News Posts Categorised ‘The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff’

The first stuff pack for The Sims 3. Known as The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff in Australia, New Zealand and the US

New The Sims 3 Game Update Allows Poltergeist Haunting Jobs To Complete On Lots With Hot Tubs, More

Wednesday 2nd February 2011 | 3:22 pm UK time | Categories

A new The Sims 3 game update has been released, fixing one issue with Ambitions, and one general issue:

Ambitions Updates

  • The Poltergeist Haunting job will now properly complete when a Ghost Hunter is performing the job on lots containing hot tubs.

General Updates

  • Corrected an issue that prevented launching the game from expansion pack or stuff pack desktop shortcuts for certain computer configurations.

Click Game Updates in the game launcher to install the updates, but not until you’ve followed the all-important checklist, which you can find by clicking below.
 > News at (UK)

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New The Sims 3 Game Update Stops Drink Trays Sticking To Hands, More

Wednesday 1st December 2010 | 2:15 am UK time | Categories

EA has released a new game update for The Sims 3, fixing lots of bugs, mainly affecting Late Night. Here’s a choice few:

Late Night Updates

  • Hot tubs can now be placed on the balconies of high rise buildings by using the moveobjectson true cheat.
  • Vampires now receive the “Slept like the Dead” moodlet after sleeping in the Altar Bed.
  • Crying babies will now prompt Sims to leave a hot tub and tend to the baby.


Base Game Updates

  • The tray of drinks will no longer become stuck to a Sim’s hand when performing the “Make Drinks” interaction on regular bars.
  • Wall tops are no longer invisible when building on an empty lot on PCs with ATI video cards.

You should be prompted to get the update when you next open the launcher – but make sure you follow the all-important checklist first! For the full list of updates, and that critical checklist, click below and scroll down until you come to the article titled “Game Update for 1.18/2.13/3.9/4.6/5.4/6.1” (not there? Scroll all the way to the bottom, click Select Language, then select English > United States).
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New The Sims 3 Game Update Makes It Possible To Be Friends With Cars, More

Tuesday 7th September 2010 | 11:03 pm UK time | Categories

Another The Sims 3 game update has been released, to coincide with the launch of Fast Lane Stuff. It adds a couple of new features that relate to that pack, in fact:

New Features

  • Sims that drive extensively can now develop a relationship with their vehicles.  Vehicles can be named once a friendship is formed.
  • The Vehicle Enthusiast Trait is now available.  Sims with this trait can name their vehicles immediately and develop relationships with them more quickly.

There’s also a small number of updates for the base game and World Adventures – to read them, plus that all-important checklist that must be run through before installing, click below and scroll down to the article titled “Game Update for: 1.15/2.10/3.6/4.3” (can’t find it? Switch to English > United States via the Language link at the bottom of the page):
 > News at

Those that have the Create a World Tool will need to download and install a new version after installing this update, which can be obtained the same way as earlier versions – from the Create a World Tool page:
 > Create a World at

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

Saturday 10th July 2010 | 5:09 pm UK time | Categories

Yes, I really do have some results for you – you’re not hallucinating. Half of all voters have bought The Sims 3 Design & High-Tech Stuff, with a further 10% undecided whether to buy it or not. 30% aren’t interested in the items included, and 10% think it’s too expensive. To see the results in graph form and discuss them, click below.
 > Full Results

If a poll has ended, it must at long last be time for a new one, right? Yes – the latest expansion pack for The Sims 3, Ambitions, came out recently, so I want you to tell me this: Which is your favourite profession in it? Vote now to the right of any page – there are choices for you even if you haven’t bought it!

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New The Sims 3 Game Update Stops Sims Walking On Water

Thursday 8th July 2010 | 11:00 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released a new The Sims 3 game update, fixing a lot of issues, including these:

  • Dead relatives will no longer appear alive in your Sims’ family trees while traveling to Egypt, China, or France
  • Sketches your Sims create using the Drafting Table are now valued properly based on your Sim’s Painting Skill Level and related Profession Level
  • Sims will no longer walk on water to view paintings placed on swimming pool walls
  • Fixed an “Error 13” issue caused by saving the game immediately before having your Sim give another Sim a makeover
  • Ghost Hunter Sims can no longer “Show Off Banshee Banisher” to child Sims
  • Fixed issue that prevented players from Changing Active Household while in Edit Town mode

Before you rush off to install it though, there’s some extra steps that may need to be taken, on top of the usual ones. As usual EA have forgotten about Windows Vista and Windows 7 and provided file paths that only apply to Windows XP – the path to the The Sims 3 folder in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is C:\Users\[User name]\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 (the Documents folder appears as My Documents in Windows 7, but this path is still correct). For the extra special steps, the full list of changes, and the usual steps (in that order), click below then find the post titled “Game Update for: 1.14/2.9/3.5/4.2”:
 > News at (UK)

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The Sims 3 Game Update Enables Capability For Dynamic Advertising, More (Updated)

Wednesday 2nd June 2010 | 2:59 pm UK time | Categories

To coincide with the launch of The Sims 3 Ambitions this week, EA has released the latest The Sims 3 game update, and there’s a lot of major changes. One of those changes is somewhat dubious, however:

This game update enables dynamic ad serving capabilities in The Sims 3. However, there are no immediate plans to activate any content of this kind. The Sims 3 EULA has further details. See

There’s too many other changes to list here, so go to to read more. You’ll also find those steps that should be taken before installing (and during the installation of) patches there – though, again, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users should note that the location of your game user files will be C:\Users\USER\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3, where USER is your user name, not the Windows File Directory given there, which only applies to Windows XP.
> News at (UK)

Update (3rd June 7:29 pm BST): EA has posted on their The Sims 3 Facebook group about a problem you may find after installing the update, and a way to fix it:

Launcher Reading Version and Base Game Incompatibility

It has come to our attention that some of our fellow Simmers are encountering issues after the latest update. First off we want to apologize in advance for the inconvenience and want to do everything possible to get you back in the game!

Click below for the instructions, which involve reinstalling the EA Download Manager.
> “Launcher Reading Version and Base Game Incompatibility” at The Sims 3 on Facebook

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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.

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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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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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