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Game Update for 1.31
POSTED ON 02/29/12 07:00 PM
Game Update for 1.31

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

This game update includes the following changes:

Exciting new connected features which allow you to:
  • Post and view messages from your friends while playing, without having to leave or even pause the game.
  • Find new friends and add them to your friends list.
  • Access your Player Profile and Wall from the Options Menu
    • Receive status updates from your friends about their game, and comment!
    • Achievements—view the badges you’ve earned for those you’ve completed, sort and view those you have yet to complete, and find new achievements, which will be introduced to your game regularly!
    • Edit and view your Player Profile, including your avatar, My Story, and wall posts all about you!
    • Get all of the latest and exciting news from The Sims 3!
  • You can now specify what outfit your Sim will wear to work by using a dresser.
  • When a Service NPC joins the family, their special service outfit is added to the wardrobe.

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.

Lunar Lakes is Here!
POSTED ON 02/16/12 06:49 PM
Head to The Sims 3 Store to pick up the most anticipated item of the year! The Sims 3 Lunar Lakes is a beautifully unique, foreign world for your Sims to explore and enjoy. Set several generations ahead of previous The Sims 3 towns, you'll find families old and new thriving in a world unlike any other.

With The Sims 3 Lunar Lakes you'll find:
  • A Unique New World
  • Exclusive New Items
  • Exclusive New Locations
  • All-New Sims and Stories
The Sims 3 Lunar Lakes also includes the all-new premium item: The Tree of Prosperity!:

This exotic plant is made of floating crystals and changes shape throughout the day. Play with the Tree of Prosperity and your Sims can learn skills faster. Discover the secrets of this alien tree today!
Special Bonus: Our amazing community completed the pre-launch campaign! Because of their efforts we're offering The Sims 3 Lunar Lakes for a discount for the first two weeks.
Experience Lunar Lakes today - This special discount won't last!
Hidden Springs – Now in Stores!
POSTED ON 02/14/12 11:06 PM
If you’ve haven’t had the chance to get The Sims 3 Hidden Springs, here it is: Hidden Springs, the rejuvenating world you’ve come to love on The Sims 3 Store is going retail!

The Sims 3 Hidden Springs:

Celebrities and the rich flock to Hidden Springs in search of relaxation and escape from the mundane. Many cannot resist rumors of the seemingly miraculous healing powers that linger in the woods and waters. Some of the townsfolk who live in the woods are highly secretive and seem to have a pale green tinge to them. Is it really magic at work?

When you’re in Hidden Springs, you can explore a stunning lakefront, relax at a luxury spa or ski lodge, escape into the woods, or even uncover ancient mysterious at the Museum of Magic and Supernatural. What will you find in Hidden Springs?

The Sims 3 Hidden Springs will now be available wherever games are sold, so head to your favorite retailer and pick it up!

The Sims 3 Treasure Hunt is on Now!
POSTED ON 02/13/12 06:01 PM

The Sims 3 Treasure Hunt is on and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explore The Sims 3 Store and complete 6 objectives around the site.   The Reward for completing all 6 objectives is the Never Ending Honeymoon Set! Whoever says the honeymoon is over never used their imagination and this luxurious set!

The treasure hunt ends February 21st.  Head to the Treasure Hunt page to find out more information on the objectives. Happy Hunting!

New Blog post from SimGuruRyan
POSTED ON 02/11/12 02:23 AM
With every update to The Sims 3, we’re fixing bugs, adding new content and features, and making improvements to your game experience, often from suggestions we’ve gathered from the community.  The latest producer’s blog post from SimGuru Ryan talks about the benefits of Game Updates and addresses some of the questions Simmers have had about them.  Read the latest blog post to find out more
Special Store Announcement
POSTED ON 02/09/12 07:45 PM
Like us Worldwide to get an Exclusive Announcement from The Sims 3 Store!

It's time to announce something special coming to The Sims 3 Store! Want an exclusive sneak peek? Like our Global Facebook pages to get a special reveal!

Everytime we hit a milestone we'll release something new! Spread the word! Something exciting is on the way!

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Happy Birthday to The Sims
POSTED ON 02/04/12 08:00 AM
Happy birthday to The Sims! The Sims franchise celebrates another milestone and wants to share some fun facts and a special birthday mosaic that many of you contributed to. Check out the infographic below. Here's to another great year and playing with life!

Click on the image to see a larger version.