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Friday 1 June 2007
Sim Brother V - Day 47 - Let's Have A Bowl
Written at 03:00 by Andy - 0 comments.

Games Week is currently 2 to 1 in Johnny's favour. Hilary is yet to score. Today's Bowling Championship is critical for everyone in the house.

Find out how the three games went and who came out on top. Also find out about what has happened today in the house.

It's all in here!

 
Sim Brother V - Day 48 - Apprehension, Odds and Silver Balls
Written at 05:00 by Andy - 0 comments.

In the last Dr.Phil of the series, Dr.Phil visits the housemates and talks to them about Royal Etiquette and how they are feeling now that the series is coming to a close. He also gets his last tips from Simbrokes about how the betting is going.

It is also the last Games Week Tournament for the housemates where the result is a bit of a surprise for two of them.

It's all in here!

 
Sim Brother V - Day 49 - The Penultimate Day
Written at 08:00 by Andy - 0 comments.

With the housemates almost at the end, they are in thoughtful and contemplative mood today. Find out what is going through their minds and find out how they spent their last full day together.

It's all in here

 

Saturday 2 June 2007
Sim Brother V - Finals Night - Part 1
Written at 02:00 by Andy - 1 comment.




It's the Final Night of Sim Brother V. One of these three housemates is going to win tonight, but two of them have to leave first.

Find out how the housemates spent their last day and find out who is in Third Place.

It's right here!

 
Sim Brother V - Finals Night - Part 2
Written at 03:30 by Andy - 0 comments.

Harry is in 3rd Place.

Find out what he said to Will about his time in the house before we go back to the house to find out who the winner of Sim Brother V is.

It's right here!

 
Sim Brother V - Finals Night - Part 3
Written at 05:30 by Andy - 0 comments.

Hilary is our Runner Up

As the woman at the centre of two Sim Brother house romances and possibly the future wife of a royal prince, find out what she had to say to Will about her time in the house, about her relationships and about her plans for the future.

It's right here!

 
Sim Brother V - The Winner's Interview
Written at 09:00 by Andy - 0 comments.



JOHNNY is the winner of Sim Brother V.

Let us find It's time to find out what he had to say to Will before being crowned as the champion.

It's right here!

 

Monday 4 June 2007
Sim Brother V - Cat's Eyes 7
Written at 01:32 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Sim Brother V - Cat's Eyes The show is over. But not quite yet - there is a winner, but there's also one more Cat's Eyes to show you. For this very last edition we take Johnny, the winner, and interview him about his Sim Brother Experience. We look back at some of the events and people in the house this year, and how it has changed the pirate. He makes a few choices and also takes a quick look back at the past five years. All is revealed in Cat's Eyes 7, the final Cat's Eyes.

Read Cat's Eyes 7 Now.
 

Tuesday 5 June 2007
Sim Brother V - The Last Footage
Written at 04:22 by Andy - 17 comments.

Thursday 14 June 2007
New Seasons Bloopers
Written at 03:03 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
After the release of Seasons EA released a few bloopers again. Bugs that occured during development of the expansion, that came with unexpected or simply weird results. Think invisible plant sims, eating pizza the hard way and flying fish here. The two screenshots as well as a video can be found on the official Bloopers page.
 
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Pet Stories Screenshots
Written at 03:03 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
EA has released 6 screenshots through its official channels of Pet Stories, the upcoming title in the Sims Stories product line. The second installment in the series will be revolving around the Pets in the game. As those familiar to The Sims Zone will know, you can click the thumbnails below to see the full sized screenshots.
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Pets Stories Previews
Written at 03:04 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Three websites have recently covered The Sims Pet Stories in previews, which also give the first details of what kind of stories can be expected in the soon to be released title. GameSpot, the first of them, starts with what we know: The Sims Stories is for those who are too dazzled with the Sims 2 and want something accessible. Pet Stories will be about Alice who is about to lose her home. Preparing her Dalmatian Sam for a dog show, she hopes she can raise enough money to save her house. It's your task to train the dog and perform various tasks through the 12 chapters of the first story. The other story is about an executive chef Stephen, who gets Diva, his cousin's cat living with him. Just like Life Stories, the game is laptop friendly, runs in a window, and contains a free play mode as well. GameSpot's information is in their preview.

IGN PC gives the pets names, and also mention some of the unique objects in Pet Stories. There will be tires, see-saws and hurdles and ramps to train your pets on. IGN says it won't be possible to export those items to the original Sims version, but if history repeats itself the community will find a way to port the objects to The Sims 2 without problems. IGN also reveals that a dog bed is one of the chapter ending rewards. Details are in the preview. Finally there's WorthPlaying, which mentions Diana Gabor as Alice's competative rival. They also say that Alice's story is focussed on teaching the dog new tricks, whereas Stephen's one is all about housetraining the cat. 70 Dog breeds and 30 cat breeds will be available in the game (The Sims 2 Pets had 72 dogs, 30 cats). Birds and womrats appear to have been phased out, says WorthPlaying, though they still appear in official screenshots. Find WP's words in their preview. The five screenshots that all these websites have published can be seen below as well.
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Pets for Wii Previews
Written at 03:25 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Several Pre- and reviews of the Sims 2 Pets for Nintendo's Wii have appeard on the web recently. The game is almost a direct port of the PlayStation 2/GameCube version of the game, but focuses on the Infra-Red technology of the Wii to do the controls. There are four articles, all of which say basically the same: there's no much difference with the versions released on the other two consoles earlier. The Wii's remote is the main new feature, as it allows you to just basically draw the outline of your houses using the Wiimote as a sort of pencil. The pointer then allows you to apply floors, set up wall locations and apply paint to the walls as well. As it behaves much like a mouse it works well for the Sims. Other than that the articles cover the base aspects of the game, which have already been discussed thoroughly when the game was released last year. So without diving into each (p)review in detail, just follow the links below to read the full articles:
 
The Sims Bowling released in Europe
Written at 03:41 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
A while ago we already mentioned The Sims Bowling, a bowling game for mobile handsets branded with Sims. EA Europe has announced its release, and as it seems the game is now available in Europe. Currently it's not available in North America, though it will be brought there soon as well. According to the product page you can create your sim and select the colour of your bowling ball. You have to try to improve your reputation, but as you do so the difficulty of the game will also increase. The game features three ways to play: Classic, Spare-O-Thon and Strike-O-Thon. The press release is not available to the general public, but as service to you, you can just read on to read EA's announcement. The few screenshots that are available can be seen below.

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The Sims - Coming to a movie theatre near you
Written at 20:35 by Andy - 5 comments.
According to Variety Magazine , 20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to "The Sims" and has already begun work on this live-action movie project where a traditional take is being made on the theme of ultimate power that we players interactively wield.

As Lara Croft can make the transition to the big screen in the form of Lara Croft, I just wonder who will play the part of Mortimer Goth or whether this movie will just be using the title of our beloved game and there not a single thing that we can relate to.

The whole story can be found right here.

First lead sourced from the Wikipedia where you can find more links about this as well.
 

Tuesday 26 June 2007
The Sims a Rewarding Game
Written at 03:17 by ChEeTaH - 1 comment.
Three weeks ago GameDaily Biz ran a feature about new developments in the game industry. More and more new games are fun, rewarding experiences that don't punish the player for their actions. RollerCoaster Tycoon started this trend a couple of years ago, followed by The Sims and many other games. Rather than turning to violence, interactivity is a different form of art that attracts many players. That instead of punishment, where it's "Game Over" if you don't perform well enough. Also, many games are too difficult to complete, and start collecting dust after a player isn't able to get past a certain point. It's changing though, and much like the Sims games are starting to become more rewarding - or at least less punishing. Is The Sims setting an unexpected example to the games industry? Read the editorial to find Chris Taylor's (Creative Director, CEO of Gas Powered Games) findings on this matter.
 
MySims DS Previews
Written at 03:18 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
After having seen various previews of MySims on the Wii in the past, some previews of the DS edition have now also appeared on the web. These originate from the EA Summer Preview event held in May, and probably the producer tour in Europe. Besides previews with some of the first details of the game, there are also some videos to check out. Read on for all the details.
 
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MySims Wii Previews
Written at 03:18 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
In May EA held its Summer Preview event, showing the press some of the upcoming games that are in development. One of them was MySims for the Wii, which IGN and GameSpy took a look at. Computer and Videogames also managed to play the game after a European producer tour. The result are three new previews of the upcoming Wii game, the second Sims game on the Wii after Pets was released earlier this month. The previews reveal some new gameplay features. Read on to find out.
 
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MySims (Wii, DS) Screenshots
Written at 03:21 by ChEeTaH - 5 comments.
EA has released a whole bunch of new screenshots for MySims on the Wii. We have 54(!) new ones in total for the Wii, all of which come directly from EA. They show pretty much every aspect of the game, from the creation of Sims and buildings to the village and other areas that you can go to in the game. There are also a few film strips in between the usual screenshots. Furthermore we have 12 official screenshots which were published by GameSpot, all for the DS. Click the Read More link to see the screenshots - clicking the thumbnails will show you the large versions of them.
 
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Bon Voyage Screenshots
Written at 03:21 by ChEeTaH - 2 comments.
You've already seen the announcement of Bon Voyage here earlier. As long as the official press release is still not out, which we expect will be sometime next month, information about the sixth expansion pack is still scarce though. The pack will, according to the official UK site have three destinations to go to, each with its own landscapes and residents. Sims can go on tours and buy or find unique items. Of course there will be new accomodations to stay at during the holiday for your Sims. The locations include a tropical island, a mountaintop as well as a Far East style. Your Sims can learn new interactions while away from home as well, which they in turn can take home and teach to friends. The three screenshots that have been revealed until now are available to watch below - just click the thumbnails for bigger versions.
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Seasons Patch 2
Written at 03:22 by ChEeTaH - 2 comments.
It's been a while since the first patch for Seasons was released. Recently the second patch has been released, pulled back and re-released again at the official site. The first release of this second patch reintroduced the crying babies bug, but that has been fixed and the fixed version has been out since last week Monday. The list of fixes is long, so here are just some highlights of the new fixes:
  • Sims will no longer pop out of the pool to recognize that it's raining.
  • Drinking Orangeade will now add random badge points correctly.
  • In Education Career Level 4, Sim will now actually lose 475 Simoleans as the UI states, and not get demoted.
  • In Education level 7, Sims will no longer lose all their Simoleans and get demoted, but rather lose the amount shown in the UI as expected.
  • Players will now be warned before the Social Worker takes away children for temperature neglect.
  • Inventory will now update visually when using "undo" after inventory is empty.
  • Seasonal Progression from home lot will now properly transfer to owned community lots.
  • Drinking Orangeade without Open for Business installed will no longer display an incorrect skill badge.
  • Sims will no longer spontaneously combust so easily (hot tubs, exercise machines, etc.).
  • Sims will now much more rarely route through swimming pools when trying to reach locations.
  • Snow saved on Community Lots will now melt properly.
  • Sims will no longer take repeated baths or showers when cold.
  • Vampires will now not get out of their coffin in the daytime to watch weather.
  • Ottomas twins' father data is now correct.
  • Sims will no longer die as easily by being struck by lightning.
  • Visiting "Townie" Sims will not die as often when struck by lightning.
  • Sims will be smarter about seeking out the shortest path to take to player-directed locations.
  • "It's Raining" interactions will not continue to occur after a Sim has seen the weather several times.
  • Teens who happen to age to an adult at the top of Music Career Track on a work day will no longer 'miss work' and get negative job performance.
  • Arch doorways will now trigger Sims to change to Outerwear during winter.
  • Children will no longer levitate when they watch a birth.
For the total that means there are 44 new fixes, along with the 3 earlier fixes. Not all of them will properly affect on existing saved games, and thus replacing an affected object, family, lot or neighborhood that still does not work after installing the patch may be necessary. The patch weighs around 47 Mb, and can be downloaded from the Seasons patch page. Of course earlier updates for previously released Sims games are also still available, and those patches may need to be applied for the correct behaviour of your Sims game as well.