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News Archive - January, 2002
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Tuesday 1 January 2002
New expansion pack coming...
Written at 15:14 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
The Sims: Vacation is coming to us in the new year, which will allow our sims to take a break and go on a holiday...
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Hot Date Patch coming soon
Written at 15:15 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
An unreliable patch for Hot Date already was available at the EA FTP server, but EA warns that it is likely to damage your installation of the game. The patch isn't ready yet, but Maxis will release it once it is. The patch has been removed from the FTP server, but if you downloaded it, we, Maxis and EA do not recommend that you install this patch. You'll have to wait until the official release of the patch.
Vote more for us!
Written at 23:30 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
You can now also vote for us in Synchroplay's Top 25 of Sim fansites list. Click the image below or the link in the affiliates section.

Also remember to vote for us at killersims:
Thank you!

Wednesday 2 January 2002
New affiliate
Written at 21:34 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
We have affiliated with Rendered Simulation. Make sure you pay them a visit, but remember to stay with us too! Just check out Rendered Simulation at http://rendered.simgames.net.
The Sims: Vacation rumours true!
Written at 23:22 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
The rumours posted here earlier are true. The text in the newsgroup post was a copy of the text at The ShoppingMatrix which I hadn't noticed before. Sims+ has also posted the text. The only difference is that it won't be a 4-way snowball fight, but a 2-way snowball fight. You can now read more about The Sims: Vacation right here. We can't wait until 27 March when the new expansion pack is due...

Thursday 3 January 2002
New files section added.
Written at 19:13 by Carrie - 0 comments.
I just wanted to let everyone know that my files section is now up and running. It can be accessed by clicking on the Carrie link under the Files section. I've only uploaded one file so far, but lots more will be uploaded very soon. For now, I hope your Sims enjoy my Lime Green Lava Lamp!
Links/Affiliates hits tracker
Written at 22:53 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
From now on, we will keep track of how often affiliates and external links have been visited from our site. To check it out go to the affiliates and the links pages.

Friday 4 January 2002
The Sims Vacation
Written at 19:12 by Steve - 0 comments.
Just to add the ChEeTaH's earlier news item about The Sims Vacation, the release date has not yet been confirmed by Maxis or EA.

Tuesday 8 January 2002
New objects!
Written at 22:11 by Carrie - 0 comments.
I have added 7 new objects to my files section today, including 2 lava lamps, a bookcase, an end table and 3 new furniture pieces. Click here to check it all out! More to come soon!

Wednesday 9 January 2002
Very sad news
Written at 17:19 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
In the first few hours of this year something very sad happened: Lian Price, owner of Lian Price's Sims, was killed in a car accident. A speeding car driven by drunken youths hit her. She passed away, and so did her baby she was pregnant of, an hour after she arrived in the hospital she was rushed to. She had just taken a break until the baby was born. She was in the process of making her final set of skins available to the online Sims community. The youths have been caught and arrested by the police.
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Will Wright in hall of fame
Written at 20:42 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
GameSpot.com reports that Will Wright will get into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) its hall of fame 28 February. This will be done at the 5th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards in Las Vegas.
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Hot Date for Mac OS X
Written at 20:48 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Good news for Apple's Macintosh computers: Aspyr Media is working on a version of Hot Date for the Mac OS X. Hot Date will be released for that later this year. The other expansion packs and the original game are already available for Mac. I expect that the new expansion pack, The Sims: Vacation, will also be made available to Mac users a few months after its PC release in late March.

Thursday 10 January 2002
SimDay Report: They're back from vacation!
Written at 21:32 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
It's officially announced: The Sims: Vacation is confirmed! Furthermore: a new small uninstallation patch, a community update and a bit more
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Friday 11 January 2002
The Sims: Vacation Pictures
Written at 20:32 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
GameSpot.com has posted 2 concepts of art of the upcoming expansion pack for The Sims. They don't seem to be actual screenshots though. The pictures show a snowball fight and a volleyball game, another one shows the logo. Check out the nice images here, or read their article here.
Sims OutlooK launched
Written at 20:36 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
The Sims OutlooK is a site that will gather updates and news from several The Sims fan sites, including The Sims Zone. They've launched earlier this week, and we've now added them to the affiliates section. You can visit them directly by clicking here.

Saturday 12 January 2002
SimNiser - The Sim Organiser
Written at 21:36 by Steve - 0 comments.
I have just launched my first full program for The Sims.
It allows you to get information on your installation of The Sims, including serial numbers & the serial numbers for expansion packs you have.
It also gives you other pieces of useful information. It is especially good for newbies to The Sims!
The homepage for SimNiser is: www.simgames.co.uk/simniser
The Sims Resource starts subscription services
Written at 21:41 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
The site with probably the largest amount of downloads for The Sims available on the net seems to have gotten in financial problems. From next week onwards, you'll have to pay for some advanced features of the site. All downloads will remain accessible in the free version though, but options like searching or batch downloading won't be included. More detailed information can be found at the TSR Members Section, at The Sims Resource.

Monday 14 January 2002
Site upgrades
Written at 00:13 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
You might've noticed the new counter at the top of each page. This is yet another improvement to The Sims Zone after the hit trackers for affiliates and links a while ago, and now the showing of banners and/or buttons for them too.
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Tuesday 15 January 2002
The Sims Online Screenshots
Written at 00:11 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
The Sims Resource has gotten 4 screenshots of The Sims Online (TSO). This game will be released later this year, and it's like an online version of The Sims. You'll control up to 3 sims, and meet other people (controlling other Sims). More information will be coming later. To check out the screenshots, click here.

Wednesday 16 January 2002
GamePen Awards: Hot Date doesn't win
Written at 20:56 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Unfortunately, the Hot Date expansion pack didn't win the Gamepen award for best expansion pack of 2001. Winner was Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction (Blizzard), the runner-up was Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (Interplay). For the other nominees and more information, go to the Gamepen site.

Thursday 17 January 2002
SimDay Report: Lots of new stuff
Written at 19:35 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
A lot's been going on in this week's SimDay: A Gamespot article about The Sims Phenomena, a feature on TVGuide.com, the SimGolf Demo and Fansite kit and last but not least: a Vacation feedback forum.
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New poll
Written at 19:53 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
We are wondering if you still play The Sims, or if you've stopped doing so. That's the reason for our new poll. So: please vote on the right, and be honest.

The previous poll is now closed. According to the results, most of you will be getting the new expansion pack. Click here for the results.

Saturday 19 January 2002
Sim Brother
Written at 01:06 by Andy - 0 comments.

Eight Contestants - 13 Weeks - One Winner - You Decide

The Series Has Begun
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SimNiser Version 1.5.0
Written at 19:55 by Steve - 0 comments.
I have just updated my program for The Sims - SimNiser.
I have added neighbourhood support, so if you have an expansion pack you can add, delete, swap, and clater the active neighbourhood with ease.
If you want to download it, you can grab it from www.simgames.co.uk/simniser

Sunday 20 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 2
Written at 01:20 by Andy - 0 comments.
Upgrades coming soon...
Written at 13:42 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
In a few hours we will be improving this site greatly. This means the site will be down for a little while later today. We hope you'll like the improvements. We'll tell you what's changed once the upgrades are done. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused if you can't visit The Sims Zone when you want.
Vacation in DVD-style box
Written at 19:33 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Some might find it usual, others might think it's weird. Vacation, the new expansion pack for The Sims will come in a dvd-style case everywhere. In Europe this was already the case, but now the USA will also be filled with these boxes. From now on, all EA games will come in these boxes that have the same size as a dvd-case. More information can be found here at GameSpot.com.

Monday 21 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 3
Written at 02:11 by Andy - 0 comments.

Why is Tom so upset?
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Tuesday 22 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 4
Written at 01:25 by Andy - 0 comments.

What has Anne got to say for herself?
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Wednesday 23 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 5
Written at 04:17 by Andy - 0 comments.

Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship... or something more?
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Download the Sim Brother House
Written at 20:34 by Andy - 0 comments.

Thursday 24 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 6
Written at 03:43 by Andy - 0 comments.

What is Anne up to?
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SimDay Report: Hot Date patch and SimGolf arrive
Written at 19:58 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
This week: 2 nice pieces of quite good news. First of all, there's a patch for Hot Date, and secondly, SimGolf is being shipped
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New poll
Written at 21:18 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
With the latest upgrades that have arrived, we want to know what you think of the upgrades. Please vote in the new poll at the right.

According to the previous poll, most of you still play The Sims every day or at least every week. To see the complete results, click here.
SB House download fixed
Written at 21:40 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
There were some problems download the Sim Brother house, but they've now been fixed. Download the house now by clicking here. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this.
Problems with HD patch
Written at 22:39 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
There seems to be a problem with the Hot Date patch released this simday. The problem: user created objects for downtown - or objects edited to be available downtown - no longer work. They will still appear, but there are no actions available for them. You can try recategorizing them, but we're not yet sure if that works. Also, the patch only seems to work on the US versions of the game, and not on any other versions. We will keep you updated...

Friday 25 January 2002
Hot Date Patch taken offline
Written at 19:29 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
The Hot Date patch released yesterday, has been removed from the official site because it was causing problems. You can expect a working patch soon at the official site.
Sim Brother - Day 7 (Thursday)
Written at 20:49 by Andy - 0 comments.
There's a Death in the house

Find out the gory details here!

Saturday 26 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 8
Written at 04:55 by Andy - 0 comments.

What has Anna said to upset Davina?

You can find out here!

Sunday 27 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 9 (Saturday)
Written at 02:38 by Andy - 0 comments.

Monday 28 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 10
Written at 04:27 by Andy - 0 comments.

Tuesday 29 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 11 (Monday)
Written at 01:48 by Andy - 0 comments.

What has MNM got against Davina??

Click here to find out
Rendered Simulation moved
Written at 22:17 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Our youngest affiliate Rendered Simulation has moved away from simgames.net to LSGN.net. You can now visit them at Rendered.LSGN.net with a whole new design.

Wednesday 30 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 12
Written at 04:36 by Andy - 0 comments.

What has Davina done to upset Jennifer ... and does Tom really care?

You can find out here!
SimGolf in stores
Written at 20:56 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
SimGolf is now in the stores. With that event, the official SimGolf site has launched too. From there you can also download the demo or the fansite kit. To buy the game, you can go to the EA Store. It costs $39.95. Europeans can expect the game to be on the shelfs in about a week, but you can already order it online. For the registered users on thesims.com, you don't need to re-register, Just login using your thesims.com username and password.

Thursday 31 January 2002
Sim Brother - Day 13 (Wednesday)
Written at 01:00 by Andy - 0 comments.

It's Nomination Day in the house.

Find out who nominated who and why!
SimDay Report: Skins, dates and SimGolf
Written at 20:41 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
This week there is: The Sims Virtual Date on Pogo.com, a Hot or Not skin contest where you can win $250(!) and the SimGolf website.
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