Issue 102 Tuesday 7th February 2012

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New preview link and two new videos added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Showtime” page

Latest News

PC Gamer Previews Showtime, Interviews Ben Bell

PC Gamer has posted a preview of The Sims 3 Showtime:

To get the big gigs, your Sim has to somehow make contact with a venue owner and persuade them to let them have a try-out. Once this happens though, the game really ramps up. From here on in, players can start building their own custom stage sets, complete with themes, special effects, fireworks, light shows and so on.

  > “The Sims 3: Showtime preview” at PC Gamer

That’s not all though, they’ve also interviewed executive producer Ben Bell. The interview focuses on the games and expansion packs in general, so don’t expect to learn anything about Showtime, but it’s an interesting read:

PC Gamer: How do you pick the expansions?

Ben: It’s a pretty organic process. One of the fun things about working on The Sims is that you can reflect on your own life and the ideas you find are totally relevant to the game. Very few people have fortunately been at war, so there aren’t that many human beings who can relate to that experience. Everyone can relate to the idea of wanting to be a star or basically to being a human being with basic human needs, so the first step is we look inward, at ourselves.

  > “The Sims 3 Showtime interview: the expansions they won’t be making” at PC Gamer

It’s The 12th Birthday Of The Sims — Here’s Some Fun Facts

Saturday was the 12th anniversary of when The Sims shipped to US stores, and to celebrate, EA released some fun facts about the series, including this:


The average household family size in The Sims 3 is 2.93 Sims. The average US household size is 2.58.

Click below to see the other fun facts — you’ll need a PDF reader.
 > The Sims 3 on Twitter

See Behind The Scenes Of Showtime Commercial With Katy Perry

ET has posted a video showing us behind the scenes of The Sims 3 Showtime TV commercial, featuring Katy Perry. There’s no in-game footage, but if you’re still interested, click below:
 > “EXCLUSIVE: Katy Perry’s The Sims 3 Commercial BTS” at

Prius v Now Available To Download For The Sims 3

A new version of the Toyota Prius, the Prius v, is now available to download for free from The Sims 3 Store. There’s more though:

Surprise your Sim today with brand new items inspired by the Prius v. Enjoy these new additions; a surfboard sculpture, a new barbeque, a high end electric stereo, a custom guitar and a whole mess of sports gear to help your Sim stay connected and efficient! Download today!

It appears to only be available in the US and Canada versions of the store, but I can’t see anything saying you can’t go to the Canada store and get it there from anywhere in the world (for example)… The second link below will probably only work if you’re in the US or Canada, but the first link should work from anywhere.
 > Prius v at The Sims 3 Store (Canada)
 > Prius v at The Sims 3 Store (General)

Producers Walkthrough Showtime In New Video

GameSpot has got hold of a new The Sims 3 Showtime video, in which Senior Producer Aaron Conners and Associate Producer Brittany Henry walkthrough some of the new features:

UK: Play Showtime Two Weeks Before Release

EA UK has announced an “early preview tour” of The Sims 3 Showtime:

This February, gamerbase in association with EA Games are giving you the chance to play the latest expansion pack in The Sims 3 series with an early preview tour of The Sims 3 Showtime!

Taking place in all four gamerbase superstores around the country, players will be able to experience what this exciting new expansion pack has to offer two weeks before it is released in the UK.

Cost: It is free to attend this event and try out the game

Minimum Age: You must be at least 12 years old to play

See the links below for the locations and dates (click them to go to the event page on Facebook) – all events run from midday until 5 pm:
 > Edinburgh on Monday 13th February
 > Glasgow on Tuesday 14th February
 > Manchester on Thursday 16th February
 > London on Friday 17th February

Meet The SuperMes

A new show produced in The Sims 3 for UK TV channel Channel 4 is now available to watch online. Here’s a bit about the show:

The SuperMes is a brand new show built and recorded inside The Sims™ 3. Four characters – Clare, Anita, Ryan and Robert – are all about to start sharing a house together. It’s Clare’s first time living away from her family, and she is a pretty shy and awkward girl. We follow her as she starts settling in, and we watch as the four of them learn how to behave together, how to get what they really want, and what life is actually all about. It all took place in The Sims™ 3 And we recorded everything exactly as it happened.

The show is attached to some sort of web game that “helps you to be better at life” — you can find out more on the website.
 > SuperMe

Here's the first episode, and if you like that, the next four can be watched by following the links below:

 > “The SuperMes – Episode 2″ at YouTube
 > “The SuperMes – Episode 3″ at YouTube
 > “The SuperMes – Episode 4″ at YouTube
 > “The SuperMes – Episode 5″ at YouTube

A blog post on The Guardian website discusses the show and the “idea of emergent drama”:

But this wasn’t a case of simply hijacking the character models and moving them around like automatons to act out pre-set story. Instead, developer Somethin’ Else programmed the game’s AI characters with a set of disparate behaviours and characteristics and then let them loose, filming the resulting interactions and building a narrative around them. The team hired indie games coder Robin Burkinshaw (who previously made his own Sims drama, Alice and Kev) to effectively ‘direct’ the action by playing the simulation, but he kept his interactions to a minimum, allowing the characters to decide on their own courses of action.

  > “SuperMes and the idea of emergent drama” at The Guardian

Renault ZOE Now Available To Download

Another Renault Z.E. car, ZOE, is now available for free download from The Sims 3 Store in the UK and Ireland:

Technologically innovative, intelligent and tailored to pamper its occupants; the latest release of the Renault Zero Emission electric vehicles is evidence that ‘zero-emission’ cars can combine sensuous, reassuring, sculpted styling with the promise of real driving enjoyment. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be the first to drive the Renault ZOE Preview! Grab the wheel and let your journey to a healthier lifestyle begin!

I can’t see anything saying you shouldn’t download it if you’re not in either country, so if you fancy it…
 > “Connect with the new Renault ZOE Preview today!” at (Ireland)
 > “Connect with the new Renault ZOE Preview today!” at (UK)

Showtime Live Preview Now Available To Watch On-Demand

The Sims 3 Showtime Live Preview, featuring Senior Game Designer Aaron Conners and producer Graham Nardone, is now available to watch on-demand. See the new professions in action, the new town and more here:

Master Suite Stuff Trailer Released, Is Romantic

EA has released the trailer for The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff, and it’s in the style of an advert for some sort of romance-enhancing drug:

There's also another couple of screenshots over on GameSpot:
 > “The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff Images” at GameSpot

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During This Fortnight: 2009

Rumours surfaced that The Sims 3 would be delayed from it's previous release date of 20th February during this fortnight, with CVG being told that EA were "evaluating the launch window". A week later, it was official: it would now be released 2nd June. I subsequently ran a poll asking how you felt about the delay, with the majority saying you were angry. Well, it was kind of last minute. EA released this trailer shortly after the announcement, possibly to appease fans:

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