Issue 102A Sunday 12th February 2012

Yes, it's another one of those special extra issues forced on you by EA announcing live events at quite short notice

Latest Updates

Two new videos and two new preview links added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Showtime” page

Review by GamingExcellence added to “The Sims 3 / Expansion Packs / The Sims 3 Ambitions” page

Latest News

A fair amount of news here considering the last issue was less than a week ago

Metacafe Talks Showtime With Aaron Conners

Metacafe has posted a video interview with The Sims 3 Showtime Senior Designer Aaron Conners. I’m not sure there’s any new details, but it’s pretty short so you’d probably might as well watch it (the stuff directly below the video player came with the embed code):

The Sims 3: Showtime -- Working Your Way Up. Watch more top selected videos about: Metacafe Video Games Originals, Video

Ryan Vaughan Discusses The Sims 3 Game Updates In New Blog Post

The Sims 3 lead producer Ryan Vaughan has posted a new blog entry on in which he discusses game updates:

As with any new release within The Sims 3 series, there will be a new The Sims 3 Game Update available to all players who have The Sims 3, regardless if you’ve installed The Sims 3 Showtime. This Game Update will be available the same day that The Sims 3 Showtime is available and it doesn’t cost anything. As soon as you install the update, you’ll be able to take advantage of the new Family Wardrobe, Bubble Columns in build mode, and earn badges for achievements!

Whenever we release a Game Update, we get a lot of questions about why they are released. I thought it would be a good idea to give you some background on why we release The Sims 3 Game Updates and all the benefits that come along with them!

> “Game Updates and You: New Features and More!” at

New Town Announced, Find Out More At Live Chat Tuesday

EA has announced another town to be released on The Sims 3 Store, called Lunar Lakes. The name, picture and limited details given suggest it’s set on another planet. And there are very limited details, as the first I’ve heard of it is in the page for a live chat about the town which will take place on Tuesday at 10 am PST (that’s 6 pm GMT/UTC), and that doesn’t say much at all about the town itself. So I guess we can find out about it by watching the show. You can see the aforementioned picture and register for a reminder email on the page.
> “The Sims 3 Lunar Lakes Live Chat” at EA

Another Showtime Live Chat And Q&A Announced For 23rd

EA has announced another The Sims 3 Showtime Live Chat and Q&A, with this one planned to take place on Thursday 23rd January at 10 am PST (6 pm GMT/UTC). As with the previous one, it will feature Senior Game Designer Aaron Conners, Producer Graham Nardone, and Associate Producer Brittany Henry. An “all new show-stopping inside glimpse” is promised, as well a look at the new social features. Go to the page to sign up for a reminder email.
> “The Sims 3 Showtime Live Chat and Q&A” at EA

The Guardian And IGN Preview Showtime, Plus New Video

The Guardian has posted a hands-on preview of The Sims 3 Showtime:

Acrobats, for instance, begin as mime artists, mastering basic balance ball tricks and flips before moving onto fully customised stadium shows. Magicians get to invest in new props like the Box of Mystery or Swords of Destiny. Singers meanwhile unlock new props, costumes and tracks – something expanded on in the limited edition box that features licensed material from Katy Perry, no doubt the first in a string of celebrity endorsements.

> “The Sims 3: Showtime – hands-on” at The Guardian

IGN has also posted a preview:

Your sims can live out their fantasies in their current towns, where new venues will be added for performing, or you can jump into an all new area called Starlight Shores. Starlight Shores still allows your sims to have typical jobs like fireman and office worker, but is full of venues to cater to your performer’s needs.. Newly created sims will also have more options to tailor their personality and desires to that of a performer. For instance a goal might pop up to make a certain amount of cash doing street performances, or to impress a certain sim with their skills.

> “The Sims 3: Showtime – Living the Dream” at IGN

IGN has also got hold of a new “gameplay” video. It’s included in the preview, but you can also watch it here if you prefer (the link below the player came with the embed code):

More The Sims 3: Showtime Videos

See Renders Of New Items In Showtime

EA has posted renders of some of the new items in The Sims 3 Showtime onto their The Sims 3 Facebook page, including a DJ booth, a stage, the mechanical bull, the photo booth, and a pool table. Click below to view the first one, then keep clicking Next in the top-right corner to view the rest.
> “The Sims 3 Showtime” at The Sims 3 on Facebook

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