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  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Would You Change The Sims And SimCity?

    Today brought news that Maxis Emeryville is shutting down . The studio brought us games like Spore and SimCity, but EA has chosen to shutter the office, even while keeping other related EA studios open in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki, and Melbourne. The future of Maxis' properties are... More
  • Blog Post: EA Shuts Down SimCity Studio Maxis Emeryville

    EA has shut down the studio responsible for Spore and SimCity. The news comes from Guillaume Pierre, lead gameplay scripture and a designer on SimCity (according to his Twitter profile). “Well it was a fun 12 years, but it's time to turn off the lights and put the key under the door. #RIPMaxisEmeryville... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Celebrates Outdoor Retreat Release With Launch Trailer

    Electronic Arts and Maxis announced that The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat, the first game pack for The Sims 4, is available today. The pack allows players to take their Sims on vacation to Granite Falls, a wooded, mountainous region nestled on a lake. Sims are able to set up camp and venture out into the woods... More
  • Blog Post: The Long-Awaited Sims 4 Pool Update Available Now

    Maxis introduced its first free Sims 4 update last month, and now it's time for the next one: pools. Two new careers are also on deck for December. When The Sims 4 launched, some key features were absent , such as dishwashers, pools, and even career paths. Maxis has answered by providing free content... More
  • Blog Post: Where Is Our Review Of The Sims 4?

    Maxis' long-running Sims franchise launched its new iteration, The Sims 4, on PC today. Unfortunately, EA did not provide us a review code early enough to fully evaluate the game in advance. I am currently playing it, and planning to have the review later this week – but here are some of my... More
  • Blog Post: EA’s Maxis Appears To Be Developing A New Sandbox Crafting Game

    SimCity and The Sims studio Maxis appears to be branching into new territory if a job listing is any indication. The studio seeks someone with Minecraft, Little Big Planet, and Project Spark familiarity. The search for a senior designer for a “new, unannounced Maxis product being created at EA’s... More
  • Blog Post: Updated: EA And Maxis Announce The Sims 4

    [Update] Electronic Arts has revealed a little more info about The Sims 4, including the fact that fans don't need to worry about a repeat performance of SimCity .The Sims 4 is a single-player, offline experience with a focus of personalization and sharing. [Original Story] The Sims is a juggernaut... More
  • Blog Post: EA Announces New Supernatural Expansion Pack For The Sims 3

    The Supernatural Expansion Pack for The Sims 3 is now available for pre-order. The expansion will allow players to create werewolf, fairy, vampire, and witch characters. It will also incorporate new features such as zombie attacks, the town Moonlight Falls, and the ability to brew magical elixirs. For... More
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Facebook Games of 2011

    The ubiquitous social media network has revealed the most popular games on its site for 2011. Interestingly, none of them contain the word "Farm." It appears that this list is not strictly based on number of users. According to Facebook: "This list was compiled by looking at the top games... More
  • Blog Post: EA Beats Farmville For Minor Victory In Facebook Wars

    EA hasn't been shy about its push to dominate the social gaming space. It looks like all that effort is paying off, as they now have some impressive numbers to back them up. The L.A. Times reported yesterday that for the first time since its launch, The Sims Social (EA's Facebook spin-off of... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims Social Coming To Facebook

    Because the total failure of The Sims Online wasn't enough, EA is bringing its long-running life simulation series to Facebook with The Sims Social. The game's presence at EA's E3 press conference was short and kind of silly, since it involved two women chatting on Facebook about a virtual... More
  • Blog Post: EA Announces Sims Medieval Limited Edition

    EA announced today The Sims Medieval Limited Edition, which will grant those who preorder the title exclusive content. “With the Limited Edition version of The Sims Medieval, we are giving players several great bonuses for being among the first to experience our new standalone franchise within... More
  • Blog Post: EA Announces Drastic New Direction With The Sims Medieval

    While continuing to evolve with each iteration and ancillary product, the basic Sims formula has remained mostly unchanged in its decade-long history. Taking the seasoned franchise in a drastic new direction, EA announced today that they will be going back in time – to the Middle Ages. The Sims... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 3 Late Night SDCC Teaser

    It's Tuesday, which means The Sims 3 is getting another expansion pack. EA revealed The Sims 3 Late Night at San Diego Comic Con, and sends this teaser trailer along to whet your whistles for some PG-rated shenanigans. More on Comic Con here at our liveblog, plus more to come as the worlds of comics... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 3 Console Teaser Trailer

    The popular Sims franchise, despite its original home on the PC, has seen success on console in years past. The latest addition to the series, The Sims 3, is making the jump to console as well. EA sends along this amusing teaser trailer to introduce another generation of console gamers to The Sims. More
  • Blog Post: Put Your Own Patterns In The Sims 3

    When this free download launches later this summer, gamers (and The Sims fans) will be able to create their own patterns and import them into The Sims 3. Everything from your clothes to your furniture and floors can be covered in whatever poppin' designs you can dream up. While I shudder to think... More
  • Blog Post: Will Wright Creating Reality TV?

    The mastermind behind Sim City, The Sims, and Spore may be veering away from video games for his next project. Rumors are indicating that gaming industry legend Will Wright is currently working on a cross between a simulation and a television called The Creation Project . According to a report from IGN... More
  • Blog Post: Will Wright Makes Surprise Appearance at GDC

    As the mystery guest for GDC's final panel, Spore creator Will Wright came out of hiding to discuss leaving Electronic Arts, the game he's spent the most time with in his life, and a little thing he calls the "metaphysics of game development." In typical Will Wright fashion, the speech... More
  • Blog Post: New Sims 3 Expansion Is Ambitious

    Has your sim already become a sports superstar, acclaimed author, and a criminal mastermind? The newest expansion for The Sims 3, entitled Ambitions, will allow players to explore even more career paths while controlling their sims on the job. New career options include (but aren't limited to) inventor... More
  • Blog Post: EA Partners With IDW For Army Of Two And Dragon Age Comics

    It’s official. Any EA property worth its salt is a prime target for undergoing the comic-book treatment. Joining the ranks of Dead Space, Mirror’s Edge, Mass Effect and Dante’s Inferno, EA announced today that it has partnered with IDW to roll out Army of Two and Dragon Age comics.... More
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