June 2000 News Archive

Friday, June 30, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Sean Baity
Guinea Pig Painting
by Kevin Stange @ 3:31 PM EDT
Sean Baity, over at Maxis just sent along a little tidbit from The Sims Livin' Large Expansion pack. He tells me that this is the text for the new Guinea Pig Painting to be included in Livin' Large:

"The Forgotten Guinea Pig"

When the house is warm and the food is hot,
The Guinea pig cries, "Forget me not."
Alas, some Sims may clean their own,
Only to forget a Guinea pig's home.

Hungry and cold, a pig feels no love.
Thus breeds contempt for masters above.
Expecting to play after many a night,
Who is surprised by the guinea pig bite?

Uncleaned, unloved, a pig's life means naught,
Like a child's plaything, it is simply forgot.
But warnings to all who turn a deaf ear,
Let the curse of the guinea always bring fear.

Please be kind to animals......
[Community] Source: Project Sims
"Copyright Problems, Maxis steps in
by Kevin Stange @ 12:34 PM EDT
As of late, many simgames websites, notably Coaster's, blueprint, SIMply Dariene, and SimBabes have gone on strike to protest the illegal publishing of copyrighted objects without permission on various SimGames websites including SimCoRally.

blueprint has reported that all objects created with the object creation tool will be watermarked with the author and modification history. SimCoRally has apologized for its actions. Coasters has since closed, though they claim personal reasons for this decision.

Maxis has also released a statement regarding their Intellectual Property:
...there have been some recent misunderstandings between Maxis and our Intellectual Property enforcement people at EA legal involving the closure of some fan sites. We have since clarified our position with the legal department. In future, all sites with pirated copies of The Sims will still be shut down immediately; however, fan sites with content that is Maxis' IP will be shut down after Maxis is informed and has an opportunity to take corrective action with the webmaster.
We hope that all of these issues will be resolved promptly...
[TheSims] Source: SimNetwork Gaming
Livin' Large Interview with Sean Baity
by Kevin Stange @ 11:44 AM EDT
Sean Baity has given SimNetwork Gaming a rather lengthy and comprehensive interview regarding the Livin' Large Expansion pack. The interview covers features of the expansion and what you can expect in the future as far as new objects and downloads. You can view this interview by clicking here.
[(default)] The State of SimGames.net
by Kevin Stange @ 11:32 AM EDT
If you frequent The SimPage, SimEden, SimGames.net, SimGames Network, or a variety of other SimGames.net sites, you've probably noticed a few errors lately. The explanation of the current status is a little complicated, but here's what's going on.

The SimPage and several other sites are back up now after being down for many hours, while other sites are still not back up. The sites that are still down are located on the Nozone.Network server. The sites that are working are located on the SimGames.net server or the old Communitech server.

The reason all sites went down is that an apparent hacker attacked the main server at Nozone.Network and took it down. This server provides vital services to the SimGames.net server and without it, both servers were inaccessible.

At this time, the Nozone.Network server is running and providing its vital services to the SimGames.net sites, though the sites on the main server have not yet be restored. Hopefully, this problem should be corrected sometime today.
[TheSims] Source: TheSims.com
The Sim Party winners have been announced
by Rand Huck @ 10:36 AM EDT
Well, the contest is now over, and the good people at TheSims.com have determined the winners. Click here to see who won!

Saturday, June 24, 2000

[(default)] Source: Simz Online
Mall of the Sims Gets Upgrade
by BrandonQuigley @ 3:18 PM EDT
Mall of the Sims has been upgraded to a new navigational system, and also a new design. This is for easier browsing between the stores and stuff like that. The new system includes high and low bandwidth versions for broadband and dial-up modems, as well as a install program, which will work for all connections. These new navigational systems allow you to see a stores name and description just when the mouse moves over the stores map location. Its very neat. So go on and check it out for yourself.
[TheSims] Source: SimLink
SimLink 1.5 Final Released
by Kevin Stange @ 10:55 AM EDT
Paul Dekkers has released version 1.5 of his SimLink utility which fixes a few bugs and improves its performance a bit. SimLink is a fairly small utility that lets you create shortcuts to your MP3, allows importing and exporting of zipped houses, and can check your wall and floor files for problems automatically. This latest version must be unlocked by following the directions in the program, which lead you to click on a banner. We've got the file up already in the download center. Click here to get it now.

Thursday, June 22, 2000

[MaxisEA] Source: PC Data
Top 20 for May
by Kevin Stange @ 6:23 PM EDT
Maxis did exceptionally well in May according to PC Data's charts, holding 5 of Electronic Arts' 7 in the Top 20 for the month of May 2000. The Sims was on top in 1st place, with SimCity 3000, SimMania Pack, SimThemePark, and SimCity 3000 Unlimited all placing on the list. Here's how things settled:

1. The Sims (1)
2. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition *
3. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon (3)
4. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (2)
5. EverQuest: Ruins Of Kunark (19)
6. Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings (5)
7. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon Corkscrew Follies (7)
8. Starcraft (9)
9. Jane's WWII Fighters *
10. Sim City 3000 (10)
11. Wheel of Fortune *
12. Soldier Of Fortune (6)
13. Sim Mania Pack (15)
14. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Urban Operations (4)
15. Sim Theme Park (20)
16. Star Trek: Armada (11)
17. Hoyle Casino 2000 *
18. Sim City 3000 Unlimited *
19. Unreal Tournament (13)
20. Need For Speed: High Stakes *

* Title didn't appear on the list last month
Numbers in parenthesis indicate the position of the title in April
[MaxisEA] Source: The SimGamers' HeadQuarters
"The Sims Holds On, Unlimited Loses Grip
by Kevin Stange @ 6:04 PM EDT
PC Data's latest top ten lists for the week of June 4th to June 10th shows SimCity 3000 Unlimited falling from 4th to 8th on the PC Games ranking and dropping of the overall software charts completely, while The Sims has managed once again, to hold onto 2nd place under Millionaire. Here's how things went:

Best Selling PC Games:

1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition
2. The Sims
3. Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption
4. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon
5. Vampire: Collector's Edition
6. Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings
7. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon Corkscrew Follies
8. Sim City 3000 Unlimited
9. Starcraft
10. EverQuest: Ruins Of Kunark
[SimCity] Source: SimEden
Two New Reviews
by Kevin Stange @ 5:55 PM EDT
There are two new game reviews available for SimCity 3000 Unlimited.

GameZone.com gave the game an overall 9.5 out of 10, though the review considered a simple upgrade over SimCity 3000. Click here to view GameZone's review. The Adrenaline Vault also took a look at the game and has given it 3.5 out of 5 stars, giving the game a lowly 2 points for its music. You can check out the Adrenaline Vault's review by clicking here.
[TheSims] Source: Kristian Evensen
Pets in The Sims?
by Kevin Stange @ 4:48 PM EDT
Kristian Evensen has set up a petition requesting that Maxis add pets to The Sims. If you would like to participate in this petition, click here and sign it. If the petition has enough signatures, perhaps your wish will come true someday soon.
[(default)] Source: Sims Weekly
Sims Weekly: Needs One Staff Member
by BrandonQuigley @ 3:12 PM EDT
Hi. I am Dean, the owner of Sims Weekly. I am looking for a staff member to do news. I will not get any PAY! Just would like your help. Sims Weekly's Preview Page is up. Looks pretty cool. It doesn't look like it was made from Homestead. Well, anyways I would like to thank Dave from SimsVille Central for making me that new NavMenu. It works great! If anyone would like to help me post news at Sims Weekly, please e-mail me at quigbq@hotmail.com.
[TheSims] Check out the new expansion pack preview!
by Rand Huck @ 8:59 AM EDT
Today's SimDay event features snapshots of the new "Sims Livin Large" expansion pack, which is scheduled to come out early September. The major features will include a more contemporary style to your houses, more careers, and more decorating and other equiment for your sims to manage. Tell us what you think by clicking on the reply link.

Sunday, June 18, 2000

[(default)] Source: Sims Weekly
Sims Weekly Has Temporarily Closed
by BrandonQuigley @ 11:02 AM EDT
Today, Sims Weekly has temporarily closed. They plan on opening it back up in July or August. The Top 100 SimsVille Sites has temporarily closed too. It will open in July, no doubt. When the Top 100 SimsVille Sites opens up about 3 weeks after Sims Weekly will open up too. We are finding an new design, and are looking for some affiliates, and a webring. We are only looking for one staff member to do the images and graphics, there will be no pay, e-mail us at quigbq@hotmail.com if you are interested.

Saturday, June 17, 2000

[(default)] Source: Sims Weekly
Sims Weekly Gets New Site Design
by BrandonQuigley @ 4:26 PM EDT
Dean (the owner of Sims Weekly) has been trying to set up a great design for the new site, well he finally picked one out! It has great graphics and helps the page load faster and more easily. Last week he inserted the MouseOver Script to his site. That looked great. He owns a Top 100 SimsVille Site, which isn't open yet. He has not got the final banner on yet. Anyway, go and check it out.

Friday, June 16, 2000

[TheSims] Source: SimEden
Homesims.com sends you the new baby monitor
by Rand Huck @ 9:11 AM EDT
Homesims.com's new baby monitor seems like a good idea, and from what I see by trying it out, it's actually pretty good. When your baby cries it will automatically send a sim to the baby without you having to order him/her to. The device looks like a burglar alarm. Click here to get it

Thursday, June 15, 2000

[TheSims] Source: The Sims.com
Sim Day
by Rand Huck @ 3:47 PM EDT
Today's SimDay event is a chat with the team that made The Sims possible. Click here to chat with them (4:00PST) They also remind us that the Block Party contest entries will only be accepted for another week, so you better hurry.

Next week they will finally give us some solid previews of the new expansion pack.

Tuesday, June 13, 2000

[SimCity] Source: SimEden
Games Domain's review of SimCityUnlimited
by Rand Huck @ 4:58 PM EDT
Games Domain gives an all out honest review of SimCity Unlimited. While he resents the crashes, bugs, and the "just small changes" complaints it still gives Maxis credit for making a good game a little bit better. Namely, the scenerios. Here's a little snipet of the article:

So what has Maxis brought to this World Edition of the ageing Sim City 3000? Not much, is the answer. New European and Asian-style buildings, four new disasters and thirteen scenarios are the chief additions and, outside the game, utilities have been included to design your own buildings and scenarios.

You can read the entire article Here
[TheSims] Source: SimNetwork Gaming
The Sims for Mac System Requirements
by Kevin Stange @ 12:28 AM EDT
Aspyr Media has just announced the system requirements for it's Macintosh port of The Sims. You can view these requirements by clicking here to make sure that your Mac will be ready to run the game.

The game is now in Beta and should be well on its way to completion soon.

Monday, June 12, 2000

[(default)] Source: Sims Weekly
Sims Weekly:Coming Soon
by BrandonQuigley @ 9:23 PM EDT
A new site has been found today. It is called "Sims Weekly" and is based on The Sims, SimsVille, Maxis, and SimCity. It will give you the latest news and links from other sim sites. I will keep you updated on this news source.

Saturday, June 10, 2000

[(default)] Source: Sims Dimension / Dustin Bainbridge
SimsDimension.com Reopens
by Kevin Stange @ 2:56 AM EDT
SimsDimension.com has recently reopened after a fair amount of time offline. They've joined up with SimGames.net, the same gaming portal that hosts The SimPage.

Dustin's site layout is unchanged, so if you have seen it before, you'll definitely recognize it right away, a beatiful, clean design. It's definitely worth your while to jump over to the site and take a look. Click here.
[TheSims] Source: blueprint Website
blueprint Growing Close
by Kevin Stange @ 2:50 AM EDT
Bil Simser recently announced that the next version of blueprint is near release. He also indicated that this version will be the first to include the capacity to export its objects into a format that The Sims can understand. The program is still going through a bit of testing at this point, but shouldn't take too much longer to be ready for release.

For more details, hope over to the blueprint website by clicking here.
[SimCity] Source: Simz Online
Upcoming SimCity Days (Tuesdays)
by Kevin Stange @ 2:43 AM EDT
Maxis is preparing to dazzle SimCity 3000 fans with a few new downloads over the next couple weeks. On Tuesday, June 13, they'll be posting "Good Fellas," a new senario for the game. The following week, June 20th, they'll put up a "Hall of Fame" with the best of many uploaded creations Maxis has received recently from players. June 27th, a new tool will allow BAT Plus users to convert their buildings into in-game landmarks.

More details can be found on the SimCity.com event calendar. Click here!
[SimCity] Source: SimNetwork Gaming
No SimCity 3000 Unlimited for Mac
by Kevin Stange @ 2:36 AM EDT
Executive Producer Christine McGavran reports that Maxis currently has no intention of porting SimCity Unlimited to the Macintosh platform. This, however, does not rule out the possibility of porting other games in the future, such as SimsVille, and perhaps SimMars...
[MaxisEA] Source: SimNetwork Gaming and The SimGamers' HeadQuarters
SimCity Unlimited Review and Livin' Large Preview
by Kevin Stange @ 2:33 AM EDT
Gamespot has just released a new review of SimCity 3000 Unlimited complete with screenshots and lots of details. The game was rated 7.5 out of 10. Check out the review here.

Gamespot UK has taken a look at The Sims Livin' Large Expansion pack as well. It's loaded with information including a brief mention of SimsVille and a variety of new objects and features. They've even got a few screenshots. Click here to take a peek.
[TheSims] Source: Simz Online
Two Utilities Move
by Kevin Stange @ 2:20 AM EDT
SimLink, once a simple MP3 playlist utility that has since expanded with support for many aspects of The Sims, has moved to Project Sims hosting. If you don't have the latest version (1.4), it's definitely worth the download. You can find the new SimLink website right here.

SimManager is a program that allows you to edit the various traits of your Sims. The site has moved to hosting at Mall of the Sims, and the new location contains screenshots and information about the next version of the program, as well as a download for the current version. You can check that SimManager's new site by clicking here.
[(default)] Source: SC3000.com Discussion Forum
SimEden Design Changes Planned
by Kevin Stange @ 2:12 AM EDT
Adam Steinbaugh of SimEden has announced plans to begin a project that will revitalize his website. Codenamed Project Ironhorse, it will include a brand new site design and new direct-delivered content right into visitors' mailboxes.

Adam is searching for a group of five new staff members to help out at SimEden as well. He's looking for people with good writing ability. Anyone interested should click here to email Adam, and send along a "resume" of qualifications.

SimEden hopes to have the whole project finished by the end of June, and debut it in July along with its new ModernEmpire Network. We look forward to more news from SimEden about Ironhorse's progress.
[(default)] Source: The SimGamers' HeadQuarters
New Design for The SimGamers' HQ
by Kevin Stange @ 2:03 AM EDT
Steve of The SimGamers' HeadQuarters has put together a brand new design with a clean and easy-to-navigate style with popup menus for each game at the top of the page. It's well worth a look, so click here to pay Steve a visit.
[TheSims] Source: Simz Online
The Sims for Mac in Beta
by Kevin Stange @ 1:56 AM EDT
MacCentral Online reports that the Macintosh version of The Sims has now reached the Beta testing phase of its development. Click here to view the report.

The Sims for Mac is being published by Aspyr Media.
[TheSims] Source: Simz Online
Best of Year Award for The Sims
by Kevin Stange @ 1:51 AM EDT
PC World Magazine's July 2000 issue listed over 70 products that it considered to be the "best of the year." The Sims won a place in the software category. Here's an excerpt, courtesy of Simz Online:
After working for 4 or 5 hours in the hot sun, your guys need a little recreation. We recommend Electronic Arts' The Sims. Players create and develop the lives of virtual people, balancing their personalities and guiding them to success in friendship, finance, and romance.

Thursday, June 8, 2000

[TheSims] Source: TheSims.com
Today's SimDay event: New Contest
by Rand Huck @ 2:27 PM EDT
A new, and pretty neat contest is now here, which will test how well you can set a 4th of July party in the works, on lots 8 and 10 (Newbies and Goths) Click here for details.

There isn't anything else new this week, but next week they will open the chatrooms for a chat with the development team.

Wednesday, June 7, 2000

[MaxisEA] Two in the Top Five
by Kevin Stange @ 11:06 PM EDT
The latest from PC Data, for the week of May 21 - May 27 in the top selling game titles category shows the Sims holding steady in the number two slot and SimCity 3000 Unlimited moving up to 4th from 9th the previous week. Also notable, Who Wants to be a Millionaire 1st Edition has fallen down to position nine from five last week, though the 2nd Edition is still competing with The Sims. Here are the results:

1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition
2. The Sims
3. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon
4. Sim City 3000 Unlimited
5. Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings
6. Microsoft Motocross Madness
7. EverQuest: Ruins Of Kunark
8. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon Corkscrew Follies
9. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
10. Starcraft

For the same week, The Sims is holding 3rd place for the top selling software product overall. Only Millionaire 2nd Edition and Norton Antivirus sold more copies. SimCity 3000 Unlimited has also managed to make it to 9th place on the top selling software list.

Tuesday, June 6, 2000

[SimMars] Source: Simz Online
SimMars.com Redirects
by Kevin Stange @ 12:39 AM EDT
Apparently SimMars.com has now been set to redirect visitors to SimsVille.com. Presumably, this means that SimMars is stopped for a long-term alternate project (SimsVille)...

In response to the "hold" status of SimMars, which may now put it several years off, The SimPage will be "hiding" its SimMars content. The SimMars ActiveList has been indefinitely shut down, as will the SimMars Surveyor Mailing list. The membership pages will be removed and the list will be "closed" until SimMars production begins again. All other SimMars features will also be "closed" until this time.

If you object to this "hiding" of the SimPage's SimMars content, post a reply to this news and tell us, otherwise I'll take the pages offline this weekend to clean up the site a bit.

Monday, June 5, 2000

[SimCity] Source: SimEden
Two new SimCityUnlimited reviews
by Rand Huck @ 5:03 PM EDT
Gamerankings.com gives you their review of SimCity3000 Unlimited, giving it a very nice rating, as well as GameOver.net, which gave it a pretty bad rating.

Here is an exerpt from Gameover.net:

...I only wish they took the time to complete the job, however, as I found that when my Asian tile set city began to celebrate a Thanksgiving day parade the feeling of 'asianness' in my city vanished....

Friday, June 2, 2000

[SimsVille] Source: Simz Online
SimEden Delivers E3 Video
by Kevin Stange @ 11:35 PM EDT
Yoru Hikage has once again delivered amazing E3 content to SimEden. This latest release is a very large video in which you get to see a preview of the upcoming Maxis title, SimsVille. The video "narration" is done by Christine McGavran. You can check out the video at TheCitadel.net by clicking here.

Yoru Hikage has been SimEden's E3 correspondent delivering photos and other cool stuff directly from the Maxis SimsVille station at E3.
[(default)] Source: Simz Online
SimzOnline Born Yet Again!
by Kevin Stange @ 11:26 PM EDT
SimzOnline, the ever changing source of SimGames news and The Sims skins has changed again. Jerm has slaved for hours over a hot text editor to put together yet another new design! I'm impressed as usual.

Click here to take a look at Jerm's latest creation!
[SimCity] Source: Simz Online
Tuesday is SimCity Day
by Kevin Stange @ 5:11 PM EDT
Maxis has renamed a second day of the week for new SimCity 3000 downloads. Every Tuesday is now SimCity Day. Each week, Maxis will post something new on SimCity.com. As Maxis continues to produce new games we can expect they will eventually monopolize every day of the week with new stuff for your games!

This week was a new landmark called the Hopfengarten. If you'd like to take a look, you'll need to be a registered SimCity Unlimited owner. Click here to jump to the landmarks page.
[MaxisEA] Source: The SimGamers' HeadQuarters
Luc Barthelet Thanks Maxis Fans
by Kevin Stange @ 5:01 PM EDT
Luc Barthelet, now senior VP of Maxis, has written a letter to all of the fans of SimCity 3000, The Sims, and SimCity 3000 Unlimited for all of their support over the past few years.

The letter reflects upon the recent successes of the company, and also talks about some upcoming releases. The letter has been posted at both SimCity.com and TheSims.com. Click here to take a look.
[MaxisEA] Source: Simz Online
Will Wright Appears on ABC News
by Kevin Stange @ 4:55 PM EDT
Will Wright sat down with ABC's Sam Donaldson on May 31st for a chat about Maxis and The Sims. ABC has provided a streaming video of the broadcast at the ABCNews.com website.

Click here to go check it out.
[MaxisEA] Source: Simz Online
Maxis Holds Three Top Slots
by Kevin Stange @ 4:50 PM EDT
Maxis now holds three of the top ten slots in PC Data's best selling PC games. This ranking is for the week of May 14 to May 20. The Sims is still fighting with Millionaire 2nd Edition for the top slot, coming in at number two. Sim City 3000 Unlimited has pulled in number nine, and the Sim Mania Pack (a collection of older Maxis titles) rounds off the list in slot ten:

1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition
2. The Sims
3. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon
4. Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings
5. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
6. EverQuest: Ruins Of Kunark
7. Starcraft
8. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon Corkscrew Follies
9. Sim City 3000 Unlimited
10. Sim Mania Pack

Thursday, June 1, 2000

[TheSims] Source: TheSims.com
Glowing Flamingo is today's simday event
by Rand Huck @ 8:50 AM EDT
Today's SimDay event is the neon flamingo sign that I mentioned last week. There appears to be nothing else, but I will keep you posted if there are any updates. Click here to come get it!

Next week will be a new contest, for lots 8 and 10. Details coming next week!
[(default)] Source: Simz Online
Virus Alert from Project Sims
by BrandonQuigley @ 8:12 AM EDT
One of the recently uploaded files to Project Sims' download library was a virus, according to the webmaster. In case you downloaded anything from their page lately, you can head over to Project Sims and look over the news.