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5/9/10 – Happy Mothers Day!

Apologies for such a late post.  Had a fun-filled weekend full of bustin’ ghosts on my first outing as a Ghostbuster (more on that coming up on Thursday), taking my General Lee to a friend’s bodyshop for repairs (more on that in a few months time when it gets done with bodywork and a new paintjob) and today, fence repair (boooooo).  However, I did take the time to give my mom a card with money for Red Lobster – her favorite restaurant in which she doesn’t get to go to that often and on top of that, took her out to eat.  Hope the other mothers out there had a great time today.  For a tribute I have a special guest for you.  Take it away, Mr. T!

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EA releasing ‘The Sims 3 Create-A-Pattern tool’ in July

Reader Srikandi left an important comment here yesterday about IGN’s recent preview on The Sims 3 Ambitions.  It appears that the Create-A-Pattern feature will not be included in a new patch but rather a separate tool of its own:

“We also learned about the Create a Pattern tool, a downloadable tool which will be released to registered users from TheSims3.com on July 28. This tool will allow players to use existing stickers or import their own pictures or other graphics and modify them in order to make patterns for walls or other items (though this will not make tattoos). Players can place dozens of images on a single pattern in up to four layers. Additional layers will allow for background colors and specularity.”

Sounds even better, a (hopefully) simple tool to use for those who have yet to get used to the existing custom programs that are currently out there.  I just hope we’re switched to our new servers then.  June and July are going to be very busy behind-the-scenes 😉

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Dimensao Sims – The Sims 3 fansite kit compilation

Dimensao Sims created a nifty fansite kit which features many images, renders and other goodies from The Sims 3, World Adventures, High End Loft Stuff and Ambitions.  Perfect for those who want to start creating their own site!

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IGN – hands on with The Sims 3 Ambitions (new pics)!

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Loyal Sims 3 fans who aren’t interested in professions can still expect a lot of changes to their game, as EA is planning a huge free update to go along with the expansion’s release. The first of the major new pieces of content is the ability for players to give their Sims tattoos. Without Ambitions players will only have access to a limited set of Tattoos, but they can still apply them to their characters and other Sims. Even with Ambitions the art seems fairly limited at first, but the range of what you can do with the images is impressive. Through resizing and layering players can create some fairly realistic and genuinely good-looking body art.

Other new features free to all players with the release of Ambitions are self-employment, more options with customizing a neighborhood, and increased build/buy features. Sims who have the proper skills like photography or painting can register as self employed, making it so players who are aspiring to a life goal that links to the skill will no longer have to live with that pesky “unemployed” title. The other neighborhood and build/buy features are pretty specific sounding to the uninitiated Sims player, but trust me when I say that players who love to customize the minutia of their town and buildings have a lot to look forward to with Ambitions whether they buy it or not.

The biggest part of the free update, though, is the Create a Pattern tool. This tool will allow players to import pictures or other graphics and modify them in order to make textures for walls or other items (though this will not make tattoos). Using what seems like a very basic version of Photoshop, players can change things like the color, brightness, or size of their pictures, with the ability to layer up to five images on top of one another. It’s a fairly simple sounding tool, but it’s just another way EA’s allowing Sims 3 players to manipulate their surroundings to their liking.

Keep reading the article at IGN for more information about Ambitions, but the above is the main highlights for me.  For those not picking up Ambitions, tattoos will still be possible – but limited.  That’s kind of nice for EA to do – props for that.  Also, we’re finally getting the ability to import our own textures…yes!  I’ve been wanting this for some time – I don’t have the talent to create my own with the various custom content tools available…so I’m looking forward to that.  Ambitions is shaping up to be one of the best packs yet (even though I say that to all of them…so ignore that comment 😉 )

Still waiting on details about the Ghostbusting career…Shame EA didn’t allow IGN to try it out…

full article at IGN

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5/7/10 – 2 wallpapers of The Sims 3 Ambitions

2 new wallpapers have been created based on the newly released renders from this past week.  First up is one by The Sims Slovenija which is featured in their native language as well as in English.  The sizes offered are 1024×768, 1280×1024 and 1680×1050:

The Sims Slovenija

The second one is from Simsous which is only in one size – 1024×768.  Download that one here.

Simsous

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Spore 2 to be titled ‘DarkSpore’?

Breaking news for the Spore fans!  We’ve been wondering what Maxis has been working on for some time now.  For the most part, we have assumed it to be Spore Creature Keeper, a game aimed at the younger audience which mixes elements of Spore and The Sims.  However, EA filed 3 new trademarks (trademark 1, trademark 2 and trademark 3) for the name ‘DarkSpore‘ earlier this week, indicating that this may be the next game in the Spore franchise.

All we can do now is give assumptions and guesses.  Could this be a new spinoff?  The sequel to Spore?  Will it be the coined ‘scientific’ version of Spore that we saw during 2005?  Who knows, it could be anything at this point!  EA won’t give anything away at this moment, but we’re hoping to hear more as they may make a mention during their financial report on May 11th.

Keep tuned to SporePrograms for any Spore development as I’m on this like a fat kid on cake.  And I speak for experience about that.

Source:  CVG