EA Showcase – interview with The Sims 3 Ambitions producer Grant Rodiek in London

We’re dying here, show us new video! Transcript below for those that may need it

Hi, I’m Grant Rodiek, Associate Producer of The Sims 3 Ambitions.

The Sims 3 Ambitions is all about players taken from a wide variety of careers and then while they’re actually at work they actually have choices that will now have an impact of the world around them. And so they could be a firefighter, architectural designer, stylist, ghost hunter, doctor or even a private investigator. And really it’s all about telling fantastic stories and having a bit of a challenge and it really kind of varied from our previous attempt.

My favorite job is a balance between a private investigator and architectural design. I love the private investigator because its so varied and there is a lot of choices. You can bribe people, beat them up for information, break into homes and if you pair that with inventor you can blow stuff up and…well be a total jerk where as with an architectural designer really allows me to be creative and try out new styles and really try to evolve the town and make it change over time. I just love all the different jobs and what my clients want me to do for them.

What’s next for The Sims? Well we’re constantly looking at what players want and we’re trying to think about the holes we have in our design – things we haven’t done yet and experiences that players don’t have. I can’t give you any specific details yet but we’re always evolving and doing new stuff.


5/16/10 – Poll results & new poll

Poll results time!  I’m sure you’re just thrilled (not really) to see what the results were! With 391 total votes, here is the breakdown for the question:  Did you download the Renault/Toyota EV Pack?

  • Renault (37%, 143 Votes)
  • Both (34%, 132 Votes)
  • None (24%, 93 Votes)
  • Toyota (5%, 24 Votes)

Sad to report that the 24 voters all lost their Sims due to an unfortunate sticking gas pedal with the Toyotas (okay, so the joke is getting stale).  :P

This week’s poll is on the Create-A-Pattern tool.  What do you think of the announcement?


The Sims 3 Ambitions – London hands-on event Mega Post!

It’s that time again!  If you’re fairly new to the site, when fan events take place I create one big sticky post containing all of the news, previews, reports, images and videos.  This makes it easier for everyone to get all Ambitions information from one main post  and also keeps the site free to include other non-fan event updates.  So, with that being said, lets get started!

The latest updates:

  • 5/16/10 at 9:35 AM – added part 2 of BlackGarden‘s TSR Sims 3 Ambitions preview
  • 5/12/10 at 8:13 PM – added interview with Grant Rodiek from SimFans
  • 5/12/10 at 8:11 PM – added list of lifetime achievement awards from SimFans
  • 5/11/10 at 9:52 PM – added 3 more links to SimTime’s report
  • 5/11/10 at 8:17 AM – added link to Molly360’s impression
  • 5/11/10 at 6:09 AM – added link to part 1 of SimFan’s report
  • 5/11/10 at 6:02 AM – added link to SimTime’s report
  • 5/11/10 at 5:59 AM – added 2nd batch of information from attendee Molly360
  • 5/10/10 at 9:44 PM – added information from attendee Molly360
  • 5/10/10 at 8:43 PM – added part 1 of BlackGarden‘s TSR Sims 3 Ambitions preview
  • 5/10/10 at 8:35 PM – added link to SimFans article about new Education career
  • 5/10/10 at 12:42 PM – Posted hands-on report from Tidus
  • 5/8/10 at 8:44 PM – Added SimFans request for questions
  • 5/8/10 at 8:44 PM – Mega Post Created

The sites of which who are attending:

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SimWay TV to relaunch this June!

I never had the pleasure to watch SimWay TV for it usually airs on a Saturday…and well I’m usually outside working on some crazy project around the house.  For those that are fans of the show, make a note that new episodes begin this June!


New Education Career is . . . . A Rabbit Hole :-(

I found this while looking through the SimTimes hands-on article, it confirms that there is an education career but unfortunately it reveals the fact that the school is still a rabbit hole.  Here is the article exert (loosely translated from German):

The school building was the only building in which one can not practice any profession. This changes with The Sims 3: Ambitions. Because now your Sims can run through the profession of education and from primary school through the High School teacher and superintendent bishin to direct the career ladder to climb. The school building remains, however, a Rabbit Hole. Thus, the prospective teachers during their work disappear behind the doors of the school building


New CAS Relationships in Ambitions

I found a discussion thread about this in the Sims 3 Forums, but the original article was from SimTimes.  Here is the article exert (loosely translated from German):

Did you create your Sims, you can in the relationship now, the options “Select Fixed friends Festivals friend” and “fiance / fiancee.

The just of the article is that in CAS you can make your sims go steady, be best friends or fiances.  This should be a great feature to use.