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Please note I'm currently working on the new site. I didn't want to take the site offline though, so you can still visit it. However me working on the site while it's still online means a lot of the pages will appear wonky. But not to worry, it won't take too long. Happy
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 18:53

Well, part 2 of our SimCity hands-on preview is online! Curious?

Start reading!

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 13:04

Earlier this month we were invited on a SimCity event in The Netherlands. It's actually the first time I didn't attend an event myself. Instead, Cheetah (who you may all know from The Sims Zone) attended the event for me. Big thanks to Cheetah for attending the event and for writing up a nice article as well. The next few days we'll add the other parts.

Small note I'd like to add: we were allowed to take screenshots. However,  the producer (Jason Haber) had to approve them, and we can only use 10 of them. So to make up for that (cause we ended up with 7 unique screens), we added some screenshots from Ocean Quigley to the preview as well!

Go read (part 1 of) our preview!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 20:11

I closed the form an hour ago and spent some time removing duplicates from the spreadsheet. After that I used random.org to select 15 numbers. I looked up those numbers in the spreadsheet and here are the winners:

  • Noel Reinhold
  • Jeyhan
  • Nick Suter
  • Laurent
  • Timothy Guenthner
  • Emily Alice
  • Nasos
  • Rachel
  • leclanfra
  • Ivan Genc
  • Gino Abbas
  • Rui Cardoso
  • Oscar Samuelsson
  • Alex Saul
  • Kyle

Congratulations to all of you! I have mailed all 15 winners with their unique code for the SimCity beta. Happy

I would like to thank EA Benelux for letting SNW host this giveaway!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 09:29

We have a bunch of SimCity beta codes, isn't that exciting? Do you want one? You do? Good, then do the following:

Follow on Twitter and retweet this tweet!

and/or

Like our page on Facebook and share this post!

Once you've done this, comment below this post with your name, mail address and a link to either (or both) your twitter retweet and/or facebook share.

Google sites is a bit odd with the comments, so I made a form where you can send in your comment. However this comment won't appear below this post. Don't send it in more than once.

On Thursday 8pm GMT+1 we will announce and contact randomly selected winners that entered their info in the form below!

The beta will start on January 25, 2013 at 6pm GMT+1 (which is 5pm in the UK and 9am PST). And the beta will end on January 28, 2013 at 9am GMT+1 (8am in the UK, and 12am PST). During this time you can play several times, as you can only play in one hour slots.

Please note:

  • If you didn't sign up for the beta prior to January 20, you can't participate in the beta. Don't request a beta code if you didn't sign up!
  • You have to be 18 years or older to participate in the beta.
  • You need Origin to use the code.
  • You obviously need an internet connection.

On another note, only the following countries can participate: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

These are the requirements set by EA. To read EA's online privacy policy and terms of service, please go to www.ea.com

Good luck and happy sharing!

You can no longer participate!

The giveaway is closed and we are now going to randomly select the winners!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 08:07

Welcome to the temporary SimsNetwork (SNW) and SimCityNetwork (SCN) website!

Here is a Q&A or FAQ, whatever you want to call it, that will hopefully answer some questions.

Where is the real website? What happened?
It's gone! The website as we know it, is gone. The server crashed. The file system corrupted everything. All the websites and mailboxes (among other things) are corrupted and unreadable.

What about backups?
We have one person who usually makes a daily backup. However this person experienced issues of his own right when the server was failing, therefore the recent backups are gone. We do have a few backups from August 2012 and those should be safe and well. Nonetheless it's from August 2012, which is why we lost everything that happened between August and now.

And what happens now?
After a weekend of inspecting the damage and lots of tears, I decided to continue with SNW. I have to admit losing my "baby" like that is hard and I had to think about whether or not I wanted to start over. However I know in my heart I would miss it too much. I would miss the games, the community, the people, everything really. So I am going to start over. My boyfriend (Cheetah from The Sims Zone) will help me rebuild and restructure the website. I can do it myself, but it will take longer if I do everything alone. It's a complex system and I'm really a perfectionist when it comes to my sites, so I only trust Cheetah to help me with this. A lot of friends have offered their help, and I really appreciate that!

Cheetah is the one who is going to download whatever is left of the files. After everything is downloaded and kept safe on a backup disc, he will install everything on the server again. Fresh and clean. Once this is done, most of the sites can be moved back, including a few of my own (since I haven't updated most of them lately, and therefore the August 2012 backups will be fine for those sites).

When will SNW be back?
Like I said before: we have to start over. I roughly work 10-12 hours a day on my websites, so I'm hoping to be back within 2-4 weeks. But in the meantime, this temporary site will have to do. We will post important news here, as well as previews/reviews and giveaways.

To stay up to date, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for sticking with us!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 23:46

The Sims 3: University Life

*dies*

Press release here.

Missed the chat?

Oh and new chat on Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 20:39

The mystery is over! Today during The Sims 3 live broadcast we revealed the Plumbob Park as the Origin-exclusive mystery item. Want it? All you have to do is pre-order any version of SimCity through Origin: http://bit.ly/ueWxcq

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 16:32

I was planning to write a post about this some time ago, but I was busy with the reviews and just forgot to write this. Sorry!

Our community manager Anita recently left EA, which came to me as quite a shock. She has been the Dutch (or actually, BeNeLux) community manager for many years and it's only fair to wish her good luck with whatever she is going to do next. Thank you Anita for all your hard work. Don't be a stranger, okay? We hope to see you on Gamescom soon! :D

In case you are wondering who will be replacing her as a community manager, that would be Jordy, who many of you may know from Simparool and Sunset Valley Times. He has been an intern at EA Benelux twice now and has learned enough to take on the role of community manager. We're looking forward to hear more from him! Happy

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 14:06

The Real City-Building Simulation Game Is Now Live and Available to Play

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SimCity™ Social cuts the ribbon on the world's largest social network! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today announced that SimCity Social is now live on Facebook. A close collaboration between many talented people at Maxis and Playfish, SimCity Social takes the hallmark features that SimCity fans have loved over the past two decades and integrates them with advanced social features, bringing the real social city-building simulation to the masses.

"SimCity Social will entice a new generation of urban planners with its easy-to-use tools that allow anyone to expand and grow their own unique sprawling metropolises and watch as it comes to life in fun and unexpected ways," said Jami Laes, Vice President of Global Studios for Playfish. "SimCity Social is about playing with your friends. Whether you do that with kindness by helping put out a fire or through mischievous acts like helping a criminal escape, the decisions you make with your friends will determine how the story of your cities plays out."

In SimCity Social, there are no set linear paths to follow; cities evolve as a direct result of player-driven choice allowing for more creative freedom. As mayor, players will deal with unforeseen issues like fires, crime and pollution, and will make crucial decisions that will help them discover how their cities take shape. Social interactions in SimCity Social go far beyond just visiting friends' cities or using them as resources to complete tasks. Players can choose to build friendly relationships with other cities or form an intense rivalry through a dynamic and ever-evolving friend and foe system. With multiple options for city growth, unexpected gameplay events that shape the destiny of the city, and city-to-city relationships, players will see recognizable changes that bring forth aesthetic and gameplay alterations based on the decisions made in the game — for better or for worse.

SimCity fans can visit www.facebook.com/simcitysocial to "Like" the game and join the more than 750,000 fans. Players of SimCity Social who "Like" the game get access to free in-game exclusive content.

Following the success of the integration in The Sims Social, Dunkin' Donuts will be integrated into SimCity Social at launch where players can gift Coffee Boosts and Donut Boosts to enable friends to enhance their game play experience. Dunkin' Donuts will continue to launch new features and gifting campaigns in the game throughout the year, including exclusive SimCity Social items available to players who choose to visit and "like" the Dunkin' Donuts Facebook page.

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 16:07

EA sent us this official SimCity Social trailer today. Enjoy watching it! :D

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