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The Sims 4: Sneaky Peek at Pools

SimGuruShannon has shared a picture on Twitter showcasing Ghosts (which are now available in The Sims 4). As you may have heard, pools are arriving free of charge in November and the image she has shared gives us a sneaky peek at them!

Look in the background, what do you see? ;)

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Get 30% off The Sims 4 on Origin

Origin are currently selling The Sims 4 Standard and Digital Deluxe editions at 30% off, so if you’re still waiting to get the game then now may be the time.

The standard edition is £34.82, down from £49.99, and the Digital Deluxe is £41.81, down from £59.99.

And remember… The Sims 4 is part of the Origin Great Game Guarantee so if you don’t like it, you can return it! We loved The Sims 4 so be sure to read our review too.

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EA: It’s On Us Campaign In The Sims 4

Via. EA.com

On September 19, we joined the White House in supporting the It’s On Us campaignaimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault and encouraging our players to take the pledge. Thanks to all of you who joined in the campaign, watched the PSA, took the pledge and changed your profile photos to spread the word and shine a light on this important issue.

If you watched the PSA, you saw popular celebrities share the message wearing a custom “It’s On Us” tee shirt and today we’re excited to share that you can do the same – insideThe Sims 4 that is.

Show your support for the It’s On Us movement by decking out your Sim in the (free) shirt inside the game. We hope you’ll share photos of your Sim with the message on social with the hashtag #ItsOnUs to continue to spread awareness.

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Kotaku: A Sims Fan Theory That Gets Pretty Dark

One of the most iconic families in The Sims 4 has a history that the game doesn’t tell you about.

If you’ve played previous Sims games, perhaps you’re aware of it. Part of the story behind the Goths is obvious even in The Sims 4: they’re a wealthy, gloomy and somewhat snobby family. But there’s more to them than that. Though the Goth family is present in nearly every Sims game, the matriarch, Bella is mysteriously absent from her family in The Sims 2. The reason? Alien abduction, apparently.

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The Sims 4 For Mac: EA are “working on it”

As a Mac user, I have had to use Bootcamp or a Windows computer to play The Sims 4 so far. While The Sims 3 launched with a Mac version, it was a not a native port and as a result was quite slow in terms of performance compared to the Windows version (even when playing on the same computer!).

EA have announced today that they are “working on” the Mac version for The Sims 4! Rejoice!

We know our players on Mac are looking to hear more. We are working on it. When we have more to share, we’ll bring the news to you right here.

This is very exciting as we now know that a Mac version is still in the works. For all the latest Sims 4 news, keep your eyes peeled on BeyondSims :)

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It’s Getting Spooky in Here: Ghosts Are Now Haunting The Sims 4

We’re super excited to announce the release of ghosts in The Sims 4. Check out our guide below!

Ghosts, how do they work?

Just how do you find these spooky creatures from the spirit world? When a Sim dies, non-player character (NPC) ghosts attach to a tombstone or urn around your Sim’s home or yard. But these aren’t just decorations. You can build relationships with these ghosts, and invite them to join your Sim’s household where they can become playable characters. Once a ghost is “playable” it can get a job, get married and contribute to the family like any living Sim. Of course, they wouldn’t be properly undead without some special ghostly abilities and behaviors.

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Ghostly Behavior

Ghosts are a moody bunch and much of what they do depends on how they’re feeling and how they died. Ghosts that die from laughter stay positive, with a moodlet causing nearby Sims to become playful. Beware of ghosts that die from anger, as they will have a very different attitude. Other ghosts will have more…unique behaviors. Sims that have been electrocuted to death will become ghosts capable of breaking objects by possessing them. Victims of the Cow Plant spend the afterlife interested in gardening; if you’re lucky, a ghost will lovingly tend to your Sim’s garden, but a bad mood will lead to a yard full of dead plants.

Luckily it’s pretty easy to tell what mood a ghost is in as they tend to radiate their emotions for everyone to see – it’s the undead version of wearing your emotions on your sleeve.

The way you play determines ghost behavior as well. If you keep your ghost Sims happy they’ll be a big help around the house freeing Sims to spend time working on goals, making friends or whatever it is that makes them happy. For example, you may hate how long it takes normal Sims to repair objects around the home. With ghosts around you can use “ghostly repair” to save all kinds of time! A Ghost Sim can even be used as a sort of maid that tidies up while your Sim family sleeps if the Ghost Sim has the “neat” trait.

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Getting Rid of Ghosts

Tired of your ghost Sim? No problem! Ghosts can be easily banished to the netherworld with one interaction on their urn or tombstone. You can also bring ghosts back to life! If a Sim has a high enough gardening and cooking skill they can make a tasty plate of Ambrosia to bring ghosts back from the dead. You’ll need three ingredients to do that – Ambrosia, a Death Flower and the Potion of Youth.

We really hope that you enjoy the new ghostly gameplay and we can’t wait to see what new stories you’re going to tell. Happy haunting Simmers!

P.S. Make sure you launch Origin to download the latest update. It will automatically introduce ghosts into your game.