The UK Game Charts are back on Beyond Sims! This week The Sims 3 is holding the 5th place, followed by Island Paradise and Into The Future.
As The Sims 4 is on the horizon and new consoles are hitting the market, gamers have one question – what happens to all my achievements? Honored will answer that question. Honored is a free online destination for gamers to chronicle their video game achievements across multiple gaming platforms, celebrate those achievements socially, and offers physical goods in the form of badges to display triumphantly in the real world.
On top of all this, they have confirmed that we will be able to track and archive The Sims 3 Base Game achievements too! So prepare to collect physical Sims 3 achievements!
SAN FRANCISCO – Announced via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, Honored (gethonored.com) is a free online destination for gamers to chronicle their video game achievements across multiple gaming platforms, celebrate those achievements socially, and offers physical goods in the form of badges to display triumphantly in the real world.
Members will be able to connect with other gamers, share their gaming accomplishments across social media and optional high quality badges can be purchased to proudly display achievements at all of the events and conventions where gamers gather to celebrate the culture of games.
Individuals who contribute become eligible for closed beta access in addition to rewards, ranging from physical badges, signed posters and the creation of their own unique badges.
This crowdfunding effort is live now and can be found on Indiegogo: (http://gethonored.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=1a74c62c24d9c331a5ba7adde&id=558bc22df6&e=da1a9ea7a2).
“You’ve invested years of playtime into improving your Gamerscore and collecting achievements, but those achievements are locked away behind each game system’s wall garden, until now. That’s why we’ve created Honored,“ said J Eckert, founder and CEO of Honored. “The passionate community of gamers worldwide wants to recognize each other’s epic achievements, and have a tangible real-world way of representing them. Imagine, 20 years from now, opening up a shoe box, and digging through a treasure trove of badges highlighting a beloved era of gaming in your life.”
We are also partnering up with LANFest to dish out embroidered badges at LAN parties all across the country, and the first stop is Atlanta, GA starting on January 3rd 2014. Time to bust out the bullet points again because there is a lot to cover:
If you attend a LANFest event starting in 2014, you get both a physical embroidered badge and a code for the digital version, on site in the swag bag.
- Every LANFest badge will be customized for each event
- If you place in the Top 3 for any LANFest tournament, you get another set of badges both physical and digital
- In the future, Honored will be sending limited profile data to LANFest so you can show off your no-lag environment entitlements on your LANFest profile (in other words, badges you get for attending LANFest can be shown on your LANFest profile, once LANFest and Honored get their APIs integrated at a later date)
We hope you’ll be able to support and fund Honored through their IndieGoGo campaign. You may recognise someone on the team too
This news does not relate to Maxis/EA game titles
Several months ago Ocean Quigley, Dan Moskowitz and Andrew Willmont, who were developers on SimCity and other various titles, left Maxis to create their own indie studio Jellygrade.
The first gameplay video of their upcoming fluid simulation game, which will be available on mobile platforms, has been published online and thought it’d be something interesting to share with everyone.
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The Sims Resource, one of the oldest Sims fansites, is well known for it’s huge collection of custom content for all of The Sims games from The Sims 1 all the way to The Sims 3! They have recently gone through one of their biggest changes to date as everything on the site is now completely free to download.
That’s right, you no longer need to be a subscriber to gain access to all of their custom content!
To celebrate this, TSR have kindly provided us with 2 one-month VIP memberships to give away to two lucky readers! Subscribers used to benefit from browsing the site without advertising, and having access to the download basket. While this is now only $2.99 a month, you’ll be able to experience this if you win our giveaway.
To be in for a chance to win all you have to do is… leave a comment on this post by the 14th November 2013 at 6pm GMT. We will randomly pick two winners shortly after. The giveaway is open to anyone, so make sure you enter!
Hello again, Mayors! I’m Gameplay Scripter John Giordano. If you’ve read our The Academy and OmegaCo blogs, it might be obvious that these two organizations are perhaps a smidge dissimilar from each other (and by smidge I mean vastly incompatible). The Academy is a bastion of order and harmony, while OmegaCo is a chaotic, money-making demagogue obsessed with urban dominion. The Academy uses advanced technology to spread earth-saving sciences across the region, while OmegaCo thrives on environmentally-destructive automation and Sims that can’t read fine print. Like me, you may have trouble deciding which path you want to go down, but also like me, you may not want to be forced into a decision. Thankfully, there is nothing stopping you from trying to make a city that combines both of these specializations into one, glorious city. Behold, Omegacademy:
That’s right! It’s possible to have Omega-filled Academy cities, or Academy-filled Omega cities (whichever you prefer). While by no means should it be considered easy, there are a number of strategies you might use to get there. I’ll give a rundown on my attempts and let you debate if I took the right approach or not.
The first important decision will be choosing a starting city. For OmegaCo Extraction Pods to be successful, I’m going to want a city that has both ore and oil, and particularly one that has these resources stacked or fairly close to one another. There are a number of maps where this is possible in the four new regions we are releasing with the expansion pack. I chose Desolation, which has a number of nice, flat spaces that are filled with yummy-delicious resources. To start my city, I built The Academy portion of my city upwind. This is important because OmegaCo is going to create large swaths of air pollution that Academy residents are not going to like. The first thing I’ll want to do is work my way through the Academy tech tree to get all the neat innovations that can help mitigate the problems that will come up with Omega. Here’s what I’ll research:
It’s that time again when we reveal the results of the latest poll and ask you something new. Let’s find out how you responded to our most recent poll.
We asked you…
What do you think of the new road tools in SimCity?
I didn’t purchase SimCity (62%, 399 Votes)
They’re great! (30%, 190 Votes)
They’re good, but I won’t use them (6%, 36 Votes)
I don’t like the tools (2%, 19 Votes)
Total Voters: 644
I was surprised to see that so many of you said that you haven’t purchased SimCity yet. I’d definitely recommend giving it a chance as a lot of the bad press at launch was due to the server issues, which is behind us now. The game has had many updates that fixed things and added free content – and the team aren’t slowing down with those!
Our next poll is all about The Sims 4! So we’re going to ask you…
What was your reaction to The Sims 4′s release being pushed back to Fall 2014?
Excited – the team have more time to work on the game.
Not that bothered – doesn’t really affect me.
Not happy – I wanted The Sims 4 earlier!