October 2000 News Archive

Monday, October 30, 2000

[TheSims] Source: TheSims.ea.com
Past SimDay
by Kevin Stange @ 11:48 AM EST
Maxis is back in full swing with their regular object releases,
including last week's Jack-O-Lantern just in time for Halloween. Keep watching for next week's Spooky Story contest results.

To download a copy of the Jack-O-Lantern, click here and add some Halloween spirit to your neighborhood.

Friday, October 27, 2000

[TheSims] Source: SimzOnline.
TheSimsResource patch up The Sims Edit
by Rand Huck @ 10:14 PM EDT
The Sims Resource has been working their buns off to create a working patch that will make The Sims Edit more efficient and bug-free. Their hard work has paid off and The Sims Edit is now very stable and is now compatable with Livin Large. Click here to find the new version.

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

[TheSims] Source: SimzOnline
Sim Games Network releases complete career table
by Rand Huck @ 9:39 PM EDT
Want to know exactly what your career goal is for your sim? Not sure what is needed to go to top notch? Click here for a complete listing of the career ladder, from Police to Business to XTreme. They don't, however, have the new careers found in Livin Large.

Monday, October 23, 2000

[TheSims] Source: SimzOnline
Bil Simser has some new ideas
by Rand Huck @ 9:54 PM EDT
Bil Simser, who is currently in the works of Blueprint, a 3-D model furniture builder for The Sims is now considering a Napster-like database where you can share skins, furniture, and other sim objects. A poll asking whether you would like to get your skins from websites or from this database is on his Blueprint Website here.

Another idea he might be working on is a sim modeling program that will allow you to "shape" your sim's position to take snapshots for whatever reason.

Saturday, October 21, 2000

[TheSims] Source: SimzOnline
About.com reviews Livin Large
by Rand Huck @ 10:17 PM EDT
About.com has released a review of Livin Large, the expansion pack for The Sims. You can read the article here.

Here's just one sentence to sum it up:

And I thought caffeine was addictive...

Monday, October 16, 2000

[(default)] Source: SimzOnline
Simplorer is released
by Rand Huck @ 7:16 PM EDT
Bil Simser released Simplorer, a program that will help you view .iff objects for The Sims. You can get Simplorer here.

Friday, October 13, 2000

[TheSims] Source: SimzOnline
SimDay: Getting rid of the clown from a new perspective
by Rand Huck @ 9:24 AM EDT
Yesterday's SimDay event was a clown catcher that you can hire to catch these very pesty clowns. You can find the download here.

Next week a new contest will be announced, with the theme of Halloween. Don't miss it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2000

[(default)] Source: Mall Of The Sims
MOTS Vs. Sims Community
by Tim Gowa @ 10:31 PM EDT
The Sims Community was deleted from MOTS 100's List due to attempted theft at several ideas. Below is the brief from MOTS:

"Due to the recent attempts at intellectual theft of MOTS procedures, contests, etc. as well as the unsavory advertising done in our message boards by their webmaster, we were forced to remove "The SIMS Community" from our "MOTS TOP 100" list.

We were not pleased to have to make this decision, however we feel it is not in the best interest of the other hard-working, unique sites that belong to our "MOTS TOP 100" to allow this behavior to continue un-noticed. This site has also placed 4 vote buttons on each page in order to maintain a high position on the MOTS Top 100 list. Once again, we feel this behavior is unfair and unprofessional towards the other sites and have asked that only one button be placed. This request went unanswered. "

The Webmaster of The Sims Community has said (in Club MOTS):
"I didn't copy MOTS design, SI said I could have more than one button on each page."

He makes one good point while pointing out he doesn't want this to turn into the SimCo Rally incident that happend a while back.

I also talked to him via ICQ and he is quoted as saying:
"SI (SilentInsomnia) is in a lot of trouble now. A lot of people hate him now."

[SimCity] Source: SimzOnline
SimCityDay: Contest results; another contest
by Rand Huck @ 7:12 PM EDT
Over at SimCity.ea.com they judged and prized the winners of the 1x1 building contest, which was a very close contest, says the judges. You can find the results here.

Maxis is also announcing a new contest, where you design your halloween themed building, sizes ranging from 1x1 to 5x5. Click here for more information.

Next week Maxis will release a new landmark.

Thursday, October 5, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Simz Online
blueprint Making Progress
by Kevin Stange @ 11:11 AM EDT
Since moving to a new host, blueprint seems to be coming along well. Bil Simser has quickly managed to put together new screenshots of blueprint. You can take a look at the latest, by clicking here.

Also, if you stop by the home page for blueprint, you'll see that Bil is once again trying to prove to people that he really is a person. I fail to understand why everyone thinks it's all a conspiracy, but if you'd like to confirm for yourself that Bil exists, click here and take a look.

Wednesday, October 4, 2000

[TheSims] Source: TheSims.Ea
The Sims: Telecom Upgrade Now Avaliable
by Tim Gowa @ 7:55 PM EDT
The telecom upgrade is now avaliable! It lets you chat with your friends and neighbors over the phone!! We are finally back on the track of free objects!! Next week LL users will get a 'direct' solution to the tragic clown problem!

Monday, October 2, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Mall of the Sims
TheSims.com becomes TheSims.ea.com
by Rand Huck @ 7:27 PM EDT
TheSims.com is now moving its domain to TheSims.ea.com. This may mean that you will have to login again. This does not mean you need to reregister, but just give your username and password. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of traffic will flood TheSims' official website, thus making logging in very slow, and might possibly timeout. If that occurs, just try again at a later time.
[(default)] Source: SimNet
SimNet Opening Soon!
by Tim Gowa @ 6:49 PM EDT
SimNet, a new site about sim gaming with a focus on content and news, has been established and put up a Coming Soon Page. Sources tell us a press release is on it's way and should be up very soon! You can reach SimNet by clicking here.

Sunday, October 1, 2000

[(default)] Source: Inside Maxis
Bil Simser interviewed at Inside Maxis
by Rand Huck @ 2:56 PM EDT
Bil Simser, programmer for the future application Blueprint, was interviewed at Inside Maxis today. The interview gives a brief description of what Blueprint will be like in the future in contrast to what it would have been if the systen had not crashed, ruining his files. You can read the interview here. Here is one thing that Bil said:

Of course it's not going to be everything the original was but it will provide the Sims community what they need, a way to convert 3D formats into The Sims. And after all, that's what blueprint needs to do.

[(default)] Source: Mall Of The Sims
Blueprint's hopes might not be slim afterall
by Rand Huck @ 11:45 AM EDT
A month ago Bil Simser was shocked to find all his hard labor went down the tubes when a system crash destroyed all of his work on Blueprint last month. After that came some rumors that Bil was not even working on the project after all, and the rumors went so far to say that Bil Simser was really Will Wright.

It seems now Simser is not going to give up. He now has a new blueprint page, which you can find here, hosted by SimFreaks.