From The Sims 2 Series

Sims 2 featured machinima: Bacteria

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Just received word today that Peter’s (aka ‘The Sid Dog’) latest machinima, Bacteria, made it onto the front page of TheSims2.com as a featured video!  Props to you, Peter for your fantastic work as a machinima artist!  You can check out his other video and works over at TheSidDog.com

I’m your God now! *steals ladder*

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I normally don’t play a lot of PC games.  Just about every PC game that I have owned and played have been simulation/god games.  I don’t think it’s my thrill of playing god, I just find the games to simply be enjoyable.  Not to mention many of the games are customizable with user-created content.  Tech Radar brings an article about playing god in video games, with The Sims and SimCity being their fine points:

It doesn’t matter what the game is, and don’t pretend you’ve never done it. Everyone who’s played The Sims has, at one time or another, locked a whole family in a room with no toilet, or stolen the ladder from their swimming pool, or stripped someone naked at a dinner party just to watch the reaction.

It’s human nature, not necessarily to be complete bastards, but to poke and prod at the rules of a universe for no greater purpose than to see what happens when we do. The bastard bit simply adds a bit of spice. Or a lot of spice, if the game you’re playing is doing its job properly.

Playing god gives us all the power in the world, and done properly, the game it comes wrapped in is simply a nice bonus. The strange thing is that as much fun as the genre should be to play, only a handful have ever truly made it work…

They’ve got a point…I can’t count the times I took the ladder out of the pool, built walls around my characters to trap them, even setting them on fire.  No, I’m not sick and twisted like that in real life…but in the games, it’s a whole different set of rules.  I just wonder what new ways we can come up with disposing our characters in The Sims 3….From what I have read so far, the pool ladder won’t work anymore!

“And that’s a wrap!” – The Sims On Stage is closing

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Thanks to Snooty, I was tipped that EA’s karaokeo site The Sims on Stage will be closing it’s curtains on March 31.  All of the content on the site – songs, mashups, comedies, stories and poetry will be deleted off of their servers…so if you have anything published on that site, make sure you have it backed up!

Now, I wonder how long The Sims Carnival website will last…

Sims, Barbies and Vampires – oh my!

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What does The Sims, Barbies and Vampires all have in common?  Examiner takes a look with their latest article “The Sims: an acceptable way for adults to keep playing with their Barbies“.

I thought I’d put Barbie and all her naughty tricks behind me until about four years ago in college when I discovered The Sims. For those of you who don’t know what that is, The Sims is a computer game wherein you invent characters and control every mundane aspect of their puny little lives. I am convinced that The Sims is a geeky yet socially acceptable way for adults to still play Barbies. It’s just like Barbies. You get them a house, you decorate it, you dress your Sim, get them a job, a boyfriend, make them “woo hoo” with  their current romantic interest. They can have kids, get married, cheat on their spouses, get fired from their jobs, be robbed, cry, laugh, watch TV — and you control every aspect of their activities. It’s just like real life, but everyone in the Sim world could potentially be a guest on the Dr. Phil show. At least my Sims could anyway. You may be thinking I’m straying from the original topic of vampires, but watch me tie it all together now.

As much as I hate to admit it, the author has a point.  However, The Sims doesn’t fulfill one of the things you could do with Barbies…I remember back when I was a kid I used to terrorize my sisters by biting and tearing off their Barbie’s heads.  OM-NOM-NOM-NOM.

NPD PC Chart for the week ending on February 28, 2009: The Sims 3…er Warhammer takes #1 spot

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The NPD results from Feb. 22 thru 28 are a depressing bunch…Why?  Because we all know what game would of had the #1 spot, and for many weeks after.  That is not the case, however.  Nope, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II takes the gold medal. But EA/Maxis didn’t do too bad. They managed to take over 5 spots for the total amount of sales:

1. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn ff War II
2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack
3. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe
4. The Sims 2 Deluxe
5. World of Warcraft
6. World of Warcraft: Battle Chest
7. Spore
8. The Sims Carnival: SnapCity
9. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack
10. World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack

Alright…you people have to confess up…Who in the world bought enough copies of The Sims Carnival: SnapCity for it to appear on the list?  Or are they selling the game for $.99 now?  This game hadn’t been in the NPD results for….wait has it ever sold that well to begin with?!?

Source:  IGN

Write for The Sims! – EA/Maxis looking for freelance writers *Updated with more details*

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*Updated 3/4/09 with more details with a note from MaxioidHydra*

Hi Simmers,

By popular demand, here are some more details on what we’re looking for, with apologies for the perplexing vagueness earlier!

At this time, we are primarily looking for freelance writers to help out on our game manuals. There is the possibility that a writer could also be asked to work on in-game and/or marketing copy as well, but that is not our primary need. Our hope is to find several writers to use on an ongoing basis, as freelancers.

Therefore, the best writing sample you could submit would be a manual; however, we welcome you to submit a different type of sample as your second piece. If your writing samples do not include any manuals, you could write a short “how-to” piece on something that you know very well. It does not have to be how to play a video game. You could, for instance, outline how to make the perfect grilled cheese!

We prefer professional writers (and “professional” meaning, yes, that you’ve been paid to write!) in that we want to find contributors who are familiar with deadlines, editorial practices, and working in a professional environment. You won’t necessarily be rejected if you haven’t worked as a “professional” writer so long as you are professional and can demonstrate good editorial practices.

We prefer local Simmers as ideally you need to come to our HQ in Redwood Shores to play the game, meet with us, and work with our editorial staff. As a freelancer, you would not have to be on-site every day, all day, but we would want you to be available to come in, as needed, to best manage the assignment.

As for compensation–as we are looking for talented professionals, we do expect to pay you for your work.

If you’re interested, email your resume and two professional writing samples to [email protected]

Good Luck!

Arrgghhh!  I think I’d be able to pull of this job!  Too bad I don’t live in the Bay Area!

EA/Maxis needs you!  Are you a freelance writer and love The Sims?  Then you may want to have a look at this message posted by the Maxoids at the Sims 2 BBS:

Hey Simmers,

Want to write for The Sims?

We’re looking for experienced freelance writers who love The Sims to work on a variety of projects. Interested?

Email your résumé and two professional writing samples to [email protected]

Good Luck!

Arrggghhhhh!  I would love to be able to help them out with the projects.  Problem is, my writing is god-awful!  This is a good lesson to you kids – pay attention and don’t slack off in English class.  Of course, I did somehow manage to get excellent grades…But I still dreaded that subject!

NPD PC Chart for the week ending on February 21, 2009

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Nothing much to talk about on the PC Sales chart during the week of Feb. 15 thru the 21st.   EA/Maxis is still holding strong…but not strong enough to earn the #1 spot, that goes to Warhammer!  Nope, the EA games come in at position #3, #4, #5 and #9.

1) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC)
2) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC)
3) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe (PC)
4) The Sims 2 Deluxe (PC)
5) Spore (PC)
6) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (PC)
7) World of Warcraft (PC)
8) F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (PC)
9) The Sims 2 Apartment Life (PC)
10) Crysis Warhead (PC)

Source:  GameSpot

Maxis responds to EULA about paysites – they’re okay!

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During The Sims 2 lifespan, a battle broke out regarding the fact that paysites were breaking the Sims 2 EULA regarding charging for custom content. Well, in a move that I guess you could say “Better late than never“, The Sims team finally addressed the issue of custom content on paysites. Straight from MaxiodDrea’s mouth:

The Sims celebrates creativity, humor, and community. We strive to provide players with tools that enable them to customize and personalize their game experience. We are proud that so many of The Sims and The Sims 2 players create their own art for the games and share it with others. Sharing art online is a hobby that involves an investment of time, energy and money. Whether players choose to share their original artistic creations with the community is up to them: some custom content creators design work for a fee; some host their works on sites that organize, store and serve an enormous amount of content for subscribers; some artists request donations; and some artists allow all players to download their creations for free. These artists set their own terms for how they want to share their talents with the community at large. Those terms should be respected by other players.

So…what exactly does this mean to anti-paysites such as Pescado’s Paysites Must be Destroyed?  Personally, I have no beef with the subject – it’s not a battle I want to step into.  But now that Maxis has issued their views on paysites, does this change your thoughts?  I wonder what route TS3 will go in terms of distributing content…