Disturbing Sims 3 Trailer

After the jump is what seems to be some kind of French-language Sims 3 advert: I’m assuming this is some kind of life-lesson trailer, because, er…


  1. Roman Levin says:

    Can I ever be the same again?

  2. I am confused says:

    What… What the hell happened? Seriously, I don’t get it. Can someone translate the french part?
    And yes, quite a few disturbing moments here, but overall it was pretty nice… Though it just shows you how little difference there seems to be graphically if you compare it to Sims 2 trailers.

  3. Wisq says:

    FYI, I believe the text at the end (“vous avez …”) means “you’ve got better things to do than steal candy from children”.

    Why they would make a trailer about doing exactly that, then, is a bit odd. :)

  4. Jeff says:

    High school french –
    You have better things to do that steal sweets (candy) from kids?

  5. Feet says:

    Well I don’t know about anyone else, but I really want to play The Sims 3 now.

    Also did anyone else feel really uncomfortable when the girl looks at the small boy and has that really sinister look on her face. I mean. :(

  6. Gap Gen says:

    “FYI, I believe the text at the end (”vous avez …”) means “you’ve got better things to do than steal candy from children”.”

    Also, better things to do than watch fake people walk about their living room scratching their arses and wondering what’s on TV?

  7. Mister Yuck says:

    Eh, the French.

  8. MisterBritish says:

    You watched it, you can’t un-watch it.

  9. Fede says:

    They’re French. This explains it. :P

  10. Thirith says:

    I like it. It’s weird, quirky but doesn’t try to be just cute. There’s something quite ominous to it.

  11. Bobsy says:


  12. BC says:

    Evil = Fat

  13. Heliocentric says:

    I am protected by flash incompatibility. Huzzah. I want to make a prediction. Sims 3 will not outsell sims 2 on a year by year basis. Contraversial i know.

    sims (1) was horrible. Like looking after ocd rodents with bladder bypasses, which had to hold down jobs.

    Sims 2 was a wonderful leap in both visual and play experience. I can’t see sims 3 being the same leap and without that i can’t see the casual customers going crazy to buy it. The first year sales will be similar but the expansion packs will suffer from reduced sales compared to sims 2’s expansions. People will realise when sims 3 pets comes out they are being sold the same shit twice.

  14. Not Bernard says:

    Wow. Slightly creepy, but this was actually better than the big happy street party of the English trailer.

  15. aldo_14 says:

    Soooo….. it’s something about a woman who breaks into Hugh Hefners house and abuses children, before becoming morbidly obese (is she eating the children with the aid of that knife-wielding chef)?

    mmm…. I could really go for some lemon bonbons now, actually…

  16. Malagate says:

    @Mister British, ahh when I read that I instantly remembed the very same line as uttered in Futurama, they should attach that sound bite to the end of videos like this. Not that I’ve seen the video mind, work tends to filter those bits (seemingly for good reason).

  17. Dinger says:

    I think it’s footage from the canceled video to X’s Sex and Dying in High Society.

  18. SlappyBag says:

    They make it look so much more interesting than it is

  19. Rob says:

    Naturally the majority of the video is taken up by a homage to that giant of French video gaming, Twinsen, and his ‘discreet’ walk; alas the soundtrack left no room for the appropriate SFX.

  20. C0nt1nu1ty says:

    That was……odd, and kinda french
    though i would be pleased if all that scooting around town is in game, the abritrary house boxing in of the sims games always makes me feel like i’m running some kind of paraphrased stanford prison experiment

  21. Onisad says:

    Hmmm. This is beyond understanding. Even for a French guy, really.

  22. Tei says:

    Maybe is like memento. You have to watch it from end to start to make sense.

    I mean, a pregnant girl, give birth to a few chidlrens, she distribute the childrens, after years, the guys grown and buy a house, a computer… but then something alien show…

    That is.

  23. matte_k says:

    That was…unsettling…

  24. Rei Onryou says:

    I can see the Daily Mail headline already.

    “Game for all encourages child abuse, stealing from kids and obesity!”

  25. Hoernchen says:

    Sim Grand Theft Thief Chubby City. err. wtf ?

  26. matt says:

    Well, even though i’m French, i don’t quite understand this trailer. Sadly, i must say it seems to be a trend lately in French advertising (unintelligible ads)..
    I do have better things to do than steal candy from kids, but those better things don’t include playing Sims3.

  27. url404 says:

    I can see a lot of French kids damaging themselves trying to recreate the “throw the knife behind your back and catch it again” trick.

  28. boatorious says:

    Coming up with bizarre European Commercials is one of the biggest obstacles in localization. Euro-gamers always complain about the delay in games being released in Europe, this is the reason.

    Curiously, this exact same commercial is also used in France as both Mentos commercial and a commercial for a designer brand of stretchable clothes.

  29. FernandoDANTE says:

    This is disturbing on so many levels.

    And that includes the “wtf, graphics are worse than Sims 2?” level.

  30. KindredPhantom says:

    Someone needs to re-edit it to look she is eating the babies.

  31. Jakson Breen says:

    Oh, I get it. It’s a euphemism about video game piracy. See, everything on RPS is somehow connected to the topic!

  32. Pags says:

    Trust the French.

  33. Hmm-hmm. says:

    @boatorius: And it’s sily, really, when for most gamers it’s not necessary to make trailers for their own language region.

    I mean, I can understand translating a trailer.. and in the case of the other Sims 3 trailer, yes, it was quite heavily american in theme. But still.

  34. Starborn says:

    The english trailer ends saying ‘More fun than stealing candy from a baby’. That should be the translation.

  35. tmp says:

    Think someone just mixed up the footage from Evil Genius 2 trailer, there.

  36. DigitalSignalX says:

    Is the car stuff in-game? I’d really like to urban plan race tracks and high speed interchanges just so fat chicks could street race.

  37. Jahkaivah says:

    Disturb factor aside, being able to break into other Sims’ houses sounds incredibly fun.


    It depends on how well they pull off the persistant neighbourhood system. And how much it can be done with it. At the moment it appears to be suffering from “invisible innovation syndrome”, kinda like how people caled WAR “a WoW clone” or Left 4 Dead “just another FPS”.

    It could make Sims 2 (which, new look aside, essentially just fixed most of the first games’ problems) look like a joke.

  38. Moonracer says:

    I’m seeing a future mod where desperate sims who want to be parents break in and steal other people’s children (which should be in the game by default).

  39. TheVoiceOfReason says:

    I bet this was edited from a previous version in which she eats the children.

  40. Nieka says:

    Everyone go to the sims 3.com to see the vid in english and it also has awesome new pics and it also tell all the new features in the game

  41. Heliocentric says:

    Erm…. Corporate drone! Thank you.

  42. alex O_O says:

    errrrr….. WTF?!???!? evil+fat= OMFG!

  43. ProfessorChaos says:

    It’s pretty obvious what’s going on.

    The chick is in shape but is also a klepto and a professional thief (one of the over 70 traits your Sim can have in the game combined with one of the professions your Sims can have) and she starts out breaking into the 1st house to steal the kid’s candy. They show different other Sims in various scenes of distraction while she moves through the house. Then you see various children crying and the chick went from being in shape to being a fat blob with another lollipop. She obviously went on a candy stealing spree and got fat because of it.

    It more or less shows how one of your Sims traits can have major effects on your Sims outcome.

    The tagline then has something to do with The Sims 3 being better than stealing candy from a baby.