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Dinner With Rod Humble: Sims Style Stuff

By John Walker on April 30th, 2008.

Last week we brought you part one of our interview with EA’s Rod Humble. This week we bring you the second part, where we get down to talking about Rod’s day job: The Sims. When you’re sat down for dinner with the man in charge of one the biggest selling gaming franchise ever, and have a chance to find out more about the forthcoming The Sims 3, what do you ask about? Peeing. And then some slightly more practical questions. Along the way we discussed The Sims’ sociology on a wider scale, how Rod finds freezing to death endlessly funny, and why The Sims’ expansion packs deserve a better time than the gaming press gives them.

In future, could girls be more subtle when rejecting me?

RPS: You said that you want Sims 3 to welcome back the hardcore.

RH: Yeah. We’re adding systems which add depth and longevity to the gameplay. In addition to being able to go up many different advancement tracks, such as gardening or hobbies. The game also gives you little tasks to do. The game has an added depth that I think we’ve learned from other games that have come out in the last four or five years. It adds that extra meat of challenge. I think a lot of current players love all the Sims games as creative tools, but quite often I think core gamers like challenge and depth, and we’re always trying to strike a balance. I hope Sims 3 adds a little bit more to that balance.

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RPS Exclusive: Dinner With Rod Humble

By John Walker on April 23rd, 2008.

So it came to pass that last week I found myself in San Francisco, having dinner with EA’s top man on the The Sims 3, Rod Humble. You know, as you do. During dinner, accompanied by the head of Sims PR, Addison Ames, we chatted about all sorts, including the forthcoming Sims 3, and the Sims games overall. You can look forward to reading about that in the very near future. But today why not enjoy our rambling conversation about one of RPS’ favourite pastimes, indie games? We discuss lots of the games that have delighted us on RPS in recent times, while also covering essential subjects like whether rabbit is a sensible food choice, how games can peculiarly effect your life, and Rod’s interpretation of the ending of Portal. Pull up a chair, grab a plate. This all begins when Rod was making our heads swell by being kind about RPS.

Dinner with Rod and Addison.

Rod Humble: One of the reasons I love you guys so much is I know I’m going to get stuff that hasn’t been fed to you. I wouldn’t have found You Have To Burn The Rope myself.

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