The Sims 3 Renault/Toyota Electric Vehicle Pack and EV/Eco Set

First off, let me give reader Nate a huge, huge thanks for sending me an email about this.  He brought to my attention that the official Sims 3 site is gearing up (meaning it’s not ready to download yet at the time of this post) to release the Renault (Europe and surrounding countries) and Toyota (US and surrounding countries) Electric Vehicle Pack!  After doing a little digging, I found the two pictures from the set:

The Eco Pack’s description is the following:

Now your Sims can be environmentally conscience and reduce their bills with the new Toyota ECO Pack. Download the Toyota Prius, Windmill, Solar Panels, and all new plant life today!

or for Europe:

Now your Sims can be environmentally conscience and reduce their bills with the new Renault ECO Pack. Download the Renault Twizy Z.E, Windmill, Solar Panels, and all new plant life today!



Music from The Sims 3 Ambitions at Amazon.fr

Intriguing find, Simlicious!  Music from The Sims 3 Ambitions made its way onto Amazon.fr packed along with a few pieces from The Sims 3 World Adventures.  According to Simlicious the following Ambitions tracks are:

The soundtrack is set to release on Amazon (and iTunes as well) on June 1st.  Steve Jablonsky once again returns to compose the music – the dude is a busy guy!


EA to release 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 results on May 11, 2010

If sales are your thing, tune in to Investor EA to hear about EA’s 4th Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 results which will be presented on May 11.  Usually these conferences slip out tidbits of various information like what games are coming out in the future…but with The Sims 3 being announced for consoles today, I don’t think any Sim games will be mentioned.  I’d love it if they’d leak out info that they’re working on a new SimAnimals game.  It’s not that bad of a franchise if you have young ones around.



SporeDay – Spore’s Triocular Scorpiod Challenge

Sigh…it’s been long overdue since the last SporeDay (Well over a month) and was hoping to hear what Maxis is currently working on.  Fans are left to wonder Spore’s existence and whether or not Maxis has abandoned it.  While we’re still not sure what they’re up to, MaxisCactus did drop a note to let us know they are still alive with a brand new Spore contest dubbed ‘Triocular Scorpiod Challange‘.  Take it away, MC:

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 mcscorpiodchallenge based on the template provided. Entries will be judged on creativity, adherence to creature bio, how well they animate.

Triocular Scorpiod
Bio: Prowling the dark ranges and crevasses of its cold domain, triocular scorpiods employ their tails for two deadly functions: night vision for hunting, and plasma-blasting for killing their prey. Also known as “tri-scorps,” they are particularly dangerous for their ability to “ricochet” their lightning attack off one target and onto others. Explorers and others travelling in groups must therefore exercise tremendous caution in their presence, and are advised to kill the tri-scorps on sight.

Template restrictions: You may not modify (scale, move, remove) the three tails, spine, legs, or mouth. You may swap out the weapons at the ends of the tail as desired. You may add parts anywhere.

Tag: mcscorpiodchallenge

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. Finalists will be posted before the winning creation(s) are announced.

Challenge Rules:

  • To submit a creature, tag it with: mcscorpiodchallenge
  • You can submit as many entries as you’d like
  • All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT May 11, 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


How Do I use the Template?

  1. Right click on the small PNG above and choose Save as.
  2. Open your Spore Creature Creator and drag the png into the editor.
  3. Add parts and paint to flesh out the character of this creature. All parts including accessory, mech, C&C, and base game parts are allowed. You may not scale, remove or move any parts of the original template, with the exception that the feet may be swapped out for other feet.

Can I use cheats?
Cheats such as AddDNA and Freedom are not allowed. Asymmetry is allowed on the parts you add.

Is outfitting allowed?


Pre-order The Sims 3 (360/PS3/Wii/DS) at GameStop

If you’re overly-excited from today’s news about The Sims 3 coming to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and DS then you’ll be pleased to know that GameStop is now taking pre-orders with an estimated due date of October 26 (NDS release states October 19th but keep in mind that all of these dates are just placeholder dates).  Currently they are priced at $59.99 (360 and PS3), $49.99 (Wii) and $29.99 (DS).

Those who would rather pre-order it elsewhere, Play.com has them listed as well (source – Simway):


Sims 3 Gamer – Win 2 ‘Sims 3 Cash Cards’!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2505/3722684008_c76bb37d12.jpgWant a few extra Simpoints in your account?  Sims 3 Gamer would like to help!  Until May 28 you can drop by this page of their site and leave a comment for a chance to win 2 Sims Cash Cards valued up to $20 (2000 points)! That’s not all, there are about 6-7 other ways you can enter as well which increases your chance at winning!

Best of all, anyone can participate, so give it a whirl why don’t you?  It’s free simpoints! ;)


PocketGamer – SimCity Deluxe for mobile preview

PocketGamer shares with us new details on EA’s SimCity Deluxe coming to mobile phones on May 12. Could an iPhone release be right around the corner? I sure hope so!

Having had a brief look at a near-finished build recently, this enhancement is most apparent in the game’s visuals. The familiar isometric viewpoint is sharper and more vibrant than before, with attractive touches such as shadows cast by clouds.

There’s also a hat-full of new animations to bring your city alive, such as aircraft buzzing around the skies. With the ability to enable disasters in Freeplay mode, we couldn’t resist asking if volcano activity inhibited this air travel at all. It seems it doesn’t, but EA is promising plenty of other neat features instead.

Aside from the aforementioned Freeplay mode, which allows you to build your city unrestrained, there’s a Scenario mode that reins in the freedom a little and gives you clearly defined goals (such as reaching a certain population level). It’s ideal for mobile play, as well as for introducing newcomers to this incredibly deep series.

full preview here


Don’t buy used if you want facebook abilities for The Sims 3 on console

Those who care about the Facebook ability of sharing your achievements on your profile as well as other in-game features may want to consider not purchasing The Sims 3 pre-owned as EA will tie those in with a special serial code.  This ‘code’ can only be redeemed once and cannot be transferred according to MCV.  For those wondering, this applies to both Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles – those who plan to pick up the Nintendo versions need not to worry.

It’s just another way for publishers to try to close off the second-hand market as they do not see any returns from the purchase.  I usually always buy my games pre-owned to save on cash – why spend $59 when I could get the game on Ebay for $30 or less?  Doesn’t bother me a bit, don’t plan to use that feature anyway.  Just thought I’d let those know who also purchase games used to give them a heads up.