New Store Content Teaser

SimGuruTaterTot posted a teaser pic of a set being introduced next week in the Store as this would have been a release week. Check out the thread HERE!

The first image was posted by her in the thread, and to me looks rather Victorian and would look great along with the Edwardian set. The second is from Facebook, and looks a little bit more “Mad Men” in my opinion.

What do you guys think?


SimCity: Starting Tutorial Gameplay

A “user” has “leaked” a video of the SimCity Beta showing off 11 minutes of gameplay from the tutorial. The reason why I say “leaked” is because EA’s staff know about this video, and have been sharing it. This game is looking better and better, watch the  video and tell us what you think!

EA has removed the video original video, check out another upload below.


SimCity: Beta to Begin January 25th!

EA has announced that the SimCity Beta will begin on January 25th and will last 3 days until January 28th. Be sure to register before January 20th if you want a chance to enter the Beta!

GUILDFORD, UK – Jan. 18, 2013 – The day that Mayors have been clamoring for is almost here – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today announced that the SimCity™ beta will run from January 25 – January 28. Those who previously signed up are already in consideration for access to the beta, limited slots are still available for late applicants. Eager fans who want to get an advance look at SimCity have a limited time to sign up at www.simcity.com/beta before the application process ends at 2am, GMT on January 21*. Developed by Maxis,SimCity will be available March 8 and is available for pre-order right now.

“It is always an exciting moment to share a game that is still in development with its biggest fans prior to launch,” said Lucy Bradshaw, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA’s Maxis Label. “This beta will help the team improve the live service aspects ofSimCity to ensure a smooth and user-friendly experience at launch. I want to thank everyone for signing up – we are excited to share one of our most beloved franchises with our fans.”
Running from 5pm GMT on January 25 until 8am GMT on January 28, the SimCity beta offers fans the chance to play a one hour slice of the game** and to deliver feedback that will help shape the final product. As a live service, SimCity will continue to provide updates that evolve the experience, delivering a dynamic platform that grows and expands over time. For more details about the beta head over towww.simcity.com/beta.

Developed by the renowned Maxis studio in Emeryville, SimCitydelivers unprecedented depth of simulation with the new GlassBox Engine, where everything is simulated, up to 100,000 individual Sims in a city, to every Kilowatt of power pulsing through a region of cities. The model-like world and detail of the simulation make this the most responsive and personal SimCity ever. This is also the most expansive city management game yet where multi-city gameplay across regions delivers a larger playing field. Play a single city or up to 16 cities at once each with different specializations, it’s your choice. What kind of Mayor will you be?

Multiplayer is also a first for the series, which adds a new dimension to the game, as decisions impact both the city and the region, creating new ways to play by collaborating or competing to earn achievements and to top leaderboards. Whether you play by yourself, with your friends or the rest of the world, SimCity introduces an infinite world of possibilities.

SimCity has been rated PEGI 7. To stay up-to-date on the latest regarding SimCity, and to pre-order now, please visitwww.SimCity.com and http://www.facebook.com/SimCity.  Press assets for SimCity are available at http://www.ea.gamespress.com/

*Conditions and restrictions apply. See www.simcity.com/beta disclaimer for details.
**Beta players can play the one-hour slice of the game multiple times during the beta period.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and social networks. EA has more than 250 million registered players and operates in 75 countries.

In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available athttp://info.ea.com.

The Sims, SimCity and Need for Speed are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Mass Effect is a trademark of EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd.  Battlefield is a trademark of EA Digital Illusions CE AB.  John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SimGuruSarah Takes Over @TheSims3 Twitter Account

Still have some burning questions about The Sims 3 70’s, 80’s, 90’s Stuff Pack? Head on over to twitter today at 10 AM PST (so the standard time in which you normally view the livecasts in your area) and ask away as SimGuruSarah takes over The Sims 3 Twitter page to ask all your decades-related stuff pack questions!


While you’re at it… why not follow us lovely folks here at BeyondSims too? Just search @beyondsims :)


The Sims 3 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Stuff Soundtrack (With Links To Songs)

Apart from Fast Lane Stuff and Katy Perry Sweet Treats, stuff packs do not usually contain their own soundtrack. Here is a listing of the music which comes with the stuff pack, thanks to Simified. So glad to have the disco radio station from Sims 1 back in the game – Funky Sim is my favourite.

You can click some of the titles below, we’ll be linking them to the appropriate songs on YouTube.


Al Sims – The SixAM Crew
Funky Sim – The SixAM Crew
Gloria Sims – TheSixAM Crew
Shakka Do Thang – TheSixAM Crew
Uggy Uggy Ew – TheSixAM Crew


Ee I Ooo Oh – The SixAM Crew
Spring Break – The SixAM Crew
The Group – The SixAM Crew
Wewah – Julian Conroy
Yanga Way – The SixAM Crew (Cant find a link for this)


Middle Finger – The SixAM Crew
Oh Sims – The SixAM Crew
Sim Hagar – The SixAM Crew
Sims Rock Legacy Medley – Julian Conroy

Remember that The Sims 3 70′s 80′s & 90′s Stuff will be available next week on January 22nd in the US and January 25th in the UK.


Sims 3 University Life Blog: Irresistible to Socially Awkward

SimGuruLauren, Sims 3 University Life Assistant Producer has uploaded her first blog! If you missed the livecast this is a great chance to brush up on the new expansion pack coming out!

Irresistible to Socially Awkward: A Social Life for Every Sim!

 Love it, hate it, want one, avoid one, but everyone’s got one — a social life that is. While making the grade is important, The Sims 3 University Life experience is about more than just what you learn in the classroom! It’s about the life your Sim leads outside it. Your Sim can pursue any social life they dream of – from the most popular Sim on campus or the nerdy bookworm that lives in the library. No matter if your Sim is a little socially awkward or completely irresistible they can have a fun and memorable university experience!
Introduced in The Sims 3 University Life are three new social groups: the Jocks, Rebels and Nerds. Your Sim can gain influence with as many of these groups they desire – they are not limited to befriending just one! As your Sim progresses up the social ladder within each group, they will unlock rewards that will make all the effort on their part worth it.But what are the social groups like? Let me tell you…Jocks are the Sims who play to win, whether it’s a popularity contest or a match on the Plink Plonk Tennis Table. It’s no wonder that Jocks tend to hang out at B’s Bowlarama where they can work on getting strikes and not striking out with the cute Sim eying their sweet bowling moves. Probably not a surprise either that Jocks throw some of the best parties on campus.Rebels enjoy going above and beyond the expected and then taking it one step further. Rebels are the Sims who will tag a wall on campus and then add herbs to the bonfire at a local party. You can find Rebels hanging out at The Grotto; a cool place where a Sim can enjoy a game of pool, work on their artistic skills, or savor an organic brew from the Barista Bar.

And last, but definitely not least, are the Nerds. Nerds love to play video games, perform research, win trivia challenges, and aren’t afraid to berate other Sims for their ignorance. Keith’s Komics is the ideal hangout for a Nerd as it has all the lots of hobbies for Nerds to enjoy including, computers, arcade machines and comics, of course!

Keeping up with all the social influence your Sim gains is simple! With a few clicks on their new smart phone they’ll be completely in the know. Just hit ‘Check Social Groups’ to see their current status. But that isn’t the only cool thing the smart phone can do. Maybe your Sim is feeling bold and flirty, then sending a secret admirer text might just catch that special someone’s attention. Alternately, if another Sim has treated you poorly and you want to give them a piece of your mind then go ahead and send them an insulting text. Also if you Sim is looking to cut loose and be single, they can send a break up text to their romantic interest. Additionally, if your Sim is more visual then they might appreciate the new ways to take photos. Now your Sim can take self-portrait snapshots with another Sim, and can even sneak in a romantic kissy photo. These are just a few examples of what your new smart phone can do!Even outside of the social groups there are a huge variety of social activities and interactions your Sim can partake in. For example, what would university be without parties!? To spice things up, we’ve added two new party types in the mix: Juice Keggers and Bonfires. Parties are a great time to meet new Sims, and if there is a Sim you want to get a little closer to, then go ahead and give them a Heat of the Moment Kiss. There are plenty of other new kiss interactions as well, such as Juiced Kiss and Cinnamon Kiss. These only scratch the surface of the new romantic options that are available in The Sims 3 University Life.
If your Sim isn’t into partying, then there are still plenty of other activities to do. From playing a collegiate sport to posing nude for figure class to becoming a medical test subject and holding a protest, your Sims will find an all-new world to explore! There are also great new social things to do that will contribute to building skills as well. With the new sketchbook object you can ask another Sim to pose for you (even pose nude)! Plus, there is much, much more! But we’ll leave the rest up to you to explore for yourself!In The Sims 3 University Life, each Sim can build a unique social life that suits their needs. Just don’t get blinded by the awesomeness of your Sim’s social life and forget to send them to class. It’s true that a dream job can be landed based purely on social activities but receiving good grades has its equal advantages!Happy balancing!Lauren McLemore, The Sims 3 University Life Assistant Producer


Poll Results & New Poll

After several weeks of leaving the poll online, due to myself being busy, it’s time to reveal the results.

If you could have one of these games right now, which one would you choose?

University Expansion – (68%, 767 Votes)
SimCity (2013) – (26%, 288 Votes)
70’s, 80’s & 90’s Stuff – (6%, 72 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,127

The upcoming University Life expansion won with a huge 68% of the votes! With that poll over, it’s time for another poll. Since University Life (along with two other expansions) were announced last week, we thought we’d ask you about that expansion – so be sure to vote!

Will you purchase The Sims 3 University Life Expansion Pack?

I’ve already pre-ordered it!
I’ll get it on the release day
Maybe once it’s on sale
I’m not interested in this expansion