From The Sims 2 Series


The Sims 2 Super Collection (Mac) – New Game Update Available


Aspyr Media has released an update for The Sims 2 Super Collection, a compilation of Sims 2 games ported to Mac, and is available to download from the Mac App Store.

One of the biggest things in this update is that the game now supports 4K resolutions!

Version 1.2.2 Update Includes:

  • Added gesture support for zoom and rotate.
  • Added 4K resolution support.
  • Added feature to easily restore The Sims 2 neighbourhoods.
  • Added feature to easily import SimCity 4 terrain.
  • Minor bug fixes.

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The Sims 2 Super Collection (Mac): Available In The Mac App Store


Mac users can rejoice! Following Aspyr’s re-release of SimCity 4, it was only a matter of time until this happened. The Sims 2 is back and it’s available to download from the Mac App Store for £20.99.

Featuring the base game, 6 expansion packs and 3 stuff packs (which were the only Sims 2 games to be ported to Mac by Aspyr), the Super Collection is a must have… and saves going into Windows to play ;)

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Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection For FREE


Whether you own The Sims 2 or not, you can redeem The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free on Origin until the 31st July!

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection combines The Sims 2 base game, expansion packs and stuff packs into one convenient package and, until today, has only been available to those who owned The Sims 2 physically or digitally.

Follow these steps to get your free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection:

  1. Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
  2. Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
  3. Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
  4. From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code

Remember that this is only available until the 31st July 2014, so redeem now!

Lets Play The Sims 2 – Episode #3


After almost 1 whole year without an episode, I’m excited to be able to say that Episode 3 of my Lets Play The Sims 2 series is now on YouTube!

With the arrival of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection and A Level exams finished, I have been able to revive the series as I can install Sims 2 once again (my computer doesn’t have a DVD drive).

Let me know what you think and be sure to subscribe for more content.


How to get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection


EA Help have posted an article on their website detailing how you can get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection – even if you have the physical copies of The Sims 2.

At this time, all Origin customers who had previously registered their copy of The Sims 2 should now have the newly remastered The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection in their Origin My Games library.

We know that there are a lot of fans of The Sims who may not have had their copy of the game registered on Origin, and we want to reward The Sims fans for their incredible loyalty and commitment to the franchise.

As a result, we are developing an easy way for any eligible customer who owns a physical disc copy of The Sims 2 to upgrade easily to the new Ultimate Collection edition. We will update this article on or before Wednesday July 23 at 10am PT, with detailed instructions on what you need to do to get your own copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

As it currently stands, you need to contact EA Support through Live Chat or over the telephone until they have developed a way to easily upgrade. But EA will happily activate your physical copy on Origin so you can gain access to the Ultimate Collection.


The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection FAQ


Yesterday, EA announced that owners of any Sims 2 game on Origin will get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free. Since then EA have released this handy FAQ to answer some questions you may have.

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection has started rolling out to gamers, so keep an eye on your account!

I got an email saying I would get a copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, but I can’t find it in my library?
The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection is going out to gamers right now.  Everyone who had a digital copy ofThe Sims 2 will find the Ultimate Collection in their library within the next 5 days. Just log in to Origin and visit your My Games library.

I hear that you are no longer supporting The Sims 2. What does that mean?
Going forward, EA will no longer be providing any new content or making any additional technical updates to The Sims 2. If you have a problem with your game, you are of course still welcome to contact us here at EA Help.

How do I get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection?
The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection is being given out to any gamer who purchased and registered a digital version of The Sims 2.

I didn’t get an email but I want a copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.
Any gamer who has purchased and registered a digital copy of The Sims 2 on Origin will receive the Ultimate Collection. If you can’t find your copy, please contact a Game Advisor for help.

What does The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contain?
The Ultimate Collection includes The Sims 2, as well as every single The Sims 2 expansion pack and stuff pack. 

How do I remove the old version of The Sims 2 from my game library?
Just right-click on the old tile for The Sims 2 game and select hide tile.


The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for TS2 Origin Owners


:!: Click here to read the Ultimate Collection FAQ.

I have received an email from Origin today and it’s pretty exciting stuff if you own The Sims 2 on Origin. While the game is no longer available to purchase on Origin, if you own the game you have been automatically upgraded to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection!

This is because technical support for the previously available version of The Sims 2 on Origin is ending on the 22nd July 2014.

Dear Origin Gamer, 

Your current version of The Sims 2 will lose technical support on 22 July 2014. We want you to have the most up-to-date version of The Sims 2 in your collection, so you will see a brand new addition to your Origin library: The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection!

This is the most up-to-date version of The Sims 2 and the version that is still supported by Origin. It also features a lot more content than you may already have in your current version ofThe Sims 2.

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection will appear in your Origin library automatically. You’ll need to download and install it to your computer to play it.

You’re free to continue playing your existing version of The Sims 2, but please note that it is an older edition of the game that will soon lose technical support. To continue receiving support on your progress of The Sims 2 — including Sims characters, houses, etc. — you will need to transfer your save files of The Sims 2 to the Ultimate Edition. To learn more about backing up your data, please visit:

Once you’ve migrated your Sims’ lives to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, you can better organize your Origin game library by hiding your previous version of The Sims 2. Click on the tile for The Sims 2 in your Game Library for the option to hide it. If you need additional directions, we’ve got you covered.

Thanks for your continuing passion for The Sims.

Anyone who has a Sims 2 game on their Origin, whether it’s the base game or an expansion, will be eligible for this. We expect it to be added to your Origin games library on the 22nd July :)

We have reached out to Origin to see if this will be available to purchase for those who don’t own The Sims 2 on Origin.


441 Million seconds. 5,113 Days. 14 Years.


Lucy Bradshaw, the SVP of Maxis, has posted a blog on to celebrate The Sims 14th anniversary. She also confirms that The Sims 4 is still on track for an Autumn 2014 release.

Can you believe it? The Sims is now 14 years old. That’s right, The Sims came out on February 4, 2000 in North America and to celebrate this momentous date, we are declaring today “Wear a Plumbob Day” around the world; and we are giving all players of The Sims 3 a Stuff Pack* to thank them for all of their wonderful support. Read on to find out more about both!

TheSims_Anniversary_Blog_Lucy_PlumbobLet’s take a quick moment to reflect on the past 14 years of The Sims. Did you know that we were the answer to a question on Teen Jeopardy, or that we were once featured in the New York Times Crossword puzzle? In 2005 the French postal service gave us our own postage stamp; and who could forget the amazing Glass House in Belgium where we put our fans in control of a real life family? The Sims continues to be a part of everyday life and we owe much of that success to the many incredible fan sites, as well as the wonderful YouTubers and Let’s Players that continue to pop up every single day.

What inspired us to create The Sims? The simple answer would be “You.” At Maxis we thrive off of the quirky, unexpected moments that make each day worth living. It’s all about making our virtual little people fun reflections of the people that we see around us all the time. They’re us, they’re you.


And that gets me to my next point: today is all about You. You’ve spent 14 years playing our games and we’ve spent 14 years being fueled by your creativity. Each day marks hundreds of more creations uploaded to The Sims 3 Exchange, stories shared on our Forums and experiences posted to our social channels, and it’s your excitement that drives us each and every day.


Numbers can be fun. Over the last 14 years, significant milestones have taken place within the world of The Sims:

  • If you were to take all of the boxes of The Sims that are in people’s houses around the world and laid them flat from end to end, they would circle the circumference of the planet Mercury more than twice. That’s more than 33,250 kilometers worth of The Sims games!
  • Players have built more than 20.3 million neighborhoods, each of which have approximately 120 Sims. If we were to make a continent filled with Sims it would have a higher population than the people of Germany, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom put together!
  • Over 1.7 Million player-created Sims have been uploaded to The Sims 3 Exchange, that’s more than the population of the entire states of Vermont, Wyoming and North Dakota, combined!
  • More than 892,000 Homes have been created and uploaded by our players toThe Sims 3 Exchange, that’s almost as many households as the entire country of Singapore!
  • Players have pulled more than 3.2 million pranks with their Sims, that’s a lot of whoopee cushions!
  • More than 300 of the world’s most popular musical artists have recorded their songs in Simlish; that’s hours of original recordings from Grammy Winners such as the Black Eyed Peas, fun. and Christina Aguilera.

These are just a few fun facts over the years, but for all you trivia fans, stay tuned. Next week, we kick-off This Week in The Sims History – a compilation of interesting, funny, embarrassing and sometimes bizarre tidbits about The Sims. These fun facts will be shared on our Twitter, so make sure you follow @TheSims3 for all of the fun.


I’ve thrown a ton of numbers at you, but I want to mention the most important number of all, the number 1. That’s what you are to us. Our family, our friends. We’d like to start by thanking you with a digital download of The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff – a stuff pack filled with new venues and objects to give your Sims’ homes and worlds a bit of a makeover. To redeem your copy of The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff, visit


So in celebration of The Sims as a franchise and its 14 years of existence, we’ve decided to officially declare February 4 as “Wear a Plumbob Day”! The Plumbob has always appeared in The Sims, representing the direct connection between you and your Sim. In honor of you, we invite everyone around the world to put on their Plumbob and wear it proudly. Don’t have a Plumbob? Here’s where you can go to make your very own. Our studio is all joining in on this celebration and their photos will be shared on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day. Join the fun, snap a selfie** and use the hashtag #WearAPlumbob! We’ll retweet our favorites.


To pull a page out of the book of clichés, I’d like to say that we’re getting better with age. I’ve been playing The Sims 4 every single day and our virtual little people are still learning new tricks. The Sims 4 knocks my socks off in a way that I haven’t felt before. The advancements we’re making to Create A Sim are fantastic. It’s easier to create Sims and you can personalize them like never before. It’s awesome to see what happens to my Sim’s emotional state when one thing leads to another in my game. The stories are so entertaining and I’m thrilled when I see how natural the Sims move and behave. It’s so believable, beyond what we’ve been able to achieve before. It’s freaking awesome. There are so many surprises up our sleeves, believe me when I say that Autumn 2014 will be here before you know it. Keep up with our website so that you don’t miss out on the latest. As someone who was there from the very start, this is dream realm type stuff for me.
So as we say hello to the start of our 15th year, I want to welcome you into The Year of The Sims. We have lots of great stuff planned for you, all of it celebrating everything that we love about The Sims, and everything that we love about you.
From all of us at The Sims Studio, I want to thank you for 14 fantastic years of memories, laughter and inspiration. We can’t wait for you to see what this New Year for The Sims brings.