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5/25/10 – 24 screens from The Sims 3 Ambitions

Well guys, get ready to become sick of Ambitions screens because for the next week or two that’s all we’ll see (well, and videos and reviews!).  Also, keep note that you may see me post the same screen a few times…it happens.  These screens were made possible by The Sims 3 in Russia, Sims.miXei.ru and Sims 3 Nieuws!

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‘The Sims 3 in Russia’ Ambitions preview by Kaila

Aren’t you sick of Ambitions news yet?  Sure you are.  I don’t need to post any more, right?  Nah, I think I’ll stop.

Kidding, if you’re reading this then you are about as crazy for The Sims 3 Ambitions as much as I am!  Not the bad kind of crazy – I mean the good kind.  To top off all of the updates for the night is another new writeup from the Russian event by Kaila from ‘The Sims 3 in Russia

The first thing that caught my eye … no, this is not the sea treats, which we heartily regaled the girls from the EA, and three computer already loaded with a toy. To begin, we know each other, tasty snack and discussed some organizational moments. Particularly impatient Daria managed during this time cut down the toy, trying to go to the store Store, which of course did not work. The toy had to download again, and we were able to see, looks like The Sims 3 movie career. Taking with us a subscription to disclose information about professions “ghost hunter” and “Inventor”, we were asked to start the game.

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EA Singapore – more images from The Sims 3 Commemorative Edition

I swear, I’ll pay however much it takes to get one of these, wow, it’s a beaut.  Hey, anyone care to pitch in money for a plane ticket so I can visit Singapore and pick one of these up?  ;)

Here are a few more images of The Sims 3 Commemorative Edition thanks to EA Singapore that will be released in various parts of Europe and other countries.  If you are a major Sims fan, this is a must have!

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Spore’s Toxiraptor Template Challenge

Okay, if I see one more friggin’ Template Challenge from the Spore site I’m going to take this paperclip in my hand and jam it in my eye.  Seriously, what is going on over at Maxis…Do these templates serve a purpose?  Are they for the rumored ‘DarkSpore’ game?  I’d sure love to know!

Overview: In this fixed morphology challenge it’s up to you to modify our template creature to fit the bio provided below. Your entry should be in the form of a creature tagged mctoxiraptorchallenge based on the template provided. Entries will be judged on creativity, adherence to creature bio, how well they animate.

Emerald Toxiraptor
Bio: Centuries ago the rainforests and grasslands teemed with gentle creatures sharing their habitats. Following the invasion, the planet exchanged its serenity for terror. Once tiny creatures with a mild, stinging bite, toxiraptors (striking for their glowing emerald eyes), became tall, lightning-fast attackers that hunted in packs. Aside from the terrible damage their fangs can inflict, it’s their toxin that’s of greatest worry to any being they target, a nerve agent that untreated causes paralysis and death within minutes. Any explorer catching sight of toxiraptors hunting in packs should evacuate or flee immediately… or be prepared to unleash maximum firepower.

Template restrictions: You may not modify (scale, move, remove) the spine, legs, or mouth. You may swap out the feet as desired. You may add parts anywhere.

Tag: mctoxiraptorchallenge

Color/vibe references:
These images are meant to generally inform the aesthetic direction you take especially when painting your creature. It’s not a requirement to match your paint to these colors, but we just want to give you an idea of the vibe we’re looking for.

What will the challenge winner(s) get?
A chance to be featured on Spore.com! Maxis will hand pick the winner(s) in this challenge.

Challenge Rules:

  • To submit a creature, tag it with: mctoxiraptorchallenge
  • You can submit as many entries as you’d like
  • All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT June 8, 2010
  • Optional: Post screenshots or YouTube movies of your creation on the forum

Feature Criteria

  • Creation must not have any parent authored by a different creator (other than MaxisCactus)
  • Creation must not have any offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations)
  • Creation must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Posted via MaxisCactus over at the Sporums

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Spore – Game Changers Winners Announced!

I haven’t been keeping track of this contest but I do recall posting about it…I believe back in January.  Well, the winners have been chosen and 3 of the winners used Spore Galactic Adventures for their projects.  MaxisCactus has more with the following press announcement:

Game Changers Winners Announced!

NINE GAME DEVELOPERS TO SHARE $250,000 FOR EDUCATIONAL GAMING EXPERIENCES USING LittleBigPlanet™ and Spore Galactic Adventures

May 24, 2010 (Games for Change Conference, New York City) U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, will announce on Tuesday the nine winning game developers who will share $250,000 for new and educational gaming experiences on the commercial games LittleBigPlanet™ and Spore™ Galactic Adventures. These winners are part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition, which is designed to support the most novel uses of new media for learning. This year, MacArthur teamed with Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Electronic Arts (EA), the Entertainment Software Association, and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation to support new and creative user-generated levels and adventures to engage young people in learning in the two games. The intention of the competition is to promote “participatory” learning, which operates under the notion that individuals, specifically young ones, learn best through sharing and involvement. The competition is administered by the virtual network of learning institutions, HASTAC, and is part of the Obama Administration’s Educate to Innovate initiative. More information at www.dmlcompetition.net.

The three winning Spore™ Galactic Adventures projects include:

Creatures Classified! An exploration of cataloging creatures across the galaxy, $40,000
Mathew Powers, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Best in Class: Creatures (Spore™ only)
In this Spore™ adventure, fifth and sixth graders, acting as “intergalactic speciologists,” learn how to collect and organize scientific data and employ the scientific method to classify living things. Armed with a science field journal, players must navigate progressively more complex and challenging planets, collecting data, and classifying the myriad species they encounter based on the evolutionary and physical characteristics of the creatures.

DIASTEM: Digitally Integrating the Academics of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, $15,000
Patrick Keller, Albuquerque, NM
Leveraging Spore’s™ powerful ability to personalize gameplay, DIASTEM targets STEM-related content that applies directly to digital game development. Within the Spore™ interface, players will complete challenges—from simple math and logic puzzles to more complex physics and engineering construction projects—that are specifically developed and created to elicit player understanding of game design theory and application.

Mission: Evolution, $15,000
Jennifer Biedler, Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA
In Mission: Evolution, high school students thoroughly analyze the evolutionary science driving the Spore™ game engine and investigate the scientific accuracy of the game. Working together to identify principles of evolutionary change that are absent from the off-the-shelf version of Spore™, students collaborate to introduce these principles into their own missions in Spore™ Galactic Adventures.

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EA Netherlands fan event – The Sims 3 Ambitions Sneak Peek

Want more Ambitions news?  Fantastic – the Dutch community has you covered!  EA Netherlands is holding a special sneak peek on May 21st and invited a number of Dutch fansites to come check out The Sims 3 Ambitions and to spend time to play the game.  This post will contain all of the information that they’ve brought back to share.

Dutch fansites in attendance (thanks to Sims 3 Nieuws for the listing):

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