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UK Ambitions Box Art In “Slightly Different” Shocker

Wednesday 31st March 2010 | 11:21 pm UK time | Categories

I’ve just found the UK box art for The Sims 3 Ambitions on EA UK’s press website – and it’s slightly different to the US one I reported about earlier. Namely, the ghost in the top-right is more weird-looking (I would say anyway), the bottom-middle bit has another Sim, a completely different robot, and the Sim working on it is holding what looks like a chip rather than a blowtorch-thing, and in the bottom-right bit there’s no heart in the x-ray thing (plus the Sim being x-ray-ed in male rather than female), plus a few other more cosmetic tweaks. Compare them below (UK one on the left, US on the right, click either to view larger):

UK The Sims 3 Ambitions Box ArtThe Sims 3 Ambitions US Box Art

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New Ambitions Blog Details Day In The Life Of Architect, Stylist, Tattooist (Updated)

Tuesday 30th March 2010 | 6:22 pm UK time | Categories

Architectural Designer in The Sims 3 AmbitionsA new “blog” has been posted on, detailing a day in the life of an architectural designer, a stylist and a tattooist in The Sims 3 Ambitions:

My Sim, Grant Duders, has made a name for himself in the community as an up and coming Architectural Designer. However, he doesn’t have enough clout to land high paying jobs like Home Re-Modelling or Kitchen Re-Designs.  Thankfully, a local sports enthusiast is keen to have THE room for watching athletic events with friends. As a male, Grant Duders understands the macho psyche and feels up to the task.

Click below then scroll down to the post titled “The Sims 3 Ambitions Blog” to read the full article, which is pretty darn long!
> News at (UK)

Update (10:14 pm BST): The blog has now been published as its own page on, complete with full-size versions of the new screenshots. I have of course added those screenshots to the tab on this site if you would prefer to view them here, especially as the link below may not work if your language there is not set to English > United States.
“Changing Your Sims’ Neighborhood, One Job at a Time” at
The Sims 3 Ambitions screenshots

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Ambitions Box Art Revealed

Thursday 25th March 2010 | 9:56 pm UK time | Categories

EA has revealed what you’ll see on the front of the box when you pick up The Sims 3 Ambitions – in the States anyway, art may vary in other locations, rating definitely will. And this is it (click it to make it go all bigger like):

The Sims 3 Ambitions US Box Art

> News at (Source only, language may need to be changed to English > United States to see the post)

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New The Sims 3 Game Update Prevents Sims Getting Stuck In “Grab a Slice” Interaction On Pizza, More

Wednesday 24th March 2010 | 11:25 pm UK time | Categories

A new game update has been released for The Sims 3, which includes the following fix:

  • Base Game: Fixes an issue that causes Sims to get stuck in the “Grab a Slice” interaction on pizza.

(You can see the rest at the bottom of the full news page – click “Read more” if you’re not already there)

As usual, they recommend you follow their “check-list” before updating, which you can find by clicking below and finding the post called “Game Update for: 1.11/2.6/3.2” – remember that the file directory in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is, by default, C:\Users\USER\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 (the directory they specify only applies to Windows XP):
> News at (UK)

You can get the update by going to the Game Updates tab in your game launcher, if you’re not prompted to update automatically.

If after updating you get some sort of “code version is incompatible” error, SimGuruHydra has got you covered – scroll to the bottom of the full news page for the details.

There’s also a small update for the Create a World Tool, bringing it to version 1.6 (still beta):

Create a World – Updating compatibility version of Create a World Tool – Beta to be compatible with The Sims 3 to ensure it continues to function with in-game features and the Exchange.

You can apparently get that through the game launcher too.

Read more…

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New News System!

Tuesday 23rd March 2010 | 12:57 am UK time | Categories

In order to make it easier for everyone, the news has been moved over to WordPress. Here’s some reasons why this is great:

Benefits for you:

  • Posts can now be commented on without logging in and with extra formatting
  • Posts can now be linked to directly as they all have their own page (this is especially helpful for those accessing the news via the RSS feed or Twitter)
  • The home page will probably load quicker
  • All the news in certain categories, for example “The Sims 3 Ambitions”, can be found easily

Benefits for me:

  • Easier to add posts
  • Can post news from anywhere (rather than just from home)
  • News is automatically archived

There are, however, a couple of downers:

  • Windows Live Alerts support has been discontinued. If you wish to get the news via email, please subscribe to the email service or the News Email
  • If you actually wanted to use your Google Friend Connect log in to comment, you can’t – sorry

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New Poll: Have you bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff?

Saturday 20th March 2010 | 6:50 pm UK time | Categories

At last I have been able to end the poll – so, that must mean we finally have some results right? Yes. So last time I asked Have you downloaded The Sims 3 Create a World Tool Beta? The majority of you (40%) aren’t interested in the tool at all, but 30% of you have. Click below to view and discuss the full results, plus read two explanations.
 > Poll results

As a consequence of a poll ending, a new poll must have begun, and so it has: Have you bought or are planning to get The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff / High-End Loft Stuff? So have/are you? I want to know, so vote to the right right now.

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Team Discuss The Sims 3 Development Bloopers In New Blog

Thursday 11th March 2010 | 9:42 pm UK time | Categories

A Sim trying to fish while having a car stuck to herA new “blog” has been posted on that discusses some bloopers encountered during the development of the game:

The amazing part of a Sims Developer’s job that keeps us coming back to work day after day is the sheer number of hilarious and unexpected moments that occur in our game, typically as the result of portions of the game that are “works in progress.”

A fun read – check it out by clicking below and looking for the post “The Sims 3 Blooper Blog!”. You may need to change your country and language to English > United States using the Select Language link at the bottom of the page for the post to appear (if you’re taken to the homepage after doing this, look for the “The Sims 3 Blooper Blog!” link in the The Sims 3 Newsfeed box).
> News at

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Poll Extended To 20th March

Saturday 6th March 2010 | 5:59 pm UK time | Categories

Okay, this is getting ridiculous now – the current poll (Have you downloaded The Sims 3 Create a World Tool Beta?) has been extended yet again due to a lack of votes. Assuming I’ve finally received enough votes by then, it will now end on 20th March. If you haven’t done so already, please – vote now to the right of any page.

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Two New Ambitions Screenshots Show Ghost Hunting, Exploding Junk

Friday 5th March 2010 | 4:21 pm UK time | Categories

Two more The Sims 3 Ambitions screenshots have appeared on the ‘net, showing what looks like a ghost hunter capturing a ghost, and a Sim seemingly enjoying himself as a pile of junk explodes:

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Image source: GameSpot

 > View them larger on the Screenshots tab

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The Sims 3 Ambitions Announced With Trailer, Q&A (Updated)

Friday 5th March 2010 | 12:06 am UK time | Categories

A Sim playing guitarEA has announced the latest expansion pack for The Sims 3, titled simply Ambitions:

Widen your Sim’s horizons with a bunch of killer new career opportunities. With The Sims™ 3 Ambitions, decide whether your Sim will be the brave town hero or cause loads of mischief among their neighbours. Make your Sim save the day as a fearless firefighter, change the town as an ace architect, or live on the edge as a tattoo artist.

 > Go to the new The Sims 3 Ambitions page to see the full description

EA has released a trailer, which you can watch below:

GameSpot has had a Q&A with associate producer Grant Rodiek:

GameSpot: Give us an overview of The Sims 3 Ambitions.

Grant Rodiek: The Sims 3 Ambitions allows players to control their sims while they are at work in a variety of new careers. Instead of sending your sims off to work all day, The Sims 3 Ambitions lets you pick a career like firefighting, investigator, architect, ghost hunter, stylist, or doctor and then guide your sim to make choices and succeed (or fail) every step of the way. You can also make your sim a tattoo artist, sculptor, or inventor.

 > “The Sims 3 Ambitions Q&A – Exclusive First Details” at GameSpot

I’ve found five screenshots so far, four of which you will have seen if you followed my link to Amazon on Tuesday, so click below to view one new screenshot:
 > The Sims 3 Ambitions screenshots

Update (1:14 pm): Forgot to mention, the expansion is planned to be released in June. Also, the source for the screenshot at the top is Joystiq.

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