November 2001 News Archive

Friday, November 30, 2001

[SimCity] Source:
Santa's Workshop Contest: T-Minus One Week
by Tim Gowa @ 2:23 AM EST
Just a week left to enter the's newest contest, the Santa's Workshop Concert.

Here's a blurb yanked from the official site:

"You should build the best Santa's Workshop you can and you might win an EA game of your choice and a Maxis Prize Package! You can create your building in BAT, BA + or SC3URK. It doesn't matter to us as long as you have fun and submit a Santa's Workshop that even Santa would be jealous of. We would also like to take a second to remind everyone that there is one prize for 1x1-2x2, one prize for 3x3-4x4, and one prize for 5x5, so you can work big or small, it is your choice!"

You can read more about it by hitting up this link

It looks to be a great contest, and I'm looking foward to seeing a new batch of creative and stunning buildings (As always the case :-)). Now, pour yourself a big steaming mug of hot cocoa, bootup the design program of your choice, then get in the spirit and design Santa's Workshop!
[TheSims] Source: blueprint
Linux The Sims
by Tim Gowa @ 2:14 AM EST
Thanks to our friend Bil over at blueprint, who picked this story up :-).

Transgaming has released a new version of WineX (an emulator that allows x86 applications, run in Linux). The tie-in with The Sims, is that Transgaming has bundled it into their distrubition. The distrubition is being geared as a gaming bundle (for $69 USD) and includes a Mandrake distrubtion, installer, and of course, a copy of The Sims.

According to Bil, several optimizations were made to their version of The Sims. But how many were made, and what type are currently unknown.

Transgaming was currently unavaliable at press time.
[MaxisEA] Source: VoodooExtreme
NPD Sales Rankings for the month of October
by Tim Gowa @ 2:00 AM EST
Care of VoodooExtreme, the latest NPD Group Sales Rankings are up, for the month of October:

1) Dark Age Of Camelot
2) Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge
3) The Sims
4) MP Civilization 3
5) MP Roller Coaster Tycoon
6) Diablo 2 Expansion Set
7) Operation Flashpoint
8) The Sims: House Party Expansion Pack
9) The Sims: Livin Large Expansion Pack
10) MS Asheron's Call
11) Sim City 3000 Unlimited
12) MS Flight Simulator 2002 Pro
13) Sim Theme Park
14) MS Zoo Tycoon
15) Stronghold
16) Command & Conquer
17) Max Payne
18) Madden NFL 2002
19) Diablo 2
20) Pool Of Radiance: Ruins Of Myth Drannor

TheSims and Maxis are doing quite strongly on the sales ranking. TheSims dropped to 3rd place, but after almost twenty consecutive months, it's a phonemonal standing. Livin' Large ranked 9th on the list, with the second TheSims expansion, House Party, beating it to 8th place. TheSims is doing incredibly well in sales, and will most likely stay strong for a loong time.

Note: TheSims: Hot Date is not registered on this list, it was manufactured in November, not October
[TheSims] Source:
The Sims, SimDay: Object Organizer!
by Tim Gowa @ 1:52 AM EST
For Thursday 11/29, Maxis has posted yet another program, helpful in the conversion of objects to use in the downtown area. "The Sims Hot Date Object Organizer" lets you import objects made bt The Sims Art Studio, Transmogrifer, etc. and change them so they correctly show up in the downtown catalog.

This new program should hopefully alleviate concerns brought to light by gamers. Gamers who played Hot Date complained that they had downloaded several hundred objects (or more sometimes) for the sole use of using the objects downtown. When Maxis released Hot Date they didn't include support for objects downtown, and many gamers were furious. Hopefully this program will let them experience 'Downtown' to the fullest.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

[SimGolf] Source:
SimGolf Demo Released
by Kevin Stange @ 3:23 AM EST
Firaxis has released an excellent, although somewhat buggy, demo of what is to come for SimGolf. I've played the demo quite a bit already, and it has grabbed my attention. In fact, I went from disinterested to definitely buying in under an hour.

Is SimGolf right for you? Try the demo!