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The Sims Official Magazine
POSTED ON 10/30/12 04:50 PM
Get the scoop with exclusive articles, blogs and videos in The Sims Official Magazine, now available for FREE on iTunes and Android.
Game update for 1.42
POSTED ON 10/29/12 03:00 PM
To install this update, please start your game and use the “Updates” tab in your Launcher.

This game update includes the following changes:

Base Game Updates
  • Greeting Cards feature has been added.  Sims can take a picture using the Greeting Card feature and share it on, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Attraction System has been added. This is a new initial romantic system that provides bonuses to socialization and romance when the Sim is attracted by certain attributes.
  • Sims can now swim in the ocean.
  • Diving Board object has been added to Build Mode.
  • Blueprint tool has been added to Buy/Build Mode. User’s may quickly place down furnished rooms with this tool.
  • Resolved Player Profile and Wall issue where clicking on a user’s name brought up a blank profile.
  • Badges earned by completing achievements will now appear on your MyPage on
  • The moon’s glow on the UI will no longer appear when starting a new game without The Sims 3 Supernatural installed.

World Adventures Updates
  • Fixed an issue where fish placed in the Sims inventory will no longer disappear when Sims travel back from a vacation world.
  • Fixed an issue where sound was getting dropped out when Sims are learning a song.

Pets Updates
  • Fixed a galloping animation issue with Horses that has level 10 Racing skill.

Showtime Updates

  • Sims must now have some positive relationship before asking other Sims to take photos in the “Gigi Photo Booth”.

Supernatural Updates
  • Saving and loading during a full moon cycle before 6pm will no longer cause the moon cycle to skip forward.
  • Feral Change buff will now expire for werewolf on various lunar cycle settings.
  • Addressed an animation issue in the Smustle dance.
  • Toadified Sims will route fail less often when trying to eat flies on counters or large tables.
  • Writing fiction book will display proper text.
  • Fairy children will no longer stretch into adult size when using the “Talk to Plant” interaction.
  • Fixed an issue where Woohoo in the Gypsy Caravan wish is not fulfilled when Sims Woohoo in the Gypsy Caravan.
  • Improved routing issues with the Fairy House.
  • Sending an elixir from the household inventory to a friend now fulfills the “Send an Elixir to a Friend” wish.
  • The “Gift of Giving” buff and Lifetime Happiness Points are now given when gifting an elixir from the household inventory.
  • When gifting an elixir from the household inventory only one elixir is sent instead of two.
  • Wall post will be created when a user opens a mystery gift containing Simoleons.
  • Create-A-Sim UI flow fixed so that the use can no longer access other Create-A-Sim menus while eye color picker is still open.
  • Fairy Bloom interaction will now work with the Omni Plant from The Sims 3 base game.
  • Sims that were turned into SimBots via an elixir will no longer revert back to human form after WooHoo in the Gypsy Caravan.
  • Fixed issues with Supernatural children genetics.
  • “Sweeten Up” interaction can now be completed on Birthday Inferno Cake.
  • Fixed an issue when selecting werewolf to transform while being struck by a witch’s fire blast.
  • Fixed flickering issue on objects after performing the “Midas Touch” interaction.
  • “Midas Touch” interaction will now be able to turn a zombie into a statue.
  • Fixed an issue with conversion spells turning inexpensive items into expensive items.
  • Fixed an issue when trying to buy a SimBot with Lifetime Happiness Points.
  • Turning off the “Spectrum Mood Lamp” will now properly return Sims to their original color.

Store Updates

  • Fixed a potential crash with the launcher that could occur after uninstalling Lucky Palms.
  • Fixed an issue where Store Set icons would appear incorrectly in the Organize Collections pop-up window.
  • Worlds can now be purchased on the Main Menu.

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.

Happy Spooky Day!
POSTED ON 10/26/12 07:28 PM
Spooky Day is a holiday celebrated by Sims during the Fall season. Sims can enjoy pumpkin carving, costume parties, trick or treating and more! Read more in SimGuruMike's latest blog!

Enchanted Bundle of Dark Dealing
POSTED ON 10/25/12 05:45 PM
Curse your neighbors and brew alchemical concoctions. With all of the new functions available now to magical items since Supernaturals released back in September, we have released a magical bundle containing all of the updated items, including Lord Vladimir’s Magic Cauldron and the Malleable Mimic Voodoo Doll. Just in time to celebrate Halloween. Check them out in the Sims 3 Store today!

Halloween Sale!
POSTED ON 10/25/12 04:40 PM
In celebration of the spookiest day of the year, the Sims 3 Store has an exciting line-up of sales and compilation releases designed to get everyone in the mood for tricking and treating, including Halloween-themed sales, and new compilations!

Serenity Retreat –Venue Now Available!
POSTED ON 10/18/12 04:20 PM
The Serenity Retreat – originally only available exclusively with Sunlit Tides Gold is now available for individual purchase at the Sims 3 Store. Grab it today!

The Sims 3 Seasons Producer Walkthrough
POSTED ON 10/18/12 04:20 PM
Get an inside look at winter snowball fights, spooky day at the fall festival, spring flings, and summer days at the beach with The Sims 3 Seasons Producer Walkthrough video. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of a few surprises and secrets. You will discover new stories to tell, new activities to enjoy, and all-new ways to play with the seasons! Watch the producer walkthrough video now at

Get your Submissions in for our Strange and Unusual Showcase!
POSTED ON 10/16/12 04:10 PM
Time to load Create a Sim or Build Mode because we're taking submissions for our Strange and Unusual Showcase! Create and submit your creepy, scary, mystical, macabre, or just downright weird uploads in SimGuruHydra's thread. Remember to read the FAQ! Deadline for submissions: Monday October 29, 11:59PM PST- Submit your upload Submit your upload here!

Twitter Takeover!
POSTED ON 10/16/12 04:10 PM
Got some questions about The Sims 3 Seasons? Join The Sims 3 Producer Graham Nardone Thursday, October 18 10AM PST as he takes over @TheSims3 Twitter to answer your questions! Reply with your questions here!
Aliens are invading your Sims' neighborhoods!
POSTED ON 10/15/12 02:30 PM
Check out Graham Nardone's latest blog where he gives fans an overview on these extraterrestrial Sims from UFOs, abductions,telepathic powers, and more!
Lunar Lakes is 50% Off!
POSTED ON 10/11/12 04:54 PM
Eyeing Lunar Lakes but not willing to dole out the Simpoints? For a limited time, your Sims can survive in a thriving colony on the edge of space for 50% off of the normal price! Sims wanting to escape the confines of the homeworld and explore a life on a foreign planet need to grab Lunar Lakes today!
Live A Life Without Rules
POSTED ON 10/04/12 05:00 PM
Vagabonds, artists and writers unite! Tied down by societal rules and expectations? Watching your Sims getting tired of the mundane 9-5 job and having the perfect, modern home? With the Drifter’s Desire set, start breaking free from the routine and start living the unconventional dream.

With the opportunity for a splash of color and a creative flair…who needs normal when you can be unique? Get the Drifter’s Desire set at the Sims 3 Store today!