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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):

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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! 😉

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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

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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.

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First details on The Sims 3 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii & DS!

BricaSims discovered a new update on the French Sims 3 Site of the various details for each version of The Sims 3 coming to Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS (coming this fall).  As of now, we only have a translated French report, but once an English version appears, I’ll replace it!

*Updated – English report now available, thanks Sims Slovenija!*

The Sims 3 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfil their desires, and control their lives within a living neighbourhood. Unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims: help your Sim “get lucky,” bless them with “instant beauty” or curse them with an “epic fail.” But use these powers wisely, because they may have unexpected results! Design and build your Sims’ dream home and share your creations with others. As you guide your Sims through life you can complete challenges to unlock additional items, town upgrades, and new buildings and landmarks. For the first time ever, upload and download content on XBLA and PSN, including furnishings, houses, player creations, and more!

FEATURES

  • Create any Sim you can imagine – give them unique personalities! Fine-tune your Sims’ appearances and create millions of different personalities. Make them evil, romantic, paranoid, kleptomaniacs, or a mix of something completely different.
  • Build and Customise! – Build the ultimate home for your Sims, improve your town with building upgrades, and more.
  • Unlock all-new Karma Powers – Wield the ultimate control over your Sims, giving them wealth, beauty, and love—or take it all away with the click of a button.
  • Control your Sims’ destinies – Choose whether or not to fulfil your Sims’ destinies by making their wishes come true—or letting their dreams die. Will your Sims be rock stars, world leaders, or expert thieves? It’s up to you.
  • Build and share online! – Connect through XBLA and PSN to share your creations and download content from other players around the world.
  • Complete Challenges to earn rewards – Face short and long term challenges and reap rewards and trophies. Connect with Facebook and share your achievements with your friends.

The Sims 3 for Nintendo Wii

Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfil their desires, and control their lives within a living neighbourhood that you can customise, including designing the ultimate beach getaway. Unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims: help your Sim get lucky with the power of “love connector”, bless them with the power of “age defier” or curse them with an “alien abduction.” Use these powers wisely, because they may have unexpected results! As you guide your Sims through life, you can complete challenges to unlock additional items, new buildings and landmarks. For the first time ever, share the fun with a friend in the co-op buddy mode or take on up to three friends in the Life Moments Game.

FEATURES

  • Create any Sim you can imagine – give them unique personalities! Fine-tune your Sims’ appearances and personalities. Make them evil, romantic, paranoid, kleptomaniacs, or a mix of something completely different.
  • Control your Sims’ destinies – Choose whether or not to fulfil your Sims’ destinies by making their wishes come true—or letting their dreams die. Will your Sims be rock stars, world leaders, or expert thieves? It’s up to you.
  • Unlock all-new Karma Powers – wield the ultimate power over your Sims, controlling weather, the Grim Reaper and more!
  • Play The Sims with friends! – Get a friend in on the action in the all-new co-op mode. A second player can join the fun as a gnome who can help—or hinder—your Sims. You can also play the new Life Moments Game with up to four players. Bet on life’s most important moments to earn points and garner rewards.
  • New Content! Enjoy an all new beach town with new residents, traits, careers, weather, and lifetime wishes exclusive for the Wii.

The Sims 3 for Nintendo DS

For the first time ever, enjoy a complete life simulation experience on handheld! Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfil their desires, and control their lives within a living neighbourhood. Unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims: help your Sims get lucky with the power of “rapid romance”, bless them with “instant beauty” or curse them with the “enemy inventor”. Use these powers wisely, because they may have unexpected results! As you guide your Sims through life you can complete opportunities to unlock additional items and town upgrades. Experience the ultimate handheld life simulator!

FEATURES

  • First Complete Life Sim on the NDS! – Create any Sim you can imagine and control their lives. Control multiple Sims within your family and enjoy life’s special moments as you interact with their world.
  • Create Sims and give them unique personalities! – Use your stylus to sculpt your Sims’ facial features. Choose their hair styles and clothing and dictate their personalities. Make them evil, romantic, paranoid, neurotic, or a mix of something completely different.
  • Control your Sims’ destinies – Choose whether or not to fulfil your Sims’ destinies by making their wishes come true—or letting their dreams die. Will your Sims be emperors of evil, world leaders, or expert thieves? It’s up to you.
  • Customise your Sims world! – For the first time ever on DS, build your Sims home with tools to draw walls and floors, and customise with décor objects, textures, and more.
  • Unlock all-new Karma Powers. Wield the ultimate control over your Sims giving them wealth, beauty, and love—or take it all away with the click of a button.
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EA announces The Sims 3 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS!

Well guys, get ready to change your pants, EA has finally announced what many, many fans have been waiting for – The Sims 3 will be hitting the current-gen systems (Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and the DS) coming out this Autumn!

Here’s three pictures from SimTimes and Sims.miXei.ru of the console version (not quite sure for what console these came from, but they state they came with the press release)

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EA ANNOUNCES THE SIMS 3 WILL INVADE CONSOLES AND HANDHELD THIS AUTUMN

Award-winning Gameplay and Technology From EA’s Best-Selling Franchise Maximized for Console and Handheld Players With All-New Platform-specific Features

Guildford, UK., April 27, 2010 – The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the critically-acclaimed The Sims™ 3 is in development for the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, the Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, and will be available this fall. Millions embraced the launch of The Sims 3 on the PC/Mac last summer making it the biggest PC launch in EA’s history and going on to become the #1 best-selling PC title in 2009*. The groundbreaking The Sims franchise has continued to gain momentum, remaining a worldwide cultural touchstone for its enormous and growing fan base.

“We’re bringing players the best console and handheld game for The Sims franchise to date and are excited to offer a unique experience for all types of gamers on their platform of choice,” explained Sam Player, Executive Producer at EA. “Building on the unique traits system, living open neighborhood, lifetime wishes, and endless customization options, we’ve tailored each platform of The Sims 3 with exclusive features to allow for even more control, creativity, and connectivity.”

In The Sims 3 for console and handheld, players will be able to create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires…or not, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Additionally, all-new features make it easier than ever to mess with life as players can unlock the ultimate “Karma Powers” for instant control and unleash them on their Sims. Players can help their Sim “get lucky,” bless them with “instant beauty” or be deviant and curse them with an “epic fail.” But players should use these powers wisely—they may have unexpected results and karma may come back to bite.
Rich, immersive gameplay is complimented with a seamlessly integrated exchange system on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms where gamers will be more connected than ever before as they design, build, and share their creations and download content from other players around the world without ever leaving the game.** Facing short and long term challenges, players will reap rewards and trophies and can even share achievements with friends by connecting to Facebook**.

Exclusive to the Wii version, players will be able to enjoy an all-new beach town with unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes. For the first time ever, players can enjoy The Sims 3 with friends by going head to head in the new “Life Moments” game to earn rewards. Finally, players will also enjoy several adventure quests, as the game will challenge them to explore their town and discover the secrets therein.

Never before seen on Nintendo DS, players can use the stylus to build their Sims’ homes with tools, draw walls and floors, and customize virtually everything from décor objects, textures, and more. Players will use the stylus to sculpt their Sims’ facial features, choose hair styles and clothing, and dictate personalities in the most robust Create a Sim yet for a handheld game. In “Story Mode,” players will control multiple Sims within a family and enjoy life’s special moments. For the first time ever on the Nintendo DS, players can enjoy a complete life simulation as they guide their Sims through completing challenges to unlock additional items, new buildings and landmarks, and more.

“The Sims series continues to be one of the most successful videogames of all time by providing universally appealing content and focusing on the player’s imagination, emergent gameplay mechanics, and the innate humor evident in the virtual world of The Sims,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio. “We’re building on this foundation and applying new features that will make for a robust, deep and rewarding gameplay experience. I’m extremely proud of the game that the team is making and can’t wait to bring these exciting new features like “Karma Powers” to life and get them into players’ hands.”

The Sims 3 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS is developed by The Sims Studio and has not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information about The Sims 3, please go to www.TheSims3.com. The Sims 3 is also available for PC, Mac, iPhone®, iPod touch® and mobile devices. To download artwork, please visit www.info.ea.com.

  • In North America and Europe according to NPD data, Chart-track UK, Gfk France, Gfk Spain, Gfk-MCC Germany and EA internal estimate.

** INTERNET CONNECTION, EA Online Account, and registration with single-use serial code enclosed with new, full retail purchase of The Sims 3 for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 required. PlayStation®Network/Xbox LIVE® account required and separate fees may apply. Some features subject to availability through PlayStation Network and/or Xbox LIVE. Registration is limited to one EA Account per serial code and is non-transferable once used. You must be 13+ to register. EA Online Terms & Conditions found at www.ea.com.

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The Sims 3 Ambitions free DLC – “Ultimate Career Bundle”

The Sims 3 game’s method to prevent piracy is to add in bonuses for those who purchase the game legitimately.  In the case of The Sims 3 Ambitions, those who pick up the expansion and register the game will be able to download – for free – the Ultimate Career Bundle!

This downloadable content will feature more gadgets for the inventor, more options for the sculptor, new cases for the private investigator and new hairstyles for the stylist. Thanks to Dimensao Sims for passing this information along!

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Lucy Bradshaw: Most Influential Woman in Technology 2010 & Maxis’ future project

Big shoutout to the General Manager and Senior Vice President of Maxis, Lucy Bradshaw for she has been awarded with the title of Most Influential Woman in Technology 2010 by Fast Company!  She worked her way up thru many games – SimCity 3000, The Sims, Spore and now she is behind Maxis’ future project that will be compared to Spore and The Sims.  Could this be the long-awaited Spore Creature Keeper game or are they tiering off to create a whole new I.P.?  Hope to hear from her soon on what Maxis has in store for 2010!

Currently, as SVP and general manager of Maxis, she’s working on something that promises to have Maxis’s DNA, though she will only hint at the game’s concept. “I can tell you that that sense of being able to create these living creatures and do so in a way that felt really meaningful to players — leveraging that, but even giving them a little more context by which they can ultimately experience an experiment with their creation – -that’s one direction that we’re taking,” she says. The game will undoubtedly be compared with the The Sims and Spore — two of the most innovative games in history. How does she cope with it? “It’s no pressure whatsoever,” she jokes.

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