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News Archive - November, 2006
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Wednesday 1 November 2006
The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 2
Written at 05:00 by Andy - 0 comments.

In Part 2 of our review of "The Sims 2: Pets", we look in depth at how you can create your own cat or dog from scratch or from an existing breed. Also, we look at some of the options available.

Check it out here.


Saturday 4 November 2006
The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 3
Written at 01:17 by Andy - 0 comments.

In the third part of our review, with help from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wolfgang, we look at the life of a Pet in the home, their behaviour, their commands, their objects and their employment prospects.

You can find it here!


Sunday 5 November 2006
Victorian Style
Written at 02:58 by Jendea - 0 comments.

I posted two new mesh items today, both with a Victorian theme: a chandelier and painted lady style columns.
These were originally created many moons ago but for some reason were never posted. I thought they ought to be released - hope you enjoy.

You can find both of these objects and more in my section under jendea


Monday 6 November 2006
Happy Garden Turtles
Written at 08:56 by MissWendy - 0 comments.

Cute and Happy Turtles for your garden. The set comes in 5 colors for you to mix, match and decorate.

Click here If you'd like to see this set and the rest of my work. I hope you like them.


Thursday 9 November 2006
The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 4
Written at 22:20 by Andy - 0 comments.

In the four part of our review, there is not a four legged friend in site. We look at the new collections, new custom paintings and the architectural tools and other changes in play that this expansion pack provides.

It's all right here!


Sunday 12 November 2006
The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 5
Written at 09:36 by Andy - 0 comments.

In the fifth part of our review, we take a look at caged pets, which are the womrat and birds. We also have a look at the return of a neighborhood pest and the debut of the villain of many an old folk tale.

It's all right here!

Hilary Duff Video Interview
Written at 19:19 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
At the release of the Sims 2 Pets a download of Hilary Duff was posted on the official site, besides her console and handheld appearance. Now EA has published a video interview with her on the site as well. She talks about the game, like creating and raising pets, as well as her dog Lola and other pets in her life. You can watch or download the interview for more details.
Halloween and Pink Ribbon Showcases
Written at 19:29 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Although Halloween is already long gone by now, there's still a Halloween Showcase over on the official site. In this showcase several community made downloads are promoted. The 25 downloads from various authors include houses, pets, sims and clothing made by the community and uploaded to the exchange. The same goes for the Breast Cancer Awareness month (October), for which 18 creations were picked. You can see the downloads through the Halloween or Breast Cancer Awareness showcases.
Sims 3, Life Stories and Wii
Written at 20:05 by ChEeTaH - 1 comment.
A host of new Sims products was recently revealed by EA, although still not completely official. The first was put on EA's game registration page, titled "The Sims Life Stories". It's unsure what this title will be for, although it could very well be an upcoming expansion pack or stuff pack, after (or just before) In-Season. SnootySims reports that this game is now available as pre-order from GameStop, for January 2007 at the price of $39.99. MaxoidMel has confirmed the game on the BBS, saying more news will follow soon. A Sims title for the Wii is also in production, although there's no news regarding its title or any other details. Nothing at all has been confirmed regarding the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 platforms.

The biggest confirmation yet is probably that the Sims 3 is definitely in production, and it'll probably be a fiscal year 2009 title. That means its release will be somewhere between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009. Naturally this can still be shifted back and forth, and so far the only known fact is that the game is in development. Nothing more, nothing less. Details can be found on GameSpot.

Our colleagues at SimsZone have also discovered that for Life Stories several domains have been registered. There's TheSimsLifeStories.com, TheSimsPetStories.com, TheSimsIslandStories.com and just TheSimsStories.com. For the Wii there are TheSimsWii.com, WiiTheSims.com and WiiAreTheSims.com. All these domains still point to the existing official site for the Sims 2. In all cases we'll give you more news regarding any of these titles as we get it.
Holiday Mini-Pack at EA Link (Downloader)
Written at 20:19 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
A while ago the Sims 2 Happy Holiday Stuff was announced, together with the 2006 Holiday Edition of the Sims 2, and a Holiday Mini-pack containing just the 20 new items. The latter is available through (purchase) download only. At EA Link (formerly EA Downloader) you can now pre-order the game for $6.99. More details about the Sims games on EA Link can be found through a post by MaxoidDrea in the BBS. Games previously available on EA Downloader (all stuff packs and the Pets expansion pack) are now in EA Link, and if you purchased them at Downloader before you'll still be able to (re)download them now.

Wednesday 15 November 2006
Fire Engine Pet Bed
Written at 11:05 by MissWendy - 1 comment.

Let you pet dream of being a a hero and a fire fighter in this Fire Engine Pet Bed.

Click here If you'd like to see this bed and the rest of my work. I hope you like this bed.


Friday 17 November 2006
The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 6
Written at 09:32 by Andy - 0 comments.

In the sixth part of our review, due to the elusiveness of werewolves, we look at behaviour, relationships, breeding and some of the lifestyle options that may be available to an owner following the pitter-patter of tiny paws.

Check it out!

The Sims Zone turns 5!
Written at 14:59 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Bring out the birthday cake with 5 candles! Today it's exactly five years ago that The Sims Zone was officially launched. Five years on we've been bringing you the latest Sims news, exclusive articles and of course many downloads to the community. After five years we've had almost 14 million visitors already, and the number only keeps on growing. Thanks to everybody who has helped The Sims Zone in the present and past to bring the site where it is now. That includes you, as visitor of the Sims Zone, showing us that you like what we do and find our content useful. Of course a special thank you also goes out to all past and current team members, Maxis and specifically Will Wright, as well as all our affiliate websites. Expect a few special treats for you today, and make sure you too make today a little bit a special day!

Thank You from The Sims Zone team: ChEeTaH, Andy, Jendea, Matt, MissWendy, Neil, Nicx, Starrats, Steve and Sumit.
The Sims Life Stories Product Info
Written at 16:40 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
The Sims Life Stories was recently rumoured in several ways by EA. More confirmation and actual product information now comes from Switzerland, which the online shop ABC Software had published. Our affiliate SimsZone reported the news, and although the product page is now removed, the German text has been posted on their forums.

Life Stories will be a new laptop-friendly version of the Sims 2. The focus lies on quick gameplay, based on stories you can tell, much like earlier console versions. You play Laura, who is moving back home, to start a new life with new friends, experiences and unexpected surprises. A bonus story lets you play the life of Lukas, a geek with an unlucky romantic life. The classic Sims gameplay is also available, so you create a house, sims, and tell their stories.

The laptop aspect is introduced with special easy shortcuts, as well as an auto-pause feature that pauses the game as you close the lid of your laptop. You can also stay in touch with your friends over IM, Chat and Email, as the game runs in its own window. The Sims Life stories is the beginning of a series, with a pets expansion pack coming first. In the future an island expansion pack will be released as well, where you'll control the story of a shipwrecked Sim on a tropical island. These ideas match the domains EA registered earlier. The release date is rumoured to be late January 2007. We'll let you know when more information is available.
Birthday Special: Five Years of The Sims Zone
Written at 16:47 by ChEeTaH - 2 comments.
Now The Sims Zone is five years old, it's time for me to recap on the past couple of years in the Sims community. I look back at the launch of the site, as well as the issues and highlights from the past couple of years. All in a single editorial, which I hope you'll enjoy reading. Bring in the cake and read the article!

Sunday 19 November 2006
The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 7
Written at 15:26 by Andy - 0 comments.

This is not a public service announcement about the dangers of setting fire to your beard. In the seventh part of our "Pets" review, you will understand what is happening to this sim as we finally get to look at this expansion's weirdness.


It's right here.


Monday 20 November 2006
New Extra: Sims 2 CDs to DVDs
Written at 01:07 by Neil - 1 comment.
I haven't written anything here for a while (a thing called "real life" and another thing called "work" both conspire to get in the way), but there is a new Extra written by none other than myself.

It turns out its possible to install Sims 2 from one DVD as opposed to twelve CDs. My guide shows you how, it doesn't involve any cracked files, but it still asks for the original CDs when you fire the game up, which is how it should be. My installation of Sims 2 runs perfectly and it was set up using all the files, alterations and extractions posted in the guide. As a bonus, my CD tray isn't tired any more of coming in and out :)

Click --> to read the Extra!

826 Howling Lane
Written at 09:07 by MissWendy - 1 comment.

Here is Harry Wolf, the "Star" of The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 7 (written by our talented Andy). After realizing his dream of becoming a werewolf Harry now aspires to becoming part of your Sims community.

Click here If you would like to get Harry Wolf and his home. Or maybe you would like to check out my other creations.


Friday 24 November 2006
The Sims 2 Pets: Obedient Hound or Scavenging Stray? - Part 8
Written at 14:11 by Andy - 2 comments.

In this eighth and final part of our "Pets" review, we bring you Cheats, Criticisms and Conclusions before winding it to a close. Ultimately, you will get to decide whether or not this expansion pack is for you.

Click here if you would like to know more or Click here if you would like to find out even more about werewolves first.