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New Showtime Screenshot Shows Singer Striking Pose

Friday 30th March 2012 | 1:05 pm UK time | Categories

EA UK has posted one new The Sims 3 Showtime screenshot on their The Sims 3 Facebook page, showing a singer striking a pose during a performance — check it out on the game page.
> The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots

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Poll Results: Bought The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff yet?

Tuesday 27th March 2012 | 5:41 pm UK time | Categories

The results are in and it seems 40% of you have bought The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff, with another 20% definitely going to get it at some point. Click below to view the results, then come back here to discuss them in the comments.
> Poll Results

For this month’s question I want to know whether you got any of your Sims turned into vampires in The Sims 3 Late Night. Maybe that was why you bought it in the first place, or maybe you didn’t/don’t care for that aspect — vote now to the right of any page, or vote with an explanation via the link at the top of the Poll box. This poll will run until Tuesday 24th April, assuming I’ve received enough votes by then.

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The Sims 3 Twitter Wins Shorty Award, Store Set Made Available For Free For One Day Only

Tuesday 27th March 2012 | 2:32 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3’s Twitter account has won the Gaming category at the Shorty Awards, which “celebrates outstanding achievements in social media”, and to celebrate, the Buccaneer’s Bounty set at The Sims 3 Store has been made available for free download for one day only. See the community managers thank the fans for the award in the video below.
> “Buccaneer’s Bounty” at

Source: “@TheSims3 Wins a Shorty Award!” at YouTube

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New Showtime Screenshot Shows Sim With Bent Golf Club

Monday 26th March 2012 | 10:31 pm UK time | Categories

If you’re still undecided about whether to get The Sims 3 Showtime, you may still be interested in new screenshots, and if you are, this post is for you. EA has posted one new screenshot on their The Sims 3 Tumblr showing a Sim who’s somehow managed to bend their golf club — check it out on the game page.
> The Sims 3 Showtime screenshots

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The Official Renault Twizy Now Available From The Sims 3 Store

Saturday 24th March 2012 | 5:51 pm UK time | Categories

If you liked the Renault Twizy concept car, you’ll love the official Renault Twizy — probably. Well it’s now available for free download from The Sims 3 Store (UK), as part of the Renault Positive Energy Pack, which also includes such things as all the previous Renault Z.E. cars (including the Twizy concept), a probably-decorative charging station, a probably-decorative solar panel, and more.
> “Experience the Fun and Fizzy Official Renault Twizy!” at (UK)

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Vote For The Theme Of A Future The Sims 3 Stuff Pack

Saturday 24th March 2012 | 5:50 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 producer Jennifer Lane has posted a blog entry on describing five different potential themes for The Sims 3 stuff packs and asking you to vote for your favourite:

The Sims community has shared so many cool ideas for new Expansion and Stuff packs over the years and I’m here to ask for your help again! The team has been brainstorming possible future Stuff Packs and we have a few ideas to share and get your opinions on.

You may need to change your locale to English > United States using the Select Language link at the bottom of the page Jenn links to in order for the poll to appear.
> “Feedback Request: Future Stuff Packs” at

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Latest Showtime Reviews: El33tonline, Rocket Chainsaw

Friday 23rd March 2012 | 12:20 am UK time | Categories

Two The Sims 3 Showtime reviews tonight. Firstly, El33tonline gave it “Good!” rating of three out of five:

The game has changed a lot since the original was  released, but in many ways has become so complex that  simply getting a Sim through his day to day routine  becomes very hard and tedious. When Real Life™ beckons  it just becomes harder and harder to focus on your Sims’ life.

> The Sims 3 Showtime review at El33tonline

And secondly, Rocket Chainsaw rated it seven out of 10:

It’s familiar, comfortable and as traditionally  expansive as you’d expect, for better or worse. Those  still holding off from jumping on The Sims hype train  won’t be sold by this expansion pack and are better off  waiting for The Sims 4, but for everybody else  dangerously addicted to living virtual lives you can’t  go wrong with more fun for everyone.

> The Sims 3 Showtime review at Rocket Chainsaw

The Metascore at Metacritic has gone down another point to 72 (“Mixed or average reviews”), based on eight reviews.

Source: “The Sims 3: Showtime” at Metacritic

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Behind The Scenes Of Animating The Magicians In Showtime

Wednesday 21st March 2012 | 3:24 pm UK time | Categories

A new blog entry has been posted on which goes behind the scenes of how they planned the animations of the magicians in The Sims 3 Showtime:

 In order to make our magician Sims feel like ‘the real deal,’ we elicited the help of local magic-man Dan Paulus. We admired his special blend of comedy and magic and thought it would mesh perfectly with the zany world of The Sims. Dan was able to give us a private magic show in which we picked up some great tips of the trade. Ultimately, our team was able to come  out of the experience with much more than we had expected.

> “Try to Understand, He’s a Magic Man” at

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The Sims 3 Is Number 4 In GamesRadar’s Top Watchable TVs

Monday 19th March 2012 | 7:55 pm UK time | Categories

GameRadar has posted a new feature listing the Top 7 Watchable TVs in games, and The Sims 3 has made it in at number 4:

The Sims has always been largely about making mundane people do mundane things, so it’s no surprise that one of those things is watching television. And as the series has steadily marched on through sequels and expansions, that television has gotten progressively more elaborate and watchable. Cut to The Sims 3, which features 10 channels of repeating clips, each one tailored to a different set of Sim interests.

Skip to page 5 for the rest of The Sims 3’s entry.
> “The Top 7… Watchable TVs” at GamesRadar

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Latest Showtime Reviews:

Monday 19th March 2012 | 3:22 pm UK time | Categories

Today’s The Sims 3 Showtime review comes from, who rated it 7.5 out of 10, a rating described as “Good”:

Although a lot of the new content is pretty fun, unlike  some of the best expansions, Showtime doesn’t feel  particularly integrated with the rest of the Sims world,  an aspect I always look forward to when I get a new  expansion.

> The Sims 3 Showtime review at

The Metascore at Metacritic remains 73 (“Mixed or average reviews”), but now based on seven reviews.

Source: “The Sims 3: Showtime” at Metacritic

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