VIP Screenshots and Interview Links

February 28, 2009 by Amy Tucker  
Filed under Screenshots, The Sims 3

First the screens:

Now, two good Kotaku pieces about Sims 3. The first is about the game as a whole and talks some about the criminal career and the second deals specifically with the occult. Both have new screens.

Images|EA


Sims 3 Release Delay Confirmed

February 6, 2009 by Amy Tucker  
Filed under The Sims 3

I didn’t want to believe that the reported delay was going to affect the US. I wanted to stay in my little fantasy world and believe that the delay would only hit the foreign markets and that the US would be able to thumb our noses at everyone else.  [Not very nice but we were SO close to the release date!]

And then, I saw this in an EA press release:

“The June launch combined with the break-through game the team is building gives us the perfect runway to create awareness for The Sims 3,” said Russell Arons, Vice President of Marketing for EA. “The Sims 3 will be the original IP summer blockbuster of 2009 as we build off the success of the best-selling PC franchise of all time to create awareness with both loyal Sims fans and new players.”

Damn.

Can’t argue with that.

I just pre-ordered my game today and I keep telling myself that June is THAT far away.  *sniff, sniff*


Source: EA

The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff

The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff.jpgSince you can apparently NEVER have enough Stuff Packs, Maxis and IKEA are presenting the latest in a LONG line of Stuff Packs:The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff.

You can pre-order the game through Amazon or via direct download from EA’s website.

The Stuff Pack will be released on June 23rd and promises to be well worth the $19.99…assuming you dig IKEA.

 

100 Million Sold!

popped-collar.jpgYesterday, Maxis and Sims 2 officially celebrated 100 million games sold worldwide. How’s that for staying power? The little game that almost wasn’t has kicked much ass and just keeps on kicking.

In celebration of this joyous event, Maxis has added a snazzy “exclusive download“.

You can either click on the picture in this post or click the “exclusive download” link to get your shirt.

See? I’m always looking out for you guys. ;)

Freetime Comic

January 29, 2008 by Amy Tucker  
Filed under Miscellaneous, Sims 2: Freetime

comic.jpg

I thought you’d be able to enjoy the comic from here, but apparently you’re gonna have to go here to really enjoy it.


The Game that Almost Wasn’t

January 20, 2008 by Amy Tucker  
Filed under Sims Industry News, The Sims, The Sims 2

sims montage.jpgDid you know that The Sims was almost NOT made?

According to Will Wright, in his interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Sims “was referred to as “The Toilet game”. It was the game where you clean the toilet. We had a product review meeting at Maxis where we had to decide whether we’d publish this thing or not…and the executive said “No, let’s do [something else]”.”

Apparently Wright was one of the few people who realized just how great The Sims could be and because of that was one of the few who went to bat for the game.

Though Sims tested poorly with some age groups [14 year old boys] it’s main fan base is women - a whopping 60 %. And those women have bought The Sims and its various offshoots like it’s going out of style - snatching up somewhere around 90 million copies of the simulation game.

Since its “toilet game” start, The Sims has spawned 7 expansions as well as Sims 2, with its five expansions. [and counting]

I’m sure those kinds of numbers make Wright very, very happy that he fought for such an unlikely game.


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