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PC/Mac Game Update for 1.22 - Mac Only Game Update for 2.16/3.12/4.9/5.7/6.4/7.2/8.0
POSTED ON 05/31/11 04:52 PM

To install this update, please start your game and use the “Updates” tab in your Launcher.

This game update includes:

Base Game Updates

You can now collect Memories of significant moments in your Sims’ lives in the new Scrapbook. Custom Memories can also be created using the Capture This Moment tool. All Memories can be uploaded and shared on and Facebook!

You can now adjust the lifespan length for each individual phase of life that a Sim goes through via the Options menu.

Live Mode

  • Sims can now ask other Sims out on dates!
  • Sims will now be given a Romantic Reputation based on their social interactions in the local dating scene.

Create a Sim

  • Body hair can now be applied on male Sims, from head to toe!

Build/Buy Mode

  • Players can now use the Catalog Filter in Build and Buy Mode to sort Content from different installed Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs, as well as content from The Sims 3 Store.

World Adventures

  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features


  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features

Late Night

  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features


  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features

Before installing an Update for The Sims 3, an Expansion Pack, or a Stuff Pack, it is a good idea to run through the following checklist to ensure your game continues to work smoothly.

If you have any questions about the below steps, please visit the Technical Support forum on the official Sims 3 community found at this URL:

Step 1: Disable Custom Content

Custom Content is all Sims content that did not come from an official The Sims 3 Update, The Sims 3 Store, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack. Custom Content is created by 3rd Party Developers that are not regulated by Electronic Arts or The Sims 3 Development Team and may not work with new updates. Custom Content may cause the game to behave unexpectedly or not function entirely.

To disable your custom content, undo whatever you did to install this content to get your game back into an unmodified state. If you placed it in a Sims 3 directory folder, move it to a new folder that is outside your Sims 3 file directory. Your Sims 3 file directory can be found using the paths listed below:

Windows File Directory: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3

Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/

Once you have installed the official update you may re-enable your custom content. If you experience problems, disable it again until the 3rd party developer updates their content to work with the official Update, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack.

Step 2: Back Up your Save Files

It’s always a good precaution to back up your save files before installing an Expansion Pack, Update, or Stuff Pack. To do this, copy the “.sims3” folders found in the Saves folder onto your desktop or another file directory.

Your Sims 3 Saves folder can be found using the paths listed below:

Windows File Directory: \My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves

Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/Saves

After the Update is installed, run the game to verify your saves still function correctly.

Step 3: Let the Update Complete Entirely

Updates can sometimes be rather large and may take a while to download and install completely. Cancelling the update before it has completed may cause unexpected problems, so it is always best to let it finish entirely. Do not close the Launcher until you have confirmed the update is completely installed, as this will cancel the update.

Generations Trailer Giveaway Ends
POSTED ON 05/20/11 05:05 PM
The Sims 3 Generations Expansion Pack Trailer has reached over 510K total views which means the giveaway has now ended! Thank you all for participating and supporting our official channel. Look forward to the next giveaway.

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The Sims 3 Store Spring Cleaning Sale!
POSTED ON 05/20/11 12:08 AM
The Sims 3 Store is having a huge Spring Cleaning Sale, hurry to the Store now for some amazing deals on some of our most popular items! Save today when you purchsase Ultra Lounge, Asian Fusion, Bayside or the Storybook sets, secure your deals now before the offer goes away.

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Generations Trailer Random Giveaway
POSTED ON 05/13/11 06:15 PM
The Sims 3 Generations releases in just a few weeks (May 31) so we thought we would host another giveaway! Subscribe to our channel and leave a comment(s) on The Sims 3 Generations Expansion Pack Trailer for a chance to receive a copy of Outdoor Living and a The Sims 3 t-shirt! The giveaway ends once the video reaches 510K total views. Feel free to check back daily and comment often to increase your chances on being randomly picked.

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TS3 Generations Live Broadcast Save-The-Date!
POSTED ON 05/13/11 06:04 PM
Join Ryan Vaughan and Graham Nardone, producers from The Sims 3, for a special EA Live Broadcast as they walk you through the latest expansion pack and answer your questions about The Sims™ 3 Generations! Come see how a wealth of new options and activities make your Sims’ lives more meaningful. Play with more fun. Play with more drama. Play with more mischief at every age!

Save-the-date: Friday – May 20, 2011 @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Pacific Standard Time). Log onto <> to be a part of this great event!

Feel free to post the questions you would like to ask the producers on this event wall! We will also be hosting random giveaways for those that attend the event!

**Date/time may change, but we will inform you when/if it does.**

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The Sims 3’s Facebook reaches 5 Million Likes!
POSTED ON 05/06/11 09:07 PM
Thank you all for helping us reach over 5 Million Likes on Facebook. As a way of saying thank you, we’ve made the Full Tiki Set available today for FREE as a Daily Deal (running from 12:00 P.M. To 5:00 P.M. PDT or while supplies last)! Make sure you head over to the Daily Deal page now and download the set. We also have The Sims 3 ringtones available for everyone to enjoy. Thank you for continued support, we love our community.

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Fresh New Styles Have Arrvied at The Sims 3 Store!
POSTED ON 05/04/11 11:06 PM

All-new sets have arrived, time to give your Sims a fresh new look.

Every day should be a good day for your Sims, and now it can be with the all-new Everday Casual Chic Set. The new set give your Sims a reson to dress their best all day, every day. Continue to stay classy with another fresh new look, the Mid-Century Fantasy Set, and keep the spirit of the 1950's alive!

Now that your Sims look the part, keep the party going with the Tiki Outdoor Party Set, let loose and unwind with the season's hottest new room set.

Or, you can get everything new for the month of May with just one click!  The May 2011 Compilation includes the Tiki Outdoor Party, Mid-Century Fantasy, and Everyday Casual Chic sets.

Check Out the New Looks Today!

Join our Legacy Event!
POSTED ON 05/03/11 06:14 PM

Need something to tide you over until Generations launches? Why not try a legacy? New and seasoned Simmers alike are welcome to join our Legacy event to share their progress, pictures, and tips!

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Royal wedding Parody Giveaway – ENDED
POSTED ON 05/02/11 04:57 PM

Our Royal Wedding Parody Giveaway has just ended! Thanks so much, Simmers for participating and helping to get the “Royal Wedding, The Sims 3 Parody” video to reach over 90K views! We’ve randomly selected 8 lucky recipients. Head over to our channel to see the list of lucky recipients who will be gifted the Romanza Ceremony + Attire set from The Sims 3 Store. Be sure to stay tuned for more random giveaways!

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