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SimGuruGraham on The Sims 3 – Part 2

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SimsVIP has reported about another big post from SimGuruGraham where he speaks more about modding, and also mentions about the people who want Maxis back.

I don’t want to get in a tit for tat exchange; but I will talk about some of the broader topics that people have brought up in response to my post.

Perhaps most importantly is this perception that we pay more attention to the people on Twitter and Facebook than those of you on the forums. That simply isn’t true. Twitter is a great tool for quick communication and interaction with fans; it lets me chat with people and get immediate feedback, even have a real time conversation at times. What Twitter isn’t good for is getting in-depth information – for that I come to the forums. If I tried to talk to people on the forums the same way I do on Twitter, I simply wouldn’t get any work done. The talk about Facebook is intriguing as well; I have absolutely no idea where the perception comes from that we value our fans on there more than the ones here. Do people assume we implemented the new My Page and the in-game social stuff due to requests from Sims fans on Facebook? Realistically it’s something that EA is interested in implementing across all of our games. There’s stuff like Autolog in Need for Speed, Battlelog in Battlefield, and the new social features that got introduced in Showtime are part of that whole movement. It’s an effort to emphasize and build communities, connect people with their friends, and ultimately provide deeper game play experiences. Outside of our main Sims 3 Facebook page, there isn’t any direct developer interaction there that I know of, in contrast with how we have our own individual Twitter accounts. On another note, I don’t point out that it isn’t my job to be on the forums with the idea that people should be grateful that I post here, I just want people to see that those of us who get involved with the community do so because it’s something we genuinely want to do.

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SimGuruGraham on The Sims 3 Community, Feedback, Games and More…

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I do love it when the Gurus answer our questions on Twitter and the occasional post on the forums. That’s where we find Graham today. You can find his entire post below, just click more!

Hey everyone,

Some interesting posts in this thread… I thought I’d jump in and give my own personal perspective on a few things, although I can’t respond to everything for what I hope are obvious reasons. The other challenging thing to address is that people always want answers about why certain things are the way they are, and there’s no all encompassing answer I can give you; for every compliment or complaint you can levy at the game, there’s a unique reason why each aspect of it is the way it is.

First off, people shouldn’t think of the Ideas & Feedback section as some corner of our forum that never gets read. It’s one of my favorite places to check, the name alone is indicative of exactly the type of posts I find helpful to read around here. Just to give people a general idea of what I personally do, I browse through the forums at least once a day. I like to read this board, the board of the most recently announced product to see people’s reactions (aka Sweet Treats), and the board of the most recently released product to see what parts of it people enjoy or what they’re struggling with(aka Showtime). On a less frequent basis I also check out the General board, the Technical Discussion board, and the boards that focus on player creations.
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Origin Loves Easter

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If you like using Origin, then here is a little deal for you.

For a limited time only, you can buy any of the games on their “Origin Loves Easter” page and get a 30% voucher code for your next purchase. Hey, it’s a little something.

Click here to learn more

Thanks to Łosiek for letting us know!

EA Not Bothered by Win as “Worst Company in America”

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Made a joke about big tobacco companies and more when they talked with Kotaku.

We’re sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren’t nominated this year. We’re going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide.

Reseburg also said the Human Rights Campaign is currently circulating a position to support the publisher’s “decision to have developers include same-sex relationships in recent games including Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3.” He also brought up the fact that EA-owned studio BioWare made it to the finals of the ‘Best Developer’ contest run by gaming site The Escapist.

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Congrats EA – you are the worst company in America for 2012

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I’ve been watching this contest since Day 1, hoping EA would take home the golden prize, and guess what?  They did just that!  Congratulations, EA – you were voted as the Worst Company in America for 2012 by The Consumerist!  It had quiet a challenge too.  Paypal, Bank of America, AT&T, Comcast…While all of those have perfectly good reasons on why they should be the worst company in America, the gamers united and gave this worth title to Electronic Arts.  While most Americans know the other companies are complete crap, I hope this will be publicized amongst many sites and uncover EA’s tactics when it comes to screwing over it’s consumers.

Anyhow, enough ranting – check it out for yourself!  I can’t wait to hear John Riccitiello’s acceptance speech!

Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats Live Chat – 4/12

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Join The Sims 3 Producer Jennifer Lane as she introduces The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treatson April 12, 2012 at 10:00AM PDT. This is your chance to take a sneak peak at the vast range of décor items, furniture, and, of course, fabulous fashions and hairstyles, all inspired by Katy’s real-life clothing and props, plus a look at one of the three new spectacular venues. Don’t want to forget? Sign up for a reminder by entering your e-mail in the “Cover It Live” box to your right.

But that’s not all! Looking to get some cool swag from The Sims team? Tune in live and Tweet with #TS3KPsSweetTreats for your chance to be selected for random giveaways.

And remember, The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats is available June 5, 2012, so pre-order your copy on Origin today.

Thanks to SimsVIP for the reminder!

Titanic done Sims 3 Style (Russian)

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I can’t remember how I found this…I think someone sent me the link, but I can’t seem to backtrack to find out who sent it.  Either way, thanks a million!  I just got back from seeing Wraith of the Titans and the 3D trailer for Titanic played.  Holy crap, this machinima artist nailed it!  Amazing!