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‘The Sims 2 University’ For Mac Goes Gold

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by on December 23, 2005 at 9:07 pm

Aspyr Media, Inc. announced this morning Sims 2 University (Mac), the first expansion pack to EA’s popular The Sims 2, has been declared Gold Master and is expected to begin shipping December 14th.

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EA Ships ‘The Sims 2’ For PSP

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by on December 19, 2005 at 10:05 pm

Just in time for holiday shopping! EA ships The Sims 2 for PSP to store shelves today.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – December 7, 2005 – Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, today shipped The Sims 2 for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system to retailer shelves.

A Great Gift for Anyone on Your List!

Gift-givers can find The Sims 2 for the PSP on store shelves by December 9th 2005, as well as discover The Sims 2 on other handheld, console and PC platforms. The ground-breaking gameplay and laugh-out-loud scenarios in The Sims 2 have spawned record sales for the franchise with more than 58 million units sold worldwide. The Sims is recognized as one of the few game brands to achieve popularity across all ages and genders. Such widespread appeal confirms that The Sims 2 is a great gift for anyone on your list, from Cousin Ralph and Grandpa Bob to Aunt Sarah and Niece Nancy!

“The Sims franchise has become a pop culture phenomenon! One of the top-five game brands in history, The Sims is unique in drawing an audience of men and women of all ages, from all over the world,” said Sinjin Bain, Vice
President and Executive Producer. “To meet the diverse needs of our community, we have delivered The Sims 2 on a variety of platforms. The PSP version of The Sims 2 was inspired by the best-selling PC game, but built from the ground up to capitalize on the unique capabilities of the PSP system.”

Based on the PC version of The Sims 2, the PSP version leverages the unique capabilities of the next generation handheld platform such as wireless, streamlined gameplay and beautiful graphics, while maintaining the core components of creativity and customization that are integral to The Sims experience. PSP players will be able to delve deep into the mysteries of Strangetown and discover the secrets hidden in five brand new neighborhoods and 20 unique locations custom-built for the PSP. In addition to fulfilling their Sims’ aspirations, PSP gamers can collect and trade secrets, perks, potions and inventions, available only on the PSP!

The unique appeal of The Sims 2 is that the game is whatever you make it! The gameplay experience lets you live out the day-to-day life of the Sims characters that you create and control. Players enjoy participating in all the ups and downs of their Sims’ lives!

This holiday, casual gamers and Sims aficionados alike can find The Sims 2 on the following platforms: PlayStationR2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube, the Game Boy Advance, the Nintendo DS, the PC and now the PSP (PlayStation Portable).

Fans of the PC game can extend the experience of the game by purchasing The Sims 2 Holiday Edition, a special holiday-themed version of The Sims 2 featuring exclusive bonus content! Additionally, for players on-the-go, mobile versions will be available across all major cell phone carriers this winter including Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Cingular. It is official. The Sims 2 is everywhere this holiday season!

Jason’s Comments: It would freak me out to hear that Sim gibberish be spoken in my ear by someone playing the game on a bus or something.

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‘The Sims 2: University’ For Mac Goes Beta

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by on December 5, 2005 at 2:05 pm

Aspyr Media, Inc. announced this morning Sims 2 University (Mac), the first expansion pack to EA’s popular The Sims 2, has hit beta status and is expected to begin shipping this month.

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 Sims

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‘The Sims 2’ PSP Ships December 7

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by on November 30, 2005 at 3:53 pm

Winter holidays come one week early for The Sims 2 PSP players!

Electronic Arts today announced that production for the The Sims 2 PSP has been fast-tracked! Initially slated for a December 13, 2005 release, the PSP version of the best selling PC game of 2004 will now hit store shelves six days early, on December 7, 2005! This is great news for fans of the Sims franchise, which is considered to be one of the most popular game series in history, having sold more than 58M units since the original PC version of The Sims debuted in 2001.

The Sims 2 for PSP is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. In this wireless version, players can delve deep into the mysteries of Strangetown and swap secrets with other PSP players to discover the unknown in this classic Sims 2 location. The full 3D world allows gamers to take their Sims through the adventures of Strangetown with five brand new neighborhoods and 20 unique locations custom-built for the PSP!

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‘The Sims 2 University’ (Mac) Requirements

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by on November 24, 2005 at 9:47 pm

Final system requirements have been set for The Sims 2 University for Macintosh.

Sims 2 University 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

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Special Holiday Edition of ‘The Sims 2’

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by on November 20, 2005 at 11:56 am

“Deck the Halls” of Your Virtual Homes with the Special Holiday Edition of The Sims 2.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 15, 2005 – Celebrate the spirit of the season with The Sims 2 Holiday Edition! Today, Electronic Arts announced that The Sims 2 Holiday Edition, a special version of the world’s most popular PC game will hit store shelves across North America on November 17th. Rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB, the game is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your gift list!

Available for a limited time only and listed at the same manufacturers suggested retail price as the original version, The Sims 2 Holiday Edition contains the original critically acclaimed game, The Sims 2, in its entirety, plus 40 new holiday-themed items that allow your Sims to celebrate the holidays in style. With this bonus content, a $14.99 value, your Sims can decorate their house, serve a festive holiday dinner, witness Santa’s arrival and even host a happening New Year’s party!

A Holiday Gift That Fits Everyone
The Sims 2 Holiday Edition makes a great gift for all your friends andfamily. The Sims franchise is recognized for being one of the few game brands to achieve popularity across all ages and genders. This widespread appeal has resulted in incredible success, with a string of top-selling games and combined sales exceeding 58M units worldwide.

The appeal of The Sims 2 is that the game is whatever you make it! The gameplay experience follows the day-to-day life of the Sims characters that you create and control over an entire lifetime. Players enjoy participating in all the ups and downs of their Sims’ lives – from the big events such as falling in love or building their first house to the more sentimental moments such as putting up their family’s first Christmas tree and hosting a holiday dinner!

Key Features of The Sims 2:

* Create-A-Sim
The Create-a-Sim feature allows you to combine your choices from a vast selection of facial features, hairstyles and outfits, to create the Sims you most want to play, make your own family and friends or invent someone on the fly-you can even create your own celebrity look-alikes!

* Aspirations
Help your Sims fulfill their lifelong aspirations, they can seek popularity, fortune, romance, family, or knowledge-their choices are in your hands. Mix their genes, fulfill their dreams, and push them to extremes.

* Customization
Create and control every aspect of your Sims’ world from their homes to the community shops or design an entire neighborhood from scratch! You won’t need a degree in architecture to build dream homes and design neighborhoods with the easy-to-use building, design, and home furnishing options. And now, with holiday-themed bonus content from The Sims 2 Holiday Edition, you can even hang a stocking over the fireplace!

For Owners of The Sims 2 (PC)

Fans who already own The Sims 2 for PC won’t be left out in the cold this holiday season! For $14.99, The Sims 2 Holiday Party Pack offers only the bonus content–from merry to scary-without having to re-purchase the full game. There are two ways to purchase The Sims 2 Holiday Party Pack! Order a CD from the EA Store or for more immediate gratification; purchase a download of The Sims 2 Holiday Party Pack. By downloading, owners of The Sims 2 save money on shipping, and spare themselves the wait to the mailbox!

Jason’s Comments: They better not allow you to wall up Santa and let him die. Evil EA!

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‘The Sims Complete Collection’ And More

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by on November 19, 2005 at 12:34 pm

The Sims Complete Collection and The Sims Expansion Three-Pack Volumes 1 and 2 on stores shelves today!

Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims Complete Collection has shipped to store shelves– available just in time for the Holidays! The Sims Complete Collection includes best-selling PC game The Sims-the classic game that started The Sims phenomenon-plus all seven beloved Expansion Packs, available in one box for the first time in history. On shelves now at your favorite retailer for the bargain price of $39.99 (MSRP), The Sims Complete Collection is the perfect gift for friends and family of all ages.

With The Sims, you can create your Sims, build their houses, and develop their neighborhood. Help your Sims pursue careers, make friends, and find romance – or make a complete mess of things! Open-ended gameplay gives you the freedom to set your own goals and chart your Sims’ destiny. The seven top-selling expansion packs add to the Whimsical/Sims-ical experience! The Sims Complete Collection includes:

* The Sims Livin’ Large – Give your Sims the wild life! A wider range of objects and styles allows even the most timid Sim to cut loose and live it up.
* The Sims House Party – Throw the ultimate theme party, engage in new group activities, and rock the house with different music and dance styles.
* The Sims Hot Date – From candlelit romance to cuddling on the couch, let your Sims enjoy downtown delights as their relationships heat up.
* The Sims Vacation – Choose whether your Sims will spend the weekend at a beach resort, rough it in the woods, or chill out in a winter wonderland.
* The Sims Unleashed – Add a furry friend to your Sims’ family. Housebreak your pets, train them to do tricks, buy them toys, and do your best to keep them from destroying the house!
* The Sims Superstar – Experience the lifestyles of the rich and famous and guide your Sims to superstardom. Become a movie star, rocker, or supermodel and spend your cash on extravagant new items for your home.
* The Sims Makin’ Magic – Cast spells, hypnotize friends, and even turn a neighbor into a frog. But watch out, spells can go haywire if you’re not careful. The neighborhood will never be the same.
* The Sims Creator Tool-Create and customize your Sims
* Plus bonus content from previous collections!

For Sims lovers who already own the original version of The Sims and are ready to expand their collection, The Sims Expansion Three-Pack Volume 1 and Volume 2 each contain three hit expansion packs for the classic game for only $19.99 (MSRP) each volume. Now there are multiple ways to complete your collection of The Sims, all of which are available today!

Jason’s Comments: Wow, that is a great price for all you get in that ‘Complete Collection.’

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The Sims 2 (1.0 Rev C) For Mac Released

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by on November 16, 2005 at 10:20 pm

Aspyr Media has released a free update for The Sims 2 through MacGameFiles.com.

The Sims 2 (1.0 Rev C): Fixes a conflict with NVIDIA video cards and OS X 10.4.3.

The Sims 2 update (18 MB) is available as a free download.

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‘The Sims 2’ Ships to Store Shelves Today

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by on October 24, 2005 at 9:21 pm

The Sims 2-the Best-Selling PC Game of 2004-Re-defined for Console and Handheld Game Systems and Ships to Store Shelves Today.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 24, 2005 – Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, announced that The Sims 2 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube, the Game Boy Advance, and the Nintendo DS, ships to retailers today. The Sims 2 for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system and mobile phones will follow in the weeks to come. Developed by the award winning EA-Maxis studio, under the EA brand, The Sims 2 is everywhere this fall.

Based on the PC version of The Sims 2, which was the best-selling PC game of 2004, the console and handheld versions were re-invented from the ground-up to capitalize on the unique capabilities of each platform, while maintaining the same creativity and customization considered core components of the signature Sims experience. Classic open-ended gameplay allows console and handheld gamers to make the game their own, no matter which platform they choose!

The Sims games are known for being among the few games to achieve popularity across all ages and genders, making The Sims 2 a great gift for anyone from your nephew, to your grandfather to your favorite aunt, best friend, or kid sister. “Now that The Sims 2 is everywhere, on every platform from consoles and handheld game systems, to PCs and mobile phones, one of the most widely-popular games in history is also one of the most widely accessible!” exclaimed Vice President and Executive Producer, Sinjin Bain, “EA is thrilled to bring your favorite game to all your favorite systems!”

Console versions:

The Sims 2 for Xbox, the PlayStation 2 console and Nintendo GameCube provides a blank canvas that you can fill! Create your Sims, give them distinct personalities, and directly control every move they make. Customize their world by designing their fashions, creating their food and building and decorating their homes. Help them achieve aspirations and avoid fears, as they build a network of friends and even acquire a few enemies! You can watch their simulated lives play out before your eyes. Choose to explore the open-ended world or select a story-driven experience that features 60 new characters and 16 unique locations. The PlayStation 2 console fans can even spice up their Sims surroundings by importing images into the game with the EyetoyR USB Camera. All console versions have been rated T” for Teen by the ESRB.

Handheld Versions:

Handheld versions offer a Sims storyline that combines a classic Sims experience with the goal-oriented gameplay that handheld players enjoy. Each handheld version features a different storyline so true Sims fans might want to collect all three.

* Game Boy Advance
In the Game Boy Advance version of The Sims 2, your Sims pursue their 15 minutes of fame. After you finish creating, customizing, and controlling your Sims’ world, take on the lead role in the hit television series “One Time in Strangetown”. As you unlock and play each episode of the TV series, explore a new story and characters to uncover the secrets of Strangetown. Between episodes, participate in all new unique mini-games such as car and soda commercials. How well you do influences your Sims ratings. The Sims 2 for the GameBoy Advance has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB and can be recommended for everyone age 10 and older.”

* Nintendo DS
In The Sims 2 on the Nintendo DS, you can explore the wide-open world of The Sims 2 while trying to gain fame and fortune for your own custom created Sims. Become a real estate mogul building, customizing and running a hotel in Strangetown. Bring in the cash by keeping everyone happy and keeping the hotel in good condition. Design the paintings on the walls of the gallery and record the music in the lounge through touch screen mini-games. Keep Strangetown’s Sims happy to uncover their hidden secrets. The Sims 2 for the Nintendo DS has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB and can be recommended for everyone age 10 and older.”

Jason’s Comments: How do I say in Sim, “I can’t play these games because I find the management of them too hard.” I’d still give this one a shot though if given the opportunity.

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‘The Sims 2’ 1.0 Rev B Released For Mac

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by on October 14, 2005 at 11:20 pm

Aspyr Media has released a free update for The Sims 2 through MacGameFiles.com.

The Sims 2 (1.0 Rev B):

– Fixes problems using the in-game content browser to connect to Sims2.com.

– Improves stability related to sound.

– Adds support for Japanese character input.

– Package installer now localized in Japanese and Italian.

The Sims 2 update (19 MB) is available as a free download

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