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Origin Features Work Great with The Sims 4!

The official Origin blog has shared a post about how you can utilise some of Origin’s features while playing The Sims 4.

The Sims 4 is here! In addition to all the fun of the new creation tools and emotional depth of the game itself, playing on Origin gives you features to enhance your play.

Chat with friends. The Sims 4 is an inherently social game. You don’t want your creations to exist in a vacuum. Origin changes this by allowing you to chat with people without ever having to leave your game. Simply start Origin In Game by pressing Shift + F1, open your Friends list and pick who you want to start speaking with. You can share tips and tricks, announce a new item in the Gallery or share something hilarious that your Sims just did. The Sims 4 is just better with friends.

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The Sims 4: More Cheats For You

Hi Simmers. As you guys know, we like to provide a variety of cheats for you in the game. Some of you play by your own rules and we like to encourage that. Well, in addition to all the cheats we KNEW we shipped, it turns out we shipped a bunch of cheats that we didn’t necessarily intend to ship. Oh well! More fun for you. Introducing a few more cheats for you to use!

For some back story, these cheats were created to do daily “Smoke Tests.” We had to put in these cheats so the game could run on its own (OH NO SKYNET) without human intervention. Essentially, we run these smoke tests in the wee hours of the night while we aren’t at work using our computers.

Quick Disclaimer: Cheats are cheats. You’re going outside the standard flow so you may hit a hiccup or two. But, we’ve used these cheats extensively in development. For all of these you’ll need to open the command console (Ctrl + Shift + C).

Automatically Pay Bills: Do you hate bills? Fret no more.
|households.autopay_bills

Want to automatically answer dialogs that pop up on screen?
|ui.dialog.auto_respond

Do you want to complete your current Aspiration Milestone? Either because you don’t like it, it’s too difficult, or you are stuck?
|aspirations.complete_current_milestone

Career Cheats – We have quite a few cheats for careers.

Want to add any career to your Sim?
|careers.add_career<name>

Want to get a demotion?
|careers.demote<name>

How about a promotion?
|careers.promote<name>

Want to quit?
|careers.remove_career<name>

For <name>, type the name of the career.

Want to speed up crafting? Or, something? This one’s not entirely obvious, but it speeds up crafting (painting, woodworking).
|crafting.shorten_phases

Want to fix everyone’s needs?
|sims.fill_all_commodities

That’s for just one Sim.

|stats.fill_commodities_household
That’s for the household.

Want to add a specific amount of money?
|sims.modify_funds <amount>

<amount> is the amount you want.

There’s also
|motherlode and |rosebud AND |kaching

Want to get rid of your Moodlets?
|sims.remove_all_buffs

Want to spawn random groups of Sims?
|sims.spawnsimple<#>

<#> is the number you want. BE WARNED: If you put in a crazy number, the game will break.

MOVIE MAKERS. Want to disable headline FX? Note that this doesn’t remove plumbob.
|headlineeffects <on/off>

Via. SimGuruGrant on The Sims Forums

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The Sims 4 Tops UK Game Charts

The Sims 4 has took the top spot in the UK game charts this week based only physical copies sold since the UK launch on Friday!

The Sims 4 is the new UK all-formats chart number one, in the final week before Destiny arrives.

The latest entry in EA’s mega-selling simulation series reached number one purely on the sales of its boxed PC copies – no digital downloads are included in Chart-Track data.

It’s the first time a PC-exclusive has been top of the pops since the launch of Guild Wars 2, over two years ago.

Via. Eurogamer

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The Sims 4: Game Update (5th September 2014)

A new update has been released for The Sims 4 to fix your demonic babies, so wave goodbye to them! Origin should automatically download and install this patch for you.

Bug Fixes / Issues:

  • It has been brought to our attention that some of our cute and adorable babies have had difficulty expressing themselves without… well… distorting.  There was an issue with some integrated chipsets causing the poor little ones to appear in their own “unique” way. We have corrected the problem and pulled everyone back together. Thank you for helping us identify, and track down this issue.

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VentureBeat: Sims 4 is “Beautiful, smooth, and ultimately hollow”

VentureBeat have posted a generally favourable review of The Sims 4, scoring it 75/100.

The Sims 4 is a beefy update for the series. The core game feels more smooth, more powerful, and more dynamic than its predecessors, if occasionally buggy.

The new mood system is complex and often amusing, and it helps to make your virtual people feel a little more like … people. Players who have been in the Sims universe for a while are going to chafe at all the features that are now missing; new ones will feel welcomed and find it easy to get started, especially using the Gallery.

It compares very, very well to TS3 — the core edition. But gamers may not see that as a clear upgrade, considering all the expansion packs that have come and gone since then. There’s less to do in TS4, and that makes it less exciting to play.

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Sims 4 Tutorial: How To Resize Objects

In The Sims 4, players have the ability to resize any in-game object by using a certain cheat. This was left in last minute by Maxis as people are creators camp enjoyed using it so much.

With the addition of the day one patch, resized objects will remain at the size you set them at when uploaded to the gallery.

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The Sims 4: Now Available Worldwide On PC

As of today, the 5th September 2014, The Sims 4 is now available worldwide on PC! Begin creating your stories with smarter Sims today.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s time to create and control a new generation of Sims. Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) announced that The Sims™ 4 is now available on PC in North America. The Sims 4 gives players the power to create Sims filled with personality and discover a new way to play with life, where every decision opens up an ever-evolving world of meaningful possibilities.

“Every Sim is unique in The Sims 4, your own individual creations that come to life with big personalities and endless possibilities,” said Rachel Franklin, Executive Producer for The Sims 4. “Who they are on the inside changes the way you play. Your Sims embody the traits and aspirations you give them in The Sims 4, and playing out their charming, hilarious and crazy stories has never been more fun.”

In The Sims 4, the Sims are smarter, more relatable and emotionally aware. Every action is affected by who they are, what they’re thinking, and how they’re feeling. Players control the mind, body, and now the emotions of these new Sims, which brings their stories to life with richness and texture that has never before been possible in the franchise.

One of the fundamental tenets of The Sims experience is the ability for players to express their personal creativity – in both the Sims they create and the homes that they build for them. Create A Sim and Build Mode have been completely rebuilt to be more powerful and tactile than ever, featuring direct manipulation and drag and drop functionality. Additionally, players can now share their creations with other players directly in the game. In the all-new Gallery players can upload or download Sims, houses and individual rooms, making it easier than ever for players to populate their world.

New Sims with unique personalities and rich emotions, combined with powerful creative tools and the ability to share via the in-game Gallery, come together to provide an exciting new gameplay experience, empowering a whole new era for The Sims.

The Sims 4 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. Join the conversation on Facebook and on Twitter using #TheSims4. For more information please visit www.thesims.com and to download assets please go toinfo.ea.com.

About The Sims

For more than a decade, The Sims™ has entertained millions of people across the globe and has made an indelible footprint on the interactive world. A world-renowned interactive entertainment phenomenon, The Sims has sold 175 million units to date and continues to enhance its rich multi-platform portfolio with offerings that inspire creativity and reach one of the broadest audiences in gaming. The Sims evolves its magnetic appeal by delivering gameplay experiences that are current, compelling and above all, entertaining. A microcosm of society, The Sims gives players the ability to play with life by creating and controlling virtual lives and telling meaningful stories. For more information about The Sims, visit www.TheSims.com.