Archive for May 2010

Current Poll Extended To 12th June

Saturday 29th May 2010 | 3:22 pm UK time | Categories

The current poll, asking whether you have bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff, has had to be extended yet again due to an unsatisfactory number of votes. It will now end on 12th June – if I’ve received enough votes by then, at least. Not voted yet? Well why on Earth not?! Do it now on the right of any page!

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EA Parody Sex And The City In New Video

Friday 28th May 2010 | 7:40 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released another parody movie trailer made in The Sims 3, this time parodying Sex and the City:

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Ambitions Back Cover Found

Friday 28th May 2010 | 2:54 pm UK time | Categories

The back cover of the The Sims 3 Ambitions box has been found on US retailer GameStop. It contains three new screenshots, but no new details – view it by clicking below then clicking the “View Back of Box” link below the front cover on the left:
 > The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion Pack at GameStop

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Ambitions Commemorative Edition Revealed

Friday 28th May 2010 | 2:01 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 Ambitions Commemorative EditionEA Singapore has revealed a Commemorative Edition of The Sims 3 Ambitions on their Facebook group:

This high-quality 48-page hardcover edition contains exclusive interviews of important persons and the development history of The Sims. Also included are extras such as a cool poster, sketches, artwork, access to more digital content, new facts and interesting facts about The Sims. The Sims ™ 3 Ambitions Expansion Pack is also included!

It is unknown whether this will be released outside Singapore, or whether it relates to (or is a new name for) “The Sims 3: Commemorative Edition” which was spotted last month. See more photos of it by clicking below:
> “The Sims™ 3 Ambitions Commemorative Edition!” album at EA Singapore’s Facebook group

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GameSpot Demo, Preview Ambitions

Thursday 27th May 2010 | 3:51 pm UK time | Categories

GameSpot has posted an exclusive hands-on preview of The Sims 3 Ambitions, focusing this time on the ghost hunter and inventor professions:

As you might expect, bustin’ ghosts requires you to work odd hours (you’ll start off at about 5:00 p.m. in game time and work until the wee hours of the morning). The meat and potatoes of the profession are “spirit collecting” jobs that require you to don your ectoplasm-stained jumpsuit, hop into a cab, and travel across town to an infested house.

 > “The Sims 3: Ambitions Exclusive Hands-On – Ghost Hunting, Inventing, New Career Content” at GameSpot

Included in the article is a demo with producer Melanie Lam, which shows a bit of the architecture and firefighter professions, and can also be watched below:

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The Psychology Behind Simming

Sunday 23rd May 2010 | 3:36 pm UK time | Categories

A quite interesting article about the “Psychology behind Simming” has appeared on examiner.com:

It is fascinating to study the demographics of “God games”, simulation games, in particular, the Sims franchise. The player is in charge of everything from making sure his sim is fed, has enough rest, is kept comfortable and happy, so that his job performance doesn’t suffer. With Sims 2, the game took a huge leap forward, with the addition of memories and “aspirations” to give more depth to the characters in the game.

 > “The Psychology Behind Simming” at examiner.com

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Ambitions Soundtrack Announced

Tuesday 18th May 2010 | 8:42 pm UK time | Categories

Following on from the music video I posted about earlier, EA has announced the soundtrack for The Sims 3 Ambitions in a post on TheSims3.com. Here’s all the tracks:

• Lady Antebellum—“Need You Now”
• Rise Against—“Savior”
• Charice—“Pyramid”
• Melanie Fiona—“Bang Bang”
• Toni Braxton—“Make My Heart”
• Neon Trees—“Animal”
• V V Brown—“Shark In The Water”
• Daisy Dares You—“Number One Enemy”
• OK Go—“This Too Shall Pass”
• Old 97’s—“Early Morning”
• Murder By Death—“As Long As There is Whiskey In The World”
• The Acorn—“Restoration”
• Mike Posner—“Cooler Than Me”
• Violent Soho—“Jesus Stole My Girlfriend” 
• Kerli—“Tea Party”
• Eli “Paperboy” Reed—“Come And Get it”
• Hal Linton—“Lock My Heart Down” 
• Radney Foster And The Confessions—“Until It’s Gone” 
• The Constellations—“Setback”

For the full announcement, click below and scroll to the post titled “Chart-topping artists featured in The Sims 3 Ambitions soundtrack!” – if you can’t find it, click “Select Language” at the bottom then select English > United States.
 > News at TheSims3.com

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“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum Is Latest Simlish Music Video (Updated)

Tuesday 18th May 2010 | 6:12 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released the latest Simlish music video: “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. It’s made using The Sims 3 Ambitions and can be watched below:

Update (20th May 1:37 pm BST): Lady Antebellum has now released a behind the scenes video of them recording the track for EA. Click “read more” to view it if you’re not already on the post page – if you are it’s directly below.

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Current Poll Extended To 29th May

Saturday 15th May 2010 | 4:26 pm UK time | Categories

Surprising enough, I still haven’t received enough votes to end the current poll (Have you bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff?), so it’s been extended again. Assuming I have finally received enough votes by then, it will now end 29th May. Not voted yet? Well do it now dammit!

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GamePro Preview Ambitions, Reveal Laundry

Thursday 13th May 2010 | 9:40 pm UK time | Categories

The onslaught of The Sims 3 Ambitions previews continues with GamePro, who reveal that Sims can now do laundry, and that there will be a Junkyard and Consignment Shop in the new town:

Laundry: You knew this day would come; the premier life simulation game couldn’t avoid laundry forever. Ambitions, however, allows players to opt-out of the nasty chore of washing, drying, and putting away clothes by attaching the function to washer/dryer machines and the clothesline item. Don’t buy any of those and your Sims won’t need to do laundry.

Worth reading.
 > “The Sims 3: Ambitions preview” at GamePro

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