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29 Sep 2016 - 22:36

There is a new (free) game update for The Sims 4. It has been out for a few days already, but I've been really busy irl.

I managed to take a bunch of screenshots tonight of the new content. I've posted all of those on a different page though! Too much to include here. :P

Some of the changes include:

  • A new recipe for Pan de Muerto is available under the Cook… interaction.
  • Several new objects are available for your Sims to decorate their homes. Search for the term “Day of the Dead” in Buy Mode to find…
    • Two new wall hangings, a table, some candles, and a sculpture.
  • There are also several new outfits for your Sims in Create a Sim!
    • Male and Female Sims have a new full body outfit, plus face makeup.
    • Female Sims have a new hair, and Male Sims have a new hat.
    • Children also have a new full body outfit and face makeup.

Furthermore starting October 1st, you will be able to find Jasmine in game again, for a new challenge! Something about collecting 9 sugar skulls and honouring the dead! ^^

You can read the rest of the patch notes here.

29 Sep 2016 - 22:22

The Sims Studio published 3 new screenshots, and a new blog from SimGuruGrant: "9 Cool Things You’ll Find Exploring the City of San Myshuno"

Try new foods. We wanted to make San Myshuno a diverse city with interesting cultures, and the most delicious part of culture is food! San Myshuno introduces food stands with dozens of new recipes. Plus, to make it a little easier, your Sims can learn the recipes just by sampling, which pairs perfectly with our new City Native Aspiration. Your Sim can really get out there and sample the world’s delicious cuisine!

Grab some swag. Festivals are fun, but what is the point in going if you can’t take something awesome home? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Festivals all have Swag stalls to sell t-shirts, unique spices, special fireworks, and more to your Sims. Bring a few extra Simoleons and send them home with something that says “I was there!”

Collect snow globes! People throw junk out all the time in the cities, but one Sim’s junk is another Sim’s treasure! Keep your eyes peeled for cardboard boxes on the streets. Your Sims might find snow globes to complete the new collection.

Read the rest of the blog on the official website, or if you prefer you can read it on Simpedia.

27 Sep 2016 - 22:00

The Sims Studio published a bunch of new screenshots, and another blog by SimGuruGrant: "How We Built San Myshuno in The Sims 4 City Living"

San Myshuno was inspired first and foremost by diversity. We knew we wanted a diverse, vibrant, modern city where you might see people of Indian, Arab, Japanese, African, and other ethnicities. We wanted to create a colorful melting pot inspired by different cultural canvasses. We initially drew inspiration from Asian cities like Shanghai and Tokyo, but they were too intense with the lights, and felt a bit too focused on single cultural groups. Then, we looked to coastal cities like Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, and Sydney, as places known to host hugely distinct cultures in unique neighborhoods.

Read more on the official site, or on Simpedia!

23 Sep 2016 - 21:44

The Sims Studio will be live in about 15 minutes, streaming The Sims 4: City Living!

According to SimGuruJM they will focus on penthouses and apartments in this live stream:

22 Sep 2016 - 22:00

The Sims Studio published a couple of screenshots, and a new blog written by SimGuruGrant: "Living Large! Check Out Penthouses in The Sims 4 City Living"

Welcome to San Myshuno! Oh, wait, you're already living in the city? Where, if I can ask? Oh. Oh, dear. In one of those apartments? Well, they’re not built and maintained to the high standards we think your Sims deserve. Please, come with us as we show you the top floor.

Read the blog on the official site, or on Simpedia.

20 Sep 2016 - 19:49

Experience the challenges that come with your Sims’ first apartment, then work your way up the penthouse of their dreams.

The Sims Studio has published a new trailer about The Sims 4: City Living, as well as a new Producer Blog by SimGuruGrant: 9 Ways Apartments in The Sims 4 City Living Are Different (and Awesome!)

Here are two new screenshots from the blog:

The Sims 4: City Living screenshot

The Sims 4: City Living screenshot

I'm so excited about this pack! I think this is going to be my favourite expansion so far! :D

What do you think? Join us on the forums to talk about it!

19 Sep 2016 - 22:00

Came across this interesting article on Nintendo Everything, where they talk about MySims Friends, a cancelled Nintendo 3DS title from 2010. One of the Nintendo Everything readers named Mattrio had an interview with art director Xavier Garcia. Garcia posted images from MySims Friends a couple of years ago. More recently, Garcia was at liberty to share some information about the game.

“StreetPass and other Nintendo connectivity and was essentially an online only game.”

EA cancelled the game because they wanted to steer the entire Sims franchise in a different direction. Unfortunately MySims wasn't part of that new direction.

Behaviour Interactive was hoping to implement the ability to customise the environment in the new MySims Friends game. In the images below you can see how you would be able to take a regular house and turn it into a different style. Styles included Goth, Sporty, Futuristic, Cute, Tasty, Nature, and Fancy.

Here are a few of Garcia's MySims Friends images and captions:

MySims Friends

This is a little old, but the statute of limitations is passed on this (or so I hope! lol). This is a visual target for a MySims project I was involved with a few years ago. The project has been scrapped since.

 

MySims Friends

Another look at some MySims work, this time is a new character that was going to be introduced. We settled for the one on the right, but I had a soft spot for the first version. His name was Roscoe and he was an explosives specialist.

 

MySims Friends

Yep, more MySims concept art! We were experimenting with a Ninja village setting and still looking for a visual style.

 

MySims Friends

A big part of what was going to be the new MySims game was that you could customize your environments, so here I was exploring how you could take a basic house and each version was a different flavor. So we had the default, goth, sporty, futuristic, cute, tasty, nature and fancy.

 

MySims Friends

These designs were just basic explorations for different silhouettes and architecture

 

MySims Friends

And here is an overhaul on a flower shop.

MySims Friends

A big part of what was going to be the new MySims game was that you could customize your environments, so here is an in-depth look at how the exploration went. You can see how you can customize one house to have several different flavors, what kind of different houses you can have and how you can overhaul the shops.

Personally I'm really sad that the MySims franchise came to an end. I always liked the MySims games, all of them actually. I have all of them, on all platforms. I would have definitely bought MySims Friends as well!

13 Sep 2016 - 22:30

Check out this awesome City Living render! I absolutely love this!

13 Sep 2016 - 20:00

One word... APARTMENTS!

Jimmy Fallon excited

Jenna Marbles excited

cops dancing excited

Rachel Friends excited

Oh and I see what you did there EA... San Myshuno hehe.

San Francisco
San Francisco

Squeeeeeee!

12 Sep 2016 - 21:36

ConcernedApe posted another update about version 1.1!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a wild weekend for me. I had a booth at PAX West… my first time ever going to a convention, let alone exhibiting at one! It was really amazing to meet so many people who appreciate Stardew Valley. The vast number of positive interactions I had is hard for me to comprehend, and when I start to think about it I get really emotional. I am very grateful to have met you all.

Some highlights of the convention:

  • All the people doing Stardew Valley themed cosplay! I met Abigails, Emilys, Gunther, Shane, Sebastian, Leah, Jas, Maru, and several people who were dressed as their own in-game characters! One person had a locket with a picture of Sebastian in it. Another came with a fiberglass rod. Sebastian gifted me a potato! Very fun.
  • People who brought me their Stardew Valley art, home-made jelly, and gave me hugs.
  • Funny Stardew stories, like the guy who found a catfish in the trash can after his friend spent many hours fishing for one. Also the guy who listens to the soundtrack while doing yoga, and all the people who expressed their interest in marrying Pam.
  • People’s personal & heartwarming stories about how the game helped them get through tough times. Thanks so much for sharing with me.

At PAX, I had one of the new features of version 1.1 available to demo, and I’d like to tell you all a little more about it.

When starting a new character in version 1.1, you’ll be able to choose from five different farm maps (including the original map). Each map is based on a different skill, and includes unique gameplay opportunities that correspond to that skill. Here’s a rundown:

Riverlands (fishing) — Lots of water, and fishing is actually viable, unlike the other farm maps. It also looks really nice!

 

Forest (foraging) — Forage items spawn on the west edge of the map, as well as renewable stumps. There is also a unique type of weed that spawns on the farm.

 

Hill-top (mining) — Lots of cliffs. There is a mining area to the southwest where ores and unique geode-bearing stones will spawn.

 

Wilderness (combat) — Plenty of farming space, but monsters come out at night.

 

Everything else in the patch should seamlessly integrate into your existing save files, but to play the new maps you’ll have to start a new character.

There’s a few more things I need to finish for the update, but it should be ready soon.

Thanks again to everyone I met at PAX for the kind words and suggestions!

-Ape

I'm very excited for the new farmland options! :D

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