The Sims 3 is a reality simulator, following the style of The Sims 1 and 2. Players control their own Sims in activities and relationships in a similar manner to real life. The gameplay is open-ended and indefinite.

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How do I improve the quality of the omni plant?

My wife and I have been playing Sims 3 for quite some time and one of the only challenges we have yet to be able to complete is to have a perfect quality omni plant. The best we've managed has been ...
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How to complete gem collector challenge

The game says that you have to find 10 different gems to complete this challenge. I have collected the following gems: blue topaz diamond rainbow gem ruby smoky quartz yellow sapphire alabaster ...
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Is it safe to abandon a child when moving in with your husband?

Frank seduced Pauline, who was dating Hank, and convinced her to dump him. (Yes, Frank is a d*ck) Things happened, and Pauline somehow got pregnant ; Frank proposed to her, and they eventually got ...
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Can't install Sims 3 purchased from GameStop on Steam?

I have bought the Sims 3 (and some expansions) discs from GameStop, and I'd like to buy the Sims 3 Seasons from Steam. However Steam won't let me download the game because I don't have the Sims 3 ...
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Why does my “go to work” button not work?

When it is time for my Sim to go to work they will not get into the waiting car. I make sure that they are not in the middle of doing something and every time I click on the car to make my Sim go to ...
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Can I write books and make Simoleons without being the writer job?

In the Sims 3, can I quit my job as a writer with a Level 10 Writing Skill and still make money from writing books?
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Can't play chess

My young adult sim needs to play chess in order to succeed in her life goal. Whenever I call over the next ranked opponent it works, but I can't figure out how to play chess with her. The sims just ...
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How do I deal with my true love getting fat?

So I've just installed Sims 3 and played a custom single Sim. Then I dated Jamie Jolina. While dating Jamie Jolina I've also dated Zelda Mae, also Blaire Sw0rd, and also Nancy Landgraab. I'm really ...
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Can you ask a Sim to move in with yours when they're in a relationship?

I'm currently playing as a family of one Sim and a cat. The Sim got romantically involved with another, and I wanted to try and ask the other Sim to move in with the household. The problem is, from ...
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How to get horse through gate in Sims 3?

I have a rather big property, with an horse barn surrounded by a fence with a gate. The gate is locked so that only my humans can open it and I can use one to bring the horse outside. However, the ...
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“Your child has run away from us.”

A few years ago I was playing Sims 3 with my friend and over a few weeks we made a family: a male age 23, a female age 24 and a son age 10. One day child protection services came along and took my kid ...
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Does the cost of an item change its usefulness?

In Sims 3, you're shown some attributes for the items you can buy. For instance, the "oTron" computer has "Fun: 7" but the next most expensive machine also has "Fun: 7" but is a lot more expensive. ...
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Island paradise lag?

I recently installed the island paradise expansion and whenever I play a sim on my island map the game lags and hangs every few seconds. My island town is the only map that lags like this. What's ...
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Custom pictures and music in The Sims 3 & The Sims 4

Is it possible to put a custom pictures in the Sims 3 and Sims 4 ? Also in Sims 3 you can put custom music in the game, can the same be done in Sims 4 ?
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Where did my sim's urn go?

Note to reader: I use cheats for this game I used the 'trigger age transition' tool on my elderly sim, and it killed her and then her urn just lay there. Although the urn was just laying there, it ...
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How Can I Have More Than 8 Sims?

I have had the Sims 3 for a while now and was wondering how to have more than 8 Sims in one household. I wanted to create a large mansion and have lots of people in it and a hotel but I can't find a ...
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Why Cant I Log Into the Sims 3?

I have recently been having an issue with logging into the Sims 3. I purchased the game a few weeks ago top find out about this but decided not to worry about it until now. I am able to log into my ...
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How to lower trees in the world editor?

Using the world editor I moved some trees whose brances were clipping into my house a bit away from the lot. But because they were going uphill the trees themsevles moved up, meaning they are now ...
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What are the advantages of napping?

Napping doesn't replenish energy as well as sleeping in a bed. --The Sims Wiki Why would I ever want my Sims to nap instead of sleep? Was this added for realism or does it have any actual use?
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Sims 3: How can you maximize profits from fish?

A detailed query for the statistically inclined! If one of your household Sims is an Angler, how can you maximize profit from the fish? I noticed at least 4 different ways fish can be sold, and I'm ...
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Sims 3: Difference between “drag here to sell” and consignment store selling?

What is the difference—if any—between selling a Sim's items, like fish or paintings, in a consignment store, like the Landgraab Sell n' Swap store, and selling them instantly in the inventory using ...
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Can underground pools have windows between them and basements?

I've seen videos of people making pools on the second floor (and higher up) in houses, and put large windows in them so you could see your sims swimming from the other side of the window. I tried this ...
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Is it possible to create diagonal pool pieces?

You can place pool pieces in regular squares, use those rounded parts of two kinds, but I am wondering if it is possible to create diagonal pools as well? I want to build a pool in the corner of a ...
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The Sims 3-It Won't Update/Can't Use Expansion Packs

Whenever I try launching The Sims 3, it asks me to update, and I press Yes. I just bought the Starter Edition, and I launch it, it doesn't register my new Expansion Packs, as Late Night comes with a ...
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Can you add the Collection Helper to your inventory using cheats?

I am looking to add the Collection Helper from the Lifetime Reward to my inventory, but I'm not sure where to find it when you use things like buydebug or testingCheatsEnabled. Is it even possible in ...
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Origin doesn't load the game!

I already own a few Sims 3 expansion packs, and I recently purchased Sims 3: Supernatural. It went on without problems, and I clicked the Launcher to play it, but the Launcher wouldn't load at all. ...
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How do I fatten someone up?

I want to fatten up my Sim with the "Athletic" trait, but nothing seems to work. I've tried to prevent my sim from getting exercise and stuffed him with loads of ice cream, but he just won't get fat. ...
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How can I make guests come in my second home?

I bought a second home for my sim and I can't figure out how to allow a guest in! She just stands in the front door talking on the cellphone. I tried actions that usually draw her attention such as ...
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The sims 3 Plumbots

I installed an expansion pack onto The sims 3 called "Into the future" which allows me to build robots(plumbots). They have mastered their musical skill but seem unable to form a band. How can i form ...
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Origin ID in connection with the Sims 3 and expansion packs

Quick question I have one Origin ID I can log in on both computers I have. Now if I were to purchase a Sims expansion pack would that carry across because it was bought with the same account? And If I ...
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Sims 3 Won't Launch from Origin

Error message received: The Sims 3 Unable to start game Service initialization failed (0x0175dcbb) I go to my games on Origin and click play on The Sims 3. I have no expansions downloaded onto my ...
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Why is there snow in my sunken rooms?

So I've been experimenting with sunken rooms (where the house in general is built on a foundation, but some rooms are built lower on ground level with modular stairs making them accessible from the ...
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What lots give the Beautiful Vista moodlet in Isla Paradiso?

Isla Paradiso is the world included in the Island Paradise expansion pack for The Sims 3. What lots give the Beautiful Vista moodlet in that town, and what are the values? The only location I know of ...
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Butler leaves whithout being fired in the Sims 3: Showtime

Does somebody know why my butler keeps leaving without being fired? I've assigned a bed for him to sleep and I pay my bills on time. After a day or 2, he usually leaves without warning. When he has ...
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Getting Started - No Jobs, No Community Lots, No Rabbit Holes

I just downloaded the Sims 3 from Steam (yes, i know I'm late to the party). The first thing I did was get rid of all the crap that comes with a new neighborhood, leaving nothing but empty lots. The ...
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How can I connect a rooftop with ground?

I would like to build a garage which is under the ground. Like this: However, I am not able to connect the ground (on the right) with the rooftop of the garage (left). Is this possible and if so, ...
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How can I install Sims 3 via Steam on a Mac?

I had a PC laptop and had The Sims 3 installed on it through Steam. I figure that Mac and PC have different platforms, but is there any way to have the game installed on my Mac?
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Can you install the game on one drive and expansion packs on another?

I gave my daughter a computer with a 128 Gigabyte SSD boot drive and some lager storage drives, so she could play Sims 3. Sims 3 takes up a lot of space when you start adding expansions packs. Is it ...
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Can I disable the Romantic Reputation in The Sims 3 Generations?

In The Sims 3: Generations, how can I disable the romantic reputation system? If it can't be disabled in the base game, is there a mod which can?
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Is it possible to play cooperatively? [duplicate]

Some friends and I bought the Humble Bundle with Sims 3 (and expansions). And we want to know if possible to play in a "cooperative mode". I mean, share the same neighbourhood, to interact between ...
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Can I get a ghost pregnant?

Some of my Sims have recently been haunted by the recently deceased! My poor sim family never got around to conceiving a child before Mrs. Adrianna Morgan intercepted a meteor with her cranium. ...
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Do Sims ever go places other than home and work?

I have yet to see my Sims go anywhere or do anything other than things around the house or leave for work. I would expect that, based on their personality traits, they would do things. At the very ...
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How to play “together” in Sims 3?

Is there any way that my girlfriend and I can interact between our Sim characters/families? Is it possible to share neighborhoods online or play the same family change by change? We have both Origin ...
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Multilevel floors

How do you make multi level floors in the sims 3? I want to make "plateaus" on the first floor, but if i just use flooring without a foundation for the lower parts and a foundation for the higher ...
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Sim does not go to work although car is waiting

After my sim moved, he does not go to work anymore. When the car waits in front of the house, he simply does not get it. Even if I click on the car and choose "go to work", nothing happens. Is this a ...
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Sims 3 and Windows 8

Sims 3 keeps dropping out at random locations on Windows 8. I utilized a Error Log reader to find that it is saying my graphics are out of date. My question is that Do I always have to declare where a ...
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What happens when vampires use “hypnotic gaze”?

In The Sims 3 Supernatural a vampire sim can use "hypnotic gaze" interaction when talking to other people. One would expect it to hypnotize the sim it was used on or something but as far as I can tell ...
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What are the requirements to be able to run the Sims 3 with all expansions packs and custom items?

Below are a list of all The Sims 3 expansion packs in order of release (source): World Adventures High-End Loft Stuff Ambitions Fast Lane Stuff Late Night Outdoor Living Stuff Generations (May 31, ...
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Is there any point in going to university?

I will have my sim join the ghosthunter profession. From what I read graduating from university seems to do good only for rabbithole jobs. Is there any point in going to university?
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Sims 3 is too slow and always crashes

I have a desktop computer whose CPU is Core i5-2500 @3.3GHz, Graphic card is NVIDIA Quadro 600. It has 8GB RAM but only 3.24GB usable because the OS is 32bit Windows 7. Is my system not enough to ...