Sims.miXei.ru – Interview with Tony Watkins, CEO of EA Russia

Sims.miXei.ru was able to pull over EA Russia’s CEO Tony Watkins for a short interview about The Sims.  Nothing much regarding any information on the expansion or the future of The Sims series, but still worth a read:

Sims miXei (SM): How do you see the future of such titles, like The Sims.
Tony Watkins (TU): You mean the expansion or deepening?
SM: Expansion.
TU: Do you see a lot of new things – the introduction of a social network, transfer to other platforms, applications for gadgets such as iPad and iPhone, and so on and so forth. Soon you will see many developments in this direction.

SM: So, you will deepen its relations with the community?

TC: Yes, of course. That is, we are already doing it. And not only in relation to The Sims, but also to the rest of the draft EA. On our Russian portal is registered about 2.5 million unique visitors monthly. The main objective of our strategy – public relations face-to-face with our community.

SM: How do you like to work in Russia?
TU: (spoke in Russian) I have here almost 15 years. This is a long time. I almost Russian. If so do (pointing to the veins), may be there will be vodka. I do not know. (Moving to English) I do not know. When I lived in London for ten years, I frankly was bored, because he could predict his life. I have seen the future. When I arrived in Russia, I do not see the future. Every day you open something else, something new. Adventure, risk. But this is just for me. I do not mean that other people who live here have some sort of adventure. Really do not know what will happen tomorrow. And I think that is quite interesting.

full interview here


Podcast Rework

I have decided to scrap the current podcast format and replace it with something more helpful, tutorials, reviews, and possibly movies (made w/ Sims 3).  If you would like to submit any ideas, including lots or sims to use in the movies, email me at: [email protected]


Know Your Mobile – SimCity Deluxe review

SimCity Deluxe is a reboot of the original game in every respect, and while most franchises would suffer from trolling out the same old gameplay, something as infinitely playable and enjoyable as SimCity doesn’t suffer in the same way.

That it’s so easy to pick up and play on a mobile handset is a testament to the quality of its design, so if a game of SimCity Classic (which is what this game should really have been called) sounds appealing, then you’re in for a city-building treat.

full review here


PR: Rise Against, Lady Antebellum, Melanie Fiona, and Toni Braxton sing simlish for The Sims 3 Ambitions

Well, once again this list shows how out of touch I am with the music of today.  Oh, and look what we have there – a new video coming today!

Rise Against, Lady Antebellum, Melanie Fiona, and Toni Braxton Sing Hit Songs for EA’s The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion Pack

Songs Re-Recorded in Official Language of The Sims for Expansion Pack to Award Winning Game, The Sims 3

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s time to turn up the volume! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced the chart-topping artists whose Simlish songs will be featured in The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion pack* for the PC and Mac this summer. Artists include Rise Against with their sizzling hit ‘Savior’ which was featured in The Sims 3 Ambitions trailer, new-comer Charice who recently performed for Oprah and Lady Antebellum with their number one hit single ‘Need You Now.’ Additionally, the members of Lady Antebellum were created as Sims for a musical video trailer also being released today.

“Each time we set out to create a soundtrack for an expansion pack, it’s always exciting matching the vibe of the game to the music by our incredible lineup of extremely diverse artists,” said Robi Kauker, Audio Director for The Sims Studio at EA. “It’s fun hearing hit tracks in the language of The Sims, and I think fans will be pleased to find their favorites songs and artists throughout this game, and will no doubt discover new bands to follow in The Sims 3 Ambitions.”

Current artists and songs featured in the game include:

  • Lady Antebellum—“Need You Now”
  • Rise Against—“Savior”
  • Charice—“Pyramid”
  • Melanie Fiona—“Bang Bang”
  • Toni Braxton—“Make My Heart”
  • Neon Trees—“Animal”
  • V V Brown—“Shark In The Water”
  • Daisy Dares You—“Number One Enemy”
  • OK Go—“This Too Shall Pass”
  • Old 97’s—“Early Morning”
  • Murder By Death—“As Long As There is Whiskey In The World”
  • The Acorn—“Restoration”
  • Mike Posner—“Cooler Than Me”
  • Violent Soho—“Jesus Stole My Girlfriend”
  • Kerli—“Tea Party”
  • Eli “Paperboy” Reed—“Come And Get it”
  • Hal Linton—“Lock My Heart Down”
  • Radney Foster And The Confessions—“Until It’s Gone”
  • The Constellations—“Setback”

As the second expansion pack to The Sims 3, the best-selling PC game of 2009**, The Sims 3 Ambitions allows players to pursue a variety of exciting paths and careers in their Sims’ lives that in turn affect their overall gameplay experience and neighborhood. In The Sims 3 Ambitions, players can choose to hunt down vengeful spirits as the ghost hunter, invent brilliant and potentially destructive gadgets as an inventor, craft glorious masterpieces as a sculptor, and solve riveting cases by any means necessary as an investigator with dozens of cases to solve and numerous clues to find. For the first time, players will be in charge of how their Sims’ career progresses and decide if they will work for good or evil, pursue creative endeavors or technical affairs, climb to the top quickly, or be a slacker. The future of a Sims’ success or failure is entirely in the hands of the player.

The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion pack for the PC and Mac will ship to retailers worldwide the week of June 1, 2010. The Sims 3 Ambitions will also be available for feature phones, iPhone® and iPod touch® in late 2010 from EA Mobile™. These versions will have customized mobile gameplay features and music playlists which will be revealed in the coming months. For information on carrier availability and pricing for all EA Mobile games, please visit www.eamobile.com.

For more information about The Sims 3 Ambitions or The Sims 3, please visit www.TheSims3.com. Developed by The Sims Studio, The Sims 3 Ambitions is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. To download artwork, please visit www.info.ea.com.