A new Sims 3 patch was released
today. It introduces various features seen in the Ambitions expansion pack (also released today), like the combined message UI, the Edit Town mode, and the ability to use patterns on ceilings. Game modifications (mods) also get some better support, as placing them in a special folder is now possible out of the box. More remarkable, however, is the support for dynamic advertising technologies by IGA Worldwide. The EULA
of The Sims 3 contains information about this technology, specifically what data EA can collect. This includes IP address, which is removed after the game session, a unique installation/console ID number, how long, where in the game and from which angle advertisements are shown. To prevent ads from being shown and tracked, disconnecting from the Internet is the recommended option. The EULA does say no information to personally identify you is collected through this mechanism. Also there are currently no plans to actually use the technology, but with the patch it does become an option. This means we may be watching real-life advertisements from The Sims 3 games sooner or later. Further information can be found in the Update page
. To download and install the patch, you can use your Sims 3 launcher.
We have visited China and Egypt and it is now time to round up our World Adventures Reports with a visit to Champs Les Sims in France and my conclusions. Once again, we will see the sights and find out from an intrepid adventurer about the cunning traps at Chateau Landgraab, what is making the spooky noises underneath the Gallerie D'Art and whether Nectar as a drink is all that it is cracked up to be.
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