Merry Christmas from BeyondSims

Dear BeyondSims Readers,

I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support and readership throughout the year. On behalf of all of the team at BeyondSims, I wish you a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a truly wonderful day with your friends and family.

Have fun and stay safe,
Spon1Player (Dan) & The BeyondSims Team


Poll Results & A New Poll

It’s that time of the week when we reveal the results of the poll of the week! We had a grand total of 638 votes, let’s take a look at the results…

Which generation of The Sims is your favourite?

The Sims 3 - 56%, 359 Votes
The Sims 2 - 34%, 217 Votes
The Sims 1- 10%, 62 Votes

Total Voters: 638

It appears that your favourite generation of The Sims franchise is The Sims 3, winning with 359 votes. Be sure to vote in our new poll, check it out below.

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

70’s, 80’s & 90’s Stuff
SimCity (2013)
University Expansion


Origin Year End Saleapalooza!

Who’s ready for some pretty awesome deals? Origin has just started their big Year End Sale, which includes up to 50% off 100s of games. While some of you may groan about another random selection of games you probably don’t want, it’s a good mix this time in my opinion. Coolest part…? Um, that would be this:

Hey, I’m all for an extra 50$ worth of discount codes. How about you? Who’s going to convince their loved ones they’ve been extra good this year?



SimCity: Lucy Bradshaw Discusses Always-Online Requirement

Hi everyone – I’m Lucy Bradshaw and I lead the Maxis Label here at EA. Last week, we held a Reddit Ask Me Almost Anything (AMAA) where we gave fans a chance to speak directly to the development team creating SimCity. First off, I want to personally thank everyone who asked us questions and participated in the event –the team really appreciates your feedback. We received some great questions on a range of topics, including the city size, the GlassBox engine powering SimCity, and even how many splines we’ve reticulated over the years (short answer: a lot).

One particular topic that was brought up during the chat was our decision to require an online connection to play the game. I’ve also been talking to fans directly on this subject and I wanted to put some of my thoughts on this here on our blog. I understand why this may be a concern for fans who have been playing SimCity for decades now. Like all of you, I’m a long-time SimCity fan. But it’s not just me – we have several veterans from previous versions of the game here at the Maxis studio, and we are all proud and excited about the game we’re making and we think you’ll really love it.

Creating a connected experience has always been a goal for SimCity, and this design decision has driven our development process for the game. This is easily the most ambitious game in the franchise and we’ve taken great care to make sure that every line of code embodies the spirit of the series. To do this, we knew we had to make sure we put our heart and souls into the simulation and the team created the most powerful simulation engine in its history, the GlassBox Engine. GlassBox is the engine that drives the entire game — the buildings, the economics, trading, and also the overall simulation that can track data for up to 100,000 individual Sims inside each city. There is a massive amount of computing that goes into all of this, and GlassBox works by attributing portions of the computing to EA servers (the cloud) and some on the player’s local computer.

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The Sims 3 University Life First Screenshots

The Sims 3 University Life has been confirmed! Click here to read the announcement.

The first screenshots of The Sims 3 University Life have surfaced onto the internet today, following the upload of the box art for the expansion. It looks like it’s going to be full of content! The vending machines and ping-pong table look fab!



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Possible Box Art For The Sims 3 University Life?

This is only a rumour and could be fake. We will update this space once confirmed.

Could this be the box art for The Sims 3 University Life… and it also seems that the Maxis logo is back on the box! Unfortunately this is a low quality image.

Source: SimsDomination