News Posts Categorised ‘The Sims 3’

The Sims Official Magazine Now Available On iPads And Android Tablets

Tuesday 23rd October 2012 | 5:27 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims Official Magazine, announced during the Maxis Live Broadcast, is now available to download for free for iPads and Android tablets:

If you’re a fan of The Sims looking to go deeper into the world surrounding your favorite game franchise, look no further than The Sims Official Magazine! This free and fully interactive digital magazine will offer you exclusive tips and tricks for decking out your Sims’ worlds, from remodeling  homes to snagging the hottest gear and styling your Sims with the coolest fashions and more.

Here’s a video showing it off:

You can get from the iTunes App Store or Google Play by clicking the buttons on the website:
> The Sims Official Magazine

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“Maxis Live Broadcast” Announced, To Feature The Sims 3 Games

Tuesday 25th September 2012 | 6:05 pm UK time | Categories

A “Maxis Live Broadcast” has been announced for Tuesday 9th October, and it will feature “announcements, in-depth looks at upcoming games from The Sims 3”, as well as the upcoming SimCity. Assuming (as usual) that when they say 10 am PST they actually mean 10 am PDT, the time here in the UK is 6 pm BST (GMT/UTC+1).
> “MAXIS Live Broadcast – October 9, 2012” on Facebook

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GamesRadar Lists 10 Reasons Why The Sims’ World Is Better Than The Real World

Thursday 9th August 2012 | 10:04 pm UK time | Categories

GamesRadar has posted a feature listing their 10 reasons why The Sims’ world is better than the real world:

There’s an encouraging 0% unemployment rate

Getting a job is one of the worst parts of being a human being. In The Sims, you can skip the crushing disappointment of unanswered applications and nerve-wracking interviews. If you want a career, simply pick up a newspaper or log onto your computer and chose the job of your liking. Professional athlete? Astronaut? Ghost hunter? No problem. Even self-employment is as simple as registering for your preferred trade and collecting a weekly stipend.

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The Sims 3 Is The Number One “Wait, it’s already 3AM?!” Game — GamesRadar

Tuesday 7th August 2012 | 7:09 pm UK time | Categories

GamesRadar has ranked The Sims 3 number one in their top seven “Wait, it’s already 3AM?!” games:

The Sims isn’t a life simulator – that’s not what makes it so addicting. Though it’s true that you can play through an entire being’s existence from birth to marriage to death in one day, it’s deeper than just “playing life.” There’s something primal, something instinctual that makes it feel alright to spend an entire day playing The Sims 3  instead of doing anything else. Human nature dictates that it’s our job to create life and to perpetuate our species, and that’s what The Sims does. That’s what it really simulates.

> “The Top 7… ‘Wait, it’s already 3AM?!’ games” at GamesRadar

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Latest The Sims 3 Game Update Detailed In New Blog Post

Thursday 26th July 2012 | 10:24 pm UK time | Categories

A new blog entry has been posted on which explains some new features included with the recent game update:

Store  Sets in the Game.
The  newest and most popular sets from The Sims 3 Store are now featured in Buy Mode as Featured Store Sets!  This feature allows you to find exclusive sales without leaving your game!  You’ll notice that each room category has a new button that you can click to  see the sets for that room. Once a set is purchased from Buy Mode,  you can place the individual items directly from the set preview window.  This eliminates the need to search for the set items in individual object  categories.

> “Game Update for 1.36” at

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Another Prius Now Available For Free Download

Thursday 26th July 2012 | 8:40 pm UK time | Categories

If the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the Toyota Prius v aren’t enough for you, now available for free download from The Sims 3 Store is the Toyota Prius c, including the City-friendly pack:

Fits your Sims’ life like a tight parking spot! The Prius c  is the most accessible Prius in the Prius Family, so getting around Sunset Valley couldn’t be any easier or more fun! The fun doesn’t have to stop when you are done spinning those rims! Bring home excitement with the bonus Prius c -inspired collection: a slick laptop, booming portable stereo, super flat-screen TV, uber home stereo and the hottest guitar, perfect for the summer season!

When you need the latest technology or just a car you can trust, skip the rest and go with the best. Download the Prius c today!

It’s only available on the US and Canada versions of the Store, but there doesn’t seem to be anything to say you can’t download it from the Canada Store wherever you are anyway…
> “prius c” at The Sims 3 Store (Non-country-specific link — may not work)
> “prius c” at The Sims 3 Store (Canada)

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The Sims 3 Game Update To Version 1.36 Released

Monday 9th July 2012 | 7:02 pm UK time | Categories

EA has released a game update for The Sims 3, updating it to version 1.36. Here’s some of the changes:


  • Fixed a crash when Data Execution Prevention is turned on.
  • Collections are now available.
  • Sims no longer receive a green tint while in CAS.
  • Relationships will not be negatively impacted when not responding to crowd requests while performing on stage.

To view the full list of changes, and see the update checklist, click below and look for the “Game Update for 1.36” post — if you can’t find it on the page, you’ll need to switch to English > United States using the second link, then try the first link again.
> “News:July 2012” at
> “Please Select Your Language” at

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Lucky Palms Live Chat Now Available To Watch On-Demand

Friday 22nd June 2012 | 8:03 pm UK time | Categories

If you missed the live chat about the latest town to be announced for The Sims 3 Store, Lucky Palms, then you can watch it below if you’re interested:

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Next Town To Be Sold At The Sims 3 Store Announced, Live Chat Tomorrow

Thursday 21st June 2012 | 12:27 am UK time | Categories

The next town to be sold at The Sims 3 Store was confirmed recently as “Lucky Palms”:

With ample parks, recreation, opportunities, and a thriving culinary scene Lucky Palms is an island of green amid shifting sands. This desert enclave offers manicured gardens, modern estates, and cozy abodes nestled on the banks of a pristine lake. At the heart of town a mysterious well is said to grant wishes to those who are pure of heart….what will you wish for?

There’s more information and screenshots in the news section of — it looks like they’ll be adding more daily so keep checking back if you’re interested.
> “News:June 2012” at (UK)

They’ve also announced a live chat, which will take place tomorrow, Friday 22nd, at 10 am PDT, which is 6 pm BST (GMT/UTC + 1). You can set up an email reminder on the page.
> “The Sims 3 Lucky Palms Live Chat” at Origin

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Graham Nardone Talks Game Updates, More In New Blog Post

Thursday 31st May 2012 | 1:34 pm UK time | Categories

The Sims 3 assistant producer Graham Nardone has posted a new blog entry on in which he discusses game updates, bug reporting, listening to comments and more:

From time to time, we provide an update to The Sims 3, which helps to improve your game. We incorporate design improvements, including some that have been suggested by Simmers, as well as fixes for outstanding issues.  Anything from obscure bugs we have found and fixed to driver updates and also new hardware support can be included in these updates.  As you can imagine, game updates are complex and play a major role in our testing and engineering process as each change has to work across all variations of The Sims 3 products. We have a very dedicated QA team that continuously strives for accuracy and efficiency in identifying, understanding and implementing what needs to go into these updates.

> “Spring Update!” at

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