Simmers at Sims Camp 2017!

Sims Camp has officially begun, Simmers from all over the world have been flown out to EA in San Francisco to get their hands on The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, The Sims Mobile AND The Sims 4 on Console! There is an embargo on what Information can be shared and when it can be shared, The embargo on Console information lifts September 12th; however information regarding DLC cannot be shared until September 27th. Some information regarding ‘free time’ in The Sims Mobile can be shared October 18th, information regarding ‘families’ in the game can be shared November 1st.

Regarding Cats & Dogs there are multiple different embargo dates; Screenshots can be shared September 21st, Overviews of Create a Pet can be shared October 10th, preview videos can be shared November 3rd and the final videos can be shared November 10th.

SimsCommunity, another fansite, has put together a list of attendees of Sims Camp on Twitter which consists of…

ArsenGrlGames – Simmer from Youtube

Hatsy – Simmer from Youtube

RoryPlays – Simmer and Twitch streamer

XMiraMira – Simmer from Youtube

Make2 – Simmer from Youtube

SpringSims – Simmer from Youtube and Twitch Streamer

JessaMica – Simmer and Vlogger from Youtube

SimsOnline – Sims Fansite

KarolDecka aka DOTSim – Sims Fansite

The Girl Who Games – Sims Freeplay Fansite and Youtuber

Pixia – Simmer from Youtube

KrystinMyrie – Sims Youtuber and Twitch Streamer

The English Simmer – Simmer from Youtube

XuReila – Simmer from Youtube

Deligracy – Sims Youtuber and Twitch Streamer

EightBitDylan – Simmer and Twitch Streamer

Vixella – Simmer from Youtube

Iron Seagull – Simmer from Youtube

XUrbanSimsX – Simmer from Youtube

LilSimsie – Simmer from Youtube and new Twitch Streamer

DutchSims4Master – Simmer and Builder from Youtube

Andrew Arcade – Sims Youtuber and Twitch Streamer

Steph0Sims – Simmer from Youtube

Kaleidow – Simmer from Youtube

Fezet – Sims Fansite

AviatorGaming – Simmer from Youtube

TouchGameplay – Sims Streamer

AGeekyChick – Simmer from Youtube

James Turner // The SimSupply – Simmer and Builder from Youtube

MoonLiteWolf – Sims Youtuber and Twitch Streamer

Rao – Simmer from Youtube

SimTimes – Sims Fansite

Stay Tuned for any updates this week and in the coming weeks as embargoes are lifted!

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Community Stuff Pack Name Vote + New Screen!

As work on the community stuff pack continues a new poll has been published on the official community blog – this time we’re voting on the pack name. The four options given are The Sims 4 Laundry Stuff, Laundry Day Stuff, Rustic Lifestyle stuff and Rustic Home Stuff. The vote ends on Friday so be sure to get your votes in quickly. As well as a poll the post shares some new information on the pack and a new screen.

Check it out in the snippet below and click Here to read the post in full!

Welcome Simmers! Development on our community Stuff Pack is well under way, and it’s high time we gave it an official name. If you’re just now discovering this project, this is the fifth vote that’s taken place to guide the development of this pack, and I invite you to learn more about the previous vote outcomes. We just recently entered full production, which means we’re hard at work creating a number of features to add laundry to the game… more on that in a bit.

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Today you’ll be voting on four thoroughly vetted names. These names have gone through the same careful selection process that we follow on each pack. It starts with producers and members of our marketing team tossing out ideas to build an initial list. From there, we narrow down to a few of our favorites. After clearing this short list with internal business groups, we reach out to EA teams in the various worldwide territories where The Sims is sold. They help provide a final check, to ensure that translations still retain the intent of the title, and don’t cause any unexpected cultural or language issues.

We’ve taken the steps I just described and have selected four potential names for this Stuff Pack. All of our territories are on board. Now we just need to hear from you:

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Controlling Your Cats & Dogs – Community Blog

A new post has been shared on the community blog regarding the Cats & Dogs EP, It’s dated September 1st so may have been posted early… Via The Sims Community Blog

Hi Simmers! We were thrilled to finally announce The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs*. It’s a huge relief to finally get it out in the open. One of the first questions the community asked after our big reveal: Can I control my cats and dogs?

This is appropriate, because it was one of the first questions we asked ourselves long before we started working on the game itself. It’s one of the most important design questions for the entire pack, so we want to dive a little deeper into what it means. Early on our team was almost evenly split and gearing for a creative fight. Folks (me included!) had (and have) VERY strong opinions on this topic. We knew it was incredibly important. In The Sims 2, you couldn’t directly control pets. In The Sims 3, you could. We went back and played the old games, read the forums, and conducted survey research on this topic specifically to fully consider every angle.

We went back and forth, and finally our creative director made a very important point. The question isn’t control or not control? It’s what can we do with either solution, and why is one solution superior? What do we gain? What do we lose?

Before we continue this, let’s take a step back and examine other aspects. I’m a dog owner and have been almost my entire life. My corgi, Peaches, is often the focus for my weekends. My wife and I take her to the beach, throw her in the car to shop, and we read in the backyard so she can enjoy the sun. We dote on her.

I’m not alone in being obsessed with my dog or cat on the team. When discussing this pack, we tried to really dive deep into the essence of our pets and why we love them. Why they make us laugh. Why they make us angry. Why we photograph them constantly. We found out that we were all drawn to what made our pets special. How they sleep on their backs. How they always bark at a certain person. How they listen for the crinkle of a plastic bag as they know it’s a walk.

We knew our cats and dogs in The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs needed to be responsive, observant, and obsessed with the Sims. Their owners. Their companions. We also knew we wanted them to be surprising, to act in unexpected and delightful ways, and to be living creatures. We were guided by the idea that cats and dogs would be like Sims for your Sims.

This brings us back to control. There are many factors at play here, some technical, some design, but in a nutshell, if players could see and control every aspect of their cat or dog, it made it difficult for us to make them do surprising, fun, and unexpected things. When we compared all the options, we knew that our game would be the most fun if we didn’t let players select cats and dogs, but instead gave you other ways to interact with them. When we made this decision, it fundamentally opened up things we could do with cats and dogs that we can’t do with Sims even!

This doesn’t mean they’re wild and without control. Far from it. I’m going to give some examples, but before that, let me ask: How do you control your dog or cat in real life? How do you get them by your side when you want to pet them, or get them to sit when they’re misbehaving? The answer in your mind, it’s how it works in the game too. When your Pets need your attention to solve their needs, they’ll animate, act in certain behaviors, communicate with your Sims, and yes, the UI will tell you what they need. You can even ask them!

When they act badly, you can train them to stop. When you want them by your side, you can call them immediately over to you. But, like all good dogs and cats, there is a good chance they’ll be at your feet, walking along side you, or snoring on the couch next to your Sims already. If you want your dog to breed with another dog, you can instruct them to do so. When you need your cat to sleep in a certain bed, you can call them to do so.

In a nutshell, you won’t be frustrated by a lack of control. We’ve taken great pains to design, implement, and test an assortment of solutions and content to make sure that isn’t the case. But, we’ve also filled the game with unique behaviors and attributes for your cats and dogs so that you’ll be observing and telling stories for years.

We think The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs is the best pets expansion we’ve ever made, and a big reason for that is the freedom we were granted by removing control. Some of you may not agree, but don’t worry, The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs will be out soon and we’ll be talking more about it in the coming months. Soon you’ll agree that this is the most pawesome decision!

Until next time.

The Sims Freeplay – Downtown High School update!

The Sims Freeplay has just released it’s latest update which they’ve been teasing for a few days, the update includes a new teachers pet quest, a new school and much more! Check out the update post below… Via EA

Get ready for the first day at Downtown High School! Put your teens to the test in the latest update, where you can:

  • Enroll in the Teacher’s Pet Discovery Quest, check out the school grounds, and meet Vernon the Teacup Pig, which you may get to keep as your own adorable pet
  • Goof off in the Class Clown Hobby Event, available in classes like home economics and science, where you can unlock cheerleading outfits with their own unique actions that show off extra school spirit
  • Daydream, throw paper planes, and create weird science experiments to get access to the second floor, which includes the Principal’s Office, Staff Room, and more

Plus, earn a stylish assortment of activewear with an all-new Aerobics Hobby Event!

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