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EL33TONLINE Rates Design & High-Tech Stuff Two Stars

Friday 26th February 2010 | 5:30 pm UK time | Categories

EL33TONLINE has posted a review of The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff (known as High-End Loft Stuff in Australia, New Zealand and the US), rating it two stars out of five:

It contains hardly any items worthy of a detailed description, the only light being that of the aquarium. With the Sims Shop there is no need for this expansion. Save your money and wait for an aquarium to appear in the Sims shop, which it ultimately will.

 > The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff review at EL33TONLINE

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Current Poll Extended To 6th March

Saturday 20th February 2010 | 9:51 pm UK time | Categories

As I still haven’t received enough votes, the current poll (Have you downloaded The Sims 3 Create a World Tool Beta?) has been extended again – this time to 6th March. The results will finally be revealed then if I’ve received enough votes. To tide you over, here’s a choice explanation from mark gooch, who voted “No, I’m not interested” (swearing censored):

it will be s***, just like the rest of them.

CS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!1

it is 733t

Not voted yet? Do so to the right of any page, and click the “Vote with explanation” link if you feel like explaining your choice like mark here.

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The Sims Could Have Been An Activision Product

Friday 19th February 2010 | 1:20 pm UK time | Categories

During his keynote address at this year’s DICE Summit, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has confirmed that he had the opportunity to purchase Maxis, but was put off by the troubled development of SimCity 2000 at the time. Here’s the quote from GameSpot’s transcript:

[12:06] An an example, Activision almost bought Maxis at a time when the studio was dealing with Sim City 2000’s troubled development.

[12:07] Will Wright invited him to check out a secret project called “Jefferson,” but he was so put off by Sim City 2000’s problems he passed.

[12:07] Yes, Jefferson was The Sims. Oops.

 > “Activision CEO on helming the industry’s ‘Death Star'” at GameSpot

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“The Sims 3: Hobbies & Professions” Spotted

Wednesday 17th February 2010 | 11:39 pm UK time | Categories

It looks like the next expansion pack for The Sims 3 will be about new hobbies and professions if a listing on an online store is anything to go by. Take 2 (not the publisher) has a page for the somewhat-boringly-named “The Sims 3: Hobbies & Professions”, with an expected release date of 4th June 2010 in South Africa. Is this a remake of The Sims 2 FreeTime? We’ll probably find out soon.
 > “The Sims 3: Hobbies & Professions” at Take 2

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IGN Reviews Design & High-Tech Stuff

Saturday 13th February 2010 | 11:50 pm UK time | Categories

A Sim and a mummie in bedIGN has posted a review for The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff (known as High-End Loft Stuff in the US, New Zealand and Australia):

All in all, having new objects is never a bad thing. The artwork of the objects is almost universally better than anything you can get from the online Sims 3 store, and you’ll pay much less for the Stuff Pack than the total cost of purchasing the same number of new objects from the online store. However, considering the leanness of the Stuff Pack (one new object per category, no new wallpaper or flooring), it’s not like the Stuff Pack will allow you to overhaul your neighborhoods.

 > The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff review at IGN

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Apple Features Design & High-Tech Stuff

Friday 12th February 2010 | 12:57 pm UK time | Categories

Following on from their features on The Sims 3 and World Adventures, Apple has now posted one for The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff (known as High-End Loft Stuff in the US, Australia and New Zealand):

What do you get the Sim who has everything? Mom has achieved her lifetime wish of professional sports superstar. Dad worked his way up from Latrine Cleaner to Top Gun in the military. The kids are doing well in school, and the neighbors are friendly. In fact, most people in Sunset Valley like your Sim family.

 > “The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff: The Finer Things in Sim Life” at Apple

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USA Today Reviews Design & High-Tech Stuff And World Adventures

Friday 12th February 2010 | 12:35 pm UK time | Categories

To “celebrate” the 10th anniversary of The Sims, USA Today has posted a short review each for The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff (known as High-End Loft Stuff in the US, Australia and New Zealand) and The Sims 3 World Adventures, rating them 2.5 stars out of 4 and 3.5 stars out of 4 respectively. Here’s a quote from the Design & High-Tech Stuff review:

But with only 35 or so items, $20 feels a bit steep for what you get. That, and there aren’t any new game-play elements to sink your mouse into. Perhaps a sub-$10 digital download would have been a better idea.

 > “‘The Sims’ turn 10, get new goodies” at USA Today

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Thursday 11th February 2010 | 11:48 pm UK time | Categories has posted a review for The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff (known as High-End Loft Stuff in the US, Australia and New Zealand), giving it 7.0 out of 10 (“Good”):

In receiving High-End Loft Stuff in the post, I was surprised to find I wasn’t as excited by it as I was with previous Sims 2 stuff packs. Interestingly, this had nothing to do with the actual content of the stuff pack, but was – I suspect – a by-product of having already bought some custom objects from the online store.

 > The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff review at

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The Sydney Morning Herald Does Its Own The Sims 10th Anniversary Feature

Thursday 11th February 2010 | 1:19 pm UK time | Categories

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Screen Play blog has posted an interesting article for the 10th anniversary of The Sims:

Psychologist Kathryn Wright believes The Sims appeals to many base instincts, including narcissism, voyeurism and consumerism.

“The Sims acts as more of a mirror for the player than most games,” she said. How a player tackles the game reveals much about their personality.

 > “A decade of The Sims” at The Sydney Morning Herald’s Screen Play blog

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The Sims 3 Game Update Fixes Bug Preventing Beetles From Showing In Game, More

Tuesday 9th February 2010 | 9:20 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released another game update for The Sims 3, which fixes some issues probably caused by the last one:

  • Fixes issues with the Input Method Editor for players on the Japanese SKU. Also addresses some functionality errors in the launcher.
  • Fixes a bug that prevents collectible Beetles from showing up in game.
  • Fixes a bug that causes Sims to teleport off of some of the new beds in SP01.
  • Fixes crashes and stalls when multiple patches are being installed.

They recommend you go through the “checklist” in the news post before installing, so lets hope you hadn’t got automatic updates enabled and already agreed to download it!
 > News at (UK) (scroll to “Game Update for: 1.10/2.5/3.1”)

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