By Daniel Willis

I have been an author on this website since early 2011 and became the owner in November 2012, where I later rebranded the site as BeyondSims. I have been playing Maxis games since around 2001 starting with SimCity 3000 and The Sims 1. Apart from managing this site, I study Information Technology at University and listen to a lot of Shania Twain.

UK Game Charts (Week Ending 20th December)


Well well well, look what we have here. It’s a been a very long time since we’ve posted the UK Game Charts but it’s back and it’s a weekly thing!

The Sims 4 holds 2nd place in the UK PC Game charts this week, with Football Manager 2015 holding top place.


5 fun predictions SimCity 2000 made about the future


Origin have posted a blog highlighting 5 predictions that SimCity 2000 made about the future… but were any of them right? ;)

The year: 2000
The prediction: Engineers design the world’s first arcology, a massive building that serves as a self-contained city.

In SimCity 2000, $100,000 gets you a giant, self-contained metropolis that 55,000 people can live inside. In real life, that kind of cash might get you a three-bedroom house on the bad side of town. Or a really, really fast car.


The year: 2001
The prediction: Portland, Oregon is annihilated when previously unknown volcanoes erupt in the downtown area.

Technically, this scenario isn’t impossible: Portland does sit on top of an extinct volcanic field called the Boring Lava Field. Thankfully that field has remained, uh, boring to this day. Talk to any modern historian and you’ll discover that Portland was not, in fact, destroyed by volcanic eruptions in 2001.

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Site News: New Website Design


With 2015 fast approaching, I thought it was time for an update to the BeyondSims website design. Without further ado, I am excited to announce that the new site design has launched!

Quite a few changes have been made to the site, although the general layout is similar to the previous design.

Check out the list of changes below:

  • New simple design
  • New image slider
  • Updated site navigation
  • Most posts can be read without going directly to the post page
  • New larger fonts
  • Random quotes have returned
  • Responsive design that changes depending on device and screen size
  • New contact form
  • Updated categories
  • Archives now show amount of posts from the selected month
  • Author bio underneath posts

I hope you like the new design! If you encounter any problems with the new design or wish to leave feedback then leave a comment on this post. :)


The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat: Bear is a New NPC


Sarah Holding, a Sims 4 producer, has announced on Twitter that there will be a ‘special bear trickster NPC’ that roams around Granite Falls causing trouble. In addition to this, anyone can dress up as the bear.

This bear reminds me of Claire the Bear from The Sims 1, maybe she could be making her big return? :)


The Sims 4: Just what Is a Game Pack?


I have been working with members of The Sims 4 team on something fun. I am excited to share it with you all, as I know it’s going to allow you to tell even more unique and wonderful stories with your Sims.

Two words. Game Pack. What is a Game Pack you ask? Game Packs are unique to The Sims 4. Our first Game Pack – The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat – will be coming out in January 2015, but before we talk about that, let’s talk about what a Game Pack is.
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The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat: First Trailer Released!


The first trailer for The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game Pack has been released by The Sims Russia.

This Game Pack will be available on Origin in January 2015, so not long to go!

:!: Update: Trailer is posted again below but in English.


The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat: Everything We Know So Far


With EA set to officially announce The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat this Friday, we thought it’d be fun to check out everything we know so far about the upcoming game pack for The Sims 4. Information about this pack was first discovered after the Careers update.

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