The Sims Anniversary Sale On Origin (Digital)

For today only you can catch a huge anniversary sale on Origin for the Sims 3 digital Expansions and Stuff Packs! If you have a few holes in your collection, now may be a good time to patch them up!

From The Sims 3 Facebook Page:

On top of The Sims 3 Anniversary Sale happening right now on Origin, we’re also celebrating the launch of Origin for Mac. As of Friday, February 8th, Origin will be selling over 40+ Mac products, including most of The Sims 3 games and will be offering dual-platform play for The Sims 3 base game, expansion packs, and stuff packs. With dual-platform play, you can buy a game once and download it for both PC and Mac (if the game is available for both platforms) at no additional charge!

The “Dual Play” option is news to me, I must have been living under a rock (or sucked into my computer) for a couple days now, but it’s a neat feature of the new Origin for Mac that I hope will be of some use to players :)

Games available for $10 include:

  • The Sims 3 (Basegame)
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures
  • The Sims 3 Ambitions
  • The Sims 3 Late Night
  • The Sims 3 Generations
  • The Sims 3 Pets
  • The Sims 3 Showtime
  • The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff
  • The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats

There are also a couple games available for 50% off:

  • The Sims 3 Supernatural
  • The Sims 3 Seasons
  • The Sims 3 70s, 80s, 90s Stuff

Note that on the Sims 3 Facebook page they’ve posted an image with the sale alert, however according to my origin client some of their 50% off deals are actually (and correctly) $10 ones.

Comment below if you’ve picked up some awesome deals today! I’m trying to decide if I should pick up Diesel and 70s, 80s, 90s myself…


Hot Air Balloons Officially Confirmed As Aurora Skies PC

The Sims3.com News Page has updated with a couple new screens of the rumored Premium Content Hot Air Balloons that will be coming with the next store world; Aurora Skies (out February 21st).

 What’s more romantic than a hot air balloon ride with the one you love? Sightsee, picnic, and even woohoo in the Hot Air Balloon – the exclusive premium content only available with the Sims 3 Aurora Skies.

The Sims 3 Aurora Skies is available for purchase on February 21st, 2013 on the Sims 3 Store. Join the discussion and learn more about The Sims 3 Aurora Skies here.

With the judging by the terrain glimpses and the inclusion of the Hot Air Balloons, Aurora Skies looks to be quite a colourful world (think the complete opposite of Moonlight Falls and Bridgeport even). What do you think?


Ask Your Sims 3 University Life Questions *Sticky*

Questions sent to EA. Thanks for sending in questions!

BeyondSims were invited out to a Sims 3 University event at EA Guildford, we were not able to attend and the event was also unfortunately cancelled by EA on Thursday.

EA will be holding a Q&A on the day and have given us the opportunity to participate. So if you want your University Life questions to be answered by a Sims 3 Producer, leave them in the comments below before February 10th.



BeyondSims’ 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Giveaway [Winner Announced]

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Do you want to win a copy of The Sims 3 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Stuff Pack? In celebration of reaching over 1600 likes, we’re going to giveaway a copy of the game!

Simply leave a comment below by February 4th, and we’ll randomly pick a winner to receive a copy of the game! We will get in contact with the winner via. email.

Good luck!

Congratulations to Thomas for winning the giveaway! You have been contacted.
A huge thanks to everyone who entered. More competitions will be coming in the following months.

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SimCity Hands-On Impressions


As many of you may know, I was invited out to Electronic Arts in Guildford on Thursday 24th January to preview the new SimCity game, which will be released on March 5th in the USA and March 8th in the UK. During our time at EA, we were allowed to play the game and receive short presentations from lead producer Kip Katsarelis (iPad unfortunately saved over my notes from these presentations). This was an amazing day and I was thrilled to be able to go to EA, try the game with your questions and concerns in-mind and be able to be in a position to share everything that I experienced with you today.

During our hands-on day at EA, we were able to try the game in three stages which was great to slowly explore the new game. Firstly, we played a solo city which allowed us to learn the basics and how to play the game. We were told to forget what we know from previous games, and you’ll find this is true with the new SimCity – and I’m sure people whom went to the event would agree with me. To some, it may look easier or the same as before but a lot of changes have been made to the SimCity formula which makes it just as challenging and deeper than ever before.

By the time I was familiarising myself with the game and how it worked, we were pulled into a room for another presentation with Kip Katsarelis about multi-city play and big businesses. This means cities can now collaborate together to work on great works, share city services such as police and workers could even travel in-between cities for work everyday. Whether you do this with friends, or tackle a region alone, it makes other cities easier to manage as you can share services. For example, I was sharing water, police, and fire services between my cities.

Finally, the third part of the day was all about online play with several people in a region. Myself and Rachybop tackled a region together. This adds a whole new level of gameplay into the SimCity formula, building upon multi-city play, which we enjoyed experimenting with as you’ll discover later on in this article.

My first six hours with SimCity were absolutely amazing, and I loved every minute of it. Feel free to read on as we explore the new SimCity below:

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