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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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The Sims have been causing a ruckus in the suburbs in the PC games and both The Sims and The Sims Bustin' Out on the consoles, but it's time to move on up to a bigger location. To get the Sims into the city, Maxis has announced that they are developing a new title called Urban Sims (working title), that is scheduled for release this fall. Trading in their complacent lives that were constantly threatened by combustible toasters, the Sims are taking on a hipper 24/7 lifestyle and earning reputations as style mavens. With a whole new art style and some new gameplay, the Sims are growing up.


One of the biggest changes is the gameplay is that the job is no longer an invisible component of the game and gamers will have constant control of the Sims. Where before the Sims would disappear off-screen and come back a little more tired and grumpy, jobs will now become a much more integral part of the action. Walking down a street, a sushi chef might yell out that he needs help making sushi and the Sim can jump in and go to work to make some simoleans. Doing a good job at work will bring in promotions and access to power socials to meet other characters in the game. This is key because success in Urban Sims is all about the reputation.

After making some simoleans, it will be possible to buy some better gear and work on styling up the Sim. With a more detailed character customization than in previous games, it will be possible to create a highly unique Sim. Gamers will be able to tell if other characters like their style in the game since they'll be able to see other characters mimicking them. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it's also a sure sign of others' respect. If the Sim gets more respect, he or she will get a better reputation and become more important in the Sim world.

The city is set to have different areas, each with its own unique feel and soundtrack. Gaining friends in a variety of areas will be vital in terms of getting a better reputation and gaining even more influence. As the Sim works on getting a serious rep, others on the street will recognize him or her as a true player. After getting some serious status, a Sim can even influence entire cultures in different parts of the city.





Anyone who's lived the 24/7 lifestyle knows that life isn't possible without at least one electronic device in the pocket. With a new user interface, Urban Sims will be introducing email, a cellphone, and an inventory box that will all look like a PDA. These will help to keep track of the missions and keep the Sim in contact with the rest of the world while wandering around in it.

To make sure that all of the styles and other aspects of the game are similar to what's actually being seen on the streets of modern cities, Maxis has brought in some cultural advisors for the project. We met with one of the advisors, "Hawaii Mike" Salman, who has earned his own street cred by promoting hip-hop tours, editing the lifestyle section of The Source magazine for a few years, and even starting up his own lifestyle magazine, LTD Quarterly. Mike and the other advisors are on hand to make sure that the scenarios and missions in the game ring true for anyone who's spent time in a big city. They will also be making sure that the overall look of the whole game will look more modern with a whole new visual style.

Hit up the Media Page for a couple of images that show off this new style. Check back later when we'll have more information about Urban Sims. :D

SNW Webmiss
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Cool! Thnx for the info Zero! :D

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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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YOU WELCOME!

SNW Webmiss
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Oh I just noticed your av isn't working :? I have to take a look at that.. I've changed the av's..

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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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what is av

SNW Webmiss
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avatar ;) the image under your name :p

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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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ohhh yea i was goin to tell you about that

SNW Webmiss
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Well I need to change them in the database.. since I cannot do it any other way.. but I've removed and changed some avatars. You can also pick another one in your profile though.. :D I have to change them, I think today.. else tomorrow..

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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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ok

SNW Webmiss
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I like the new av's better than the previous. Just opened TS2 and made screens of them while I was in CAS.. I'll make more in the near future :D

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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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i like te one that i have it look like me

SNW Webmiss
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Cute! :D I have made a personal av for myself.. Which also looks a bit like me. Only, I think I'm not really a teen anymore.. I'm somewhere in between. I'm 20 yrs old so maybe I'm more adult.. lol, I'm acting too weird now..

I think the teens are the nicest though, especially in the game itself :) they have cool interactions..

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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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the only thing that image does not have is that i white very white

SNW Webmiss
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Ohh you mean your skin is white/pale? If you want, I can make you a personal avvie :D I'm going to make more soon anyway.. :D

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Mortimer Goth's Distant Cousin
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ohh that would be nice


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