- The Sims 4
- The Sims 3
- Other Sim Games
It’s in Italian, but you get the point. An English version will be posted once I find it!
Another ‘Top Games of the Decade’ list, this time from GameBrit.com. I think The Sims should be ranked higher than 22, but that’s for them to decide. I’m just thankful that they have gave it the honor to place it amongst many other fantastic games.
The Sims saw you being given a new level of control and creativity not found in any other PC title at the time. The freedom to allow you to design your character, to construct a house and to make decisions for that character was a fun experience. This game spawned numerous add on’s and two sequels and is one of the biggest selling PC games of all time.
That’s the only iPad joke you’re going to get from me. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few hours, the biggest topic of the day is Apple’s new iPhone XL iPad, their revolutionary tablet designed for media and entertainment in mind. By looking at the various photos and information, I cannot see a justified reason why this really exists. It looks beautiful and I do kind of see myself wanting one…I just don’t have a reason good enough to warrant owning it. Have to say that the prices aren’t that bad… $499 for the 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. 3G models are an additional $130.
Now let’s get to the important part – gaming. EA stepped up and introduced a new ‘Need for Speed’ game, which for only 2 weeks, looks quite nice. No Sims/Spore related games were discussed but they did mention that the games from the iPod Touch will work with the iPad – the resolution may be distorted a little bit but other then that things are dandy. Apparently companies can update their games to make them compatible with the iPad, so that will solve that problem. Kotaku gave it a test drive and reports that games that use menus (like The Sims 3) or that uses the tilting movement (Spore Origins) plays very nicely:
The games that were successful were ones that relied simply on touching and tilting, not a complex combination of both. PopCap’s gem matching casual hit Bejeweled 2 was, unsurprisingly, easy to play with its simple taps and small swipes. Super Monkey Ball, admittedly not the easiest game to control via accelerometer anyway, worked as well as it does on the iPhone platform.
I was less successful with Tetris, which I played with the iPad resting flat on a table, tapping and swiping tetrominoes down screen. The iPad’s rounded posterior reduced some of the reliability of touchscreen control
Need For Speed: Shift was one of the more positive control experiences, as it relies only on tilting and braking with a touchscreen press. EA’s other offering, The Sims 3, was also completely playable, relying less on twitch gameplay and more on menu based controls to play.
The biggest downfall in my opinion with the iPad is the fact that after 2+ years, Apple has yet to give a damn about supporting flash on the phone. Hello! What about Hulu? Flash based websites? You know how pathetic it looks for not getting around to supporting it? If a $299 netbook can do it then so can you, Steve Jobs.
Eh, guess I’ll wait a few years until they are on the 4G setup and slap on a camera for video conferencing. In the meantime I’ll stick with my iPad Nano aka the iPhone.
oops I meant to show this video
I’m a fan of the Spore games and have played others on both the iPhone and Nintendo DS. After spending a couple of hours with Spore Creatures, I enjoyed navigating the terrain and the challenge of helping my creature evolve. I did find the gameplay repetitive and a bit frustrating at times as your creature can get stuck roaming around in circles looking for food or avoiding the bad guys. But overall, Spore Creatures offers a very cool, colorful environment–one that I’ll definitely be exploring further.
An article appeared on The Escapist which discusses modding in World of Warcraft, Civilization 4, Warhammer 40,000 and of course, The Sims. While modding may of originally came out of the fact that modders wanted items/features for themselves, now they mostly create to show off their talent and get their ’15 minutes of fame’.
A familiar modder from the Sims modding community made the story – Stefano Caldarone (aka Numenor), known for the CEP Color Enable Package for The Sims 2. He went on to quote how he came into the modding scene:
“Frankly, I didn’t want to get involved, but one of my colleagues somehow convinced me into helping out, thinking that I was much more skilled that I actually was. Since I didn’t want to make him think poorly of me, I worked hard to understand what he explained me.”
I bet at the time he first released the CEP package, he wasn’t aware how big it would become for The Sims 2…
“All the people that praised me for my creations … I really appreciated their enthusiasm, and felt the need to go on satisfying them. You can have your 15 minutes of fame, and it’s thrilling! If you are lucky and skilled, maybe it’s more than 15 minutes … but it’s fatiguing, too.”
Way to go, Numenor! ^_^
EA wants to make sure you are aware that Spore Creatures is now available on the iPhone. So enjoy the following factsheet and images!
SPORE Creatures picks up right where SPORE Origins left off. Your Spore has evolved to a land based creature faced with a world of unique environments to explore. Through exploration your creature encounters predators to befriend or attack, obstacles and hazards to overcome, and new parts to add to creature inside the Creature Creator as it climbs the evolution ladder to become the top of the food chain and discover other species like itself.
- Explore 20 fun and challenging levels within 4 unique Land Zones
- Tilt, turn and twist your way through fun and challenging environments with your iPhone’s motion-sensing accelerometer
- Choose how you evolve by befriending or attacking unique creatures
- Overcome epic bosses to earn an epic skill
- Solve environment puzzles and obstacles as you climb the evolutionary ladder
- Max out your abilities (Offense, Defense, Movement, Perception, and Social) to gain super skills
- Unlock and collect creature parts to evolve your creature
- Collect DNA to evolve and obtain new evolutionary skills
- Customize your creature equipping parts that tailor to your specific gameplay style (Offense, Defense, Movement, Perception, and Social abilities).
- Pinch, pull, and poke your creation in the Creature Editor, customizing the texture, shape and body parts to fit the way you play. You can even skin your creature with photos from your photo library.
- Play your favorite music from your iPhone/iPod touch as your roam new environments
Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Ship Date: January 2009
Genre: Sim & Strategy
The finalists have been chosen, its now up to you to decide which creations are the winner! Put in your vote by logging into the Sporums! I like the Charles Darwin Bust, Theory of Evolution and Book of Origins. Hope one of them gets picked
Vote by 2/2/10
1. Book of Origins By Rebecca1208
2. Darwin’s Dimorphism Theory (fB) By LOLAJANE
3. Darwin and the beagle By Berbert77
4. Charles Darwin Bust By Andeavor
5. Sorry, Road Closed By Mavor
11. History in the Making By stevendude21
12. The Natural Selector By Jaguar5o5
13. a gouldian finch’s adventure By DROIDEKA129980
14. The Greatest Show On Earth By Sammy39O
15. Silurian Period By dinofan
Subscribe to this Sporecast to play these adventure finalists before voting for them.
Want to get in on the freebies for The Sims 3 High End Stuff? The official Sims 3 site updated their pre-order page to direct visitors to the various outlets and what pre-order items each one will be offering. It’s a tough decision, I’m personally torn between all three! Oh well, they will all be obtainable after the game is released so it’s a win-win situation wherever I decide to purchase the game.
Special thanks to InfiniteSims.