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Sims 3 Store: February 7th Sets

New sets are available on the store, including a free set!

Happy Mardi Gras! (Free) – Throw me something, mister! Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style with these festive outfits!

Palace of Versailles (1625 SimPoints) – Allow your Sims to step into the past with these Rococo styled furnishings and outfits! Whether you’re building a palace for a king or just trying to add a little something to your living room, these furniture items are sure to make you feel like royalty. Dress like a queen with the latest hairstyles and fashions from two hundred years ago! Enjoy the beauty of the past today; Rococo never goes out of style!

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A Designer’s Thoughts: Hot Air Balloons & Aurora Skies

SimGuruTaterTot has posted a new blog about Hot Air Balloons in Aurora Skies!

Here’s a special peek from designer Alan Copeland talking about the Hot Air Balloon, available in The Sims 3 Aurora Skies. Make sure to pick up Aurora Skies on February 21, 2013 from the Sims 3 Store!

When we first started talking about what items that would fit well in Aurora Skies, I wanted a big impact item that would really speaks to the romantic aspects of the world. I mean, doesn’t Aurora Skies look like to perfect place to take a date? What could be better than sharing drinks with that special someone while watching the sunset transition into the northern lights? Or proposing in the mist of one of the most spectacular waterfalls the Sims has ever seen? I know… doing all of that while floating above the earth in your Sims very on Hot Air Balloon!

Even if you’re Sim is alone, or stuck in the friend zone, there’s fun to be had going up to do a little sightseeing.  While you can certainly find some “Glorious Views” (new moodlet!) watch out, because some things can’t be unseen!  And who doesn’t want to arrive at work in a Hot Air Balloon?  From Map View you can pick your favorite location to fly too and the Hot Air Balloon will whisk you away to your destination!

 

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Origin Now Available for Mac

Origin is now available for Mac users! The service is launching with many of your favourite games including The Sims 3, Dragon Age II and many others. If you already own a game, and it’s available on Mac, you don’t need to purchase the game again either.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today launched Origin™ for the Mac®, a new built-for-platform version of EA’s direct download application for Mac users worldwide. Just as it has for tens of millions of PC users, Origin for Mac will offer fast and safe game downloads for many of the industry’s most popular titles from EA and publishing partners. Origin for Mac is ready for download today at www.origin.com/download.

Origin for Mac delivers many of the same Origin features that have defined the experience for PC users, including cloud storage to save and continue games, social connectivity via friends lists, and more.

But Origin for Mac will offer additional value to gamers who play on both PC and Mac devices: dual-platform play for select EA titles. With dual-platform play, gamers will buy a game once and be able to download it for both PC and Mac (if the game is available for both platforms). After purchasing the game via Origin on one platform, as soon as a player logs into their other device, the game will appear ready for download in the Origin “My Games” tab.

“Our vision with Origin is to connect your gaming universe online, and today we’re taking a major step in expanding our service to reach Mac-based gamers worldwide,” said Michael Blank, Vice President of Production for Origin at EA. “In delivering great game content, connecting the Origin service across PC, Mac and iOS devices, and offering great value to gamers with dual-platform play on select EA titles, Origin is making it easier than ever before for gamers to connect and play anytime, anywhere.”

Origin for Mac launches with a catalogue of hit titles from EA and publishing partners available for immediate purchase and download, including Dragon Age™ 2, Batman: Arkham City, LEGO Harry Potterand The Sims™ 3. In a special launch offer and to celebrate more than a decade of The Sims, players can enjoy huge savings across The Sims 3 franchise on Origin. The Sims anniversary sale gives players a chance to download The Sims 3 base game, plus numerous expansion and stuff packs via the new Origin for Mac application for as little as $10. These ‘simtastic’ savings on Origin are available for a limited time, so players should act fast.

For the best experience, Origin for Mac users should be running OS X 10.6.8 or newer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.

Today, Origin has nearly 40 million users across PC and iOS platforms. Origin for PC offers more than 500 titles from EA and publishing partners around the globe, and is designed to offer a more dynamic and convenient play experience for the gamer. Origin for iOS devices is integrated into more than 50 EA games, offering single ID sign-on across multiple games, cloud saves, friends lists and achievement sharing. For more information, or to download today, please visit www.origin.com.

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Maxis Announces Second SimCity Beta

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Following the closed beta the other weekend, Maxis has announced another closed beta test which shall last 24 hours. If you’re interested in testing the new SimCity, which is absolutely amazing, be sure to sign up here!

Fan excitement for the release of SimCity has been growing. In order to give even more fans a taste of the game before its March launch, Maxis is proud to announce that it will be holding a second SimCity Closed Beta*. The second SimCity Closed Beta will be running from 1400GMT on February 16 to 1400GMT on February 17 and will feature an enhanced version of the one-hour slice of gameplay that delighted fans in January. Fans who haven’t already signed up for the beta can do so at www.SimCity.com/beta to help contribute to the launch of SimCity. Hurry, sign-ups end at 1400GMT on February 11.

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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…

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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?