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: March 2013
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@SimGuruRyan, Lead Producer for The Sims 3 introduces the newest expansion, The Sims 3 Island Paradise, dropping anchor this June!

When we started work on The Sims 3 Island Paradise , we had one goal – to deliver you the content, features, and gameplay to not just create and play with an island paradise, but to create and play with what you envision an island paradise to be. We all have different ideas of what paradise means, so we strived to create an expansion that includes as many of those concepts as possible. Through features like sailing the open seas on a houseboat of your own design, scuba diving in search of sunken treasure, or relaxing in the lap of luxury at a mega resort (just to name a few!), The Sims 3 Island Paradise gives you the opportunity to both create paradise, and then play with it. As we continue to build Island Paradise, we’re focusing on a few major parts of the game to achieve this.

The first one is definitely the ocean. With the release of The Sims 3 Seasons , we enabled swimming in the ocean for the first time, and with The Sims 3 Island Paradise , we're really taking what you can do on, and below, the ocean to a whole new level. You might enjoy having your Sims sit back and relax on a sailboat as they venture off into the sunset, or maybe even go for a quick paddle on a rowboat. Alternatively players might be more interested in a speedboat or Jet Ski to quickly head out in search of uncharted islands veiled by a mysterious fog!

Players that love to build things can create fully functional houseboats using the complete suite of Build/Buy Mode tools to design and furnish floating abodes. And did I mention scuba diving?? For the first time ever in The Sims 3 , you'll be able to take your Sims under the ocean’s waves in search of sunken treasure! While down there you might even encounter some unexpected – or dangerous – marine life. The tropical ocean in this brand new world is packed with tons of all new ways to interact with your Sims, and our hope is that it gives you the feeling of your own island paradise, even if you’ve never before stepped your own toes into beautiful crystal blue waters.

Resorts are another area of the game that we're focusing on. Whether you're looking to build a sprawling mega resort, have your Sims stay in a stilt foundation bungalow out over the ocean, or even directly manage an exclusive beachside retreat, resorts in The Sims 3 Island Paradise provide these experiences and much more. With advanced Build/Buy features such as the ability to build out over the ocean, create pools using the new resort-specific Blueprint Mode, and place dynamic new resort towers to attract potential guests. For those of you with more of a business mindset, resorts allow you to manage and fine tune the characteristics of your resort down to the smallest detail – all while making a little money on the side! Utilize the Resort Star Rating System to see how your guests like your resort and then make crucial business decisions like adding fun amenities, hiring maintenance staff, or setting quality levels. All decisions tie into the popularity and overall success of your resort, so make sure your guests are happy… or don't! It's your paradise, and you get to make the decisions. But don’t worry, resorts aren’t all about work. If your Sims are looking to melt away into an extended vacation, resorts are the place to go! Belly up to the in-pool bars, eat until your heart’s content at epic buffets, or even test your skills at the fire walk pit and many other amenities! Resorts are a massive new experience that really offers fun for everyone, regardless of how you play The Sims 3 .

Of course, no The Sims 3 expansion pack is complete without all new careers, skills, collectibles, Lifetime Rewards, traits and places to WooHoo, of course!  We'll get into more detail of what those new items look like so be sure to stay tuned for upcoming blogs, Q&As, Twitter Takeovers and more. Also be sure to mark your calendars for our next Live Broadcast on April 16 where we’ll be showing an all-new gameplay demo and taking your questions live!

Until then, Sim-on Simmers, and get ready to spend your summer in paradise!


04:01 PM
Posted by: SimGuruRyan

Hey Simmers!

You may have recognized some of these Sim-ified memes in The Sims 3 University Life Launch Trailer .

We recently invited Simmers on the forums to take these screenshots minus the captions to insert their own! Here are a few of our favorites:

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03:29 PM
Posted by: SimGuruHydra

Designer Alan Copeland writes in detail about the latest venue – Le Cinema Plumbob – available on the Sims 3 Store on March 7th.

It seems like every town has one of those great old places to catch classics from the silver screen.  You may have seen these movies dozens of times on TV, but there is just something about seeing them in that environment that really makes the experience especially memorable.  

It’s particularly trendy right now for some theatres to provide more of an upscale environment, serving drinks, having loveseats to snuggle up with your date and providing a bit of VIP exclusivity.  This is the type of experience we hope to emulate for your Sims with our latest venue, Le Cinema Plumbob. 

This new theatre comes with a gorgeous set of related Build/Buy objects and three new Premium Content items.  The first is the flashiest and most obvious one… the movie screen!  At six tiles across and using every inch of height from floor to ceiling, this thing is massive.  It also dims the lights automatically and has a set duration, providing some great entertainment for your Sims very quickly.  

There’s a variety of movies to select, from romantic comedy, to drama, action, adventure and so on.  Each one provides a ton of fun, and a buff that not only helps your Sims mood, but may also inspire them into different interactions.  So for example, if you take your Sim to see a romantic movie, they might be more inclined to be more romantic for the rest of the day.

But the objects I’m really excited about are the brand new ticket machine and turnstile.  This new system allows you to restrict rooms based on… well, just about anything you can imagine.  The most obvious is by tickets!  You can buy different colors of tickets at the ticket machine and have the locks on the turnstile to only allow Sims with that specific ticket color.  Each ticket has a limited duration, so when it’s about to expire Sims are pushed to leave and will need another ticket if they want to go back in.  

What’s really exciting is if your Sim owns the lot, all of the money for those ticket sales is yours!  This opens up a whole new avenue of business gameplay in The Sims 3.  You can build buffets, exclusive clubs, gyms, casinos or arcades… basically anything that you would want an entrance or membership fee.  I’m genuinely excited about all of the different applications this can have.
You can also set locks for just about anything else you might want as well.

 Tired of those pesky zombies?  Set the lock to forbid all zombies or any other life-state.  Want to throw a party for only the hippest elders in town?  Set the lock based on age.  Or gender.  You get the idea.  

You can even mix and match these locks for even more unique combinations.  In the theatre you might have a lock that only allows YA and older with a red ticket.  Or let’s say you want to throw a party that only allows teen boy vampires, you can restrict the door to only allow them in. (Please have a cheap stove and at least one vamp with a low Cooking skill.)

While I primarily wanted to focus on the different applications for the new Premium Content, the venue has some really cool areas to catch a drink after the show, with more of an art deco vibe than what we normally see in The Sims.  

Thanks for reading, hope that you enjoy the Le Cinema Plumbob!

-Alan Copeland, Designer for The Sims Studio

03:00 AM
Posted by: SimGuruTaterTot

Don't forget to check out Part 1

Let's continue with getting to know The Sims 3 Development team...

Leah at work, college graduation and a screenshot showing off a Sim building their Science Skill. Leah mainly tested the Science Skill in The Sims 3 University Life, which can unlock a lot of unique interactions and socials.

If you could be any icon from the 70s, 80s or 90s, who would you be and why?
I would be Buzz Aldrin because that would mean I had walked on the moon, and punched a man for claiming otherwise. Or I would be Bill Gates because I would have a decent amount of cash. Or Mario Lopez from Saved by the Bell. I would be perfectly fine with any of those!

Did you have a favorite poster on your bedroom wall in high school or college and if so, what was it?
My room was pure chaos. You couldn’t see the walls, as they were completely smothered with band posters, album art and newspaper clippings. My favorite poster was Albert Einstein riding a bike…because it’s Albert Einstein riding a bike.

My favorite TV Show growing up was…
Arthur, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell

My college mascot and team colors were…
Our mascot used to be a Ute Indian, and now it is a red-tailed hawk, and our colors are crimson and white!

My favorite memory from college was…
I love traveling, and university gave me great opportunities to do that. I went to Japan for two weeks and stayed with families in different cities. I really got a sense of the country’s culture.

I also had an internship at the public defender’s office in New York City to fulfill my Political Science major. I was only 19, and not quite socially adept. My shyness got me into a lot of awkward, but memorable situations. I had to learn to adapt pretty quickly to the lifestyle there (as it is not very similar to Utah!)

In college, instead of studying, you’d catch me doing…
I only took one semester off during my 4-years at university, so I think I spent 92% of my time studying! For the other 8%, I read, took photographs, played video games, browsed the Internet, hung out with my boyfriend and friends, and went to the park with my dogs.

Christian at his desk, in high school, and a screenshot of a bowling alley and sports bar in The Sims 3 University Life.

If you could be any icon from the 70s, 80s or 90s, who would you be and why?
I'm not much into following celebrities... but if I wanted to be similar to someone that was an icon in their field, I would choose J. Scott Campbell.  I really loved his comic book art back in the late 90's.

Did you have a favorite poster on your bedroom wall in high school or college and if so, what was it?
I had some pretty great Star Wars posters that complimented my X-wing model that I had hanging from my ceiling in my room.  In fact I still have that same X-wing toy, it is now hanging above my desk here at EA Salt Lake. If you can't tell, I love geeking out on Sci-fi.

My favorite TV Show growing up was…
Well during college I loved watching Arrested Development.  Love that show!

My college mascot and team colors were… 
Waldo the Wildcat and the colors were purple and white.  I was never into going to sports games though. I have no interest in that kind of stuff. I was mostly into studying art and doing activities in that department.

My favorite memory from college was…
I loved going to gallery shows at school. I also had a lot of fun working on building an indie videogame with my buddies.

In college, instead of studying, you’d catch me doing…
On the weekends I would go camping with friends in the mountains, and we would throw big bonfire parties. We had some pretty great times.


If you could be any icon from the 70s, 80s or 90s, who would you be and why?
Honestly, I’m not sure but I guess I’ll say Molly Ringwald because for a little while there she had like 12 movies out. And she’s a redhead, so that would be awesome.

Did you have a favorite poster on your bedroom wall in high school or college and if so, what was it?
I had a big N*Sync poster for the longest time. It was a teenage girl’s dream. I loved it.

My favorite TV Show growing up was…
I am a good ol’ Looney Toons girl. I had a Tweety Bird bedspread for the longest time.

My college mascot and team colors were… 
Wildcats and purple.

My favorite memory from college was…
Taking classes with my friends and being able to goof off when the professors weren’t looking… and sometimes when they were.

In college, instead of studying, you’d catch me doing…
Doing plays and playing some videogames. I’d always be at some sort of gaming system. I had a great group of friends who I’d hang out with too. I actually wrote my own Sim’s stories too!

Thanks to The Sims 3 Development team for taking the time to do this fun interview! 

05:44 PM
Posted by: SimGuruHydra