The Sims 3 (iPhone) Free ‘Adventurer Wear It’ set

EAmobile has released a free Adventurer ‘wear it’ set to celebrate the release of The Sims 3 World Adventures for iPhone and iPod Touch devices.  The items are only for the base ‘The Sims 3′ game on your Apple product – the Sims 3 Store has yet to be enabled for World Adventures.  Thanks to SimFans for uncovering this!


“Songs in the key of Simlish” tribute

Some of you may be familiar with it, but it was never covered on this site.  Simillion shared with me a tribute CD of various popular songs turned into Simlish.  It can be purchased on Amazon for $8 (even iTunes).

American Idiot by Green Day in Simlish


4/15/10 – New Sports & Nature Themed Goodies at The Sims 3 Store

I don’t even know why I bother to waste a post on this over the fact on how ridiculous I think this is… :/

New Goodies have arrived at The Sims 3 Store! Collect the new sports & nature themed avatar backgrounds, My Page stickers, and unique badges.

Visit the Store


Will Wright signs deal with The Science Channel

Could this be the beginning of his new television show plan or a whole new idea from the corner of his mind?  Reuters reported that he signed a deal with The Science Channel to help produce programming for the network.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Video game designer Will Wright has signed a development deal with Science Channel to produce programing for the network.

Wright is co-founder of Maxis (now part of Electronic Arts) and designer of hit game series “The Sims.” He is charged with creating series and specials for Science that explore topics including time travel, different worlds and the future. Each program will have online and interÂactive components and will attempt to reflect the sensibility of Wright’s video game work.

“I want to take the way he engages an audience in gaming and bring that into a show,” Science Channel GM Debbie Myers said.

The partnership reflects Myers’ strategy to expand the network’s programing from science-based content to shows that explore creativity. Science recently made headlines by partnering with Steven Spielberg for a documentary on rebuilding the World Trade Center site.

Wright’s most recent game was 2008’s “Spore”; last year, he founded the entertainment think tank Stupid Fun Club.

Via Space Oddity’s Spore Blog


Jeff’s Mailbag #9: Post-PAXum Blues

EA.com editor Jeff Green posted a new mailbag which features a few questions from members of our community!  Both Simillion‘s and ConnorJack‘s emails made their way thru the mailbag.

Good day, Jeff. I hope you answer my questions cause they’ve been stuck in my head for quite some time.

  1. Has EA been treating you well? Lately?
  2. Are the employees in the corner offices being nice?
  3. Can you easily view the future developments of games at each glance?
  4. Has EA given you anything huge for the hard work you put it?
  5. What image do you have of EA? Like, as the Ronald McDonald clown image or the Godfather?
  6. Do you think you’ll be CEO?
  7. Would you recommend your job to people?
  8. How many nickles do you have left :P?
  9. How many coffEA’s do you have in a day?
  10. Do you have any advice for fansites on how to get insider news?

Good day, truly,
Artyo Aiden More a.k.a. Simillion (simillion.com, simillions on twitter)

That’s a lot of questions. And I even cut a few out. But, okay, I asked for them, so I guess it’s my BURDEN now to answer them.

1.  Yes. And, err, yes. As well as I deserved.
2.  As long as they keep paying me, that’s nice enough.
3. Yes.  I can totally predict the future. You won’t believe who’s going to be president in 25 years.
4. Yes.  They haven’t taken away my key card yet. That’s huge!
5.  I like to think of it as something like the Old Testament god. Ya know: omniscient, sometimes generous, sometimes vengeful. That plus a little Jim Belushi. So kind of like Charlton Heston meets Jim Belushi. Charlton Belushi.
6. I’d say the odds of that are actually lower than that of me winning American Idol.  And if you’ve ever heard me sing, you’d know the chances of that.  However, if offered, I will accept.
7.   I’d recommend it to some people, yes. The kind of people that enjoy hitting themselves in the head with a brick, repeatedly.
8.  I wasn’t aware that I was counting nickels. And if I was, how would you know? Who are you, anyway? … Mommy?
9   At least 3 or 4. I’m addicted to the Nespresso machine. I’ll fire up one of them strong, black capsules of espresso, then fill the rest of my cup with regular coffee. Result: BRAIN FIRE.
10. 1) Follow me on Twitter. 2) Send me tasty treats in the mail. 3) Follow up those tasty treats with an envelope full of unmarked cash money. 4) Wait for confidential info to arrive. 5) Deny any knowledge of my existence.

With the success of the Modern Warfare 2 stimulus DLC package launching on Xbox 360 last night, will EA be following with feature-based DLC for popular PC games such as The Sims or Spore? It would be great to buy DLC like weather for The Sims 3 without needing it in a full expansion pack.

I think that we are going to be seeing more and more DLC of all kinds coming, for all sorts of games. That’s not a confirmation of specifically what you’re asking about, but I think ideas like yours are ones that we’ll be seeing, yes. The big shift now is that you’re starting to see DLC plans being developed even before an original game is even finished. It’s part of many studios’ and publishers’ overall launch strategy.

Hey, guys from EA
I’ve got a question about The Sims 3 Ambitions: Will there be more new jobs than shown yet, like a model or an actor? Would be nice, if you could answer my question.

Indeed. Many more new jobs and professions, in fact.  I’m not sure what’s been officially revealed or not yet, so I’m gonna keep my mouth shut.  But given that that’s what the main theme of the expansion is, it’s guaranteed that there will be plenty of new ones to choose from.

Hmmm…more careers than the ones we already know about?  While I’d like to keep a positive thought that there would be more…something tells me Jeff may not know.  Of course, it may be possible, we still don’t know a whole lot about the next expansion!  Oh, and on a high note to end this post, here’s Jeff Green browsing at the EA Cafeteria (they sure know how to treat their employees!)


4/14/10 – The Sims 3 Community Poll

Let’s get to voting folks…As much as I gripe about the Sims 3 Store, I’d love to see a Space Age themed set – I’m practically sitting on 2000 points.  Make this happen!

Kick it up a notch – vote for Space Age, please! ;)


Ocean Quigley Projects: Spore’s Black Holes, Protoplanetary Discs and the Galactic Core

Thanks to InfiniteSims for tipping me off on a new update from Ocean Quigley’s Project Blog.  This time he shares with us some insight on the black holes, protoplanetary discs and the galactic core found in Spore.

Here are some animations of astronomical features I built in Spore, using Andrew Willmott’s effect system.

I was going for an aesthetic of caricatured reality. These things had to look more like people expected them to than like they (probably) really do.

Here’s a black hole:

And the galactic core (with huge jets shooting out from the poles)

And a protoplanetary disc, where a cloud of dust and gas is collapsing to form an infant star and solar system:

Creating animated, interactive versions of the things that I read about in Our Universe in fourth grade was a total blast. It’s pretty much the best job I could have imagined having as a 10 year old.

(I loved that book when I was a kid! Especially with those amazing Michael Whelan paintings of aliens floating in a Jovian atmosphere)