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Friday, July 19, 2013 - 08:40

If you follow SimGuruRiley on Twitter you may have seen these pics already. We all love Freezer Bunny. And guess who is out and about at Comic Con? Yeah, Freezer Bunny! And SimGuruSteph is also there, so I collected photos/tweets from both of them this time!

 

Should #FreezerBunny line up at Hall H?

 

#FreezerBunny #ComicCon2013  more fun from the show floor

 

#FreezerBunny  just found some fans at #ComicCon2013

 

#FreezerBunny catches a ride up to Ralphs at #ComicCon2013

 

#FreezerBunny  headed back out on the show floor of #ComicCon

 

EA!

 

#FreezerBunny rolling on the show floor of #ComicCon2013

 

Joining at SDCC! #Freezerbunny meets Catwoman!

 

#FreezerBunny the city awaits.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 08:26

Although not really Sims news, I thought it was really funny that SimGuruRiley is going to Comic Con with Freezer Bunny! See all the fun pics below! Happy

 

On the road to Comic con!

 

 

Freezer Bunny loves an open window.

 

Freezer Bunny stops for gas on they way to comic con.

 

 

Hello Central Valley California !!!  You are looking lovely today.

 

 

#FreezerBunny  almost to SanDiego ComicCon. 

 

 

So many fun places in the car for #FreezerBunny to play in.

 

 

So close!

 

 

#FreezerBunny is so squishy. 

 

 

I promise no bunnies were hurt.

 

 

#FreezerBunny  just checked in to the hotel.

 

 

#FreezerBunny surveys the convention enter

 

 

#FreezerBunny is going to go for a ride down to pick up some #SDCC badges.

 

 

#FreezerBunny has arrived at #SDCC

 

 

#FreezerBunny is working the celebrity photo wall. 

 

 

#FreezerBunny hitting the Gaslamp for a plate of nachos. 

 

#FreezerBunny we have made it to the show floor.

 

#FreezerBunny #SDCC2013 Preview night just wrapped up.

 

I'm loving all these Freezer Bunny pics! It reminds me of Junior and how he always comes along to attend all the events! :D Speaking of which, Junior really should start moblogging again!

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 00:07

SimCity on Facebook just posted these screens which show some of the new features coming soon:

Update 6 Changes Currently in Testing

We are testing changes to how RCI works in the game in response to feedback directly from our players. The main goals are to make Industrial matter more and make sure the demand bars inform players what they should zone.

• New: RCI Tuning - Tuning to make Industrial needed more. Commercial buildings lose profit if they don’t have enough freight. The demand bars should feel like they inform the player what they should zone.
• New: RCI height variations for Density 3 Buildings. This will add more variety to the look of your cities.
• New: Borderless windowed mode setting.
• Fixes for some issues of the “out of money” problem or unexplained abandonment.
• Clarity around unfilled jobs and workers to make sure players are messaged that there may be an issue where workers cannot get to unfilled jobs.
• Residential and Commercial buildings are now more consistently in the same wealth in an area of a particular land value. Improves visually consistency.
• Help Wanted, no Shoppers, and No Jobs alerts have been added to the Zoning info panel as alerts.
• Data Layer: Greater map accuracy on the land value map. Residential and Commercial wealth colors added. Abandoned buildings show up red.
• Data Layer: Land Value map shows when placing parks.
• Fixed issue where RCI sometimes builds on roads.
• Fix performance slowdown in cities with more than one million tourists.
• UI Clarity: Show which city hall modules are already placed in the region on the palette UI.
• Garbage UI: fixed issue where garbage UI sometimes showed bins that had already been picked up.
• Gifting: Cash gifts will send to another city even if a player leaves the gifting city before seeing gift confirmation. 

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 21:18

Win Exclusive Swag Bags Filled To The Brims With The Sims 3 and SimCity Merchandise

Get your hands on one of three incredibly exclusive swag bags, filled to the brims with The Sims™ 3 and SimCity™ merchandise, including rare Plumbob jewellery set and exclusive The Sims™ 3 Diesel t-shirt, and a Rita Ora signed The Sims™ 3 Seasons sleeve!!!

What you have to do?
Use your Sims knowledge and expertise, to answer this question in no more than 100 words: ‘What is your all-time favourite The Sims™ expansion pack and why?’ Please include an in-game screenshot showing us what you love most about this particular expansion pack. Show us what objects and fashion styles allow you to best express your individuality.

How do you enter?
Send your 100 word answer and your amazing screenshot, with your name and age to summerswag@ea.com. This competition is open now!! Have your entries in before midnight on Friday 19th July 2013.

What do you win?
Three Swag Bags filled to the brim with exclusive The Sims 3 and SimCity merchandise are up for grabs! They include a rare Plumbob jewelry set, an exclusive The Sims™ 3 Diesel t-shirt and a Rita Ora signed The Sims™ 3 Seasons sleeve! Along with many other prizes you’d love to get your hands on – check out the picture above.

When will you find out if you’re the winner?
The three winners will be contacted via the e-mail address they enter with on Monday 22th July – so keep your eyes peeled!

Get your creative caps on and let us know which expansion pack is your favourite, and show us what you can do with it!

Best of luck.

The full competition terms and conditions can be found here.

Gaaaaah! Again I can't participate. I'd love to though! Look at those goodies. It's UK only, so if you live in the UK, be sure to participate!

Yes, I want awesome goodies!

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 20:58

Welcome to our weekly prize giveaway. Leave us a comment for a chance to win free game codes and other cool prizes while celebrating your favorite games. We do this every week—to stay in touch with these giveaways, like us on Facebook.

One of the most Iconic images in gaming is the PlumbBob (the green diamond-like symbol) from The Sims. Creating your own world and then proceeding to mess around with anything and anyone within it is one of the greatest gaming feelings out there. In what other game can you make friends with only ghosts? Where else can you have a big party and then proceed to lock every guest in the bathroom? At least without serious repercussions…

My favorite thing to do in The Sims is to steal everything not nailed down. The greatness of the game is that you can play it however you want to!

So what is your favorite thing to do in The Sims?

Do you like to make a version of yourself? Or perhaps create a version of your worst enemy and then mess with them—the possibilities are endless. For your chance to win a Maxis T-shirt (sizes: women’s M or L, men’s L or XXL) or a fun The Sims 17" decal, comment below and tell us about your favorite thing to do in The Sims. We love creativity!

Like, Comment on, or Share the official Facebook post for this giveaway to boost your chances to win. Entries must be posted by July 14th at 11:59pm PT to be considered.

The Origin team will pick five (5) random commenters to win this week’s prize. Please note, only one entry per person is permitted for each giveaway, and only residents of North America, aged 18 and older, who are not EA employees or affiliated with an EA employee, are eligible. Winners will be contacted via email on their registered Origin/EA email address to claim their prize.  Good luck!

It's US-only. I wish I could participate! Never got the chance to get myself some of these Sims prints. Oh well...

Visit the Origin News website to participate!

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 20:38

 

Prima Games just sent out a tweet about the SimCity Prima Games guide available as iBook!

This book is available for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes. Books must be read on an iOS device.

The SimCity Prima Official Game Guide key features:

  • iBook Features
    Features like built-in bookmarking, adjust your screen brightness, locate a word, character, or phrase anywhere in the iBook with the built-in search feature.
  • Know Your City Specializations
    Optimize every city in your region with different specializations and work together to complete Great Works.
  • Be the Best Mayor!
    Expert strategies on how to manage income and expenses while expanding utilities and city services to meet the demands of your growing population.
  • Business Strategies
    Learn how to identify and extract natural resources to reap enormous profits from various business opportunities.
  • Unlock Achievements
    Obtain every achievement...even the secret ones!
  • Quick Reference Tables
    Content listing costs, prerequisites, and upgrades for all buildings and their modules.

The iBook costs $9.99 and is available on iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch.

View / buy the SimCity iBook

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 20:08

The Dutch Sims page on Facebook has a cool contest going on. Dutch/Belgian Sims fans can win a dorm room in Sims style! I'm posting this here in case some of our Dutch/Belgian visitors are visiting the English site and we wouldn't want them to miss this!

Is jouw kamer wel toe een een make-over? Doe dan mee en win een echte Sims 3 (studenten)kamer inrichting. Like en deel de post op onze pagina en vul onderstaand formulier in om kans te maken!

Dutch/Belgian people can go to this post on De Sims Facebook page and click like and share the post. They also need to fill out this form!

I would definitely participate if I had a dorm room lol. Does a living room count as well? :P

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 00:15

Show us your city's true colors by entering our Build the Best Green City contest. Tweet your pics to #SimCityBTB.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 21:35

Mayors! SimCity Update 5, which focuses on multiplayer and multi-city fixes and improvements, releases this Tuesday:

Hi Mayors – below you'll find the notes that are in development for Update 5.0.

Update 5 is focused on improvements to Multiplayer and Multi-city Play
• New: Historic Price charts for Global Market resources are available from the SimCity World button on the main menu.
• New: The Region Wall chat has been completely updated with a new look and new functionality! Chat functions more efficiently and it’s much easier to communicate with other players. Time stamps show on chat messages on rollover. Regional events are easier to read and can be toggled on and off.
• New: Added a filter for friends’ regions in the join region section.
• New: Trading control. Added feature to give players more control over their utilities. Players can now choose whether or not to keep their power, water, or sewage local. This setting can be found on the information panel accessible by clicking on the power plant, water tower, or sewage pipe or plant. Sharing with the region is on by default.
• New: Regional Missions: Added seven new regional missions: Drink It Up!, Plug In, So Stoked, The Wheels on the Bus, Ferry Dust, Station to Station, and Riding Coach.
• New: Regional Achievement: Added a new regional achievement, Field Trip!
• Gifting Improvements: Cash gifts are now delivered electronically, not by truck. This should improve the efficiency of gifting.
• Resource gifts: Resource gifts will happen more reliably. Multiple trucks can make deliveries at once if they are available in the sending city and the truck capacities have been increased.
• Great Works Improvements: Delivery trucks will mark their resources as dropped off as soon as they reach the Great Works, instead of when they arrive back in the city. This will make tracking time more reliable.
• Great Works Improvements: Update to have all resources at Great Works handled at the regional level. This will address players in different cities seeing different resources once the server has processed the region and cities.
• Great Works Improvements: Fixed an issue where an Arcology would maintain power from the region and fixed an issue where shoppers would not increase at the Arcology as it was leveled up. This will update in both existing and new Arcologies.
• Great Works Improvements: Tuned the Solar Farm.
• Regional Unlocks: The advanced coal mine unlocks regionally. Fixed issue where the Trade HQ sometimes did not unlock.
• Fire Advisor Trading clarity: Tuned the Fire advisor so they do not tell you that neighbors are sending fire trucks when your neighbor has no fire stations.
• Trading: School buses that travel from a neighbor’s city will show that city’s avatar.
• Regional Commuting: Fixed an issue where Sims would not be able to take transit out of cities with lots of streetcars or shuttle buses. This could cause some cases where commuting Sims could not return home and their homes would go abandoned.
• Garbage Trucks and Recycling Trucks: Fixed an issue that some cities experienced where garbage and recycling trucks do not leave their buildings or disappeared when trading service with neighbors. Existing cities who have trucks that have disappeared will have to demolish their missing trucks’ garages and plop new garages.
• Text Clarification: The “Out of Money” message now says “Can’t find work” when appropriate in rollover feedback and the approval rating UI. This is to clarify your Sims’ actual need. 

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 01:03

Well that's it. In a few hours EA will shutdown The Sims Social and SimCity Social. Are you going to miss it? I have to admit I haven't played it in quite some time. Mostly due to lack of time. But also because I could only complete quests if I added a bunch of people I didn't know or if I spend real money on it. I will admit I have had some fun times with both games. And I will definitely miss it. But on the bright side, more time to spend on other things!

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