Archive for February 2012

Poll Results: Are you annoyed about EA introducing the new social features to The Sims 3?

Tuesday 28th February 2012 | 7:53 pm UK time | Categories

The results are in, and more than 30% of you are annoyed, with only 7.69% of you excited about them. Click below to view the full results, then return here to discuss them in the comments.
> Poll Results

A new poll has now begun, and as The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff came out recently I want to know something simple: have you bought it yet? If you haven’t, why not tell the world why by voting with explanation? Vote now to the right of any page — you have no reason not to. The poll will close on Tuesday 27th March if I’ve received enough votes.

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Seven New Showtime Screenshots Show Performances

Tuesday 28th February 2012 | 5:59 pm UK time | Categories

EA UK has posted another seven new The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots on their The Sims 3 Facebook page, showing singers, magicians and acrobats performing. Check ’em out over on the game page.
> The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots

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SimPort In Showtime Explained In Text And Screenshots

Sunday 26th February 2012 | 2:47 pm UK time | Categories

A video explanation of The Sims 3 Showtime’s SimPort feature not enough for you? Want it explained in the form of text and screenshots? EA has you covered too then:

To host or send a Sim on tour, access your SimPort book in the start-up menu, on your Sim’s computer or through your Sim’s cell phone. Tour requests will appear from your friends on the right hand side of the book. If your Sim qualifies for the request, you may accept it and send your Sim on tour to that friend’s game. In addition, tour requests may come through on your player wall and through in-game notifications. You may also create and send out tour requests to your friends.

> “Send and Receive Sims in The Sims 3 Showtime” at TheSims3.com

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New Showtime Screenshots Show SimPort Book

Saturday 25th February 2012 | 8:40 pm UK time | Categories

EA UK has posted five new The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots on their The Sims 3 Facebook page, showing the SimPort book and how to get to it. Check them out on the game page.
> The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots

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Showtime’s SimPort Feature Explained In New Video

Thursday 23rd February 2012 | 9:59 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released a new video in which associate producer Sarah Emily Nelson explains and demonstrates (with assistant product manager King Choi) the SimPort feature in The Sims 3 Showtime. If you want to know more about SimPort but don’t have time to watch the Live Chat which also demonstrated it, or you want it explained again in a more concise fashion, this is for you:

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Latest Showtime Live Chat Now Available On-Demand

Thursday 23rd February 2012 | 8:56 pm UK time | Categories

If you missed The Sims 3 Showtime Live Chat earlier, it is now available to watch on-demand below. Producer Graham Nardone, Associate Producer Sarah Nelson, and Assistant Producer Megan Myers (not Graham, Aaron Conners and Brittany Henry as originally promised) demonstrated SimPort, the new social features, and some of the new objects:

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Seven New Showtime Screenshots Show Miming, Karaoke, Table Football, More

Thursday 23rd February 2012 | 1:16 pm UK time | Categories

EA UK has posted seven new The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots on their The Sims 3 Facebook page, featuring such things as a Sim playing guitar on a massive outdoor stage to a large crowd, Sims playing table football/soccer and pool, a couple of mimes in a park, and more. Check them out on the game page.
> The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots

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New Video Goes Through The Sims 3’s New Social Features

Wednesday 22nd February 2012 | 5:33 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released a new video in which associate producer Sarah Emily Nelson explains all the social features coming to The Sims 3 with the game update to be released at the same time as The Sims 3 Showtime next month:

How do you feel about the social features? My poll is still open asking just this, so if you haven’t voted yet, why not do so now on the right (RSS feed/News by email readers! Go to the website to vote).

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Find Out More About The Sims In Lunar Lakes

Sunday 19th February 2012 | 3:03 pm UK time | Categories

Another blog entry has been posted on TheSims3.com featuring a member of the team behind new town Lunar Lakes. This time it’s Sam Breach, the lead artist overseeing Sim creation for worlds:

We wanted to honor the fact that many of the fearless space adventurers in Lunar Lakes are the brave descendants of Sims who our players already know and admire. The artists on The Sims 3 world-building team love no family more than the Bayless family from Twinbrook. We were overjoyed to be granted our wish of including a Bayless relative in this world. His name is Stefen and he lives with his sweet-natured, flame-haired girlfriend, Anais. Because they live off the grid a little, I imagined her wardrobe as having been created from a natural patchwork of fibers and found materials that contribute to her slightly haphazard, distressed style of clothing.

> “Lunar Lakes – Interview with the “Sim creation” World Builder” at TheSims3.com

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Gamereactor Interviews Showtime Producer Michael Cox

Thursday 16th February 2012 | 8:23 pm UK time | Categories

Gamereactor has posted an interview with The Sims 3 Showtime producer Michael Cox

Is there anything in particular that you’re pleased you managed to pull off with Showtime?

Gosh. A couple things come to mind right off the bat. The crowds. You saw the big concert at this big venue, and there was this massive crowd of Sims, taking photographs, cheering, interacting with the person on stage. To me that’s exciting. That’s something that we’ve wanted to see and do for a long time and it’s not easy to do that sort of thing. And we’re doing that now and I’m really excited to see that it adds so much more life. And it makes sense, if I’m going to be a superstar… What makes a superstar but lots of people coming out to check them out.

> “The Sims 3: Showtime – Interview” at Gamereactor

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