I hope this T-Mail finds you all well, and that you had a safe and happy New Year. I know many have been touched by the disaster in SE Asia, even some at Electronic Arts, and I can only hope that each of you has been spared personal loss in this tragic event.
I hope everyone liked last week's download on thesims2.com. Though I've got to say, I've been so impressed with the Christmas Trees the community members have been making on their own. I continue to be blown away by your creativity and ingenuity.
An apology of sorts is in order. I'm totally messing with our naming scheme for these weekly community missives – first you had the Luc Mail, then simply added the letter "y" when it became the Lucy Mail. Well, now all that's right out the window, because my name's Tim. Hi, and welcome to the first ever The Sims 2 Tim-mail (or T-mail, if you're into the whole brevity thing). I'm the Senior Producer for The Sims 2 franchise, and your new source for regular info on the game we all know and adore, The Sims 2.
Can you feel it? Do you feel a tingling sensation in your stomach that's radiating throughout your whole body? You know what that is? It's your body's way of saying, "There's less than one week left until you can rush to the store and pick up The Sims 2!"
Where, but in The Sims 2, will you find a Social Bunny or an invisible Shrink when the going gets tough? The Sims 2 is, without a doubt, the funniest, quirkiest and most eccentric game that your gaming dollar can buy – a fact we're all extremely proud of. So when it came time to set the game to music, we looked for talent that shared our particularly skewed outlook on life, simulated or otherwise. An unspoken guideline during this process was, if we could find someone with a history of donning flowerpot headgear, our search was over.
The blooper reel is a long-standing tradition of TV and Film. A serious actor might spectacularly flub his lines, or a boom mic might drop on someone's head. The cast and crew all get a hearty chuckle for a few moments, and then it's back to business as usual. Any production is going to encounter their fair share of gaffes, and some of these prove to be so compelling that they're often compiled and tacked on to the closing credits to give the audience a few additional laughs and a look at the lighter side of the process.
Did you accidentally pour orange juice in your cereal this morning or salt in your coffee? Did your neighbor's orange tabby take on a darker, decidedly more jet-black appearance when it crossed your path on the way out the door? Have you locked your car keys inside your running vehicle, or spent time recently lounging beneath ladders? If you're beginning to wonder whether or not the whole world has it in for you, take a look at your calendar. That's right – it's that dreaded day of misfortune, Friday the 13th.