Issue 84 Tuesday 7th June 2011

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The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Pets” page added with first five screenshots and video

Two new videos, two new preview links and nine new screenshots added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Generations” page

Reviews tab enabled with first reviews by and IGN on “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Generations” page

Latest News

Generations may have only just been released with only two reviews so far, but the next expansion pack has already been announced

First Generations Reviews

The first two reviews (that I’ve found) of The Sims 3 Generations have been posted online, and I've got them for you here: has rated it an “Excellent” 9.0 out of 10:

It brings new humour, new methods of interaction, and a much more fleshed-out portrayal of personality for your Sims. In fact, it can be argued that this is the desert-island expansion pack; the pack you’d choose if you could only pick one. If you own the Sims 3 you need to buy Generations.

  > The Sims 3 Generations review at

IGN rated it a “Good” 7.0 out of 10:

The majority of the new features introduced in The Sims 3: Generations are enjoyable enough to fiddle with, but none of them are major game changers.

  > “The Sims 3: Generations Review” at IGN

The Sims 3 Pets Announced With Trailer

EA has finally announced the long-rumoured pets expansion pack for The Sims 3, creatively titled “Pets” (as opposed to the rumoured “Unleashed”, though both names have previously been used for pets expansion packs), with a trailer that’s nothing like the one we saw ages ago:

As you may noticed in the trailer, Pets will also be released as a stand-alone game on consoles including Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360 and PS3. The description for the video on the TheSims YouTube channel gives some extra details:

Players take creativity by the reins and play out the stories they want to tell whether it’s the single guy in the dog park picking up women or the criminal overlord and her evil cat. Across all platforms, The Sims 3 Pets players will be able to create, customize and control over a hundred different kinds of cats and dogs like the Australian Shepherd and the Maine Coon, and can breed and share them with friends providing endless possibilities to create new and exciting breeds. Each platform brings a new world for players to explore from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions where players will unlock achievements by solving mysteries around town, the Nintendo 3DS with new lots to unlock to the PC/Mac version where they’ll be able to take their pets on play dates or meet other Sims at the dog park, cat jungles and even a horse ranch. With The Sims 3 Pets, players will be able to create, control and play with life with their pets! Available Fall 2011.

Source: "The Sims 3 Pets Announce Trailer" at TheSims on YouTube

The first five screenshots have been released and you can view them on the game page:
 > The Sims 3 Pets

Pets Live Broadcast With Ben Bell Announced

The Sims 3 Pets Executive Producer Ben Bell will be hosting a live broadcast tomorrow (Wednesday 8th June) at 10 am PDT, which looks to be 1 pm ET and 6 pm BST:

Join The Sims 3 at E3 2011 with Executive Producer – Ben Bell – as he introduces The Sims 3 Pets. Learn how life is better with pets in The Sims 3! Take advantage of this opportunity to get up-close with Ben during the Q&A session where he’ll be answering questions from you! As a treat, a never-before-seen exclusive will be unveiled as well!

It looks like it’ll be similar to the recent one for The Sims 3 Generations. If you go to the page now you can setup an email reminder.
 > “The Sims 3 Pets Live Broadcast” at EA

EA Parodies The Hangover In New The Sims 3 Video

EA has posted a new video parodying The Hangover:

Pornographic Pictures Found On – FOX 5 News

Pornographic pictures have been found on according to a report on FOX 5 News (the link below the player came with the embed code):

Pornographic Pictures Found on 'The Sims 3' Website:

According to comments posted on the article (click the link above), the pictures are being posted on the forums and the exchange by one person, who is also apparently trying to persuade other people to commit suicide. Comments also allege that EA are not doing very much to tackle the problem. Troubling.

Will Wright Discusses How The Sims Came About In Interview

Shortly after Will Wright’s departure from EA, Tristan Donovan conducted an interview with him for his book “Replay” – a history of the game industry. The interview has finally been published on the internet, and it has some quite fascinating information about how The Sims came to be:

I’ve read that home design software was the inspiration.

WW: I was always interested in architecture, and so one of the original things that was a really inspiration for The Sims was this book, A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander. He’s very much into trying to apply formula. He’s a physics guy that went into architecture and was frustrated because architecture wasn’t enough of a science. But at the same time, he’s got a very interesting humanist side. He felt all the principles of architecture should be clearly reducible back to fundamental principles, which is what he kind of tries to do in that book.

Read the interview from the beginning via the first link, or skip to the second question on page 4 via the second link if you want to go straight to the discussion of The Sims:
 > “The Replay Interviews: Will Wright” at Gamasutra
 > “The Replay Interviews: Will Wright” (Page 4) at Gamasutra

Latest Generations Screenshots

Nine The Sims 3 Generations screenshots have been released since last issue, and you can view them on the game page in the updates of Friday 27th May 2011 and Friday 20th May 2011.
 > The Sims 3 Generations screenshots

Generations Launch Trailer Released

EA has released the launch trailer for The Sims 3 Generations:

New Mysterious Mr. Gnome Features In Generations Detailed

EA has posted details of a new aging and family system for The Mysterious Mr. Gnome, that they have introduced in The Sims 3 Generations:

In The Sims 3 Generations, you can now have a gnome family! The Mysterious Mr. Gnome you know and love from base game will age through the life cycles just like the Sims. Leave two of these magical gnomes in your Sims’ homes or have them hang around a wedding and you just might see a new magical addition! Each of the different gnome age ranges has new poses and appearances, and they each prefer to appear near different objects that are suitable to them.

Toddler Gnome – Gnomes are already small, but these magical toddlers are tiny!
Child Gnome – These playful little gnomes are just a little bigger than toddlers.
Teen Gnome – These teenaged gnomes have the look of youth and rebellious teen spirit!
Elder Gnome – Gnomes past their primes, but still just as magical.

Source: Photo at The Sims 3 on Facebook

Miss The Generations Live Broadcast? Watch It Now On-Demand

Still from the The Sims 3 Generations Live Broadcast showing Graham Nardone and Ryan VaughanAn archive video of the “Chat Walkthrough and Q&A With The Sims 3 Generations Team” is now available so if you missed the live broadcast you can watch it now. The video includes the previously released Producer Video at the beginning – if you don’t want to watch that again, skip to 2:15.
 > “The Sims 3 Generations: Live Broadcast” at EA

Pranks, Punishments And Proms Focused On In New Generations Feature

EA UK has posted another The Sims 3 Generations feature on their The Sims 3 Facebook page, this one focusing on pranks, punishments and proms:

Do you have unruly young Sims who seem to always cause trouble? Is it time for your Sim’s parents to take control? Well, those rebellious Sims can now be punished for all the headaches and heartache they cause at home and around the neighbourhood. Fighting with their siblings, missing school, and pulling pranks are just a few of the things that can get a young Sim in trouble.

  > “The Sims 3 Generations – Pranks, Punishments and Proms!” at The Sims 3 (UK) on Facebook

GamesRadar Gets Hands-On With Generations

GamesRadar has posted a hands-on preview of The Sims 3 Generations:

Generations is one of the more robust expansions in the franchise, especially when it comes to the teenage characters, and it definitely looks to bring out their rebellious side. The new ability to pull off pranks epitomizes the naughty teen years – sometimes you just want to leave a flaming bag on the doorstep of a nearby household.

  > “The Sims 3: Generations hands-on preview” at GamesRadar

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