Archive for January 2012

Meet The SuperMes

Tuesday 31st January 2012 | 11:51 pm UK time | Categories

The first episode of 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

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Renault ZOE Now Available To Download

Friday 27th January 2012 | 7:32 pm UK time | Categories

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 TheSims3.com (Ireland)
> “Connect with the new Renault ZOE Preview today!” at TheSims3.com (UK)

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Showtime Live Preview Now Available To Watch On-Demand

Thursday 26th January 2012 | 8:07 pm UK time | Categories

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:

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Two New Master Suite Stuff Screenshots Show Woman In Bathroom, Man Entering Room

Wednesday 25th January 2012 | 2:48 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released another couple of The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff screenshots, which you can view over on GameSpot.
> “The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff Images” at GameSpot

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Master Suite Stuff Trailer Released, Is Romantic

Wednesday 25th January 2012 | 12:11 pm UK time | Categories

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:

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Poll Results: Did playing The Sims 3 Pets Create a Pet demo affect your decision to get the full expansion pack?

Tuesday 24th January 2012 | 6:17 pm UK time | Categories

And it’s finally over — the poll is now closed and I have the results. Most of you didn’t play the demo, but out of those that did, the majority found it made them want it more. Click below to view the results in bar form, then come back here to comment on them.
> Poll Results

I’ve seen some people around the internet annoyed at EA for adding social features to The Sims 3 at the time of Showtime’s release (as part of a base game update) — are you one of them? Or are you fine with it? Excited even? Vote now to the right of any page. The poll will close with the results revealed on Tuesday 28th February as long as enough votes have been received by then.

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See Master Suite Stuff Items Go From Concept To Game, Plus New Showtime Screenshot

Tuesday 24th January 2012 | 4:31 pm UK time | Categories

EA UK has posted some new images on their The Sims 3 Facebook page showing the concepts of some The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff items together with their final in-game form. Check ’em out by clicking here:
> “The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff Pack” at The Sims 3 (UK) on Facebook

Meanwhile, EA US has posted a new The Sims 3 Showtime screenshot on their The Sims 3 Facebook page, showing a Sim performing with a lit ring:

The Sims 3 Showtime Screenshot

Above: Surely her hands will be burnt!?

Image source: The Sims 3 on Facebook

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Showtime Live Event Announced

Thursday 19th January 2012 | 12:35 pm UK time | Categories

A live preview event for The Sims 3 Showtime has been announced. Hosted by Senior Game Designer Aaron Conners, it will take place in just over a week, on Thursday 26th January at 10 am PST, which is 6 pm GMT/UTC:

Starting at 10:00 a.m. PST, we’ll treat gamers to a special look at the newest expansion coming for The Sims 3. Conners will share gameplay techniques, demo the all-new SimPort feature and show-off the different ways for your Sims to rise to fame!Conners will also be taking questions about the expansion during our live Q&A, so come prepared. You can submit your query at any time during the session by using the “Cover It Live” function at the bottom of the page.

As usual, you can request an email reminder on the page.
> “The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion Pack Preview Event” at EA.com

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Behind The Scenes Of Capturing The Sims 3 Screenshots And Videos

Wednesday 18th January 2012 | 1:19 pm UK time | Categories

If you’ve ever wondered where the official screenshots and videos of The Sims 3 and expansion packs come from, an interview with an EA staff member on EA.com confirms there’s a dedicated team:

Let’s start with your name and job title.
My name is Charles Graf and I’m a Game Capture Artist on The Sims Video Team.

The Sims Video Team? What does that team do?
We make all of the gameplay footage used in The Sims game trailers and television ads. We also produce all of the images used for PR screenshots that get sent out to magazines, news sites, gaming sites, and blogs.

> “Breaking Into The Industry: Charles Graf, Game Capture Artist” at EA.com

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Senior Designer Answers Showtime Questions

Wednesday 18th January 2012 | 12:51 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 Showtime senior designer Aaron Conners has posted three blog posts on TheSims3.com in which he answers quite a few different questions about the expansion. One of the things he confirms is that the new online features (except SimPort) aren’t actually part of Showtime and will be made available via a base game update:

7. We’ve heard that there are other online features coming, can you give an overview on how the online aspects work including the new achievements, the in-game player wall and player updates?

The goal of our new online features, which will be available for all The Sims 3 players when The Sims 3 Showtime launches in March, is to allow you to connect with your The Sims 3 friends -and us – in fun and rewarding ways.

> “The Sims 3 Showtime – Producer Q&A – Part 1” at TheSims3.com (UK)
> “The Sims 3 Showtime – Producer Q&A – Part 2” at TheSims3.com (UK)
> “The Sims 3 Showtime – Producer Q&A – Part 3” at TheSims3.com (UK)

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