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Maxis Working On “Brand New Sims Title”

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Maxis are currently seeking a designer in Redwood City, CA, where The Sims Studio is located. This designer will be tasked with the job of working on a “brand new Sims title”.

As a Technical Designer, you’ll be working with a large (but tight-knit) team of enthusiastic industry professionals from all walks of life. Your job will be to design and create user-facing content in a brand new Sims title using our internal scripting tools.

This could be one of two things: an expansion pack/downloadable content or a brand new game. Since The Sims 4 was only released two months ago and the team are still working on free updates, I would lean more towards an expansion pack. But a new title can take a few years to develop so I wouldn’t mind seeing The Sims 4 Medieval * hint hint EA ;) *

Do you think you could fill the role of Technical Designer? Check out the job listing on the EA Careers website!

The Sims Studio Does The #IceBucketChallenge

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The other day I was tagged by MegLovesGames to do the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of ALS/MND. You can watch me get drenched in ice cold water below:

At the end of my video I tagged Rachybop, SimsVIP and The Sims… and guess who has just done their Ice Bucket Challenge? Check out The Sims Studio’s version below!

Help Decorate The Sims Studio Walls!

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Via. SimGuruHydra on The Sims 3 Forums

Time to dig up some of your fanart of The Sims!

We need your help! We’ve been redecorating our studio walls and given them a fresh coat of paint, but we’re not done! The last final pieces need to come from you!

Sure our walls are freshly-painted, but they feel a bit bare without some cool stuff to hang. And what community is more creative than The Sims community? Simply put – we’re asking YOU to send us your creations inspired by The Sims™ games!

We know many of you take your creativity outside of the game – whether they’re sketches, collages, desktop wallpapers, paintings, and even handmade crafts. These would be perfect for our studio walls.

So what kind of artwork are we asking for? We’d love to see creations inspired by any of The Sims games – from the very first, to The Sims 3, to any of the console games (hey, The Urbz had some amazing style)! Pieces can be any of the following:

- Photographs
– Collages
– Drawings, paintings, sketches
– Handmade crafts that can be hung on walls


Send physical art to:

The Sims
209 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065

We’re accepting digital artwork as well! Send your digital art inspired by The Sims to: [email protected] with the subject line: Artwork for the SimGurus

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EA Salt Lake Focusing on Mobile Following Layoffs

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It’s always upsetting to hear when someone is laid off. IGN have sadly reported that approximately 40 (former) employees at EA Salt Lake have been laid off today. These layoffs affect the EA All Play and Maxis divisions.

According to an IGN source close to EA, “all of Maxis is gone” in Utah, with approximately 40 former employees migrating to Maxis in California. Around 35 other Salt Lake employees have been laid off, including an estimated 20 at EA All Play.

EA Salt Lake was working on The Sims on mobile, which it will continue to do, and assisting on The Sims 4.

EA declined to verify the specific number of affected employees.

The Maxis division at EA Salt Lake created several expansion packs for The Sims 3 (Showtime, Supernatural, University Life and Into The Future).

We wish all those affected the very best for the future.

 

Thanks to SimsVIP for the link!

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Read My SimCity Tips Article on EA.com!

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EA UK recently approached me and asked me to write some Hints & Tips articles. I’ve wrote my first article and it’s about creating the foundations for your first city! This is designed to help anyone who is new to SimCity.

New to SimCity and not quite sure where to begin? SimCity fan Dan Willis shares some of his all important tips on building your very first city.

There is a reason why SimCity is one of my favourite video game franchises of all time, and the latest incarnation of the game is no exception. Maxis have once again given us all new ways to tinker with our cities. In this article we’re going to look at how you can build the foundation of your first city without going bankrupt!

Just a small disclaimer before we begin – I am obsessed with grids in SimCity, and you will see this in my writing! Feel free to get creative with the new road tools and make as many circle cities as you want, but you’ll find me sticking to the grid for efficiency!

The first thing you will have to do with any city is connect a road to the highway so that Sims can enter and leave to city. Roads come in different sizes and densities so it’s important to select the correct ones so that you have enough simoleons to spend elsewhere. I recommend dirt roads when starting any new city as these are cheap and allow you to begin building up your city. Bear in mind you’ll be able to upgrade these later.

Check it out on EA.com by clicking here!

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SimGuruSmitty (Lisa Smith) Leaves EA

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SimGuruSmitty, who was one of the SimGuru’s that worked at The Sims 3 Store, has announced on Twitter that yesterday was her last day at EA. It’s such a shame to see Lisa leave EA but I wish her all the best for her future as she moves to another part of California.

Thank you for everything Lisa! <3

BZ9plpVCEAAaK6K.jpg-largeHey Simmers!

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that today is my final day at EA. It’s bittersweet because I’m sad to leave but happy because my husband and I are moving to another part of California for some new adventures! Thank you all for being a part of my journey with me from the original SimGuruTatertot to the SimGuruSmitty you know today.

I hope you enjoy my magnum opus, The Sims ™ 3 Roaring Heights announced today! And I hope that you enjoy playing in my world as much as I’ve enjoyed having you all in mine.

Happy Simming Everyone! I’ll be LOLing with you for many Sim years to come.

Stay tuned as @SimGuruKelly, @SimGuruCopeland, @SimGuruSparkle and @SimGuruBrett continue to rock the store! <3!

–Lisa

Via. Twitter

Lucy Bradshaw Promoted To Senior Vice President At EA

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It appears that Lucy Bradshaw, who has led the Maxis label for several years, has received a promotion in light of the recent senior management shakeup at EA.

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A Securities and Exchange Commission filing reveals new detail about EA’s corporate shakeup. In a reportlast week, we told you that newly appointed CEO Andrew Wilson had shaken up the roles of top EA leadership. In a memo that was leaked following that, we learned that Maxis head Lucy Bradshaw will now be reporting directly to Wilson. Today we know that the relationship change comes with a new title, as Lucy Bradshaw is now a senior vice president.

Bradshaw’s previous title was general manager of Maxis. Many gamers came to know Bradshaw through her frequent updates during the SimCity launch debacle.

EA’s executive bio page has not yet been updated to include Bradshaw or to reflect changes to other executives affected by last week’s shakeup. It is unclear whether EA Labels president Frank Gibeau retains his oversight duties (BioWare, EA Games, EA Sports) in addition to his new mobile responsibilities.

We have asked EA again to clarify current titles for Peter Moore, Frank Gibeau, and Patrick Soderlund. Our previous requests went unanswered.

Via. GameInformer

[LIVE] Into The Future Community Day

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:!: Sticky post! Scroll down for the latest updates! :!:

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I am currently at the EA UK community day for Into The Future! You can follow the latest updates from me on the Twitter feed below.

Feel free to send me a tweet during the day to keep me company as I travel! And as always, if you have any questions about the expansion pack then leave them as a comment on this post, tweet me or leave a comment on our Facebook page.