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: May 2012
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These Showtime tips and tricks initially were published as news items in the My Page Wall, but if you missed them there we’ve collected them here for easy reference.  From Magic Gnomes to making new performance venues, this is your guide to some of the little known features of Showtime. Did you know them all?


  • Try to have your performer Sim compete at a SimFest at each of the different venue types and collect all of the unique trophies!


  • Know your audience!  While your Sim is performing, keep an eye on the audience requests via thought bubbles. Performing requests will result in a better performance and increase long term relationship status!


  • If  you can manage to set up your Sim’s (or a visiting Sim’s) stage, using all of the props available in a complete stage set, you will get an initial boost in the performance!


  • Another way to get an initial boost is to place a new magic gnome on stage as part of the set-up!


  • You have 24 hours real hours to accept a SimPort Tour Request, before it expires. If you don’t accept within the 24 hours, your friend who sent the request will get a message that you never made it to the show!


  • If you throw something on stage during a friend’s visting Sim’s performance, they will most likely have it in their inventory when they return!


  • If your Magician Sim dies while performing in the Box of Danger, he/she will finish the show as a ghost!


  • It’s all who you know! Developing a relationship with proprietors prior to auditioning will increase your chances of getting a gig.


  • By the time your Sims gets to level 7 in their performance careers, they’re a pretty big deal and will no longer need to audition to get a gig. Proprietors will be calling, begging your Sim to peform at their venues!


  • If your Singer Sim is multi-talented and wants to perform with a guitar, all you have to do is buy one and put it in his/her personal inventory!


  • Sims (including visiting Sims via SimPort) are not restricted to performing in Starlight Shores, as long as you have the appropriate venue. These can be accessed in Edit Town, under the Community Lots Tab. Place a Big Show Venue, Live Show Venue, Coffeehouse, Private Venue, or Big Park in any world.


  • The Hypnotizer from The Sims 3 Store gives your Magician career more options! Add this item to your stage to mesmerize your audience. Never been to The Store?  Try it out by downloading our special poster (info below).


And, as a special thank you from The Sims 3 Store team, click here to claim your Katy Perry inspired Showtime poster!

10:07 PM
Posted by: The_PopTart

As The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats first look trailer has now reached 240K views our giveaway is over.  Thank you all for participating and supporting our YouTube channel. The following Simmers were randomly selected to receive the Steampunk Kitchen Set from The Sims 3 Store.


Gemsims Sims
Mary Venture



Congratulation to the winners. Check back soon for our next giveaway opportunity!

05:00 PM
Posted by: The_PopTart
Categories: Video  PC/Mac Game  Stuff Pack  Giveaways 

Who is Freezer Bunny?

Some of you may remember Freezer Bunny's first appearance in The Sims 2 when Sims would spot the little pink guy in the freezer section while doing some grocery shopping. Since then he's been spotted on various clothing and gnome form! In The Sims 3 you might see him being pulled from the toy chest or on a Sim's pajama top. Even the little Sims can dress as our favorite bunny!

So what's all this talk about this little guy anyway? Well, we declared that today is Freezer Bunny's birthday!  How does one celebrate the birth of a bouncy-looking pink bunny with irregular-shaped eyes? Some celebrate by having their Sims treat themselves to a Freezer Bunny-shaped popsicle.

Some opt to have their Sims show off the bunny's likeness on their clothing.

Maybe you might channel the mind of Freezer Bunny and immortalize him in your notebook during class lectures. However you celebrate Freezer Bunny's birthday, why not share it with us?

Happy Birthday, Freezer Bunny!

04:49 PM
Posted by: SimGuruHydra
Categories: Screenshots  PC/Mac Game 

One of the quandaries we had on The Sims 3 was a goal of making a deeper and more interesting game than The Sims 2, with more content to explore, but within the scale of our studio.

I ran up against this wall when designing the painting skill. The Sims 2 had 12 paintings your Sim could paint on the easel:


I was emotionally attached to the easel because I’d programmed it in The Sims 2. It was a great object. I may have been in love with it. So I wanted to design an easel and painting skill worthy of players’ lofty expectations in The Sims 3.

To add variety, there were three different canvas sizes. To add depth and collectability, some paintings were uncommon and rare (known as brilliant and masterpiece paintings). To add character, certain personality Sims would paint unique variations of paintings.

And I wanted players to barely ever see the same painting twice.

By now you’re thinking, Holy Bella. That’s a metric dumpload of content… sounds insane. And you’re right. A few dozens of paintings were within scope, but each one had to be painted by a digital artist, so it took a lot of time. Here’s one of my favorites:


But a hundred or more? Out of the question. This was where I either had to scope my design, or get creative.

Creativity won out. Looking around, The Sims 3 team was filled with people that loved to make things, so why not tap into that?

We set up an invitation for everyone on the team to submit personal artwork with only a few guidelines. (1) It must look like art, (2) you must have rights to it and (3) photographs are okay but only if they’ve been highly filtered and were without human figures. 

The response was fantastic.

This post is continued in Team-Wide Content Creation on The Sims 3 (Part II)... Please check it out here!

07:23 PM
Posted by: SimGuruRay
Categories: PC/Mac Game