Issue 127 Tuesday 15th January 2013

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Latest Updates

Three reviews added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Seasons” page

The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 University Life” page added with information, six screenshots, two videos and two preview links

Latest News

Latest The Sims 3 Game Update Fixes Issue Where Sims Could Not Get Married, More

A The Sims 3 Game Update has been released. In addition to some Create a World and Store updates, three issues with the base game are fixed:

  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not get married.
  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not use the telescope.
  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not collect space rocks.

You can get the full details, and that checklist you should follow before updating, either by clicking the first link then switching your language to English > United Kingdom via the flag at the top if it doesn’t work, or clicking the second link and selecting “Game update 1.47″ from the list, switching to English > United Kingdom (or English > United States) if that link isn’t there.
 > “Game update 1.47″ at
 > “Game Updates” at

The 80s In 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff Discussed In New Blog Post

A Sim celebrating after playing an arcade machineA new blog entry has been posted on the UK Community Blog discussing the 80s in The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff:

There are some really great clothing assets for women in this decade! Some of the most iconic looks are most appropriate for the gym, but we also have a prom dress, an 80’s grunge t-shirt, and a hot pink long sleeved shirt paired with a mini-skirt a really big belt.

  > “Product of the 80s” at

Seasons Reviews Wrap-Up

I think it's about time I wrapped up my The Sims 3 Seasons reviews coverage. Before I do though I've got three last reviews to pass on. The first comes from Destructoid, who rated it a “Mediocre” 5.0 out of 10:

If you find yourself playing The Sims 3 a lot anyway,  then Seasons will add something to the experience. If  you are waiting for a new expansion to make you get back  into playing The Sims 3, however, skip Seasons and wait  for the next one.

  > The Sims 3 Seasons review at Destructoid

Next is GamingExcellence, who rated it a “Decent” 6.5 out of 10:

An okay expansion with a major flaw becomes a massively  flawed expansion.  I really wanted to love this one  and I started to, as soon as I saw all the detail and  effects that were put into it. I was incredibly  impressed by the Aliens as soon as I was able to get my  grubby mitts on one and I wasn’t too badly put off by  the lack of activities.  But when I realized that  my beloved Gardening was going to be so heavily  impacted, I was completely turned off.

  > “The Sims 3: Seasons Review” at GamingExcellence

The final one is from Worthplaying, who rated it 8.7 out of 10:

All in all, I found Sims 3: Seasons to be an enjoyable  addition to the franchise, though it’s not as exciting  as some of its predecessors. The changing of the seasons  has the gradualness, unpredictability and subtlety of  real life and makes your sims’ world that much closer to  reality.

  > “PC Review – ‘The Sims 3: Seasons’” at Worthplaying

As usual I'll compare the Metascore from Metacritic and Ranking from GameRankings to with those attained by previous expansion packs. The Metascore stands at 74, "Mixed or average reviews". This is the same 'score as was attained by Supernatural, Late Night and Ambitions, and is higher than those attained by Showtime (67) and Generations (70). It is however lower than those attained by Pets (79) and World Adventures (81).

74 is the same Metascore that The Sims 2 expansion packs Bon Voyage and FreeTime attained, but is lower than that attained by all the others.

Metacritic sources (with specific Metascores):

The Ranking at GameRankings stands at 76.25%, which is higher than those attained by Showtime (73.12%), Generations (73.93%) and Ambitions (75.93%), but lower than those attained by all the others. Out of The Sims 2 expansion packs, only Nightlife (76.07%), Bon Voyage (73.44%) and FreeTime (76.20%) got lower Rankings, though some of those that are higher are only just so -- Seasons is only about half a percent higher, Pets even less of a difference.

GameRankings sources (with specific Rankings):

So this concludes my The Sims 3 Seasons reviews coverage -- I will no longer post news about any reviews I find (bar possibly ones from particularly major sites such as GameSpot). I will however still add them to the Reviews tab on the game page and mention that change in the Latest Updates box.

Technical Problem-Riddled Live Broadcast Announces THREE New Expansion Packs, More

A live broadcast riddled with technical problems announced an insane THREE more expansion packs last week, as well as featuring a demo of The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff. The broadcast started close to half-an-hour late them having seemingly given up updating the Origin page, so it was tough if you weren’t following them (or me) on Twitter or something. Technical problems continued with echoing and other issues cropping up.

Anyway, when it finally started first was the 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff demo. As there was a break after this for some reason this has ended up its own video which you can see here:

The rest of the broadcast can be seen below — you can see a breakdown with timings by clicking the link below that.

 > Live Broadcast Breakdown

University Life: Details, First Screenshots, Developer Blog Post

If you didn't bother watching the live broadcast above or read my breakdown, the next expansion pack was announced as The Sims 3 University Life. EA has released an official description, as well as six new screenshots, which you can check out on the new game page.
 > The Sims 3 University Life

Senior Producer Kari St. John has posted a new blog entry on introducing the expansion:

Making the Grade

When you think university,one of the top things in your mind is academics. I mean, it’s the “real” reason you go to university, right? So we wanted to make sure we made this part of the game as robust as it is in real life. That meant we wanted a richer experience than just “doing time” to earn a passing grade. So, we created different objects Sims can use and activities they can do to improve their grades.

  > “The Sims 3 University Life Intro” at

New Blog Post Introduces The Social Groups In University Life

The Sims 3 University Life assistant producer Lauren McLemore has introduced the social groups in a new blog post on

Rebels enjoy going above and beyond the expected and then taking it one step further. Rebels are the Sims who will tag a wall on campus and then add herbs to the bonfire at a local party. You can find Rebels hanging out at The Grotto; a cool place where a Sim can enjoy a game of pool, work on their artistic skills, or savor an organic brew from the Barista Bar.

  > “Irresistible to Socially Awkward: A Social Life for Every Sim!” at

Current Poll Extended To 22nd January

As I haven’t received enough votes to close it yet, the current poll, which asks whether you watch the live broadcasts, has been extended to 22nd January. If I’ve received enough votes by then, that’s now when I’ll close the poll and reveal the results. If you haven’t voted yet, please do so now by clicking below -- you can also vote without explanation by using the form to the right of that page.
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