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The Sims 4

2 months ago

Feature: Deal or no deal

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware

This year's Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon's big day o' deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, 'Hmm... I could do with a new SSD or graphics card', then you've still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is…

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4 months ago

The Sims 4 Seasons blasts Simlish Steal My Sunshine

A Simlish version of Len's red-hot summer jam Steal My Sunshine accompanies the announcement of the 'Seasons' expansion for The Sims 4, and it's twisting my melon, man. If you're going cruising this long weekend, lash this one out in your car and enjoy confusion spreading across the faces of people next to you at the traffic lights. Sims 2 and 3 both received Seasons…

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10 months ago

Cats & Dogs rain down on The Sims 4

Pet lovers rejoice, because your cherished canine and feline friends can now scamper around in The Sims 4. The Cats & Dogs expansion launched on Friday, and allows you to create your own animal pals with an appearance and personality of your choice. I'm treating it as an exciting opportunity to bring my cat's bullying of me into the virtual realm. The inevitably adorable launch…

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1 year ago

The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion to add cats, dogs

In the future, after The Brands take over, people bubbling with folksy charm will be required to say "It's raining the fourth Sims 4 expansion pack out there" when pointing out heavy rain. EA today announced that The Sims 4 [official site] will expand again with Cats & Dogs on November 10th, see. As you might guess, it will focus on our dearest furry friends…

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Imprison toddlers in ball pools with incoming Sims 4 toddler stuff pack (I assume)

The Sims 4's Toddler Stuff Pack (stuff packs being the tier of paid DLC that adds cosmetics and objects and things around a particular theme) is how I found out I have opinions about ball pool physics and ball pools as represented in games. I have frequented many a ball pool - sometimes even a ball lido - and I know that The Sims 4…

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This Sims 4 mystery house is almost certainly haunted

I've always wanted to visit the Winchester Mystery House, which Wikipedia describes as being renowned for "its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan". There's something about mis-matched and confused architecture that I found both exciting and faintly terrifying. It's at least in part because every house and apartment building I've ever lived in has lacked any architectural curiosities. Not even a…

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The Sims 4 Parenthood embraces teen drama

The Sims 4 [official site] Parenthood pack is out now. The Parenthood pack is distinct from the toddler update which arrived in January and fleshed out that post-baby, pre-school period for the characters in your digital dollhouse. Toddlers were a free update, whereas Parenthood is paid DLC which seeks to change the relationships between parent and child characters making it more about guiding the development…

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Feature: In pursuit of greenery

PlantSims: A story of tragedy and romance

Checking in on The Sims 4 [official site] I realised it's having a PlantSim challenge at the moment! PlantSim purists who remember the photosynthesising supernaturalness from previous games seem to be having mixed reactions (too casual/just right/hate it/it's fine/love it/what did you expect from a free update/etc etc) but for me who missed all that I decided to hop in and see about collecting these…

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2 years ago

Feature: You are what you wear

The importance of cultural fashion in games

Virginia never imagined she'd be telling a Black woman it was okay to wear Black clothes. As an African with lighter skin, Virginia had feared accusations of cultural appropriation when she first started making traditional African outfits for The Sims 4. Though she had spent the first 12 years of her life in West Africa, her mixed-race origins marked her as an outsider, and she…

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Sims 4 invents awful new stage of human life, ‘toddler’

Discovering the consequences of playing god, the fools behind The Sims 4 [official site] have invented a new stage of human life and this so-called 'toddler' is truly dreadful. These squished children throw temper tantrums, injure themselves, throw things, fall over, demand attention, and have the most ghastly taste in decor. They seem awful. What did Sims players do to deserve this, EA? Simeers, your…

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The Sims 4 getting vampiric mini-expansion this month

Bela Lugosi may be dead but soon you'll be able to revive him and stalk around undead undead undead in The Sims 4 [official site]. The next DLC 'Game Pack' for EA's live 'em up will introduces vampires who, sure, will have supernatural powers, drink blood, and own ha-ha-hilarious spookhouses but ultimately live the same as everyone else. That's the ennui of the vampiric condition…

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The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Moves In Today

The Sims 4 City Living expansion [official site] is due out today (and already out in North America) so this is probably a good time to look at what it actually involves. I've lived in several cities over the course of my life so, if nothing else, I feel really well placed to look at the features list and see if they fit with my…

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The Sims 4 Tries City Living With Next Expansion

The big city! Bright lights! Pop-up shops! Festivals! Karaoke! Worthless landlords! Angry neighbours! Ah yes, the big city. Land of one thousand dreams! Land of six hundred crushed dreams! Yes indeed, the big city. The siren call of high-rise living! Culture so bleeding edge you're almost thankful when the carmine puddle you stepped in this morning turns out to only be vomit. Where else but…

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Feature: Pretty pictures

10 Games Run Through The Prisma Photo Filter App

You might have noticed all your friends' avatars and profile pictures turning into comic book drawings or impressionistic paintings over the last few weeks. That's because of Prisma, a photo editing app for iOS and Android that let's you apply a couple of dozen filters to images you feed it. The app goes further than simply messing with the hue like Instagram does, using a…

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3 years ago

Feature: Whatserface

The Sims 4: My Nemesis – Character Creation

The Sims 4 character creation is something I've been butting heads with the last few days and I wanted to talk about why. The topic of body dysmorphia comes up - I don't think it's trigger warningy but then I'm not at risk so I figured I'd flag it up just in case. One of my current gaming projects is building a Sims 4 house…

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EA Know When You WooHoo (In The Sims 4)

A year after launch, we've found out that EA have been monitoring your sex life in The Sims 4 [official site] like a bunch of creepy digital voyeurs in order to create a first birthday infographic. To that end, they have announced that characters in the game have done the flesh fandango 235,000,000 times. I'll tell you a bit more about the data in a…

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Expanding: The Sims 4’s Get Together Announced

Are you happy? Do you feel complete? What's been missing from your life? If the answer is "to explore continental Europe with friends via the comfort and safety of The Sims" then you are in luck. EA has just announced its newest expansion pack for The Sims 4 [official site], something called Get Together which makes it possible to bring groups of Sims to European-infused hotspots…

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Labour Days And Tales Of Terror: The Sims 4 Patched

The Sims 4 [official site] has received a major patch and, true to form, the notes that accompany it are a delightful mix of the comic and the Weird. It's easy to imagine a Thomas Ligotti or Robert Aickman spinning some of the confusion within the code into individual tales of domestic horror. There are no garbled telephonic hauntings to match the unnerving dimensions of…

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