I received an email that EA Underground published an article on our very own Community Manager, Andrea Wendland. It’s nice to know for a change what a CM’s job really is like…and by the looks of it, it does indeed sound very busy! Thanks to EntirelySims for the email!
As Andrea Wendland puts it, “working in The Sims studio is very fast paced since we produce more games than most studios.” Her job as the Lead Producer for The Sims 3 website then makes her the person that needs to make sure all the studio’s happenings are being communicated properly to the world (yes, I mean world). Because of this, she has more meetings in a day than I have in a week.She starts her days off with an international conference call with other EA employees, then she meets with the web engineers, then with the marketing and game team, then with community managers, and finally the with store team. And all this is before she actually sits at her desk to do some work. Read the rest of this entry →
An funny yet embarrassing story…I was a hefty child so I probably shouldn’t have but I squeezed myself into one of these when I went swimming once. Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage to squeeze myself out and it ended up having to be cut off of me.
Yeah, and I wondered why the other kids called me fat-a$$…
Download for free here – not recommended for overweight Sims. Thanks to Simonettacfor the tip!
Some of you may have already seen those leak pictures that I accidentally posted yesterday by mistake. Seems now they’ve appeared everywhere. At request, I’ve opted to leave them off the site in order to not get in trouble with EA Russia and to respect the journalist who lost their job over posting them.
For those that haven’t seen them, you may not know that The Sims 3 Ambitions will come with a laundry system. Yes, for the first time the game will feature a washer, dryer and a clothesline. I have to say, even though I despise doing laundry in real life, its about time we can torture our Sims with the daunting task! Here’s a note from SimGuruLindsay in which she confirms this:
Hey guys – there will be a laundry system in ambitions! It will be optional, if you don’t want to bother with it, you don’t have to, but if you want to add some extra good moodlets and entertainment, you can choose to purchase a washer and dryer for your Sims. AND the high end dryer might have a special surprise if you watch it closely of course if you really hate laundry, work on your inventing skill and then detonate your washer.
GamePro checked out the Xbox 360 version of MySims SkyHeroes a month ago at EA Redwood Shores Studio and has posted their preview online, sharing with us a few new tidbits of information. Here are a few fun facts about the game:
Players take the role of an amnesiac ace pilot recruited by a rebel group set on taking back the skies from the nefarious Morcubus and his evil corporation. As you progress through the story and complete certain challenges in levels, you find out more about your character’s backstory and bring the plot closer to a resolution that probably involves a boss sky battle with lasers.
The game forgoes puzzles in favor of races, speed challenges, and customization of planes. The customization options haven’t been finalized yet (e.g. custom decals, etc.), but an upgrade system is in place that has a significant impact on gameplay in the story mode.
The story mode missions take place on maps that range anywhere from tropical locations with volcanoes you can fly through to cityscapes with giant skyscrapers you need to avoid. There are eight kinds of power-ups and pickups that increase your speed, change what kind of projectile you fire, or inflict status ailments on your plane like flipping it upside down. You gain health by shooting down opponents.
The cityscape map we saw turned out to be a boss fight against a giant statue with laser eyes. The fight contained an optional mission objective to rescue a Sim from a force field to help you out with the boss fight; EA says that many levels will present these “branching story potentials.”
This is the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 debut for the MySims series. The game is also coming to Wii, and there’s a DS version with an alternate story perspective. EA partnered with developer Artificial Mind and Movement for the 360 and PS3 versions and is considering post-launch downloadable content for them.
EA sees the game as a “stepping stone for kids to explore online play” in that hazy age group between 9 and 13. To that end, they’re aiming for a 10-12 person online multiplayer cap and are set up for local cooperative play. All players are stuck with default planes in multiplayer instead of having access to their upgraded planes from the single-player.
EA is not sure whether or not the 360 or PS3 versions will use Natal or Move, yet. The Wii version allows you to use the Wii Remote as a joystick.