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Twitter Take-over with Producer Grant Rodiek!
POSTED ON 07/26/10 11:55 PM
Join us on our Twitter page this Thursday, July 29th 3:00pm PDT where The Sims 3 Producer Grant Rodiek will take over to @reply to your questions and comments on the game including the upcoming EP Late Night! See you there!
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The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack!
POSTED ON 07/20/10 08:10 PM

For the first time ever, your Sims can experience late night fun as a VIP!

Get your Sims an all-access pass to the hottest spots in town. Whether they mingle with celebrities or enjoy a casual night with friends, your Sims’ social lives are getting a boost! But keep in mind that some scenes are more exclusive than others, so make sure your Sims have the right connections to get past the bouncers at the hottest clubs. Wherever your Sims go, they’ll discover new things to become—adored celebrities, all-night partiers, rowdy bandmates, or sexy vampires. What will your Sims get up to after dark?


  • Hang out at the hottest spots in town, from dive bars to dance clubs to chic lounges, complete with bouncers.
  • Gain fame and fortune as a member of a music band, mixologist, director, or local celebrity.
  • Wander into a certain part of town and your Sims just might uncover the secret to becoming a vampire.
  • Gain access to exclusive areas and enjoy celebrity perks like penthouse living, luxury hot tubs and cars.



Watch The Sims 3 Late Night video

POSTED ON 07/15/10 04:46 PM

The Sims  3 and Live Nation have partnered to create exclusive, licensed concert t-shirts and posters for your Sims from hot artists like Shakira, Sex Pistols, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and more! The one-of-a-kind musician fan sets are available today at The Sims 3 Store, plus you can purchase the real-life merchandise too. Show off your Sims’ musical tastes today!

We’re constantly looking at featuring new musical artists to expand our collection. If you have suggestions on artists you would like to see showcased, please share them on the Store section of the Forums here.

Buy Now From The Sims 3 Store!


Create a World fix for Game Update 1.14/2.9/3.5/4.2
POSTED ON 07/09/10 10:24 PM
The Create a World Tool that is compatible with update 1.14/2.9/3.5/4.2 and Ambitions is now available. Please uninstall your old version of Create a World through Add/Remove programs. Download the new version here and install.
Game Update for: 1.14/2.9/3.5/4.2
POSTED ON 07/07/10 07:32 PM

Before installing this game update, you must check for corrupt content that may be slowing down your game.  Follow these steps to remove the content before installing the game update:

  • If you have an object called "Girl Doll Dressed" in the Installed Content in your Launcher, please uninstall it.
  • To delete the file: 0x038a68fe04da61a6aa65f939d77fbc37.package, go into your DCBackups (C:\Documents and Settings\your name\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\DCBackup), find the file and delete it.
  • If you had that file in your C:\Documents and Settings\your name\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\DCBackup folder, this may have attached itself to your exports. If you had that file and recently exported content to your Launcher, delete that content from your Export folder and your Launcher.

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

This game update includes:

  • 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
  • Fixed issue that prevented Sims from fishing when certain seeds were in the Sim’s personal inventory
  • Optimized memory usage when deleting lots via Edit Town mode 
  • Optimized memory usage for complex Sim homes created with Buy Mode
  • Sims will now exit the police station when doing the “Do Low Level Police Work” interaction when they are sufficiently stressed
  • The game will no longer temporarily freeze when routing on and off home lots placed by players using the World Editor in Edit Town
  • Sculptures on the Sculpting Station will no longer lose functionality when cancelling a drag interaction while in Buy Mode
  • The Styling Station will no longer lose functionality when going to the Main Menu while performing a makeover on a Sim
  • Kleptomaniac Sims are no longer able to steal the holes created by the Miner invention
  • Users are no longer able to place lots on top of the sidewalks when using the World Editor while in Edit Town
  • Sculptures completed by Sims will now function properly when players complete them at the sculpting station, then save and load the game.
  • Fire Engines will now maintain all functionality after Sims drive them in Egypt, China, or France
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Private Investigator Sims from completing cases with certain case steps
  • Sims in the Firefighter and Ghost Hunter careers can now continue their careers after the household has been saved to the Library, then placed back into the neighborhood
  • Fixed an issue that caused Sims to become invisible upon loading a saved game
  • The “Possession is 9/10 of the Law” Lifetime Wish now requires your Sim steal items worth the appropriate number of Simoleons before being completed
  • Junkyards can no longer be purchased as  Real Estate properties
  • Content from The Sims 3 that is uploaded via The Sims 3 Ambitions version of the Launcher now functions appropriately
  • Fixed an animation pop from the “Start Collecting!” interaction with the Harvester invention (63294)
  • An upgraded Fire Extinguisher will now remain upgraded upon saving, closing, and loading the save file
  • Fixed an issue that caused household members to disappear upon reloading a save file
  • The “Intrigued by Great Lecture” moodlet now has an icon
  • Neighborhood Sims that are not in the currently active household will now properly quit playing with the Sim Gnubb set
  • Sims that catch on fire from the Invention Workstation can now have the fire put out when the firefighters are called
  • Fixed an issue that caused Sim relationships to break when traveling to Egypt, China, or France
  • The magical laundry bear Abracadabra will no longer block Sims from moving after disappearing
  • Fixed a crash caused by setting the alarm for Self-Employed Sims
  • Create-a-World will now work properly once The Sims 3 Ambitions is installed
  • Small and Medium digital picture frames no longer float in the air after loading a save game
  • Sims will no longer cheer at City Hall forever when switching active households after a celebration
  • Holes created by the Miner invention can no longer be detonated or salvaged by inventors
  • Magical gnomes from Ambitions will now behavior appropriately
  • Fixed an issue that caused Sims to have broken or inappropriate hair styles after aging up
  • Inventions sold at the consignment store will now count towards a Self-Employed Inventor Sim’s promotion
  • Sim animations will no longer break when the “Offer Tattoo to…” interaction is used
  • Mac Only: Fixed an issue where text strings were broken in the Czech version of the Launcher
  • Mac Only: Fixed a launcher crash for the Mac Digital Download
  • Mac Only: Fixed several issues where icons were not properly lit in the Launcher
  • Mac Only: Fixed an issue to prevent a crash when users place a lot in World Editor mode via Edit Town

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: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\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. 

New ways to CUSTOMIZE your game!
POSTED ON 07/01/10 12:10 AM

Start customizing your game with these NEW EXCLUSIVE Sets from The Sims 3 Store!

With the Romanza Ceremony, Reception and Attire set, your Sims can unite in matrimony and celebrate in style.

Also new this month is the Zen Again set and the FREE Adrenaline Rush set!

Start Shopping!