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Humble Origin Bundle 2


EA has announced that the Humble Origin Bundle 2 is now available! The Humble Bundle helps supports charities by allowing customers to donate what they wish and receive some fantastic games.

You can pay $1 or more to get Dragon Age: Origins, Dead Space 2, Peggle, Command & Conquer Generals (including the Zero Hour expansion), and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest. Then, if you choose to pay a bit more to beat the average, you’ll also get Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age II, and Bejeweled 3.

These are some fantastic games for a great cause, so be sure to donate and get some fantastic games!

Humble Origin Bundle 2


Simmer Spotlight: Cinderellimouse


Cinderellimouse, who was recently on our Community Spotlight, has been featured on in the latest Simmer Spotlight!

How long have you been a fan of The Sims?

Since the very beginning! My best friend and I loved to tell stories about this cast of characters we had invented, and The Sims was the perfect game for us to make those characters come alive! We were so excited to get the base game, I can still remember staring at that box art and working out who each Sim would be. I absolutely love the brand! What appeals strongly to me is that it allows people a lot of freedom to be creative and do different things: there are builders, people who enjoy making Sims in CAS, storytellers, modders, and custom content artists. I see the game as a tool for people to use their imagination and get creative! It’s interesting seeing how other people play, because Simmers really make their game their own.

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EA Closes Maxis Emeryville


This is an extremely sad day for all Maxis fans. Today, on the 4th March 2015, EA have announced they will be closing Maxis Emeryville. Known for older Sims titles before The Sims Studio, Spore and the latest SimCity, Maxis Emeryville has been around for many years and has created many fan favourites.

First to break the news was Guillaume Pierre, the lead gameplay scripter on the latest version of SimCity.

In addition to Guillaume’s tweet, Barrie Tingle, former Live Producer at Maxis, tweeted the following:

Other Maxis employees, past and present, have also shared their thoughts about the closure of the Emeryville studio:

It is very upsetting to see this happen to the studio. We would like to wish all Maxis Emeryville employees all the best for the future and thank them for all of their hard work. As it currently stands, HR are talking with Emeryville staff about new positions within EA or severance packages.

Maxis Redwood Shores, otherwise known as The Sims Studio, are responsible for the development of The Sims franchise. The closure of Maxis Emeryville will not affect the production of The Sims 4.

A handful of Maxis Emeryville employees will be moving to EAHQ to continue developing SimCity.


Maxis Working On “Brand New Sims Title”


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


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!


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


EA Salt Lake Focusing on Mobile Following Layoffs


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!


Read My SimCity Tips Article on!



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 by clicking here!