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High-End Loft Stuff Trailer Released

Thursday 28th January 2010 | 11:53 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released the US trailer for the stuff pack known there as The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff (it’s called Design & High-Tech Stuff in the UK if you didn’t know):

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New Design & High-Tech Stuff Interview With Melanie Lam

Thursday 28th January 2010 | 11:03 pm UK time | Categories

German fan site SimFans.de has posted an interview (in English, thankfully) with The Sims 3 Associate Producer Melanie Lam regarding The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff (known as High-End Loft Stuff in the States):

SimFans.de:
Why did you generally decided to release a Stuff Pack beside the Sims Store?

Melanie Lam:
As I mentioned earlier, we like to reach our players in different ways.  Some players like having a new product with a complete collection of objects; others prefer to go shopping online to pick and choose individual pieces and have that experience.

 > “SimFans.de exclusive Producer-Interview” at SimFans.de

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“The Sims 3 Create a Sim” Appears On ESRB

Monday 25th January 2010 | 12:13 am UK time | Categories

“The Sims 3 Create a Sim” has appeared on the website of the ESRB, the US game rating body. It’s for Windows and Mac, and has been given an Everyone 10+ rating. It sounds like it might be The Sims 3, but with everything except the Create a Sim taken out. Here’s the rating summary:

This is a simulation game that allows players to create and customize a character to use in The Sims 3 video game. Players can determine their character’s age, sex, clothing, physical features, and personality traits. While the outfits are not especially provocative, one character (in a cutscene) is depicted in her underwear as she raises an eyebrow to the mirror—the camera dashes past a close-up of her buttocks. Characters can be dressed in teddies, camisoles, underwear as they emote their “Flirty” and “Great Kisser” personality traits: licking the fingertip and getting sizzled (by imaginary stove); blowing a kiss. The game also features the personality trait of “Slob,” which (in clinical terms) triggers the flatulence sound effect, the clenched-buttocks-and-attendant grimace, the wafting hand gesture. Taken together, the comic mischief and the mild suggestive content account for the E-10+ rating.

 > The Sims 3 Create a Sim at ESRB

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The Sims 3 Worldwide Best Selling PC Game Of 2009 – EA

Saturday 23rd January 2010 | 1:51 pm UK time | Categories

EA has announced according to GameSpot that The Sims 3 was the best selling PC game of 2009 worldwide:

Today, EA announced that not only was The Sims 3 the best-selling PC title in the US, but also the rest of the world. The publisher pulled its data from a range of independent industry-tracking sources, including NPD, Chart-track UK, Gfk France, Gfk Spain, Gfk-MCC Germany, as well as its own internal estimates. EA has confirmed for GameSpot that lifetime-to-date sales for The Sims 3 have reached 4.5 million units.

The article also notes that “more than 100 million pieces of content have been downloaded through the Exchange since the game launched in June”.
 > “The Sims 3 tops global PC chart in 2009, LTD sales hit 4.5M – EA” at GameSpot

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First Screenshots Of High-End Loft Stuff Released

Saturday 16th January 2010 | 1:51 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released the first three screenshots of new stuff pack The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff (or is it Design & Hi-Tech Stuff?). View them on TheSims3.com:
 > High-End Loft Stuff screenshots at TheSims3.com

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Poll Results, Plus New Poll: “Have you downloaded The Sims 3 Create a World Tool Beta?”

Saturday 9th January 2010 | 11:46 pm UK time | Categories

I’ve now been able to end the poll, “Have you bought The Sims 3 World Adventures yet?”, so I’ve got some results for you. Nearly 43% have already bought it, with a further 14.29% planning to buy the game eventually. Click below for the full results in graph form, the opportunity to discuss them, and a rare choice explanation:
 > Full results

If a poll’s ended, another one must have begun, and so it has: Have you downloaded The Sims 3 Create a World Tool Beta? Well, have you? Vote now to the right of any page, and feel free to explain your choice by clicking the appropriate link.

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It’s Matt and Kim’s Turn For A Simlish Music Video

Thursday 7th January 2010 | 11:39 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released another Simlish music video – this time it’s Daylight by Matt and Kim. It seems to be about Matt and Kim turning everyone (except themselves) into mummies. Or something.

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The Sims 3 Photos You Shouldn’t Take In Real Life

Thursday 7th January 2010 | 2:44 pm UK time | Categories

GamesRadar has posted a new feature looking at the ten photos you can take in The Sims 3 World Adventures that you really shouldn’t take in real life:

But the real fun comes from doing things in The Sims 3 that you can’t get away with in real life. Like taking pictures of stuff that could get you arrested, deported or maybe even killed.

Join us now as we exploit the beejesus out of the new Photography skill in The Sims 3: World Adventures.

 > “Ten Sims 3 photos you shouldn’t take in real life” at GamesRadar

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