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News Archive - May, 2009
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Wednesday 6 May 2009
The Sims 3 in Manchester
Written at 05:46 by Andy - 0 comments.

On Monday, I attended The Sims 3 Hands On Event at HMV Gamerbase in Manchester. The experience was eventful to say the least but I nevertheless was lucky enough to get some experience of playing The Sims 3.

With the help of some fellow prize winners, here is a whistlestop tour of finding out if what the game claims is really true.

Read about it right here!


Friday 8 May 2009
The Sims 3 has gone GOLD !
Written at 23:23 by Andy - 0 comments.

"The EA Sims Studio is pleased to announce that The Sims 3, the highly-anticipated flagship game from the best-selling PC franchise The Sims, has gone gold for the PC and Mac, is off to manufacturing and will street in 60 countries June 2, 2009."

If you'd like to know more, please check out the official news release here!

All being well, we will be be able to sim in Sunset Valley in under 4 weeks.


Friday 15 May 2009
Quick report from Utrecht
Written at 16:08 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
Right now The Sims Zone is visiting a Sims 3 hands-on event in Utrecht. We've already seen the game presented by MJ Chun and got some time to play the game ourselves. We can now report that there will at least be an ageUpToNPC cheat: this will allow you to grow a toddler into an NPC (Non-Playable Character). Right now our own Rosana is creating a house for the Exchange when it launches. Over at Juniorwood, Junior, mascot of our affiliate SimsNetwork has posted a few blog posts. We'll bring a bigger preview soon. Until then, check out some other sources:

Saturday 16 May 2009
New Official Sims 3 Site
Written at 14:48 by Rosana - 0 comments.

Our German colleagues from SimTimes have discovered the German official Sims 3 site when they found the Pre-order Thank You page. This is what it looks like:

You can't really see many pages just yet. And I'm pretty sure once EA discovers that so many people have seen the new site that they'll close everything very quickly. A few pages like Free Stuff, Search, Account and Blogs are working.


Wednesday 20 May 2009
Hands-On Demo of "The Sims 3" for Apple Users [iUpdate]
Written at 16:11 by Andy - 0 comments.

Here's the latest from The Sims 3.

"Be the first to experience The Sims 3 game with a hands-on demo of the all-new Create A Sim feature, only available at Apple stores worldwide, before the game hits shelves.

Test drive the ultimate in customization by creating your own unique Sim, from hair, wardrobe to personality, the choices is yours. You can even sample the Create A Style feature within the Create A Sim, that lets you edit your Sims attire & hair in countless ways.

Experience the infinite possibilities of The Sims 3…check out The Sims 3 Create A Sim Demo your nearest Apple store today!"

This news was only released an hour ago (West Coast time), so that doesn't give much time for European users if "worldwide" includes outside of the USA. For those who can make it, time to get your skates on.

[Update] All the traces of the demo have been removed from the official website. It's unsure whether it really is available already, or may never even be available. We'll keep you informed.


Friday 22 May 2009
The Sims 3 - Hands On Preview
Written at 08:28 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.

We already announced that The Sims Zone would attend a Sims 3 hands-on event. We even briefly made a live post during the event. Now, after Andy's preview earlier this month, we have another large preview ready for you. This time from the event in Utrecht, combined with information from an earlier presentation by Ben Bell last year, also in Utrecht. Even just two weeks before the release there's a lot to discover, and we tell you a lot about it - it's impossible to cover everything. So, without further ado, head over to our three-page hands-on preview of the Sims 3!

Checking Out Sunset Valley - A Sims 3 Preview


Saturday 23 May 2009
The Sims 3 Fan Site Previews [Update]
Written at 15:48 by ChEeTaH - 0 comments.
In the past few weeks there have been several fan events in London and Manchester (UK), Utrecht (Netherlands) and São Paulo, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Quite a number of fan sites wrote one or even multiple previews, interviews and other articles about the Sims 3. We've collected a list of all articles we could find in random order. If you know of other recent articles by fan sites, feel free to tell us about them! Note that all the English translations are automatic translations from Google Translate. When an article doesn't have a specific link to an English translation, it will be in English or there's no text to translate (i.e. just pictures). Anyway, read on for the complete list!

[Update] We've added previews from SimOperations, SimsShine and Sims Universe since we first posted this.
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Tuesday 26 May 2009
The Sims 3 downloads for The Sims 2!
Written at 19:35 by Rosana - 0 comments.

EA released a few nice objects this week. They are all items for your Sims 2 game. I can't find the English page, but it is available in Dutch and German. I'm pretty sure the objects themselves can be used in any language, there just aren't any pages yet in English. Click on the image below to view the items:

You can download the objects from the Dutch page on the Sims 3 site. Or on the German Sims 2 site, here and here.


Friday 29 May 2009
The Sims 3 Lifetime Wish Trailer
Written at 20:44 by Rosana - 0 comments.
I just found this on the official Sims 3 YouTube channel: