The Sims 2 University trailer has been posted to Apple’s website. Electronic Arts’ The Sims 2 University is the first expansion pack for The Sims 2. The Sims 2 University introduces a new young-adult stage of life, 4 new career paths, new influence gameplay and more than 125 new objects.
The Sims 2 University allows players to explore a whole new stage of life as young adults and introduces college-related wants and fears that are ultimately tied to their SimsÂ¹ social life and academic goals. The expansion also introduces influence gameplay allowing players to earn influence points to have other Sims do certain tasks for them such as homework, term papers, cleaning up the fraternity house or even pulling pranks on other Sims. Players will be able to choose from one of 11 majors and open up 4 new career paths as they make their way through University.
Your Sims are now young adults leaving home to live the ultimate college fantasy. Immerse them in college life as they become the Big Sim on Campus. They’ll relish their new-found freedom as they party with friends, join fraternities and sororities and pull outrageous pranks. Your Sims will explore all the campus hot-spots as they frequent lounges, gyms, coffee houses and more. Help them fulfill new lifetime goals to unlock more rewards and reap all of the benefits of their university years.
Aspyr Media, Inc. has released a free update for The SimsÂ 2, which allows the game to run natively on Intel-powered Macs and improves graphics performance. The download (30 MB) is available now.
This is an official update for The Sims 2. It will fully update any previous version of The Sims 2 to version 1.0 Rev D. This patch provides Universal support for Sims 2 and provides fixes for several minor issues.
1.0 Rev D changes:
– Adds native Intel support
– Fixes a problem rotating Sims with the mouse in Create-A-Sim mode
– Prevents The Sims 2 and Body Shop from running at the same time
– Adds the “Optimized Rendering” option to non-English preferences dialogs
– Fixes a crash on quit under OS/X 10.4 with certain NVIDIA adapters
– In window mode, prevents selecting a window size equal to or larger than the screen size
– Fixes a problem running the game inside a folder having extended ASCII characters in the name
– Disables the preferences menu after the game is running since nothing can be changed anyway
– Zoom function now works with the “Mighty Mouse” scroll ball
– Corrects terrain colors in the neighborhood overview
In The Sims 2, players pick one of five aspirations that will take them through an entire lifetime, from the cradle to the grave. Players will be able to choose from Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge and Romance which will determine how each Sim will lead their life. With these aspirations, players can fulfill their SimsÂ¹ wants while avoiding their worst fears. Every choice that is made has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of a Sim. Will players give them a long successful existence or leave their life in shambles?
More life-like Sims, all-new aspirational gameplay, and the ground breaking addition of genetics, with the DNA of Sims passed down through generations, gives players a more vivid, realistic, and in-depth Sims experience. All of this takes place in a new amazingly realistic 3-D world.
Aspyr’s Development and Technical Support teams have been working on Universal binary versions of Mac games for the past several months. In the next couple of weeks, Aspyr will also be releasing Universal patches for The Sims 2 expansions, University and Nightlife. In addition, Aspyr will continue to ship Universal versions of Mac games, like the recently released Quake 4, and with upcoming titles, like Civilization 4 and Call of Duty 2. Universal patches are not necessary for all previously released games, however. The Technical Support Department has been working on a full list of how games Aspyr has shipped over the last few years run under Rosetta, and so far many seem to be working well.
There is no charge for obtaining updates for Universal – DOOM 3, Sims 2, and any older games that can be made to run on Intel machines will have patches released as free downloads.
Aspyr Media, Inc. and Electronic Arts today announced The Sims Complete Collection has begun shipping for Macintosh.
For the first time ever, Mac owners will be able to enjoy the entire collection of The Sims all in one box! The Sims Complete Collection includes The Sims, and all seven expansion packs including Hot Date, House Party, Livin? Large, Makin? Magic, Superstar, Unleashed, and Vacation.
Final system requirements have been set for The Sims 2 Nightlife for Macintosh.
Sims 2 Nightlife Mac System Requirements:
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4/G5
CPU Speed: 1.2 GHz or faster
Memory: 256 MB or higher, 512 MB recommended
Hard Drive: 2 GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9000 or better
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX5200 or better
Video Ram: 32 MB or higher, 64 MB recommended
Disc Drive: DVD drive required to install and play
*Requires The Sims 2 to play
The Sims are Getting Down to Business March 2, 2006.
Electronic Arts announced today that The Sims 2 Open for Business expansion pack for the PC has gone gold and will hit store shelves on March 2nd. With The Sims 2 Open for Business, your Sims can create virtually any kind of business from a trendy clothing boutique or hip beauty salon to a blooming floral shop or bustling restaurant chain. As a savvy entrepreneur, your Sim must keep an eye out for slacker employees and be prepared to fire them as quickly as they hired them!
Create a Bustling Business
Open your Sim’s dream store, decorate it from the ground up and watch it thrive! Choose the floor plan and design, hire employees and buy merchandise. You can sell anything from clothing and electronics to toys, flowers and robots. Have fun teaching your Sim that the customer is king and maintain employee morale by creating interesting sales incentives. Your Sim will do everything needed to create a lucrative — and fun — business.
Learn the Tricks of the Trade
Improve your Sim’s sales skills and determine if your employees should use a “hard sell” or drop the price to close the deal. Teach winning techniques to help your Sim win the best-of-the-best award and establish their business reputation.
Turn Talents into Cash
Is your master-skilled Sim waiting to turn their talents into profit? From arranging flowers and designing robots to serving food and making toys, your Sim can create the most valued, expensive goods in the business and rake in the Simoleons!
More than 125 New Items
Stock up on essentials for your Sim’s business including display cases, a makeover station, a salon chair, a toy workbench, flower arranging stations, cash registers and more.
Aspyr Media, Inc. announced today The Sims 2 Nightlife, the second expansion to The Sims 2, is now live on their Website and available for preorder.
Aspyr Media, Inc. announced today they will publish The Sims 2 Nightlife, the second expansion to The Sims 2, with an anticipated release in March 2006. The Sims 2 Nightlife is licensed by Electronic Arts and is being developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios.
From Boutiques to Salons, Department Stores and Beyond, Your Sims are Taking Over the Workplace One Business at a Time.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 4, 2006 – Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, today announced that its Maxis studio is developing The Sims 2 Open for Business, the third expansion pack to the fastest-selling PC game, The Sims 2. With The Sims 2 Open for Business, commercial creativity is in your hands – create any kind of business, from trendy clothing boutique to blooming floral shop, a bustling restaurant perhaps, or become a mogul with an original business of your own design – the Sims’ world is open for business!
Make Your Dream Store a Virtual Reality
Ever had a great idea for a business? Build it and see how it works!
The world is your entrepreneurial oyster in this all-new The Sims 2 expansion pack, allowing you to experience the victories and challenges associated with creating, owning and running your own business. From the layout and merchandise, to the employees and materials, you choose what your Sim needs to create a profitable and fun business.
Who’s the Boss? Your Sims Are!
In The Sims 2 Open for Business, your Sims will learn what it takes to build a clientele and keep loyal customers happy while improving employee morale and managing a lucrative business. Players can even help their Sims to create and craft new items to sell and meet customer demands. As each customer is different, you’ll be able to apply sales techniques to woo even the most discriminating shopper. Dress your employees in wacky outfits to entertain cranky customers or drop the price for an unsure browser. From training, promoting, hiring and firing, you’re ultimately the boss who calls all the shots!
Learn the Tricks of the Trade
Do the things your Sims love to do while getting virtually paid for it! Keep your employees knowledgeable and the workplace happy, because before you know it you’ll have the most entertaining, booming business in the neighborhood! Flaunt your team’s assets while vying for the “Best of the Best” award, an honor guaranteed to improve their business reputation – and yours!
“The Sims 2 Open for Business is truly an innovative and fresh addition to the franchise. It allows players to build their own business from the ground up, exploring a whole new economic landscape while pursuing their dreams of commercial success. said senior producer, Tim LeTourneau. “For years players have been asking for the ability to play with their Sims in a work environment. Now they will be able to do just that, unlocking not only their Sims business potential, but their own as well. It’s really a whole new way to play the game.” “Whether you’re a clever tinkerer or a master craftsman, your dream store can become a virtual reality as your Sims world becomes open for business!”
The Sims 2 Open for Business is the third expansion pack of the critically acclaimed PC game, The Sims 2. With streamlined gameplay, stunning graphics, and a lifetime of replayability, The Sims 2 Open for Business maintains the core components of creativity and customization that are integral to The Sims experience while allowing gamers to practice their skills at the trade of their choice. With more than 58 million units sold to date, The Sims franchise maintains a unique appeal that allows gamers to create and control the lives of their Sims thus leaving the creative power of their Sims world in their own hands!
Aspyr Media, Inc. today announced they have shipped The Sims 2 University for Mac. Electronic Arts