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Sims 3 Cri – Italian preview with Grant Rodiek, producer of The Sims 3 Ambitions

Sims 3 Cri had the chance to visit the EA offices in Italy to take a look at The Sims 3 Ambitions as well as to meet the producer, Grant Rodiek.  Here’s a snippet from their time, make sure you visit their site to read the whole article!

You can start to work as an architect/interior designer through the newspaper or using the computer. You’ll have to work at home…of your clients! In fact, there isn’t a builing for this career. You have a certain amount of working hours when you’ll have to be available and can find working occasions by looking at the city map. Sims looking for an architect are highlighted with a yellow and red symbol placed above their houses: if you click on them you will find their requests, their budget and so on.

The story progression will provide you with many opportunities: for example, couples expecting a baby may need you to create a new childroom or, if the child has grown up, they may require you to refurnish the room. Of course, you will be paid for your job and sometimes may get a reward, like a certificate or medal. Each customer will provide you with a maximum budget and a list of essential items, but you can also vary a bit. You can also impress your clients by showing them your portfolio with your previous works. It is also important to meet the taste of your clients: spending some time socializing with them will give you a special bonus. For example, if you find out that the Sim is frugal, you can get a bonus by spending less than budgeted. On the other hand, if s/he is a snob will be happy to spend more than expected to get expensive items. Artistic Sims will enjoy paintings, decorations and easels; evil Sims love dark environments with a very few window; Sims with the Eco-friendly trait are obsessed with reciclying while music lovers will enjoy guitars and stereos, and so on.

After a short overview of the house, you can enter the Renovation mode: on the left side of the screen you’ll get a window listing the traits of your customers (if you know them), your available budget and a list of  essential items. In the meantime you will be taken in the Buy/Build mode and proceed with your work.
You can give your personal touch by using items from your own inventory such as photos, portraits, collected objects, etc. You can also place broken or dirty items (like a dirty toilet) to spite your enemies!

In the official screenshots we can see architects measuring a room: this interaction is actually optional and will however positively influence your final feedback. What feedback? Your clients will evalue your work and base on it to decide your pay! When you’re done with your work you can phone your clients and show what you’ve done. If you paid attention to their personality and measured the room, you’ll get an extra for your commitment. At this point you can also take a pictures of your work (with your phone or your digital camera, if you have World Adventures) and add it to your portfolio (which is in your personaly inventory and has an icon similar to a PDA).

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The Sims 3 Ambitions associate producer Grant Rodiek meets fans at EA Italy

Grant Rodiek stopped by the offices of EA Italy for a short presentation on The Sims 3 Ambitions for the various Italian fansites.  The official Italy Sims 3 site updated with a few pictures of the group (sadly it looks as if pics from the actual game are not to be taken):

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Viceland – interview with the guy who beat SimCity 3000

We posted the video a few weeks back of a city from SimCity 3000 called Magnasanti which topped out 6 million residents – the total max you can get within the game’s original limit.  Viceland tracked down the creator – Vincent Ocasla – for a special interview on the matter.  I can’t believe that it took him 3 years to pull off…that’s dedication!

There are a lot of other problems in the city hidden under the illusion of order and greatness–suffocating air pollution, high unemployment, no fire stations, schools, or hospitals, a regimented lifestyle–this is the price that these sims pay for living in the city with the highest population. It’s a sick and twisted goal to strive towards. The ironic thing about it is the sims in Magnasanti tolerate it. They don’t rebel, or cause revolutions and social chaos. No one considers challenging the system by physical means since a hyper-efficient police state keeps them in line. They have all been successfully dumbed down, sickened with poor health, enslaved and mind-controlled just enough to keep this system going for thousands of years. 50,000 years to be exact. They are all imprisoned in space and time.

Why did it take a year-and-a-half just to complete the theory behind Magnasanti?
During the planning stage of the city I was also busy constructing other large-scale cities, which laid out much of the theory for Magnasanti. New ways of doing things were not yet developed until experiments were done within the game to verify ideas, and notes had to be taken down in conjunction with each new experiment, as well as devising new experiments to find out if there were better ways of solving the problem. Building cities and doing in-game experiments to obtain the results desired takes time. Additionally, I had other things to do, and only worked on it in my spare time, so it was a gradual development, not something I was working on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Updated boxarts for MySims SkyHeroes

While browsing South African online retail site Take 2, Infinite Sims saw an updated version of the MySims SkyHeroes boxart.  It looks strange to see the PS3 and Xbox 360 covers sporting MySims artwork, going to take some time to get used to.  I hope those 2 versions do well with sales, otherwise it’s back to Wii and DS.

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The Sims 3 – French ‘The Sims 3 Anniversary Edition’ breakdown

French, Spain, UK and a few other areas should be getting a special Anniversary Edition book sometime near the release of The Sims 3 Ambitions.  SimCookie found a better breakdown picture of what will be offered.  What’s new to me is the fact that I thought the book only was going to be offered in the Ambitions box, but it appears that it’ll also be released in the other 3 boxes as well.  Great…if this is the same for the UK it’s going to be more things that I want to have.