August 2000 News Archive

Tuesday, August 29, 2000

[(default)] G'day Mate's
by DanielBaird @ 7:01 AM EDT
Hello, Daniel Baird here I am a new staff member here. You will be hearing a lot more from me in the days to come as I intend to stick around here for awhile, You might already know me as the Webmaster of Rick's pride and joy iMaxis.

Monday, August 28, 2000

[TheSims] Source:
Maxis to Develop Online Sequel to The Sims
by Kevin Stange @ 6:20 PM EDT
ModernEmpire has obtained confirmation from Maxis that they are currently in the process of developing an online Multiplayer version of The Sims, under the games label.

Patrick Buechner, of Maxis Public Relations, told
The official word from Maxis is that we're working on a new on-line game around The Sims. Will Wright is designing it. No release date at this time. We're only in the design and prototype stage at the moment.
Click here to view's news report.
[TheSims] Source: Maxis
Long Island & Queens
by RickPierce @ 3:48 AM EDT
Attention all residents of the Long Island, New York area. New York Newsday is looking to talk with some fans of The Sims from the Long
Island and Queens area. If you're interested, please contact and it will be passed onto the reporter.
-Rick Pierce,

Saturday, August 26, 2000

[SimMars] Source: The SimGamers' HeadQuarters
Not Now Becomes Not Ever for SimMars
by Kevin Stange @ 6:05 PM EDT
According to a recent interview with Will Wright conducted by The SimGamers' HeadQuarters, it now seems likely that SimMars will never be released. Production of the game was halted several months ago, in order to divert resources to The Sims, and to developing SimsVille, as well as other unannouced titles.

Regarding SimMars' release, Will Wright stated in the interview that, "it's unlikely it ever will be released." also reports that Maxis has been working on a new title which is related to the closed SimMars project and also has ties to SimLife and SimEarth.

Friday, August 25, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Simzonline releases a new collection of objects
by Rand Huck @ 5:07 AM EDT has released a sack full of new objects for your sims to fiddle with, and they now have two new sections, the Action Figure section, and the iMac Warehouse. They haven't made any new action figures yet, but I'm sure you will find more popping up.
[TheSims] Source: Simzonline
Pre order Livin Large at Gamestop
by Rand Huck @ 4:59 AM EDT
If you are too lazy to go all the way to your software store when the new Expansion Pack comes out, you can stay right in your seat, and click here to pre-order Livin Large. You will, however, have to get out of your seat for the Parcel Service on the release date.

Thursday, August 24, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Simzonline
Maxis fixed problems with Art Studio
by Rand Huck @ 3:07 AM EDT
When the Art Studio came out two weeks ago users were soon complaining about some bugs that would cause a crash in the system. Maxis has patched up these problems and has released the new version of it. You can find it here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2000

[(default)] A Hello
by RickPierce @ 5:24 AM EDT
The name's Pierce, Rick Pierce. I will be posting news and other articles here for The Sim Page. While I'm new here, I'm not new to the community. I run and own the website Inside Maxis (, which covers Maxis games and the company in general. I am also a forumer at the Forums at, user name Rick Pierce. I've had my name listed in credits for games, which I'm really proud of, most notably SimCity 3000 Unlimited.

Other than that, I just wish to thank Kevin Stange for embracing me onto this project, I hope the rest of you will enjoy my zany antics and humor as well. I'll see you all around! :-)
[(default)] Site Outage
by Kevin Stange @ 3:51 AM EDT
You may have noticed that the site has been in different stages from down to dysfunctional over the past three days. We were having some severe server problems, that caused the site to first become inaccessible, then require a total restoration from a backup. As a result, some of our files and scripts may be "broken" or act a little odd.

We're back now, and everything seems to be working fairly well, after some reconfiguration and calibration, but please click here to let us know if you see something amiss, and we'll try to take care of it as soon as possible.

In other news, I'm going off to college, and will be in transit and moving in over the next three days, making this a really poor time for server problems. :-P During my absence, I'm sure my staff will continue to keep you posted on the latest news and information.

I'll let you all know when I get settled in up at my new school. See you all then!

-- Kevin Stange, Webmaster

Sunday, August 20, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Simzonline
Gamespy releases some screenshots of Livin Large
by Rand Huck @ 4:38 PM EDT
Gamespy has released some new screenshots from Livin Large, the upcoming Sims Expansion Pack. They include some shots of the heart shaped bed, a large castle, and a sim strumming in his electric guitar. Click here to see them.

Thursday, August 17, 2000

[TheSims] Source:
SimDay - Easy Street Winners & Voodoo Doll
by Kevin Stange @ 5:29 PM EDT
After some technical troubles that delayed their judging, Maxis has now released the results of the recent easy street contest at Click here to take a look!

They also let you take a peek at another one of the magical, though somewhat unrealistic, new objects in the Livin' Large expansion pack, the voodoo doll. Click here to see one how one sim uses the doll to deal with his wife's behavior problems!

Coming next week, a live chat with the developers of Livin' Large.
[TheSims] Source: Gamecenter
Gamecenter reviews Livin Large
by Rand Huck @ 10:35 AM EDT
Gamecenter has published a review of The Sims' new expansion pack, Livin Large, which should come out in about 3 weeks. They rate the game an 8 out of 10. While the new features are a great improvement, they say that some of the components are too challanging and frustrating. Click here to view the article

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

[SimCity] Source: Rick Pierce releases the SCURK for SimCity 3000
by Rand Huck @ 6:06 PM EDT
This time, the "URK" doesn't stand for "Urban Renewal Kit", but "Unlimited Rendering Kit". It will act just like the SimCity2000 Urban Renewal Kit, without the "Place and Print", as I understand. You will need an external graphics program to create the buildings. All the SCURK will do is render them for use with SimCity 3000 Unlimited. You can find it at by clicking here.
[TheSims] Source: Simzonline
"Beth asks, what kind of a sim player are you?
by Rand Huck @ 5:55 PM EDT
Beth plays "simthropologist", and classifies sim players into 6 different parts. See what kind you are here. I must say, I would range between "turtle" and "conservative". ;-)

I would love to hear your responses as to where you would fit in.
[TheSims] Source: Derek Szeto (
Derek Szeto interviews Chris Baena about Livin Large
by Rand Huck @ 5:45 PM EDT
Derek, of has released an interview he had with Mr. Chris Baena, Associate Producer of Livin Large. You can find the whole article here.

Here is one of his questions:

Are there going to be any fundamental gameplay additions to The Sims Livin' Large?

CB: The Sims Livin' Large adds a ton of new gameplay additions to The Sims universe but fundamentally it is the same game. Players of The Sims will be able to dive right into Livin' Large with no problem.

Sunday, August 13, 2000

[TheSims] Source: SimzOnline
Bugs reported on SimTransmogrifier
by Rand Huck @ 9:16 PM EDT
There have been reports of bugs in The Sims with certain user-created objects that were created with the SimTransmogrifier. Don Hopkins, who created SimTransmogrifer, has not experienced these bugs first hand, but does not deny that there might be problems with the program, and is looking into it.

Reports include crashes, sims getting "trapped" in using the object (he/she can't stop using it), and missing commands. Click here for more information.

Friday, August 11, 2000

[TheSims] Source:
SimDay: Make your own pictures and preview the robot!
by Rand Huck @ 9:20 AM EDT
To-- er yesterday's SimDay event features a new download, which will allow you to create your own pictures, and your sims can hang them on the wall! You can also preview the helper robot, which is sure to keep your house clean!

Art Studio


Thursday, August 10, 2000

[TheSims] Source: blueprint Website
blueprint Scheduled for August 27th Release
by Kevin Stange @ 12:54 PM EDT
Bil Simser reported today, that his previously announced blueprint release date of August 20th was an error on his part. He accidentally supplied the date on which testers would be received their copies of the application. He instead set the official public release to August 27, 2000.

He promises to have some new information up at his website soon, including some new screenshots and tutorials. You can check the site out here.

He would also like to know your thoughts on whether he should continue to develop his Art Editor now that Maxis has released their own application with the same purpose. If you'd like to comment, click here to email him.
[TheSims] Source: Gamecenter
Livin Large to come out early September
by Rand Huck @ 12:38 PM EDT
Maxis has announced that it will release the new expansion pack, Livin Large, early this September, which should be in about 3 to 4 weeks. Gamecenter also has some exclusive screenshots.To read the article click here.
[MaxisEA] Source: PC Data
"The Sims Steady, Unlimited Climbs
by Kevin Stange @ 12:30 PM EDT
The Sims has not yet left the top three slots since it first reached the the top 10 list, holding on to slot two again for the week of July 23 - 29th. SimCity 3000 Unlimited has been floating more toward the middle of the list, pulling up one slot from the previous week into sixth. Here's how the list rounded out:

1 Diablo 2
2 The Sims
3 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition
4 MP Roller Coaster Tycoon
5 Starcraft
6 Sim City 3000 Unlimited
7 Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings
8 MP Roller Coaster Tycoon Corkscrew Follies
9 Icewind Dale
10 Return Of Krondor

Monday, August 7, 2000

[MaxisEA] Source: SimzOnline
Wren's summer vacation
by Rand Huck @ 11:45 PM EDT
Wren Weburg took a trip to the Maxis Headquarters this summer as an intern for their company. He wrote an article to just a few days ago describing his experience there.

Click here to read the article

Click here to see the photo album
[Community] Source: SimzOnline has a new look and adds new furniture
by Rand Huck @ 11:33 PM EDT has a brilliant new look, and has also added more furniture to their list. I recommend you see some of their funiture. It is pretty impressive.

Thursday, August 3, 2000

[TheSims] Source: The Sims
Simday: Preview the chemistry set and a new download
by Rand Huck @ 6:59 AM EDT
Today's simday event features a new download, where you can preview (or prehear) what the sims sound like in the new Livin Large. You can also see a new story, titled chemistry set.

Next week they will uncover the new robot for Livin Large, and a download where you can make your own paintings!

Wednesday, August 2, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Stu Horowitz (by email)
Aspyr Releases The Sims for Mac Patch
by Kevin Stange @ 1:36 PM EDT
Aspyr Media has released an updater for users of The Sims for Macintosh. This patch will bring the game version to 1.1.1. It fixes some minor software bugs including volume controls problems and graphics issues. You can find the updater at Click here to get it now.