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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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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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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installed sims paradise, now all maps gone

I installed sims paradise to my sims collection now it seems as if all my maps are gone. I tried to say new game but still the maps are gone and also the options in the option menu also dissapeared ...
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How do I install Sims 3/Origin?

I bought Sims 3 and Sims 3 pets for my PC, and it worked for the first couple of days, then it said I didn't have Origin and I couldn't play it. I have tried to re-install Origin but it still says I ...
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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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Expansion content duplicating itself?

The expansion packs are duplicating content in-game. For example one expansion pack included hairstyle might show itself 16-17 times in the menu. It's doing this for most of the expansion packs, and ...
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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 ...
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How can I adjust the duration of each season?

Is there any way to make certain seasons last longer than others?
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What things do sims do on their own with Free Will and/or Story Progression turned on?

I've read various forum posts about different things that Sims do or don't do with Free Will set to High and Story Progression set to On. However, there doesn't seem to be any consistency and some ...
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How do I end a romantic relationship with the butler?

Just to have some fun, I built up a romantic relationship between a sim and her butler. For a while it was amusing to see him get excited about the occasional WooHoo in the shower, but it has pretty ...
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Are there any ways to decrease the impressively long save times for Sims 3 worlds?

I've been watching my wife play Sims 3, and I've noticed the save times are impressively long. (Load times are fine.) The save times start off fine on a new world but after a few hours probably take ...
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Do Master Career Rewards stay after leaving the career track?

If I switch careers will I lose the "Special Ability"? For instance Professional Sports allows you to do Autograph Signings. If I become an Astronaut do I lose the ability? Another side question, ...
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When looking for Collectibles does the game use my eyes or my sims eyes

Someone can edit the title if they want Just got sims 3 and I found a Yellow Gem when walking from my house to a neighbors house. Question: does my sim have to be in a "visible range" for the ...
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Why does this Sim have more fun?

I'm playing some randomly generated sims. I've noticed that most sims will have a 7 hour "Having a Blast" moodlet when the fun bar is maxed. One of my sims has a 12 hour "Having a Blast" moodlet ...
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What is the most efficient non-special crop in terms of money?

If we talk about plants that are the same quality (let's say Perfect), and not weird special ones that need to be unlocked, which one is the most efficient? It might not necessarily be the one that is ...
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Can I make my Sims age again? What is a workaround for this bug?

I seem to have a bug that is preventing my Sims from aging. It happened after my Sim had a baby. The "x days left until aging" bar never increases. Aging IS active in my game options. I found this ...
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What do I do with these “Omni Plants”?

I just checked my Sim's inventory and saw these two gift boxes labelled "Omni Plant". They are not selectable, can't be dragged out of the inventory, and aren't plantable or anything (they're ...
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How can I make my sim harvest the whole garden automatically again?

When you're harvesting your garden, usually if you click "harvest" or "tend garden", the Sim will go around and perform these actions to every plant in the garden that the action is applicable to. My ...
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Which lots do I need in a neighbourhood in order to have all the features from all expansions?

Nearly every expansion adds community lots that need to be in your town in order to be able to access all the features of that expansion: dog & cat parks for Pets, bars for Nightlife, etc. Where ...
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How can I get Create A World to find my game data?

I downloaded the most recent version of CAW from The Sims 3 website and I have a copy of The Sims 3 on Steam that is completely up-to-date. When I try to run the editor, I get a message saying "Game ...
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Why don't my Sims move in together when they get married?

This has happened to me with two different sims now. I have every EP except Seasons and the stuff packs. My sim will get married, but no dialogue will pop up to combine the families - I have to do it ...
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Is there an NPC I can hire or create that will do my farming for me?

I have a fairly large garden with all types of vegetables. I do have sprinklers, but harvesting gets boring quickly. Will a Butler or a Simbot or some other NPC do my gardening for me?
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Can I buy the expansions from Steam if my copy of Sims 3 wasn't bought from Steam?

I already own Sims 3 and Sims 3 Generations after buying them from Best Buy and Walmart. If I want to buy other expansions through the Steam sales, do I have to rebuy these two in order to play them? ...
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Is there any way to list what lot types do or do not exist in my current neighborhood?

I have many expansion packs installed for The Sims 3. I would like to have as many lot types in my neighborhood as possible, but crosschecking all lots with all available lot types seems like a pretty ...