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Text ‘Sims’ to 24470 for an offer* for The Sims!
POSTED ON 10/26/10 07:12 PM
Quick! Grab your mobile phone and text ‘Sims’ to 24470 for an offer* for The Sims!

(*While Supplies Last for a limited time only. Message & Data rates may apply)

Text ‘Sims’ to 24470 Now!

Game Update for 1.17/2.12/3.8/4.5/5.2
POSTED ON 10/26/10 04:00 PM
To install this update, please start your game and use the “Updates” tab in your Launcher.       

This game update includes:       

Base Game Updates       

  • Players can now suppress Opportunities by selecting the Opportunities Suppression check box in the Game Options menu. This means players can still get opportunities through interactions, but no opportunities will be automatically directed towards the player.
  • The game can now detect downloaded content and use these objects in Sims’ dreams, opportunities, etc.
  • Live Mode  

    • Sims can now form groups with one or more other Sims to stay linked to each other while out and about in the world.
    • Players can now set lights purchased from Buy Mode as a “black light.”
  • Create a Sim  

    • Players can now adjust a Sim’s muscle definition and breast size.
    • New Sims can now have an Astrological Sign assigned.
  • Build/Buy Mode  

    • Players can now use the Platform Tool to create stages and other elevated spaces.
    • Half Walls can now be created and placed on lots.
    • Urinals can now be purchased and placed in addition to toilets!
    • Using new rounded corners and size adjustments, players now have more control over the shapes and sizes of swimming pools.
    • Swimming pools are no longer restricted to being built on the ground floor. They can now be built on multiple other levels of a structure.
    • Players can now create fountains on Residential and Community lots throughout the world by using the Fountain Tool.
  • Edit Town  

    • Players can now place the Public Sounds wall stereo on Community Lots to set and play continuous music throughout a community lot.
  • Additional bug fixes to existing features

World Adventures

  • 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: 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.

Get ready to Play with Life with The Sims 3 for Console!
POSTED ON 10/22/10 11:13 PM
Get ready to Play with Life with The Sims 3 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS! Create any Sim you can imagine, control their lives within a living neighborhood, and choose to bless or curse them with all-new Karma Powes!

Available on HD Consoles and Handhelds on October 26th!

Learn More!
Live Updates on The Sims Town Hall
POSTED ON 10/22/10 09:07 PM
The Sims Studio will be hosting its first ever Town Hall tonight at 7 P.M. (PDT) in San Francisco. For those of you who can’t make it, tune into our Facebook and Twitter pages for live updates.

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Need SimPoints? Check out Today’s Daily Deal!
POSTED ON 10/22/10 04:53 PM
Hurry to The Sims 3 Store’s Daily Deal to grab a 2000 SimPoint bundle at an amazing price! Act now before the Daily Deal is gone, the offer is only good while supplies last.

Get Your Deal Now!
Celebrating Simmer-created Worlds
POSTED ON 10/19/10 05:00 PM
We’re celebrating the awesome worlds created by fellow Simmers! Join in on the celebration and download a player-made world or share yours with us!

Join the event
Facebook Count Down Event
POSTED ON 10/18/10 09:51 PM
Just one week left until The Sims 3 comes to console and Late Night launches! Join us on Facebook for our Count Down Event. Can we reach 1.7 Million fans by then? Invite your friends to “Like” our page to celebrate the launch of these games!

Join us here
The Sims 3 Late Night - Producer's Blog on Vampire gameplay
POSTED ON 10/14/10 03:00 PM

Let’s get a few things clear – Vampires in The Sims 3 Late Night do not twinkle, sparkle, or cry. Vampire men look like men and vampire women, well, they’re clearly girls. When in daylight they smolder with fire and are in deep trouble as they should be. They aren’t “beautiful” in the eyes of silly, adolescent girls.

Phew. I feel better now.

We designed vampires to be awesome, cunning, and incredibly powerful. We want vampires to provide an entirely new way to play as a Sim and to tell a compelling story of the night. We also wanted them to be, ahem, night and day different from the vampires of The Sims 2 Nightlife. Those vampires seemed like they belonged in a 1920s horror movie. The Sims 3 Late Night vampires bring the allure of the night into the 21st century.

Vampires have several powers that set them apart from Sims. They are able to learn skills twice as quickly as normal Sims. They are stronger, smarter, and more creative—and it shows. Vampires also run incredibly quickly, so fast that it creates a blur effect. They can also read minds and force Sims to think of them which, when meeting new Sims,  helps them quickly build relationship levels.

But that’s not all!


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Vampires can drink from other Sims to replenish their thirst. This is a consensual act and so is less predatory than a vampire’s other abilities. If they don’t have anyone with whom they are close, they can grow Plasma Fruit, which vegetarian vampires prefer, or raid the hospital for plasma packs. Be wary of the law, however!

Assuming your vampire Sims wish to be prolific and spread the powers, other Sims throughout the neighborhood can be turned. After the transformation takes hold, new vampires become more pale, their eyes glow, sunlight will punish them, and their teeth grow noticeably sharper. A lot good, a little bad. Ultimately, it’s just the price you pay for a longer, more powerful life!

My favorite vampire ability is the hunt. Vampires can not only drink from other Sims, but they can scan their heat to find the Sims with the tastiest plasma. The best places to hunt are popular venues like the current hot spot nightclub as they are filled with potential targets.


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As your vampire begins the hunt, every Sim at the scene begins to glow, as if covered with a heat scanner. One by one your vampire narrows down the selection, choosing their victim. Once one is found, they are added to your vampire’s relationship panel and a Map Tag is added to them. This way, no matter where they go in town, your vampire can find them.

Then, the hunt is on! Using abilities like “Read Mind” and “Think of Me” your vampire is able to expedite the relationship gain. These are just a few tactics in a vampire’s arsenal.

What will you do with your vampires? Personally, I prefer the vampire bassist. The night definitely belongs to vampires in The Sims 3 Late Night and the possibilities are many. Go forth with fangs out and drink!

Get your EA Game Card at all-new Retailers this October!
POSTED ON 10/14/10 01:09 AM
October is here, which means that EA Game Cards are coming to a retailer near you!

This month, you can find the EA Game Card at the following retailers:
10/1: Blockbuster
10/26: Target
10/26: Walmart
10/29: Toys R Us
10/31 Best Buy

Use the EA Game card to get SimPoints so that you can shop at The Sims 3 Store. The Sims 3 Store offers hundreds of exclusive items and room sets that you won't find anywhere else. From hairstyles and outfits to furniture and architectural items, customize your Sims' worlds in all-new ways.  Get your EA Game Card Now!

Find the nearest EA Game Card Location Now!
Turn in your questions for The Sims Town Hall!
POSTED ON 10/13/10 11:35 PM
Calling all The Sims fans!

The Sims Studio is hosting the first ever The Sims Town Hall on October 22, 2010 for any Sims fan in the local California area. The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 for console, and The Sims 3 Medieval will be shown.  We’ll be taking questions from players who can’t attend the event.

Please submit your top question for either The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 Console, or The Sims 3 Medieval by this Friday (October 15th) with your username in our Facebook event. We’ll send you an awesome prize if we answer your question during the event.

PS…Don’t forget to pre-order The Sims 3 for console and The Sims 3 Late Night!

Submit your question
Tune in to The Ready Set’s video Q&A
POSTED ON 10/12/10 04:33 PM
Tune in on our Facebook page today at 2pm PDT for The Ready Set’s video Q&A where he will answer your top questions and sing his latest hit “More Than Alive” in Simlish!

Watch the video

Stay tuned for a video chat with The Ready Set” on Tuesday, October 12th!
POSTED ON 10/08/10 04:54 PM
Did you know that The Ready Set’s song, “More Than Alive” is going to be on The Sims 3 Late Night in Simlish?  Jordan will be available to answer your questions on Tuesday, October 12th.  Submit your questions in our Facebook Event.

Album "I'm Alive I'm Dreaming" featuring "Love Like Woe" is available now.

Submit your questions

Just Arrived - New Sets at The Sims 3 Store!
POSTED ON 10/07/10 01:03 AM
Animals are Abound in October, be sure to check out the all-new Animals Abound Playground Bed + Bath Sets today!

Are your Sims Front Row and Center? Take center stage with the Front Row Center Bedroom + Wretched Threads sets, with rockin’ clothing and furniture like this, the neighbors are bound to stare.

If Glitter and Glam is more your style, then check out the Glitter and Glam Bedroom set, because your Sims deserve only the finest!

For a community treat, be sure to get the FREE Kalliopi's Gift set - A very special set inspired by a very special friend of The Sims.

Start Shopping!
Calling all fans of The Sims™!
POSTED ON 10/06/10 09:13 PM
The Sims Studio is hosting the first ever The Sims Town Hall on October 22, 2010.  Come join us for game demonstrations and a chance to talk with the development teams of The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 for console, and The Sims MedievalWe’ll be giving away prizes, T-shirts, exciting new info, and more.  See the new games from The Sims before anyone else!

And as an added bonus, we’ll be announcing the bonus holiday items will be coming your way for The Sims 3 in December!

Location: The Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco, California 94102

Date: October 22, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm PST

Space is limited and only the first 250 fans will be allowed into the event, so arrive early!

More details will be shared in the coming weeks. We hope to see you there!

The Sims Team

PS…Don’t forget to pre-order The Sims 3 for console and The Sims 3 Late Night. On sale October 26!

The Sims 3 Trailer for Nintendo DS & Wii
POSTED ON 10/06/10 05:08 PM
The Sims 3 is coming to the Nintendo DS & Wii! Create unique Sims, give them personalities and control them with Karma Powers.

Watch the trailer for The Sims 3 for Nintendo DS

Watch the trailer for The Sims 3 for Wii
Halloween Facebook Event
POSTED ON 10/05/10 06:13 PM
Mummies and Ghosts and Gnomes, OH MY! For the month of October we invite you to share your ghostly creations with us in our Halloween Facebook event!! Link us to your most frightening Sim, Lot, Household and/or Story creations and see if the ones shared on this Wall don’t scare you as well. Have a particularly scary machinima? Post it on our Wall.

RSVP to the Event here.
Refer Friends and Get FREE SimPoints and Exclusive Store items!
POSTED ON 10/04/10 08:52 PM
Get free SimPoints and exlusive items from The Sims 3 Store when someone you invite gets their first SimPoint bundle.

Learn More!
Take on a Building Challenge Facebook event
POSTED ON 10/01/10 05:08 PM
Are you feeling a bit uninspired with building? Do you need a challenge to keep your creative chops up? Why not take on a challenge or join a collaborative project! Join our event on Facebook and check out these challenges and projects to help break out of those creator's blocks. Maybe you'll come up with a challenge of your own!

Join the event