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Second Katy Perry Sweet Treats Live Broadcast Details Confirmed

Sunday 29th April 2012 | 5:39 pm UK time | Categories

EA has confirmed the details of the second The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats live broadcast, due to take place on Thursday 24th May at 10 am PDT, which is 6 pm BST (GMT/UTC + 1):

Many of you may have joined us for the previous The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats Live Broadcast located [on the page], but prepare to sink your sweet tooth into our reveal of the Cake Pleasure Dome, a new local hangout packed full of sweet surprises. Jennifer will show off the vast range of décor items, furniture, and, of course, fabulous fashions and hairstyles, all inspired by Katy’s real-life clothing and props as part of the full live demo. Turn your Sims’ home and neighborhood into a vibrant candytopia!

You can set an email reminder on the page, which you may need considering how far in advance this is.
> “The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats Preview Part 2” at EA

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How The Sims 3 Worlds Are Created

Wednesday 25th April 2012 | 10:43 pm UK time | Categories

A behind-the-scenes look at how The Sims 3’s worlds are created has been posted on TheSims.com:

Creating the worlds of The Sims 3 is an exciting process. It takes many talented people and a lot of work to turn a single idea into an entire world. Teams of model makers, concept artists, designers, directors, and animators expand a simple concept into buildings, hairstyles, and everything in between. Together, they create the distinctive looks of The Sims 3!

> “Ever wonder where the world of The Sims 3 comes from?” at TheSims.com

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Poll Results: Have you got any of your Sims turned into a vampire in The Sims 3 Late Night?

Tuesday 24th April 2012 | 6:27 pm UK time | Categories

The results are in and it seems the majority of those who have The Sims 3 Late Night have had a Sim become a vampire. The same number of people though never bought Late Night. See the full results by clicking below, then return here to discuss them in the comments.
> Poll Results

It’s more than a month since Showtime’s release, so probably a fair few of you have bought it now, and have had one of your Sims take up one of the new professions — but which one? That’s what I want to know this time. Even if you’ve forgotten which one you took up first, or haven’t even got Showtime, you can still vote, so do it now on the right of any page. If I’ve received enough votes by then the poll will close on Tuesday 22nd May, with the results revealed then.

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Showtime Reviews Wrap-Up

Saturday 21st April 2012 | 8:01 pm UK time | Categories

I think it’s about time I wrapped up my The Sims 3 Showtime reviews coverage. As usual, I’ll now compare Showtime’s Metascore from Metacritic with those of its predecessors to see how it stacks up against them. So Showtime’s probably-final Metascore is 71 — this doesn’t beat the base game but then neither did any other expansion pack. It is though the second worst scoring expansion, with only Generations getting a lower score (70) — all the others range from 74 to 81. Comparing it to The Sims 2 expansion packs, it, along with Generations, got a lower score than all of them, ranging as they do from 74 – 81. Links to Metacritic along with the Metascore attained by each game are listed below — click read more if you can’t see them.

So that concludes my reviews coverage. With the possible exception of any from GameSpot and IGN as they’re such major websites, I will not inform you about any more reviews here. However, I’ll still add them to the game page and mention that change on the Updates page.

Read more…

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New Katy Perry Sweet Treats Venue Revealed In New Screenshots

Saturday 21st April 2012 | 4:48 pm UK time | Categories

“Bonbon Lawn Park”, one of the three pre-built venues featured in The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats, has been revealed via a couple of new screenshots posted on the The Sims 3 Facebook page. It’s a playground that looks like it’s made of sweets and gingerbread men.
> Photo at The Sims 3 on Facebook
> Photo 2 at The Sims 3 on Facebook

EA has also been sharing some concept art on Facebook:
> Photo 3 at The Sims 3 on Facebook
> Photo 4 at The Sims 3 on Facebook
> Photo 5 at The Sims 3 on Facebook

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GamesRadar Lists Their 19 Favourite Woohoo Spots In The Sims 3

Tuesday 17th April 2012 | 8:39 pm UK time | Categories

As part of their week of love, GamesRadar has listed their top 19 favourite places to woohoo in The Sims 3:

The Sims series has come a long way since the tame days of the first game in the series. Those no-fun prudes would barely go near each other unless it involved making a baby. Things loosened up when the concept of WooHooing was introduced in The Sims 2, and with The Sims 3 and its six expansions, Sims are presented with over a dozen zany places to get it on.

> “Sims WooHoo spots – Our 19 favorite places to love our fellow Sim” at GamesRadar

As mentioned in the introduction to that article, The Sims 3 also featured in their top 7 “game characters we (seriously) fell in love with” with “Your neighbor in The Sims” at number 4:

It started off plainly enough: our neighbor came over for a housewarming party once we moved in, and we told them a few jokes. But then they came over again and the jokes became flirts. And then the flirts became more flirts. And then they slapped us, but then the jokes became more flirts. Cut to a few months later and we were married, pumping out kids like no one’s business.

Read the rest of the entry on page 5:
> “The Top 7… Game characters we (seriously) fell in love with” at GamesRadar

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Katy Perry Sweet Treats Preview Event Now Available On-Demand

Friday 13th April 2012 | 5:10 pm UK time | Categories

If you missed it but are interested, The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats Preview Event is now available to watch on-demand here:

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Latest Showtime Reviews: Gaming Nexus

Thursday 12th April 2012 | 3:39 pm UK time | Categories

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got another The Sims 3 Showtime review for you — Gaming Nexus has given it a B- grade:

Although it comes packed with several new career paths  and a brand new town, Showtime is really still just a  few more goodies in the Sims universe. Good for fans,  but won’t win over any converts.

> The Sims 3 Showtime review at Gaming Nexus

Somewhat surprisingly, IGN has still not reviewed it, when they were one of the first to review all previous expansion packs. Anyway, the Metascore at Metacritic has gone down another point since last time to 71 (“Mixed or average reviews”), based on 13 reviews.

Source: “The Sims 3: Showtime” at Metacritic

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Katy Perry Sweet Treats Trailer Released

Thursday 12th April 2012 | 12:27 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released a trailer for The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats. While the Simlish version of her single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” plays in the background, Katy talks a bit about the new items, plus there’s a brief glimpse of her recording the song:

Also, don’t forget about the preview event later today if you’re interested!

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Find Out More About Katy Perry Sweet Treats In Preview Event Next Thursday

Tuesday 3rd April 2012 | 8:03 pm UK time | Categories

EA has announced a preview event for The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats, featuring The Sims 3 Producer Jennifer Lane:

 This is your chance to take a sneak peak at the vast range of décor items, furniture, and, of course, fabulous fashions and hairstyles, all inspired by Katy’s real-life clothing and props, plus a look at one of the three new spectacular venues.

It will take place next Thursday, 12th April, at 10 am PDT, which is 6 pm BST (GMT/UTC + 1). You can request to receive an email reminder on the page.
> “The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats Preview Event” at EA

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