Night explained, Barnacle Bay reviewed, developer event announced, Rod Humble interviewed, and more

Game Rant Reviews Barnacle Bay

Decorations in Barnacle BayGame Rant has posted a review of Barnacle Bay, the new town available to purchase and download from The Sims 3 Store. They gave it a score of four out of five:

It would have been a bit more interesting for EA to implement some pirate-like features and attitudes, but the new items are worth the price if you are a fan of The Sims 3. This is also coming from a person who feels the items for your Xbox Live avatar that cost money are absolutely ridiculous. Overall, it’s a great add-on and will hold you over until the Late Night expansion is released October 26.

They’re also running a competition on Twitter to win a download of the town – details at the bottom of the page.
 > “The Sims 3 ‘Barnacle Bay’ Review” at Game Rant

Talk To The Late Night Development Team At “Town Hall” Event

It has been announced that The Sims Studio will host “The Sims Town Hall”, an event consisting of game demonstrations, the chance to talk with the developers, and more. Games include The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims Medieval and The Sims 3 for consoles:

We’ll be giving away prizes, T-shirts, exciting new info, and more. See the new games from The Sims before anyone else! 

And as an added bonus, we’ll be announcing the bonus holiday items will be coming your way for The Sims 3 in December! 

Location: The Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco, California 94102 

Date: October 22, 2010 

Time: 7:00 pm PST

Space is limited and only the first 250 fans will be allowed into the event, so arrive early! 

Source: “Calling all fans of The Sims!” at TheSims3.com

MCV Interviews Rod Humble About 10 Years Of The Sims

MCV has posted an interview with Rod Humble about the past and future of The Sims:

After the experience of The Sims Online, are there plans afoot to have another try at it with a new version, perhaps?

For us The Sims community is such a large and powerful force that we are constantly looking at ways to bring greater delight to our audience through social and online features. I certainly do not rule a new purely online experience.

A “five-second fact” at the end refers to The Sims 3 World Adventures as “forthcoming”, suggesting this interview appeared in the magazine about a year ago, although a mention of the PlayStation Move by Humble contradicts that, as that was only named in March. Whenever the interview took place though, it’s probably still worth a read.
 > “INTERVIEW: The Sims” at MCV

Current Poll Extended To 16th October

As I hadn't received enough votes yet, I extended the current poll (Does the title “The Sims 3 Late Night” sound like it should end with “Stuff” to you?) to 16th October. The final results will be revealed on that date on the website and in the next issue of the News Email.

Band Life In Late Night Explained In New “Producer’s Blog”

A new “Producer’s Blog” has been posted on TheSims3.com explaining band life in The Sims 3 Late Night:

The Band career is flexible and full of possibilities in The Sims 3 Late Night. Buy one of four new instruments and your Sims can play in anything from a jazz band to a rock band. There’s a double bass, keyboard or piano, and a drum kit. Your Sims must learn to play an instrument first because really, what kind of band leader doesn’t know basic scales.

 > News at TheSims3.com (UK)

GamesRadar Has An Exclusive Q&A About Bands In Late Night

A band performingGamesRadar has posted an exclusive Q&A with associate producer Melanie Lam about bands in The Sims 3 Late Night – how to start them, what instruments are available, what venues can be played at, etcetera:

GR: Does your relationship with your band members have any impact on the band itself? Will there be consequences to thoughtless ‘woohoo-ing’ with your band mates?

Lam: While your relationship does not affect the amount of money you earn or the gigs you get, as the leader of the band, you can ‘manage the band’ by kicking out members you no longer want.  This can have a negative effect on your relationship for sure!

The article includes three new screenshots, which you can also view on the Screenshots tab if you prefer (update of Thursday 30th September).
 > “EXCLUSIVE: How to build a band in The Sims 3: Late Night” at GamesRadar
 > The Sims 3 Late Night screenshots

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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45.45%

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54.55%

Go to the website to vote!

Results were correct when this News Email was sent

Quiz
Lifts (elevators) became available for the first time in which The Sims 2 expansion pack?

Answer next issue!

Last issue's quiz question:
The Butler will return in The Sims 3 Late Night, but which The Sims 1 expansion pack did he make his debut?
The answer was Superstar

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