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10:45 PM on 03.31.2015

Two deals on today's Sims 4 Get To Work expansion

The "Get To Work" expansion pack to The Sims 4 was released earlier today on Origin for $39.99. The first of what is expected to be many (and we're talking many), the expansion allows you to further enrich your in-game person...

Dealzon

5:30 PM on 03.04.2015

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville

Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 01.23.2015

Play The Sims 4 free for 48 hours on Origin

Electronic Arts has added The Sims 4 to its Origin Game Time program, which offers a trial period on some major releases in the Origin library. Players can install The Sims 4 now through Origin and play free for 48 hours, sta...

Conrad Zimmerman



Your Sims can now 'accidentally' drown in the The Sims 4 photo
Your Sims can now 'accidentally' drown in the The Sims 4
by Jordan Devore

The Sims 4 was notably missing pools at launch, though something tells me many of us weren't playing the game then. As an on-again, off-again Sims player, I passed. If you're waiting for The Sims Studio to flesh out the game with more updates, take note: pools are in.

Today's free update adds pool building (diagonal blocks are in), customization options for swimwear, and a bunch of fixes related to performance, graphics, and Build Mode.

Remember, ladders are optional.

Rejoice! Pools are Now in The Sims 4! [The Sims]

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2:00 PM on 10.01.2014

The Sims 4 is getting pools, ghosts, and Star Wars costumes

Pools. Get to the pools! They were notably absent from The Sims 4 at launch but they're arriving in November as a free update. Sim deaths are going to skyrocket. Speaking of which, more immediately, the game is adding ghosts...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 09.05.2014

If you loved the '90s more, you'd have made Seinfeld's apartment in The Sims 4

Anyone that can play bass guitar inevitably always gets asked the question "Can you play the Seinfeld theme?" (Duh, obviously.) That's probably why they bought a bass in the first place -- to lay down the groove to the i...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 PM on 08.13.2014

Make your own hideous Sims in The Sims 4: Create-a-Sim demo

Available now on Origin, you too can create various facsimiles of human life with The Sims 4's Create-a-Sim demo. The demo will give players a sneak peek into the new Sim creation process, which looks a lot more involved...

Brittany Vincent

3:45 AM on 08.13.2014

Here's what EA thinks is worth a press conference

At the EA press conference earlier, Peter Moore stood on stage and showed off various modes in The Sims 4. None of that was important though. This is the most important piece of information to come from the presentation. Behold: buff, shirtless Peter Moore. You're welcome.

Darren Nakamura

3:00 AM on 08.07.2014

The Sims 4 'Weirder' series tells the story of an incredibly not weird man

EA made a video series called "Weirder Stories" to showcase the wacky lives of some theoretical citizens in the upcoming The Sims 4, and then literally made the most dull character it could. Cribbing from Dos Equis' "Most In...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Yep, The Sims 4 will support mods

The Sims 4 won't "include every single feature and piece of content we added to The Sims 3 over the last five years," according to its developers, but modding? Yeah, that's not going anywhere. Sims VIP has recapped details ou...

Jordan Devore



So, uh, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate for free photo
So, uh, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate for free
by Jordan Devore

EA recently announced the end of its technical support for The Sims 2 and in doing so said that players would be given a free The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection upgrade as thanks.

That was an unexpected move, but this one's even more surprising: folks who don't even own The Sims 2 can also get the game and all of its expansions for free.

You just need to have an Origin account and, from the Games tab, redeem the product code "I-Love-The-Sims" -- it'll remain active until July 31, 2014 at 10:00am Pacific.

Never once thought I'd own any Sims expansion content, and now I have it all. Wild!

[Via NeoGAF]

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3:15 PM on 07.08.2014

You won't like the explanation for The Sims 4's lack of pools and toddlers

The Sims 4 will not launch with the option to give your Sims a pool, or have them go through the toddler life stage, as has been the case in prior games. Presumably, those features are coming post-launch, most likely in an ex...

Jordan Devore

4:00 AM on 07.01.2014

Like me, The Sims 4 keeps getting 'Smarter and Weirder'

In a new gameplay trailer released today, fans were given a sneak peek at the latest entry to the Sims franchise, The Sims 4. Many of the old Sims tropes abound, such as electrocuting yourself when you attempt to learn how t...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 06.27.2014

No pools or toddlers in The Sims 4 at launch

The new Build Mode for The Sims 4 looks fantastic in that it just works -- you aren't fighting with the tools to design something halfway decent looking. There's one problem, though: no pools! In a blog post, The Sims Studio ...

Jordan Devore



The Sims 4: Aspirations and emotional traits systems shown photo
The Sims 4: Aspirations and emotional traits systems shown
by Dale North

We've seen some of the key features of The Sims 4 since its announcement around this time last year.. We know, for example, how easy it is to create your character, and we've seen how they've overhauled the game's build mode. But Maxis has only briefly touched on how you'll create and develop your character's goals and emotions. We saw a bit more of how that works at a recent pre-E3 briefing.

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2:23 PM on 06.09.2014

The Sims 4 lets you create and define your sims' personalities

Want to play The Sims 4 with a hot-headed athlete? Or maybe as a hopeless romantic? That's going to all be possible, as The Sims 4 grants the player more freedom to craft the sims that they want. For the ...

Brett Makedonski