September 2000 News Archive

Saturday, September 30, 2000

[MaxisEA] Source: SimzOnline
HomeSims' Interview with Will Wright released
by Rand Huck @ 10:46 PM EDT's interview with Will Wright, as previously mentioned, has been released. You can view the interview here. thanks you for your submitted questions to Will Wright, some of which have been answered. And here is just a little notable quote from the interview:

Great graphics are a waste of time if the underlying game is no fun. I've spent many hours enjoying games with mediocre graphics and great game play. On the other hand I've spent very little time with the opposite.
[(default)] Source: SimForce
SimForce goes Live!
by Tim Gowa @ 10:14 PM EDT
A new page opended up and is being hosted by, you guessed it, SimPage!

SimForce looks to be a great page, and I hope to see many good things from it!

SimForce can be reached by clicking here:

Thursday, September 28, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Simzonline
Will Wright recieves Invisionary Award
by Rand Huck @ 10:58 PM EDT
Will Wright, the genius creator of The Sims, SimCity, and most of the other Sim Games is recieving an Invisionary Award for his work on the games he has created. The Award, given by New Media Invision 2000 Festival, was recieved at the Sheraton Hotel, in San Francisco. More information can be found here

Wednesday, September 27, 2000

[(default)] Source: HomeSims
HomeSims' new batch
by Rand Huck @ 10:42 PM EDT
HomeSims keeps chugging out their creations. They are especially spending time on their decorative section. Click here to see all the action!
[TheSims] Source: Simzonline
" interviewing Will Wright, need your help!
by Rand Huck @ 10:27 PM EDT
HomeSims is planning an interview with Will Wright, the creator of The Sims, SimCity, and other Maxis games. They are asking for some questions submitted by fans to build a great interview. If you have a question to ask Will Wright. Click here and you might be heard by Will Wright!

As a side note, we are still looking for questions about The Sims Online Multiplayer game. If you've got something you want to ask Will Wright about this upcoming title, click here and send in your questions.
[(default)] SimGames Chat Closes
by Kevin Stange @ 1:27 AM EDT
We've enjoyed serving you with a quality IRC Undernet Channel for the past three years, but we have decided to close the channel for several reasons, particularly that we do not have the interest and staffing to manage the channel and help users any longer. Instead we have chosen to concentrate our efforts to maintaining our prosperous ICQ ActiveList as a major community meeting place. We thank all who helped to make SimGames Chat possible, and hope you will join our ICQ ActiveList. For more information, click here. I look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, September 22, 2000

[MaxisEA] Source: SimzOnline
Interview with Patrick Barrett on
by Rand Huck @ 1:33 PM EDT
SimGaming interviewed the Maxis Software Engineer, Patrick Barrett about The Sims Online, which is a new Cyberspace concept for The Sims. You can view the article here.

Here's just a little part of the interview:

What would The Sims be without Build, Buy, Live. The Sims live in a material world. In Online building and buying is more a strategy than a game play element as in the first two. Live mode is far more interactive since the other Sims are actual people.

Thursday, September 21, 2000

[(default)] Source: SimPort
SimPort closes down in 9 Days
by Tim Gowa @ 4:24 PM EDT
SimPort will be going down in 9 days. This site was a wonderful addition to the sim community and will be missed greatly. If you are looking for great content on any of the Sim games you should definetly visit this site. Adam Hughes (webmaster, SimPort) did a terrific job on all the cheats, strategy guides, and other content. This site may not have wiz-bang features but certainly sets a extremely high level of excellence (and probably never got half as much credit as it deserved).

SimPort will go down September 30, 2000 and will be deleted off of the SimCityHQ's server at the same time.

To visit this fantastic site click here
[MaxisEA] Source: PC Data
PC Data Sales Stats
by Kevin Stange @ 12:38 PM EDT
The latest PC Data stats show that Livin' Large has pulled from 2nd to 1st place for the week of September 3rd through 9th, while The Sims has held a steady third place. No other Maxis titles currently appear on the list, which rounded out this way:

1. The Sims Livin Large Expansion Pack
2. Microsoft Age Of Empires II:Conquerors Exp.
3. The Sims
4. Diablo 2
5. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon
6. Madden NFL 2001
7. Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings
8. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition
9. Starcraft
10. Homeworld: Cataclysm

The August Monthly stats have also been released. Maxis held 4 slots with The Sims in 2nd, Unlimited in 8th, SimMania Pack at 11, and SimThemePart at 15. Here's how that list came up:

1. Diablo 2
2. The Sims
3. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon
4. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition
5. Starcraft
6. Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Age of Kings
7. MP Roller Coaster Tycoon Corkscrew Follies
8. Sim City 3000 Unlimited
9. Unreal Tournament
10. Deus Ex
11. Sim Mania Pack
12. Microsoft Age Of Empires II:Conquerors Exp.
13. Return To Krondor
14. Icewind Dale
15. Sim Theme Park
16. Hoyle Casino 2000
17. Crystal Key
18. Scooby Doo Mystery Of The Fun Park Phantom
19. EverQuest: Ruins Of Kunark
20. Shogun: Total War

Meanwhile, on the Mac charts for August, Aspyr Media's port of The Sims pulled into #1, up from slot 4 in July, and SimCity 3000 dropped from 7th to 8th.
[TheSims] Source:
Physics Test Today
by Kevin Stange @ 10:12 AM EDT
Well, that's just for me. In addition to my Physics exam at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, you can also stop by for a live chat and meet the amazing Will Wright. The common format of chat is a hour-long question and answer session in which Will takes questions from the chatters and discusses them. If you'd like to drop by, click here and join the Live Events room. Ask the chatters in the main room if you need help, and have fun. Note, get there a bit before 7 if you can because the chat will fill up quickly!

Monday, September 18, 2000

[(default)] Source: ModernEmpire
ME Forums Return
by Tim Gowa @ 6:26 PM EDT
ModernEmpire's famous forums are back! They have been done for almost three weeks now due to a server error (one of the same that plauged several sim sites over the internet, the past week). The only problem is due to the error, all of the posts and accounts are gone. So go now and re-register!

Sunday, September 17, 2000

[TheSims] Source: WebVoid
The Sims Host a LAN Party
by Kevin Stange @ 2:43 PM EDT
DarkNova, of WebVoid, has created an amusing little story about a LAN Party hosted by a group of Sims, complete with well-captioned screenshots. Click here to take a look. Here's the intro sent along with the news release:
LAN parties are a blast. Everyone brings their computer to someone's house, they network them together, and stays up late playing games, fueled by too much pizza and soda... But what happens when you try to simulate a LAN party in "The Sims"? Can they even survive?
[(default)] Source: Simz Online
SimzOnline Redesigned... Again
by Kevin Stange @ 2:31 PM EDT
Jerm, over at Simz Online, has put together (once again!) another beautiful new design for his website. It's very much like the previous design, but has been streamlined and simplified. The new design looks great as usual, and is definitely worth a look. Click here to see Jerm's newest design.
[(default)] Source: blueprint Website
"Bil Simser dispells some "interesting" rumors
by Kevin Stange @ 1:28 PM EDT
Following the loss of blueprint, Bil Simser has come across some of the most bizarre and twisted rumors about him, blueprint, and Maxis. He's decided to set the record straight and responds to some of the more common rumors on his website, including one rumor that suggests that he's simply Will Wright's alter ego. Feel free to have a look at Bil's post by clicking here.

Thursday, September 14, 2000

[TheSims] Source:
"SimDay: Jukebox, jukebox, and a song for your jukebox!
by Rand Huck @ 4:20 PM EDT
For SimDay this week they have a desktop Jukebox, which will allow you to listen to simtunes. The other jukebox is for your sims, which is small enough to fit in their house (not your desktop ;-)

Finally the official songs for The Sims can be downloaded here.

The other objects can be found by clicking here.

Next week, another chat with the famous Will Wright, creator of The Sims, and other sim games. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Inside Maxis
Maxis releases patch for Livin Large
by Rand Huck @ 8:37 PM EDT
Due to popular demand Maxis has made a patch that should fix most, if not all, the bugs associated with their expansion pack, Livin Large. If you are one of the unlucky ones who were experiencing these bugs, you can download the patch here.

Tell us if this patch does work, by clicking on "reply to this article" at the header.
[TheSims] Source: Simzonline
The Sims Edit is now compatable with Livin Large
by Rand Huck @ 3:15 PM EDT
The Sims Edit, on The Sims Resource, is now available for Livin Large. "The Ultimate Cheat", as they describe it, now has more features than ever before. You can change their balance, personality, and even relationships and skills. You can download it here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2000

[MaxisEA] Source: SimzOnline
EA launches new website
by Rand Huck @ 2:28 PM EDT has opened. The site, by EA itself, should be an improvement on the old A new feature has been added to this site, "Play Online", which isn't available yet, but should be soon.

Saturday, September 9, 2000

[TheSims] Source:
The Sims have a new contest
by Rand Huck @ 1:08 PM EDT
A few days ago,'s SimDay event was a new contest. They want you to create a story on Lot 2, using a plot that can only be done in Livin Large, so it should involve either the chemistry set, robot, clown, or the grim reaper.

Click here to view the rules and additional information. The deadline will be in a few weeks.

Next SimDay, they will release some new downloads: Jukeboxes, and more jukeboxes.
[TheSims] Source: Simz Online
Livin' Large Tech Support
by Kevin Stange @ 12:57 PM EDT
Due to the recent technical issues that many Livin' Large customers have faced when installing or using the expansion pack, Maxis has put together a new Livin' Large support section which addresses these problems. You can check out these FAQ's which may help you get your game working correctly, by clicking here.

Please note, we have removed The Sims No-CD patch from The SimPage for several reasons. First of all, Livin' Large will not install or run correctly with the patch in use. Many users may also use this patch to spawn unlicensed copies of their game. Finally, The SimPage cannot provide technical support for problems, such as lack of sound, that are associated with the download.

Sunday, September 3, 2000

[MaxisEA] Source:
"SimCoaster, The Sequel!
by Tim Gowa @ 7:41 AM EDT
Over at they have discovered SimCoaster, the SimThemePark sequel! Apparently overthrown by it's competition, RollerCoasterTycoon by Hasbro Interactive, EA will have to (and is starting to) focus more on bussiness aspects, in addition to making the rides easier to build. To see the post click here
[TheSims] Source: Sim Games Network
Different options for The Sims Online
by Tim Gowa @ 7:27 AM EDT
Sim-Games Network has just posted a news post about The Sims Online. The post reveals it may not be true online experience but it also may be. The post also reveals that having just multiplayer, not an "always on world" (ie, Everquest) can be fun, too! You can see the entire here
[TheSims] Source: Simz Online
Possible Fix to Livin' Large
by Tim Gowa @ 7:08 AM EDT
SimzOnline posted a news post concering certain problems with Livin' Large and how a certain fan addressed the problems. Problems can plague any game and early reports, Livin' Large confirm it is a bit buggy. This fan's technique is not confirmed, but you can either be risky and try it, or wait for Maxis to develop their own patch. You can see the entire post and steps here
[(default)] Hi I'm the New NewsReporter ! :)
by Tim Gowa @ 6:46 AM EDT
Hi, My name is Timmy Gowa, and I'm the New NewsReporter here at The SimPage!! I hope to find lots o' good news for you (and if I don't fire it off to my email :). Email me at :)
[(default)] Source:
blueprint Is No More
by Kevin Stange @ 2:05 AM EDT
I am sad to report that the long awaited blueprint modeling tool for The Sims, is no more. Due to a severe computer failure, Bil Simser's tool will likely never see the light of day. He did the best he could, used everything he had to try to recover his losses, but to no avail. So, name: bluepint, time of death: Sunday, September 3, 2000.

All of us at The SimPage wish Bil the best, whatever he decides to do, whether it be to just move on, or to try again.

For more details, see Bil's official announcement, by clicking here.

Saturday, September 2, 2000

[TheSims] Source: Gamecenter
Livin Large is in stores now!
by Rand Huck @ 4:10 PM EDT
It's the time many of you have been waiting for! Gamecenter has announced that Livin Large, the expansion pack for The Sims has been released, and is now in your nearest software store! Gamecenter has also released a new review of the game. You can check it out here
[TheSims] Source: Blueprint Website
Blueprint Module SDK
by DanielBaird @ 7:43 AM EDT
Blueprint a 3rd party object editor is almost ready for it's release but SDK (software development kit)is ready and available to anyone who would like it. Bil Simser the creator posted about this a couple of days ago and conformed that he had finished the SDK, it will allow users to program and create their own add-ons and modules for Blueprint. An example of this would be a stair editor in which you would input a small amount of data and it would automatically build a stair case. You must be able to programming in Microsoft Visual C++. Anyone interested can contact Bil Simser via his website (

Friday, September 1, 2000

[TheSims] The Sims Online Interview
by Kevin Stange @ 5:04 PM EDT
The SimPage will be conducting an interview with Will Wright, creator of SimCity and The Sims, regarding Maxis' new project, an online multiplayer version of The Sims.

What we need from you, is a bunch of questions. We want to know what you want to know about this online sequel to one of the best selling games of 2000. So, if you've got a question you're just dying find the answer to, click here and submit it.

Please note, due to the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be accepted, and will not be able to contact you regarding whether or not your question has been chosen for the interview.