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GamesRadar’s Resident Horse Gets The Skinny On Horses In Pets

Wednesday 28th September 2011 | 12:59 pm UK time | Categories

GamesRadar’s Senior Wildlife Editor B. Buttercup has posted an interview with The Sims 3 Pets assistant producer Ryan Vaughan, focusing on the horses — an unsurprising focus considering B. Buttercup is one:

Buttercup: So I’m a horse, playing The Sims 3 as a horse. What can I do?
Vaughan:
The racing and jumping skills are two of my favorite new features for horses. Using the really cool variety of different horse jumps and training posts you can place on your lot in Buy Mode, but the coolest thing about these skills is that you can actually have your horse compete in equestrian competitions at the brand new Equestrian Center. If your horse has high racing and jumping skills you can actually win a lot of money. You can also build the new riding skill for Sims while practicing your horse skills as well!

> “The Sims 3: Pets – A REAL horse asks REAL questions about equines in latest expansion” at GamesRadar

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Pets Digital Townhall Now Available To Watch On-Demand

Friday 23rd September 2011 | 2:37 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 Pets Digital Townhall is now available to watch on-demand in three parts. The first part includes a demo of the PC and Mac expansion pack which starts at about 35:10:



Video streaming by Ustream

If you want to watch the whole event, it actually doesn’t start until about 18:50 (they really need to trim this video down a bit, although if they do the time I’ve noted the demo as starting at will be wrong).

Parts two and three, which include a Q&A session, can be found on the Videos tab of the game page.
> The Sims 3 Pets videos

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Create A Pet Demo Now Available On Origin

Thursday 22nd September 2011 | 6:51 pm UK time | Categories

A Create a Pet demo has been released for The Sims 3 Pets, and can be downloaded for free on Origin:

The Sims™  3 Pets Create a Pet Demo lets you customize your Sim’s pet, give it unique personality traits, and share your creations on The Sims 3 Exchange – for FREE!

Hopefully you’ll see a link to download it on this page:
> “FREE GAMES” at Origin

If that link doesn’t work, try looking for a link to the demo on TheSims3.com or looking around Origin for it.
> TheSims3.com

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Watch Pets Town Hall Here (Updated)

Thursday 22nd September 2011 | 4:48 pm UK time | Categories

Assuming it starts at 9 am PDT, rather than 9 am PST as they keep saying (it is still daylight saving time there), The Sims 3 Pets Live Town Hall starts in less than 15 minutes, and you can watch it here:

Update (23rd Sep 2:34 pm BST): The event has ended. Go to the Videos tab of the game page to watch it on-demand:
> The Sims 3 Pets videos
Update Ends

Go to the event page if you want to ask questions:
> “Live Town Hall For The Sims 3 Pets” at EA

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Pets: GamePron Interviews Graham Nardone

Wednesday 21st September 2011 | 10:51 pm UK time | Categories

GamePron has posted a video interview with The Sims 3 Pets producer Graham Nardone:

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New Pets Screenshots Show Wild Horses, Unicorn

Wednesday 21st September 2011 | 4:40 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released two new The Sims 3 Pets screenshots featuring what look to be wild horses, and a unicorn:

The Sims 3 Pets screenshot The Sims 3 Pets screenshot

Go to the game page to view them full size:
> The Sims 3 Pets screenshots

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Current Poll Extended To 4th October

Tuesday 20th September 2011 | 2:56 pm UK time | Categories

The current poll asks whether you bought Barnacle Bay, the last non-free town released on The Sims 3 Store — “Sim Gamer” bothered to vote, and gave the following explanation for their “No” choice:

I thought it as to expensive and then also from seeing many reviews in youtub I realized that it wasn’t worth it, but I am really looking orward to the new town

If you haven’t bothered to vote, then it’s your fault that I’ve had to extend the poll again due to a lack of them. Right your wrong, vote now on the right of any page — then maybe when the poll is due to close on Tuesday 4th October, I’ll actually be able to do so and reveal some results.

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How Dogs And Horses Are Voiced In Pets

Friday 16th September 2011 | 11:54 pm UK time | Categories

Still from The Sims 3 Pets voice videoKotaku has got hold of some footage of some of the dog sounds being produced for The Sims 3 Pets, and also the details on how the horse sounds are produced:

Hard-working professionals (who usually stand on two feet) are paid to sound like dogs and, now horses in the video game series The Sims 3 Pets. Today, we present footage of some of their work.

We also present a twist in the world of video game animal sounds: for this October’s The Sims 3 Pets, the game’s creators are merging the voice-acting of humans and animals. How? Why? Watch, listen, learn and see if you can tell human from beast.

Go to Kotaku to watch the video.
> “There are Voice Actors for Dogs. And Horses.” at Kotaku

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Ask Your Pets Questions In Video And Vote For What Gets Answered

Friday 9th September 2011 | 12:02 pm UK time | Categories

EA want your questions for The Sims 3 Pets Digital Town Hall, and they want them as YouTube videos:

Submit your video questions here and yours could be chosen to be played and answered at The Sims™ 3 Pets Digital Town Hall! Remember, keep the questions The Sims 3 Pets related!

To ask a question, first you need to upload a video to YouTube, then go to TheSims’s Channel and type in your question. You’ll then be able to paste the address (URL) of your video and submit. Though the question submission software says videos are optional, EA’s description suggests they’ll only answer video questions, so if you want your question answered, you’d be best to put it in video. You can also vote for which questions you want answered, or indeed which questions you don’t want answered, by going through the questions and clicking the thumbs up or thumbs down icons.
> TheSims’s Channel on YouTube

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Pets “Digital Town Hall” Announced (Updated)

Thursday 8th September 2011 | 6:01 pm UK time | Categories

EA has announced a “The Sims 3 Pets Digital Town Hall”. It will take place on Thursday 22nd September (two weeks today) between 9 am and 2 pm. Which time zone? It doesn’t say, but most previous events have been given in Pacific Time, and if that’s the case here, then I think that means it’s between 5 pm and 10 pm BST. Anyway, what’s it actually about? Start quote!

Join us as we unveil secrets and exclusive reveals of The Sims 3 Pets! Producers from The Sims 3 Pets on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Nintendo 3DS will present live demos of the game across these platforms. Tune in to find out what tricks we have up our sleeves (or paws) and for your chance to receive some treats as part of our random giveaways.

It sounds like it’ll be like the previous live broadcasts then.
> “The Sims™ 3 Pets Digital Town Hall” at The Sims 3 on Facebook

Update (6:18 pm BST): Corrected UK times

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