The Sims go Medieval!

August 3rd, 2010 by mogway

The Sims Medieval Provides a Fresh Setting, Innovative Gameplay, and All-New Features Unlike Anything Ever Seen within the Franchise

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Go back in time and get medieval! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced The Simsâ„¢ Medieval, a new series currently in development that places the popular Simsâ„¢ characters from The Simsâ„¢ game into the Middle Ages and brings players robust, compelling gameplay never seen before in the history of The Sims. For the first time, players can create heroes, venture on quests, build and control a kingdom, and play every Hero Simâ„¢ character in the land. Creativity will soar as players tell stories like never before full of drama, romance, conflict, and comedy.

“The Middle Ages is a time of intrigue, legend, and excitement. It offers a perfect backdrop for a brand new series from The Sims studio due to the limitless stories that can be told”

“The Middle Ages is a time of intrigue, legend, and excitement. It offers a perfect backdrop for a brand new series from The Sims studio due to the limitless stories that can be told,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio at EA. “The Sims Medieval offers a new way for players to experience The Sims which we hope fans will enjoy, and it features gameplay that fans of strategy and role-playing games will find appealing such as controlling an entire kingdom and quest-based gameplay mechanics.”

The Sims Medieval offers players a chance to build up a medieval kingdom, controlling characters from all walks of life, from Kings and Queens, to Knights and Wizards, Blacksmiths and Bards. It provides a host of storytelling possibilities in the form of quests, from crafting a legendary sword to arranging a royal wedding, to protecting the kingdom from an evil sorcerer, to finding the fountain of youth. Every quest plays out differently depending on which Hero Sim the player is controlling.

The destiny of the kingdom rests in the players’ hands. Will players build up their kingdom through internal expansion, or perhaps look for a more imperial type of domination, expanding their rule by conquering territories? Will they take on quests in pursuit of fame, or focus on the health and wellbeing of their people? The choice is theirs! With the start of every new game, players will be able to select a new ambition for their kingdom, and embark on a new set of stories.

Everything in The Sims Medieval is crafted to create an immersive medieval world, from the quest-based gameplay, to the medieval objects such as swords and stocks and thrones, right down to the warm look of the characters, and the painterly approach to the world itself. Players can choose to customize every new Hero that comes to the kingdom, including selecting their traits and their fatal flaw. Players get close to their characters, not only sending them on epic quests, but also making sure they carry out their daily responsibilities such as healing the sick, trading for exotic goods, or forging armor. From having a baby to competing in a royal tournament, what happens to their Sims is up to the player. The time of romance and chivalry is back with The Sims Medieval.

Developed by The Sims Studio, The Sims Medieval for PC/Mac will be available in spring 2011 and has not yet been rated by the ESRB. To download artwork, please visit www.info.ea.com. For more information about The Sims Medieval please visit www.info.ea.com or the official website at www.TheSimsMedieval.com.

EA announces new Expansion pack for Sims 3

July 20th, 2010 by mogway

The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack Gives Players VIP Treatment In A Dynamic Urban Setting Filled with High Rise Homes, Parties, Celebrities, Bars…and Even Vampires!

The Sims players will soon have a reason to stay out late on the town! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced The Sims™ 3 Late Night Expansion pack* is in development and will hit store shelves worldwide this fall. The newest expansion to The Sims 3, the best-selling PC game of 2009**, The Sims 3 Late Night gives players all-access and lets them loose on a vibrant, active downtown scene where they’ll rub elbows with celebrities at the hottest parties, hit the local bar after work, tour the scene with their Sims’ band, kick back in a plush hot tub, and discover what’s lurking as the lights go out and adventure begins after dark.

“The Sims 3 Late Night is full of ways to approach a rich, new life beyond a Sims’ normal day, such as schmoozing with celebrities on the rooftop of a skyscraper, wooing the crowd with your Sim’s band, or being the best bartender in town at the hottest new lounge.”

“The community has been very vocal about unleashing their Sims in more interesting and unpredictable social situations,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio at EA. “The Sims 3 Late Night is full of ways to approach a rich, new life beyond a Sims’ normal day, such as schmoozing with celebrities on the rooftop of a skyscraper, wooing the crowd with your Sim’s band, or being the best bartender in town at the hottest new lounge.”

Players will be able to take their Sims into the bustling urban setting where they’ll be able to become a local celebrity, member of a music band, mixologist, director, and more. To gain entrance into the most elite clubs in town, players need to keep their attitude in check otherwise they’ll be given the cold shoulder by tough bouncers or find another way onto the list. If chilling is the player’s forte, their Sims can lounge at a chic club or dive bar or if they like to live on the edge, they can discover the secret of becoming a vampire. Whether embarking on a new career, painting the town red, or throwing a party on the rooftop of a penthouse, it’s always up to the player to tell their unique stories with The Sims 3. What will happen when the lights go out and Sims get all access?

For the first time ever, your Sims can experience late night fun as a VIP!

Get your Sims an all-access pass to the hottest spots in town. Whether they mingle with celebrities or enjoy a casual night with friends, your Sims’ social lives are getting a boost! But keep in mind that some scenes are more exclusive than others, so make sure your Sims have the right connections to get past the bouncers at the hottest clubs. Wherever your Sims go, they’ll discover new things to become—adored celebrities, all-night partiers, rowdy bandmates, or sexy vampires. What will your Sims get up to after dark?

FEATURES

* Hang out at the hottest spots in town, from dive bars to dance clubs to chic lounges, complete with bouncers.
* Gain fame and fortune as a member of a music band, mixologist, director, or local celebrity.
* Wander into a certain part of town and your Sims just might uncover the secret to becoming a vampire.
* Gain excess to exclusive areas and enjoy celebrity perks like penthouse living, luxury hot tubs and cars.

The Sims 3 Ambitions Fan Event Preview

May 23rd, 2010 by mogway

by Rosana Kooymans
Nederlandse preview

Like many other fansites, SNW was invited to join the Sims 3 Ambitions event at EA’s office in The Netherlands. Of course we went there, despite the fact that we live 2-3 hours away. EA had to split up all the fansites in 2 groups. Luckily this gave more people the chance to play the game rather than to share the computer with someone else. My good friend Mogway really wished she could go as well, but unfortunately she had to work and couldn’t get the day off. That’s why I decided to write this preview for both of us. It’s more or less my preview, but DMS2C is allowed to post it as well. A little disclaimer up front; I had 2,5 hours to play, we were not allowed to take pictures of the game and what I write in this preview is my own experience with the game. Facts but also my opinion. I’m a very picky person and I will share the positive and negative stuff. Nonetheless, I strongly suggest you buy the game to see for yourself what it’s like.

As you may or may not already know, Sims 3 Ambitions is all about professions. But not the normal kind we know from The Sims, The Sims 2 and until now The Sims 3. No, in this pack, your Sims will have the possibility to get a job where you can actually see them at work. The already existing careers will not be affected by this expansion pack. And just so you know, it’s also not the same expansion as The Sims 2 Open for Business. There are definitely similarities between The Sims 2 Open for Business and The Sims 3 Ambitions.

Because of the many choices and the short period of time to play, I only focused on one specific profession, and took a look at some other professions other players were checking out. I chose to have my Sim become a Sculptor. This is something she could do from her home. To have this as an actual job, she had to visit city hall to register herself for self-employment. To make the sculptures, you just buy a sculpture work station from the Study section in Buy Mode. There are a bunch of other new objects there, like tattoo chairs, fire pole, work bench for scrap, drawing table and loads more.

Anyway. I made my Sim start working on those sculptures right away. The first option was to work with clay. As the sculpting skill gets higher, you get more options. I was surprised to see my Sim make a clay dining chair and a clay bar stool. But she did, they looked just like the wooden versions you can buy in the catalog 😉 Your Sim can sell the objects made for money, or just display them at home. There’s an option to give the object a name. But you don’t have to do this. The game generates random funny names like “gum under your shoe”.
After a while, my Sim got the option to work with wood, then ice and eventually stone/rock. As the skill gets higher, you also get the option to make a sculpture from a Sim. This Sim has to be on the same lot. This can be challenging when you have to make a sculpture of someone you aren’t friends with and is working most of the time. I managed to do this eventually but the tech guy at the event accidentaly pulled some cables (or he pushed some buttons) causing the computers to lose power and with that obviously our games. I lost all my progress but it’s okay, since my Sim had already reached skill level 10. When you reach the highest skill level you get this certificate as proof of your achievement. I have seen a lot of the things my Sim could do in her sculpting profession and so far I really like it.

I also tried a bit of tattooing, on friends. I don’t think strangers like it that much, but then again, I haven’t tried that yet! Maybe you should try that! See what happens… The tattooing is really cool. Your Sim will start tattooing on the arm of a Sim and then the tatoo options will open. You can pick images to put on arms, legs, back etc and several layers as well if desired! Really cool. But other than that I didn’t see too much of the tattooing bit, as I was a bit short on time.

My boyfriend, ChEeTaH, was also at the event for his fansite The Sims Zone. He had a separate computer and he gave the Inventor profession a try. Obviously I was mostly occupied with my own Sim, but occasionally ChEeTaH showed me something (or I heard him laughing because something funny had happened). The inventor could not only travel to the future with his time machine. But he could also blow up things. This really sounds like a profession I want to try when I get my hands on Ambitions! Another player, Jimmy from SmartSim, also tried several of the professions. His two Sims made a baby in the time machine. And in the end, their son came to them through the time machine. That’s funny! Imagine the stories people can create with this feature. Oh so yeah the woohoo interaction is possible in the time machine!

In this same inventor profession, you can have your Sim create a robot. A bit like servo. I haven’t played enough with the robot to see what it can do. But it’s just like a normal Sim, displayed his avatar between the rest of the Sims. It can interact friendly and romantically with other Sims. I don’t think it can procreate itself though.

Other professions to choose from are Stylist, Architect, Ghost Hunter, Firefighter, Doctor, Private Investigator, Tattoo Artist. All of these offer fun work experiences. Most of these professions have work hours like other (normal) careers, except for the professions (like sculpting) you can do at home. Each profession comes with opportunities, to earn bonuses. I’ve had opportunities where I got a financial bonus, but also one where the relationship with another Sim improved after having completed the opportunity.

About the neighborhood. There is a new neighborhood called Twinbrook. It’s a beautiful neighborhood. There are awesome lots and of course new families. There’s a swamp as well! Looks pretty creepy. But it suits the ghost hunting profession!

Something funny I noticed in the game, there are washing machines! Sims can now do their laundry. Even though I don’t miss this in my own game, I do think it’s funny. I haven’t inspected this enough to tell you all about it, but, I did notice piles of dirty laundry appearing in rooms, in a home of a family with washing machines. So I think piles appear when you have a washing machine. I did have another family without washing machines and I didn’t see any piles of dirty laundry there. You can wash the clothes. Afterwards you can dry the clothes in a machine or by using the wash lines! There’s lots of decorative stuff to put on and around the new machines!

I spotted new build mode items like doors, windows and columns. You can now adjust the width of the columns in the UI. There are 3 different sizes, and not all columns have all sizes. There are new walls and floors. Lovely new trees.
I love some of the new modern furniture. The decorative section has been expanded with lots of paintings. I spotted a lovely Harley motorcycle! I thought this was pretty cool. Some of the toys in the children’s section included a music box, a car, some sort of baking table and a space toy. I’m curious to see what kids can do with these toys.
Oh and I love some of the new patterns. Talking about patterns, there’s a new Create A Pattern Tool, which will make pattern creating really easy for players. We will soon tell you more about this, though not in this article, the tool wasn’t available during the event.

The Create a Sim environment also has been filled with new items; clothes and hair. I did not check all the ages, as I really wanted to focus on the gameplay this time. I have seen new traits. My Sim for example had this sculpting trait, making it easier and more fun for her to go sculpting.

The fact that my article is so short is mainly because I only got to check out one specific profession. I would have loved more time to see other careers as well. Only two more weeks until Sims 3 Ambitions is in stores. Be sure to buy it. If I have to compare this expansion with World Adventures, I’d definitely prefer Sims 3 Ambitions, since it’s something you can use for all your Sims. I liked World Adventures as well. I just think it’s not exactly possible to have all my Sims travel and do adventures. I can see myself using The Sims 3 Ambitions all the time. I’m very positive about this game and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I might even write a review when I finally have the game!

I would like to thank EA for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to play the game before it’s in stores. I now have a much better idea what the game is about. I also loved meeting “new” people from the community. Like Jimmy from SmartSim and Lex, Kyta and LotsOfNothing from Sims 3 Nieuws. I have also met a few people from The Sims Resource but only spoke with one of them, her username was SWW. I would love to meet all these people again another time. The event was fun.

Oh and one more thing. We got these lovely goodies at the end of the event. A The Sims 3 mouse pad and a sticker. Though I’m not too sure yet where I will put this, my laptops are all too small for this hahaha. I may hang it on my wall instead.

The Sims 3 Goodies

Previews from other fansites:

  • SNW (dutch)
  • SNW (english)
  • The Sims Zone (english)
  • Simlicious (dutch)
  • Simparool (dutch)
  • Sims3Nieuws (dutch)
  • Simsplanet2 (dutch)
  • SmartSim (dutch)
  • Sim Universe (dutch)
  • Hit Songs for EA’s The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion Pack

    May 18th, 2010 by mogway

    Songs Re-Recorded in Official Language of The Sims for Expansion Pack to Award Winning Game, The Sims 3

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s time to turn up the volume! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced the chart-topping artists whose Simlish songs will be featured in The Simsâ„¢ 3 Ambitions Expansion pack* for the PC and Mac this summer. Artists include Rise Against with their sizzling hit ‘Savior’ which was featured in The Sims 3 Ambitions trailer, new-comer Charice who recently performed for Oprah and Lady Antebellum with their number one hit single ‘Need You Now.’ Additionally, the members of Lady Antebellum were created as Sims for a musical video trailer also being released today.

    “It’s fun hearing hit tracks in the language of The Sims, and I think fans will be pleased to find their favorites songs and artists throughout this game, and will no doubt discover new bands to follow in The Sims 3 Ambitions.”

    “Each time we set out to create a soundtrack for an expansion pack, it’s always exciting matching the vibe of the game to the music by our incredible lineup of extremely diverse artists,” said Robi Kauker, Audio Director for The Sims Studio at EA. “It’s fun hearing hit tracks in the language of The Sims, and I think fans will be pleased to find their favorites songs and artists throughout this game, and will no doubt discover new bands to follow in The Sims 3 Ambitions.”

    Current artists and songs featured in the game include:

    * Lady Antebellum—“Need You Now”
    * Rise Against—“Savior”
    * Charice—“Pyramid”
    * Melanie Fiona—“Bang Bang”
    * Toni Braxton—“Make My Heart”
    * Neon Trees—“Animal”
    * V V Brown—“Shark In The Water”
    * Daisy Dares You—“Number One Enemy”
    * OK Go—“This Too Shall Pass”
    * Old 97’s—“Early Morning”
    * Murder By Death—“As Long As There is Whiskey In The World”
    * The Acorn—“Restoration”
    * Mike Posner—“Cooler Than Me”
    * Violent Soho—“Jesus Stole My Girlfriend”
    * Kerli—“Tea Party”
    * Eli “Paperboy” Reed—“Come And Get it”
    * Hal Linton—“Lock My Heart Down”
    * Radney Foster And The Confessions—“Until It’s Gone”
    * The Constellations—“Setback”

    The song in it’s original form, you might have never heard of Lady Antebellum before so here it is

    4 years

    May 14th, 2010 by dms2c

    Today is our Birthday so Happy Birthday and also congrats to my creators DeKDeS and Mogway.
    Special thanks and congrats too Rosana, Cheetah, Nefje and Dieter ^^

    DeKDeS&Mogway Seperated Real life – dms2c.com will stay!

    May 5th, 2010 by dekdes

    Dear Community friends.

    The people behind DMS2C.com, that you know as DeKDeS and Mogway in the sims 2 / 3 community have decided on April the 27th to end their real life relationship.

    We do not want to go into too much personal details about reasons why we decided this, but here is the thing you as our community friends should know:

    The website will not split up or end or change in any way.

    The name will stay DeKDeS & Mogway , The Sims , Two creators, or for short dms2c.

    Though in real life we are no longer a couple, we did not ended our relationship in anger.
    DeKDeS  & Mogway will be our names within the Sims community.

    Best Regards.

    Dms2c.

    Downtime!

    April 6th, 2010 by Rosana

    Just a quick post from Rosana here! I felt the need to inform the visitors of DMS2C to explain what happened during Easter!

    DMS2C is hosted on a server, along with many other Sims fansites. We never really had server issues. But lately the old server was having hardware issues, causing downtime. Now while this isn’t pleasant, we usually got the sites back up quickly. This time however it happened during Easter. And our old server didn’t have 24hr support.

    We ordered a new server a while ago and it’s finally ready for use. This server is new, very fast and has 24hr support, also during holidays!

    SNW and DMS2C merge websites!

    April 1st, 2010 by mogway

    We have great news for our members! Very soon SNW and DMS2C will merge the websites and continue as one, bigger and stronger website! Nothing will change for our members. We will merge everything, content, ideas, looks. We’re still discussing if we should keep the brown/red/orange look from SNW or use the green/yellow look from DMS2C. We’ve also discussed the possibility to use the red from SNW with the yellow from DMS2C. Whatever we end up choosing, we have the best intentions for our members.

    More news about this will follow very soon!

    UPDATE:
    Now of course the people from SNW and DMS2C are very good friends, both online and in real life. But we were only trying to fool our members and visitors. April Fools! The truth is, we’re very happy with our separate websites. And we feel we can provide a nice community together, along with other fansites. The idea of us merging isn’t unthinkable, however this is not the case since we were just trying to pull a prank!

    Simlish to become official language in France

    April 1st, 2010 by Rosana

    Rumours are currently spreading about Simlish becoming an official language soon. In France, to be precise. Due to the huge popularity of the Sims games in France, the French parliament will take a vote tomorrow to make Simlish an official language of the country. The main reasoning behind it is that many teenage girls talk Simlish in everyday life. As such, the made-up language has gained a lot of popularity in the past decade. Opponents say that French should be the single official language in France, like it has always been. It is currently unclear if all French colonies will also have to accept Simlish as official language. If the vote is accepted, schools will probably start teaching the language soon, once all the teachers have brushed up their Simlish vocabulary and grammar. We’ll keep you up to date with this news, and let you know as soon as any officials respond on this matter.

    [Update] Of course the above is an April Fool’s joke. As far as we know, Simlish is an official language only in SimCity and nowhere else. And the French? They’ll keep using French as their main language.

    The Sims 3 Ambitions Trailer

    March 5th, 2010 by mogway