The Sims 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com The Sims 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Which Sims Game Has the Most Careers? https://www.gameskinny.com/f15et/which-sims-game-has-the-most-careers https://www.gameskinny.com/f15et/which-sims-game-has-the-most-careers Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:00:05 -0400 Lisa Filmer

When it comes to the Sims franchise, there is no shortage of career opportunities for your sims.

Between base game careers, expansion pack careers, career branches, pet careers, part-time jobs, self-employed careers, and freelancing careers among the choices, there are many to choose from.

Let’s see which game among the four has the most career options between all these factors!

The Sims (1) Career Total: 21

Starting with The Sims, they started with 10 base game careers, and added 11 more with the expansion packs. Thus, making the game have a total of 21 careers. They included:

  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Law enforcement
  • Life of Crime
  • Medicine
  • Military
  • Politics
  • Pro Athlete
  • Science
  • Xtreme
  • Animal Care
  • Circus
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Fame
  • Fashion
  • Hacker
  • Journalism
  • Musician
  • Paranormal
  • Slacker

The Sims 2 Career Total: 25

The Sims 2 started off with the same amount of base game careers as The Sims, which is 10 base careers. Then they added 15 additional careers with expansion packs. They also added 3 pet careers for your furry friends, which makes for a total of 25 careers in The Sims 2 (excluding pets). They include:

  • Athletic
  • Business
  • Criminal
  • Culinary
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Slacker
  • Adventurer
  • Architecture
  • Artist
  • Dance
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Gamer
  • Intelligence
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Music
  • Natural Science
  • Oceanography
  • Paranormal
  • Show Business

The Sims 3 career total: 29

The Sims 3 has the most careers in any sims game so far, totally 29. The base game included 11 careers, and by the time they finished adding content there were 18 expansion pack careers.

They also added part-time careers, self-employed careers, and career branches. The careers include:

  • Business
  • Criminal
  • Culinary
  • Journalism
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Music
  • Political
  • Professional Sports
  • Science
  • Acrobat
  • Architectural Designer
  • Art Appraiser
  • Astronomer
  • Bot Arena
  • Daycare
  • Education
  • Film
  • Firefighter
  • Fortune Teller
  • Ghost Hunter
  • Investigator
  • Lifeguard
  • Magician
  • Singer
  • Sports Agent
  • Stylist
  • Video Game Developer

The Sims 4 career total (currently): 21

Currently The Sims 4 is catching up in the number of careers. They have 11 base game careers, and the expansion packs have added 10 more careers.

They also have part-time jobs, children’s scouts, drama club, and freelancer careers. The careers include:

  • Astronaut
  • Athlete
  • Business
  • Criminal
  • Culinary
  • Entertainer
  • Painter
  • Secret Agent
  • Style Influencer
  • Tech Guru
  • Writer, Detective
  • Doctor
  • Scientist
  • Critic
  • Politician
  • Social Media
  • Gardener
  • Actor
  • Military
  • Conservationist

The Sims 4 just released a new expansion called "Island Living" a few days ago, adding the Conservationist career. Assuming more content is coming for The Sims 4, the total careers for the game should increase.

EA continues to add more career content with every game since the first Sims game, but as it stands now The Sims 3 has the most career choices available. So no matter what you want to be, The Sims series has you covered.

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Should We Apply the Sims' 'Needs' to Our Own Lives? https://www.gameskinny.com/1qtuj/should-we-apply-the-sims-needs-to-our-own-lives https://www.gameskinny.com/1qtuj/should-we-apply-the-sims-needs-to-our-own-lives Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Rena Pongchai [Kazurenai]

The Sims' 'Needs' bar is essential for a Sims well being in their lives -- consisting of 8 different needs: Hunger, Fun, Comfort, Social, Bladder, Hygiene, Energy and Environment. If any of these gets below the 'green' level, it can affect your Sims "mood," affecting their productivity and basically their will to live, making it really important to keep all of them maxed out. Some needs are more consequential than others, such as falling asleep from lack of Energy, wetting themselves from having a full Bladder (which also, understandably also lowers their hygiene) or... dying from Hunger.

Those are not different to what would happen to any human being in real life though. We have been taught that the 3 basic necessities of life are Food, Shelter and Clothing (and maybe an internet connection nowadays) but are they really? Do all these make you happy?

For example, when there are dirty dishes or rubbish lying around in a sims' home will lower their Environment need, making them unhappy, or lack of Fun will cause your sim to really stress out. Both of these would result in your sim being sad and unable to focus or anything else. Maybe you can relate to how your messy room can lead you to be unable to focus (and end up on procrastinating on exam or work by cleaning), or if you don't take time to relax, you can burn yourself out.

There's also different 'speeds' to how some actions that improve a 'need' faster than others. An example is the how it is actually more beneficial to interact and talk with another sim rather than calling or emailing to fill up the Social need. Thus, the sims also teach us to be more efficient with our actions; such as, not only does interacting with someone improve your social, but also boasts your friendship a great deal also.

In the game, when a sim needs to replenish a need, it is easy for the player to just drop what they are doing and tend to that -- but for some reason, it seems harder to do that in real life. You hear of people who spend all their time working 24/7 and neglect their social life, lack of sleep and just in general, being depressed probably from the stress of working all the time.

So in short, like in The Sims, we need to really learn how to balance all our needs out in order to be healthy and happy.

Somehow, The Sims teaches us to live happier, and healthier lives -- just don't play it for too long, you also need to be active.

What do you think? Do you find yourself neglecting any of the Sims' 'needs' in your life?

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The 10 best NSFW nude mods ever made https://www.gameskinny.com/4wmny/the-10-best-nsfw-nude-mods-ever-made https://www.gameskinny.com/4wmny/the-10-best-nsfw-nude-mods-ever-made Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:29:11 -0400 Rob Thubron

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1. HDoom mod

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You know what I always thought would make Doom better? Turning it into a hentai-like sex game that featured tons of naked female demonic creatures, a dildo-equipped chainsaw and a load of human-on-demon interspecies humping. If only someone would make a mod that could do that...

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What? Someone actually did? Awesome! Yes, HDoom really does bring those dodgy anime sexy-demon fantasies to life. The mod’s actually a very impressive piece of work, technically, as it overhauls the whole game. There's plenty of new (usually sex-based) weaponry and a whole host of big-breasted monsters to kill and/or make love to. Be warned – this is pretty graphic, even with the low-res visuals.

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HDoom gets the number one spot because it's so imaginative, the creator has obviously put loads of work into it, and it's very, very filthy. 

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Download HDoom from creator hdoomguy's official blog.

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Or see some of HDoom in action on this YouTube video (NSFW, obviously).

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Have you used any of the mods on our list? Which mods would you add? Let us know in the comments!

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2. Saints Row 4 naked mod

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Considering that Saints Row 4 featured the mighty Dildo Bat (aka the Penetrator), it’s a bit surprising that there wasn’t a nudity option already included in the base game. For those who prefer to carry out their open-world shenanigans in the guise of a totally naked, large-large breasted woman, then check out the mod below.

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There’s also a link to the YouTube video showing the mod in action. If you watch it (not at work, remember), you’ll notice that it’s actually very well done. Rather than have her body resembling various textures that have obviously been overlaid onto clothes, the lady in question does really look like a naked character designed by the game-makers. I watched the video several times and paused it often, just to make sure.

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Get the Saints Row 4 nudity mod from this Deposit Files link.

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Or just watch the YouTube video of the mod here

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3. Adult Borderlands 2 texture mod

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Most people know that if you type ‘video game sexy images’ into a search engine, half the results you’ll get back will be of Borderlands’ Mad Moxxi in various stages of undress, usually manipulating a variety of...things.

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This mod shows more imagination than merely revealing more of Moxxi’s already fairly exposed chest; instead, it replaces a number of the textures around Pandora with content of a more ‘adult’ nature. This includes plastering vending machines, signs, posters and walls with things such as sex cards, adverts for adult toys, naughty graffiti and, naturally, pictures of Moxxi’s fully exposed boobs.

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Make Pandora that little more dirtier by downloading the mod from this Nudemod page.

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4. Mass Effect mods

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The Mass Effect series is not only the greatest game trilogy of all time, but it shows that intergalactic sexual relations with aliens can be a very beautiful thing - something I’ve argued for years. Unfortunately, many believe the one area where the game is lacking is when it comes to showing off some alien (and human) boobage. Time for the modders to step up and make things right.

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There are a selection of nude mods on offer here, including a particularly impressive naked female Shepherd one - holding humanity’s fate in her hands while running round like she’s at a nudist colony makes for an interesting juxtaposition. There are also several other mods which ‘improve’ the romantic cutscenes and give the female characters a variety of outfits that wouldn’t be suitable for wearing to church.

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Get yourself a selection of naked Mass Effect characters from Girl Plays Game.

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5. The Sims naked mods

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The problem with ‘life-simulator’ The Sims is that it doesn’t represent every aspect of real life - like walking around naked or dressing up as if you’re on the set of a Ron Jeremy movie. Now, thanks to the magic of modding, you can add some harsh, jiggly reality to your Sim’s existence.

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There are numerous mods available for the Sims 2, 3, and 4. They range from dressing your tiny avatars up like they’ve just escaped from a S&M dungeon, to having them walk around completely butt-naked. If, like me, you want to justify your filthy actions by telling yourself it adds realism, then only download the mod that removes the shower mosaic grid.

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You can download this and a whole host of other naughty Sims mods from the Sims2xsims website.

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Or download a nude mod directly from File Planet here.

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6. Skyrim Better Males mod

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Seeing as every other mod on this list is based on women losing their clothes, here’s something where the gender being stripped bare is male.

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Taken from the insanely popular Sex and Violence: The top 10 Best NSFW Skyrim mods list, the ‘Better males mod’ lets the testosterone-fuelled beefcakes of Skyrim walk around like they can’t even feel the biting cold. You even get the option have your men smooth skinned or seventies-style hairy monsters, now that’s some attention to detail.

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See the naked men of Skyrim strut their stuff by downloading the mod from the Nexus Mods website.

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7. Half-Life 2 Naked Alyx Vance mod

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With Alyx Vance, Valve showed how to make a strong, smart female character without putting her in a bikini and a pair of glasses. She was the cool girl-next-door who you wanted as a girlfriend, the kind of lady you could bring home to meet your mother – then the Internet came along and decided she would be better off without clothes.

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If you’d like to see Alyx strutting around wearing nothing but her birthday suit, then download the mod below. I’ll have you know I only did it for research purposes, you dirty, dirty people.

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See Alyx sans clothing by downloading the mod from File Planet.

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8. Fallout 3 nude Hi-Rez patch

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Few things get the blood pumping to the nether regions like the thought of mutated creatures, death by radiation poisoning and a bleak, post-apocalyptic society - which obviously makes Fallout 3 a damn sexy game. But if that’s not enough for you, then there’s a whole slew of mods out there that gives Bethesda’s RPG a more... porny feel.

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Out of all these mods, it’s this ‘nude patch Hi-Rez’ one that’s considered the best - and by best I mean dirtiest. Basically stripping every female character in the game of their clothing, the mod can be made all the more sinister by utilizing V.A.T.S to have a long, lurky look at them. How do they manage to find so many razors in the wasteland?

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Want more nudity in Fallout 3? Then download the mod from Nudemod.

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9. Dead or Alive 5 nude mod

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The thing about Dead or Alive 5 is that the female characters in it are flashing a fair bit of flesh as it is. But that’s just not enough for some people, especially those who want to see these ladies fighting au natural.

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Luckily for those gamers who want to see more of Momiji, Ayane, Marie Rose, and Kasumi, a series of nude mods are available that will make concentrating on fighting all the more difficult.

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Surely these outfits are massively impractical for hand-to-hand combat?

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Find the various nude character mods at this Game Vixen Zone.

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10. Catwoman nude mod for Batman: Arkham City

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If you’re the kind of person who looks at Catwoman’s sexy catsuit in Batman: Arkham City and thinks: “Niiiiice. But is there any chance we can remove the chest, ass and crotch parts?” Then this very, very graphic mod will be right up your alley.

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If you look closely, you can see it’s a just a simple texture change, but it certainly makes for a pretty 'detailed' effect. Install this mod and the opportunity to make countless p***y jokes and will be yours - as well as being able to see Catwoman’s bits, of course. You pervert.

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You can download the nude Catwoman mod at Nudepatch.

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Game mods really are an amazing thing. They allow creative people to alter a number of aspects of a game - from the graphics to the gameplay - and come up with something totally different, and often better, than the original product. This can lead to the development of entirely new titles that become more popular than the base games they spawned from, like the way Defense of the Ancients did with Warcraft III. Mods can also keep a game looking fresh for years after its release date by adding new graphical updates; Skyrim, for example, has had its visuals updated frequently by modders since its 2011 release. Modding is a truly wonderful thing.

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And, of course, it’s often used to take video game characters' clothes off.

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Yes, it may be seen as a bit seedy, but a lot of mods do revolve around getting people in games (usually females, let's be honest) naked. Whatever your thoughts on this matter, you have to applaud these modders' technical skills, imagination, and ability draw a massive pair of boobs.

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So, whether you’re here for research purposes, to laugh at others, to download these mods, or to show utter disdain at the fact that this kind of thing goes on, here are the 10 best NSFW nude mods ever made.

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Origin accounts Renamed to "EA account" https://www.gameskinny.com/5r39i/origin-accounts-renamed-to-ea-account https://www.gameskinny.com/5r39i/origin-accounts-renamed-to-ea-account Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:07:26 -0400 Courtney Gamache

This comes as no surprise, but EA just announced that the account formally known as Origin will be renamed to the EA Account in the coming weeks.

Should Have Saw it Coming

Since Origin launched back in 2011, they've been a leader in selling EA games. They do sell games by other publishers, but they are "powered" by EA which is why it's very understandable that a name change is in order.

Last year in 2014, Origin announced that they would no longer sell/ship boxed physical copies of their games, taking on the same mentality that Steam has had, where you own games on a personal account. 

Complications along the way?

This name transition will be very smooth, and require no aid by those who have Origin, or EA accounts. In the upcoming weeks, the name change will take full effect, and your log-ins will remain unchanged. No reason to get worried over this transition.

Does this come as a surprise to anyone?

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Players Compile a Gigantic List of Missing Features in The Sims 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/b0rsz/players-compile-a-gigantic-list-of-missing-features-in-the-sims-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/b0rsz/players-compile-a-gigantic-list-of-missing-features-in-the-sims-4 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:16:13 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

The Sims 4 is getting a lot of new features that fans seem to love and the anticipation for the game is high. The creators even have a list of press releases compiled together fill with buzz words assuring the customer how awesome the new game is.  However, a group of fans on the Sims 3 forum have made a list of the variety of features are missing or cut completely from the game. This post has made it all across the internet and now it's finally getting a little press attention from us here at GameSkinny.

User bflury is managing the user compiled list of all the features confirmed missing from the product. It is a massive effort from those in the community to find sources confirming all the missing elements from the game. 

Some of these features have been in the game since the first The Sims game such as pools, which are suspiciously missing in this newest iteration of this life simulator game. The major confirmed objects that were missing according to the community are:

MAJOR CONFIRMED MISSING: (All were in base versions of Sims 3

 

Parts of this list have already been known by the public for some time, but it is constantly updating which makes this far more troubling than just a few missing features. These are major changes that no one expected nor probably wanted to happen. There is less customization in the game without the terrain tools and how else are we going to drown our Sims we don’t like without a pool? A little dark I know, but let’s be honest, we’ve all allowed a Sim to die once or twice after they peed on the floor for the umpteenth time.

None the less, it seems that Maxis is cutting out a massive amount of features that have been in the game since day one without really justifying why they took those features out. The producer just said it was a small amount but they users have since proven them wrong. Bflurry put it best when he quoted the Sims 4 Producer Graham Nardone:

Graham Nardone (Sims 4 Producer) wrote: "But the conversation then changes into discussing what is or isn’t there and the minutiae of differences in each feature along some scale because the easiest way to try and understand something new is to compare and contrast it to what came before."


Graham,
Every series from Mario to Grand Theft Auto typically will cut a feature or two from one installment to the other. That said, I don't believe we, as in most of the people you want to sell this game to, consider these a "minutiae" of differences...

With these features missing, among the others listed on the page, one has to wonder why the developers decided to do this. Unfortunately, it might be due to the fact that The Sims have always had a multitude of expansion packs and this might be a way for EA to sell back features they had the default in other entries in the franchise.  If we are lucky this won't happen, but with EA’s track record despite their attempts at redemptions, it’s more than plausible.

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EA Set to Discontinue Support for "The Sims 2" https://www.gameskinny.com/lekgc/ea-set-to-discontinue-support-for-the-sims-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/lekgc/ea-set-to-discontinue-support-for-the-sims-2 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:33:58 -0400 Alex D'Alessandro

EA announced today that they will no longer be supporting “The Sims 2” in its original format —  according to the Origin FAQ

Going forward, EA will no longer be providing any new content or making any additional technical updates to The Sims 2.

With the Sims 4 set for release on September 2nd, EA will be cleaning up their Origin servers to make room for the new Sims title.Yet, not all hope is lost for those avid Sims 2 players still plucking away at some sort of simulated dollhouse nirvana. For anyone who has purchased The Sims 2 on Origin in its digital format, EA will be giving those owners free copies of The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition; a rather bloated package which contains all of The Sims 2 expansions, eight in all, as well as the “stuff packs”. 

So many games, such little time Tech Support will still be available for The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition, but don’t expect anymore content to be rolled out for the decade old game. All in all, a free game is nice, especially when it incorporates a massive amount of content, but it still seems like an odd move for EA to be handing out free software with a flagship launch around the corner. So channel your inner gamer from 2004, sit back, and enjoy all that The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition has to offer, as long as you already bought The Sims 2 at some point on Origin, of course. 

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Thirteen Years of the Sims - From Getting Out of Mom's House to Snorkeling Around https://www.gameskinny.com/vnmkt/thirteen-years-of-the-sims-from-getting-out-of-moms-house-to-snorkeling-around https://www.gameskinny.com/vnmkt/thirteen-years-of-the-sims-from-getting-out-of-moms-house-to-snorkeling-around Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:33:32 -0400 PencilPusha

Creation is one of the most addicting things about video games. To be able to make your character and then watch him/her prosper in the game is astounding! Games like the Saints Row series and The Elder Scrolls series are known for detailed character creation, but there is one other game series that focuses heavily on character customization more than all others.

Two months ago, the newest Sims 3 expansion was released: The Sims 3 Island Paradise. As a faithful Sims fan, I was excited to hear about it! The idea of my Sim Family being able to go to an Atlantis-esque island resort and party it up? Irresistible!

To think that just 13 years ago, when the first Sims game was released on PC/Mac and then later on consoles like the PlayStation 2, XBox and the Nintendo Gamecube, The Sims was a very hard game! You'd spend most of your time trying to get out of your Sim's Mother's house only to go to another house where you'd eventually want to get away from your roommate. But let's get back to your Sim's Mother.

She yells at you because you're not getting out of her house fast enough. She cries because she's a lonely old hag. She screams at you because you're supposed to clean up her messes and fix her household appliances at the drop of a hat. It's enough to make any gamer's head spin!

So what do you do?

You make sure your Sim reads enough books to get their Cooking and Mechanical skills up to level three or four so you can get out of there! In the mean time, you have to cook for yourself since your Sim's Mother only cooks for herself. Good luck trying to get some sleep because if your Sim's Mom is awake, chances are she's going to keep the TV and stereo running which means no sleep for your Sim! She lives in a little one-room house with one bathroom. Not one-bedroom, but one-room. It's more like a studio apartment disguised as a house!

Ahhh, sweet virtual simulation stress...

I forgot to mention that the graphics on The Sims were rough to look at, but they were great back in the year 2000! Now in 2013, you can customize anything about your Sim: from his/her eye color to his/her entire outfit! And best of all? You can make an entire Sim family up to six people! And that's not including pets (or is it?)... Your Sims don't even have to be human! That's right - your Sim can be a supernatural werewolf, ghost, fairy, or vampire!

We ventured through the original Sims series, then Sims 2, which was on all the same platforms as The Sims (and for the first time on the Nintendo DS, the Gameboy Advance and the PlayStation Portable), then Sims 3 which is the current series. According to IGN.com, next year in 2014, Electronic Arts will be unveiling The Sims 4, so don't get too comfortable yet! There's still more to come!

Going back in order, after The Sims came The Sims 2, which was released in 2004. It introduced an alien race your Sim could integrate with or become. It also began the wave of more detailed foods that your Sims could eat and, depending on what ingredients you used, what impact those foods would have on those who ate it. It was also the first time where you could actually control your Sims' movements, like on the console if you were to move the joystick in a certain direction, your Sim would run that way.

And finally, The Sims 3.

With a plethora of expansions to date, The Sims 3 is continuing to grow into the best part of the simulation series yet! Some of the occupations available are more interactive than the rest. For example, your Sim can be a firefighter and save the town from a fiery demise instead of simply disappearing into a building for a few fast in-game hours worth of work. The possibilities are endless!

Aside from the console and PC/Mac versions, there's also The Sims Social on Facebook and on your phone!

Who knows what The Sims 4 will bring? Guess we'll find out next year!

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The Sims Franchise - A Decade Long Addiction https://www.gameskinny.com/z3gac/the-sims-franchise-a-decade-long-addiction https://www.gameskinny.com/z3gac/the-sims-franchise-a-decade-long-addiction Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:06:41 -0400 Jeni Harrison

Like many other people out there, I have had hours and hours of time stolen by the popular franchise, The Sims. How easily I can waste a whole day, sometimes by designing the perfect family with the perfect home, never mind actually playing. When The Sims 2 was first released almost 9 years ago it was a revolution, from the ability to go Machiavellian and kill your Sims by locking them in an empty room, to the ability to Woohoo (hehe).

With over 20 million copies sold it is the best selling PC game of all time. From the ability to age, the aspirations angle, as well as all the new career and aspiration awards the game became so much longer. It was the game I bought a stack of expansions for. University gave you the chance to send your kids away and learn, live in shared accommodation and study for longer. Frankly, it’s my most missed expansion, I always hoped they would release a similar expansion for the Sims 3, but with the announcement of The Sims 4 I now doubt this will happen. This combined with Nightlife, which gave your single Sims the ability go out on and meet new singles, date and do the dirty, made The Sims 2 to the best of the three.

With the 8 expansion packs, and the 10 Stuff packs, the Sims 2 was widely expandable, and with the online store released in July 2008 it gave players the opportunity to buy everything from those packs.

My love affair with The Sims is one that has lasted over a decade, and I can’t wait to see what The Sims 4 will bring us. Due for release in early 2014 it’s bound to be SIMply the best (bad pun intended). 

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Maxis Developers Jumping Ship to Form Jellygrade https://www.gameskinny.com/imbkb/maxis-developers-jumping-ship-to-form-jellygrade https://www.gameskinny.com/imbkb/maxis-developers-jumping-ship-to-form-jellygrade Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:55:27 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Twitter had the breaking news as three former lead developers from Maxis, a division of EA, are forming their own start-up company.

Ocean Quigley, former creative director, was part of the team that created classics like SPORE and the recent SimCity (2013). He's been with Maxis for 18 years. Unfortunately, the latest SimCity incarnation was not well-received.

Server problems and issues with forced dependency and DRM led to a tepid reception as well as harsh and negative reviews. It may have been the catalyst for his resignation, though Quigley indicated that he likely already heading out the door.

"I was dismayed at the blundered launch of something that I had poured so much love and attention into."

Joining him in the exodus was Andrew Willmott, the former lead architect on SimCity (2013). He was part of Maxis' design teams for SPORE, SimCity 4 and the very popular The Sims 2.

Dan Moskowitz, former lead gameplay engineer who worked on SPORE and the most recent SimCity game, is also part of their new team.

In the New Beginning

Jellygrade will be a mobile game company with the goal of producing the AAA level simulation games the founders were known for and loved to create.

Their most recent announcements revolve around their first project, which will be an early Earth simulator for the iPad. Players will be able to manipulate magma, water, and rock to eventually form elements and life forms themselves. This genesis as it were seems quite ironically chosen as the company has its own genesis.

You can follow their progress at jellygrade.tumblr.com and @jellygrade

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The Sims: Is Playing Life Playing Out? https://www.gameskinny.com/dhaui/the-sims-is-playing-life-playing-out https://www.gameskinny.com/dhaui/the-sims-is-playing-life-playing-out Sat, 13 Jul 2013 14:34:11 -0400 Cupcakecrisis

Here’s a bit of Simlish for you – Deg Deg. Its English translation is goodbye. Simlish, if you didn’t know, is the made up language to the popular game, the Sims. This franchise has "woo-hooed" with many platforms for 13 years now.  With countless expansion packs that lengthen The Sims universe and the Sims 4 recently announced, I wonder do we need to expand anymore. Perhaps, do we need to say deg deg to the Sims?

I don’t know about you, but the lore of the Sims that once had me spending hours on end is dwindling. Sometimes playing feels like an absolute chore. I remember hearing of the Sims 2 “create your own story” angle and being ecstatic, but it feels like with the expanded city and aspiration goals, the original spirit of what made me love the Sims is lost. Having a lot of Sims in different parts of the city is pretty annoying. Even in my own story it doesn’t feel like what I want to do.

I can also remember wanting more from the original Sims, but as these wishes come true, it begins to feel a lot less like fun and a lot more like life. But I think the key to continuing the series is experimenting with balancing both playful and life elements, which Maxis really does well. You can tell their dedication to innovation in the series with every new one, and with a game as complicated as life, there has to be some pushing in different directions to make it feel fresh, it can’t just be more of the same. The Sims has to have its wild times (I’m looking at you, the Urbz), and it’s more mature ones , feeling itself out every so often.

One thing is for sure though; The Sims is here to stay and ever getting bigger. 

 

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