University Life: A Guide to Making the Grade

Brittany Henry, associate producer of The Sims 3 University Life Expansion, has posted a new blog titled “A Guide to Making the Grade”.

The Sims 3 University Life is full of new options for hanging out and making friends. However, in between all of the parties, socializing, and fun activities, your Sim might want to attend a class or two. Whether your Sim is an A student, or only attends class to nap, I’m going to tell you all about how to get the best academic experience for your Sim in The Sims 3 University Life.

Preparation for university can start before your Sim ever leaves home. Before enrolling in university, your Sim can take an aptitude test. Your Sim’s traits, skills, work experience, and even high school grades will affect their test score. Scoring well on the aptitude test can result in credits toward a degree and scholarships to help pay tuition costs!

Once your Sims says goodbye to hometown family and friends and gets settled into their new living environment at university, they may be finding themselves asking, “Now what?” Well, now it’s time to take them to class, of course! Classes start Monday morning, and the university creates a schedule for every Sim based on the class load selected during enrollment. Use the academic panel in the UI to check your Sims’ class schedules and keep an eye on their academic progress during the term. There are tons of ways to affect academic performance, and performance is what will dictate your Sim’s final grades at the end of the term. So how do studious Sims finish the term with flying colors? Let me tell you a few ways…

Mondays and Wednesdays are devoted to seminar-style classes. These classes are held in one of the academic rabbit-hole buildings on campus, and can vary from Introduction to Dodging Questions to Methods and Practice of Tragic Clowns. While in seminar classes, you can choose from a variety of tones to set behavior of your Sims; tones will affect the amount of academic benefit your Sim gains from a class. Is your Sim feeling ahead of the curve? They can take it easy and chat with friends. Or maybe your Sim needs to suck up to the professor for a little extra academic boost since they forgot to study. Truly sneaky Sims can always ask another poor sucker (I mean Sim) to attend class for them; all the benefits of actually working hard in class but without the pesky use of your Sim’s valuable time! Be careful though, professors don’t look kindly on getting someone else to do your work. If caught, there are consequences…

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New Store Set Released Today

The store has updated today with a set that we showed you a bit of last week, the Ragtime In The Big Easy clothing set. This time, the clothing is based off of the 20s, so if you’ve got nostalgic sims or create machinima, this may be for you! Are the threads your cup of tea?


The Sims 3 – Game Update 1.48

Before you update, make sure you disable any mods and custom content!


To install this update, please start your game and use the “Updates” tab in your Launcher.

This game update includes the following changes:

  • Fixed an issue with Korean, Japanese, and Chinese languages where English text was appearing for The Sims 3 Supernatural and The Sims 3 Seasons.
  • Fixed an issue where audio for the new radio stations in The Sims 3 70s, 80s & 90s Stuff was not working properly.

Super Patch (All Regions) – Download (1.2 GB)

Manual Patching below should only be applied from patch 1.47

Region 1 (USA) – Download (190 MB)
Region 2 (Europe, Australia & rest of the world) – Download (190 MB)
Region 3 (Asia) – Download (190 MB)
Region 5 (Japan) – Download (190 MB)
Region 17 (Digital Game Version) – Download (190 MB)

Thanks to: SimsVIP


SimCity Beta Code Giveaway


Giveaway now closed. We’re sending out a bunch of our keys for the Beta, check your inbox.

Do you want to try out the SimCity Closed Beta, which is coming on Friday 25th January? Then look no further, we’re giving you a chance to win a beta code for the new SimCity. EA UK has provided us with 100 beta codes which we’ll be giving away here and on our Twitter & Facebook. For your chance of getting a code, simply leave a comment with a valid email address in the email field and we’ll be randomly selecting a bunch of poeple everyday and will email them a code, which can be redeemed on Origin.

Remember to leave a comment, and you could be randomly chosen to receive a beta code for the game!

Please make sure you have read EA’s Terms & Conditions before entering and do not put your email in the comment box!


A Story Without Words (Contest: 1000SP Prize)

My blog, The Seventh Plumbob, is hosting a contest: A Story Without Words.

Stories don’t necessarily need words, and you’re being given the chance to prove it. In 3-5 photos, you can tell any story that you want; but no words are allowed.

If you win, you’ll receive 1000SP of items on your Wishlist and if you come in second, you’ll get 500SP! I hope to see you entering!

Click here to enter!


Gorgeous SimCity Stadium Shots Uploaded By Guillaume Pierre

How I Mayor: Stadium Success in SimCity

Hello, Mayors! Guillaume Pierre here, also known as MaxisGuillaume on the forums, the Lead Gameplay Scripter here on SimCity. Today I’m going to talk about how I built a stadium in my sleepy little town of GuiVille, how I tried to to get as many tourists in it as possible, and what I learned in the process.

Here’s my little town of GuiVille, right as the sun rises over the hills. It’s a nice place to live, but my Sims barely have anything to do with their free time. I just unlocked the Department of Tourism and the Department of Transportation at my City Hall. With the former, I’m now able to build a stadium, while with the latter I can finally build a regional transportation system.

In the foreground, you can see a fully upgraded bus terminal, with all the bus garage modules built. In the background, there’s my stadium, a large sporting complex with soccer fields and basketball courts, and you can also see a little bit of my convention center. These buildings sure were expensive to build, but I think they’ll be worth it after a few successful events.

So at this point it looks like tourists are able to come to the stadium by bus just fine, but I’m wondering if my neighbor’s Sims would also like to go to the game… I’m not going to worry about it and hope for the best, but it might be a good idea to message her and ask her to build some bus stops.

Just as I had predicted, the flood of Sims from my neighbour is clogging up the main avenue leading to the stadium. At least the tourists are able to take a different route to the bus terminal and aren’t affected as much.

The event was a success! I turned a small profit and learned a lot about how to improve my city in the process. Next time, I’ll make sure that my friend in the neighbor’s city has enough public transit options so her Sims can come into my city more easily, and I think I’ll build a dock on the river so that cruise ships can bring in wealthy tourists as well.



In-Game Discounts & Free Content – 1/19-1/20 Only!

Don’t miss the latest in-game store discounts and free content happening from Saturday, January 19th at 12am PST to Sunday, January 20th at 11:59 pm PST. This week, we’re featuring the Mounted Fireplace and the Wave Under Glass End Table as our free store content of the weekend. Our featured in-game discount this weekend is the Luxury Spa Set. Get them today! Look below to see where you can find these awesome items in build/buy:

Luxury Spa Set:

Mounted Fireplace:

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