Hello everyone.

I wanted to first take the opportunity to thank all of you who were able to join us for The Sims 2 University. We are grateful that you took time out of your busy schedules and traveled many miles to spend the day with us and talk about The Sims 2. We feel like it was a worthwhile day and hope you do to. For those of you who were unable to join us, we missed you and hope you will be able to participate next time.

General Manager Luc Barthelet joined us in chat today.

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A whopping 500 people were in attendance to hear what Luc had to say about Bella Goth and what the characters of Sims2 are like. For those who missed it, read the transcripts.

MaxisLuc is back in chat this week to talk with you all about his favorite character, Bella and of course who knows what else! Tune in this Thursday at 3PM PST (That’s 4 PM Mountain, 5 PM Central, 6 PM Eastern and 11 PM in the UK).

A BIG Thank You to the 350+ users that showed up to chat with Luc! For those who couldn't make it, read the transcripts.

Thank you to everyone that showed up at our chat with Luc. Transcripts are now available for those of you that were unable to make it.

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Luc Barthelet writes about SimCity 3000 and The Sims.

Maxis is moving this week from Walnut Creek to Redwood Shores, and as it happens I am also personally moving to new endeavors. Since I have kept all of you in the loop on everything that happens at Maxis, I wanted to make sure you knew it first before any public announcement in the next few weeks.

Begorra, lads and lassies! Dia Duit! 'Tis I, Luc O'Barthelet, General Manager and head leprechaun of Maxis, and if'n ye haven't guessed it already, we're gearing up for the good times of St. Patty's Day. Just as St. Patrick famously (if not accurately) drove the snakes from the Emerald Isle, we're hard at work driving the bugs from The Sims 2, all so that we can bring you the best, most fun, and completely addictive simulation game on the planet in exchange for a wee nip from your pot o' gold.

Hello Everybody:

Another busy week has passed at Maxis, and The Sims 2 Team continues their labor of love creating the game.

Many members of the team are incredibly passionate and dedicate far more than the average 40 hours a week sweating the details. I would like you to meet some of the people behind the game that are rarely in the limelight. I recently sat down with Lyndsay McGaw to get her thoughts on everything from playing games to making them.