Archive for January 2013

University Life To Be Demoed In Live Broadcast On 14th February

Thursday 31st January 2013 | 9:28 pm UK time | Categories

Another The Sims 3 Live Broadcast, due to take place on Thursday 14th February, has been detailed:

The Sims 3 is hosting a Live Broadcast on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST. Tune in to catch a new demo of The Sims 3 University Life (available March 2013) as we’ll be revealing more exciting features that are in the pack. Plus, get a first-look at The Sims 3 Island Paradise (available June 2013) and an in-depth look at the latest world – The Sims 3 Aurora Skies!

The start time in the UK is 6 pm — get the time where you are using the second link below. After the debacle last time, you may want to watch EA’s Livestream page (third link) just in case they give up updating the Origin page again.
> “The Sims 3 Live Broadcast” at Origin.com
> “The Sims 3 Live Broadcast” at timeanddate.com
> “Electronic Arts” at Livestream

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New Producer Blog Post Explains Studying In University Life

Tuesday 29th January 2013 | 9:43 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 University Life associate producer Brittany Henry has posted a new blog entry on TheSims3.com explaining studying in the expansion:

Mondays and Wednesdays are devoted to seminar-style classes. These classes are held in one of the academic rabbit-hole buildings on campus, and can vary from Introduction to Dodging Questions to Methods and Practice of Tragic Clowns. While in seminar classes, you can choose from a variety of tones to set behavior of your Sims; tones will affect the amount of academic benefit your Sim gains from a class.

> “Academics: A Guide to Making the Grade” at TheSims3.com

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University Life Questions Answered In New Blog Post

Thursday 24th January 2013 | 6:23 pm UK time | Categories

Some The Sims 3 University Life questions have been answered in a new blog entry on TheSims3.com:

Q: What is the shortest amount of time a Sim can stay at the university? Can you customize how long Sims can attend college?
A: The shortest amount of time a Sim can stay at university is one Sim week and the longest amount of time is two Sim weeks. You are able to customize your stay by selecting one or two terms (one term = one Sim week, two terms = two Sims weeks).

> “More of your University Life Questions answered!” at TheSims3.com

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Music In 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff Explained

Wednesday 23rd January 2013 | 11:28 am UK time | Categories

The music in The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff has been explained in a new blog post on TheSims3.com:

The Rap station features slammin’ songs from The Sims House Party Expansion Pack, another nostalgic nod to the original The Sims. All the musical talent are from the Oakland, CA area – free styling to the beats created by our very own audio team!

> “The Sims 3 70s, 80s, 90s Stuff is Now Available!” at TheSims3.com

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Current Poll Extended To 5th February

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 | 1:09 pm UK time | Categories

The current poll, which asks whether you watch the live broadcasts, has been extended again to 5th February as I still haven’t received enough votes. If I have received enough by then, that’s when the poll will close and I’ll reveal the results. If you haven’t voted yet, please do so now to the right of any page, or click below to give an explanation with your vote. If you’re reading this via the RSS feed or the mobile site, you can also vote without explanation by clicking below and using the form on the right.
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90s In 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff Discussed In New Blog Post

Friday 18th January 2013 | 8:26 pm UK time | Categories

The 90s in The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff are discussed in a new blog entry on TheSims3.com:

Video games, hip hop music and talk shows were all the rage in the 90s. But grunge was really where it was at. Although grunge music was first introduced in the 80s, it became commercially successful in the 90s and sparked a new wave of generational lifestyle. Inspired by this, The Sims Studio wanted to focus the 90s portion of this stuff pack on the unkempt and industrial look of the grunge 90s in both clothing and home décor.

> “Sims Get Fly in the 90s” at TheSims3.com

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Seasons Reviews Wrap-Up

Tuesday 15th January 2013 | 6:49 pm UK time | Categories

I think it’s about time I wrapped up my The Sims 3 Seasons reviews coverage. As usual I’ll compare the Metascore from Metacritic and Ranking from GameRankings to with those attained by previous expansion packs.

The Metascore stands at 74, “Mixed or average reviews”. This is the same ‘score as was attained by Supernatural, Late Night and Ambitions, and is higher than those attained by Showtime (67) and Generations (70). It is however lower than those attained by Pets (79) and World Adventures (81). 74 is the same Metascore that The Sims 2 expansion packs Bon Voyage and FreeTime attained, but is lower than that attained by all the others. The full list of sources with Metascores specified for each can be found at the bottom of the post — click Read more if you can’t see them.

The Ranking at GameRankings stands at 76.25%, which is higher than those attained by Showtime (73.12%), Generations (73.93%) and Ambitions (75.93%), but lower than those attained by all the others. Out of The Sims 2 expansion packs, only Nightlife (76.07%), Bon Voyage (73.44%) and FreeTime (76.20%) got lower Rankings, though some of those that are higher are only just so — Seasons is only about half a percent higher, Pets even less of a difference. Again, the full list of sources can found at the bottom of the post.

So this concludes my The Sims 3 Seasons reviews coverage — I will no longer post news about any reviews I find (bar possibly ones from particularly major sites such as GameSpot). I will however still add them to the Reviews tab on the game page and mention that change on the Updates page.

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New Blog Post Introduces The Social Groups In University Life

Tuesday 15th January 2013 | 5:29 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 University Life assistant producer Lauren McLemore has introduced the social groups in a new blog post on TheSims3.com:

Rebels enjoy going above and beyond the expected and then taking it one step further. Rebels are the Sims who will tag a wall on campus and then add herbs to the bonfire at a local party. You can find Rebels hanging out at The Grotto; a cool place where a Sim can enjoy a game of pool, work on their artistic skills, or savor an organic brew from the Barista Bar.

> “Irresistible to Socially Awkward: A Social Life for Every Sim!” at TheSims3.com

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The 80s In 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff Discussed In New Blog Post

Thursday 10th January 2013 | 6:09 pm UK time | Categories

A Sim celebrating after playing an arcade machineA new blog entry has been posted on the UK TheSims3.com Community Blog discussing the 80s in The Sims 3 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff:

There are some really great clothing assets for women in this decade! Some of the most iconic looks are most appropriate for the gym, but we also have a prom dress, an 80’s grunge t-shirt, and a hot pink long sleeved shirt paired with a mini-skirt a really big belt.

> “Product of the 80s” at TheSims3.com

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Latest The Sims 3 Game Update Fixes Issue Where Sims Could Not Get Married, More

Thursday 10th January 2013 | 5:46 pm UK time | Categories

A The Sims 3 Game Update has been released. In addition to some Create a World and Store updates, three issues with the base game are fixed:

  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not get married.
  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not use the telescope.
  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not collect space rocks.

You can get the full details, and that checklist you should follow before updating, either by clicking the first link then switching your language to English > United Kingdom via the flag at the top if it doesn’t work, or clicking the second link and selecting “Game update 1.47” from the list, switching to English > United Kingdom (or English > United States) if that link isn’t there.
> “Game update 1.47” at TheSims3.com
> “Game Updates” at TheSims3.com

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