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 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 ...
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Why won't it let me challenge the next Sim to a chess match?

My Sim is a child with level 10 in the Logic skill and the Chess Legend lifetime wish. When I use the phone, it gives me the option to call and invite over the next Sim for a chess match, like ...
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What are the differences between The Sims 3: Pets on Windows and Xbox 360?

I am trying to determine the difference between The Sims 3: Pets on Windows and Xbox 360. So far I've looked at the Origins store page, Wikipedia page (focused on the PC version), and IGN pages for ...
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Why are the outside walls of my house different shades?

I'm really confused why my outside walls are two different shades. I used the exact same masonry/brick wall covering for both levels of the house, yet the upper level always appears darker than the ...
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What do the lighter squares in your skills mean?

When playing The Sims 3 and improving your skills, one or two of the skills will have lighter squares around a certain level in the skill. So far I've only figured out that they're somehow related to ...
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How can I disable The Exchange in The Sims 3?

I've been playing The Sims 3 on my PS3 (I mention the specific system because the options might be different). Whenever I go into the Build & Buy menu and go into specific categories, the crap ...
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Downloaded Riverview twice; savegame kind of broken

When I downloaded Riverview to my installation of The Sims 3, the installation seemed to stall, so I aborted it. The second time I tried, it installed fine. I started a game in Riverview noting ...
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Where is my time machine?

I have built a time machine, but it doesn't appear in my Sim's catalog. Where should it be?
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Can I make up for missing skill opportunities?

I have a sim who mastered gardening/cooking/fishing skills. According to sims wiki, I should have get omni plant and some other plants via skill opportunities. Because my sim is filthy rich, I wasn't ...
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Should I choose 'stress relief' over 'fun'?

If I understand it correctly, only thing stress relief does is to push fun bar up to half point. But, I think items that give fun can push fun bar all the way up, and increasing fun already reliefs ...
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Can I make other Sims break up?

If I know a Sim who has a partner, but I want my Sim to be that Sim's partner, can I make them break up? For example, if I romance it hard enough, will an option like "ask to break up with partner" or ...
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How do you move your house you build in Creation mode in The Sims 3:Pets to a different lot?

I looked through the tutorials and it mentions you can do it after you save your house to your studio which I have done but when I click the new lot it only comes up with other houses that aren't the ...
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Can my Sims with music skills perform at venues with Showtime?

If I have a Sim with a high guitar skill or drums skill, can I get them to perform at a SimFest or a venue or something? Can I use these Sims to do any of the new Showtime features?
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Where can I put the computer so I don't wake up the roommate

I'm going to start a game with computer whiz roommates. I was thinking about putting a computer in each bedroom, but am concerned about the potential for noise to interfere with sleep. B = Bed C = ...
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Will I get my rank 10 job back?

Upon making rank 10 in the military, I noticed i only work once a week. i found a part time job that doesnt make me work on that day. I decided i would try juggling both for some extra cash and so i ...
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Convert a retail Sims 3 save file into a Steam Sims 3 save file

I have a copy of The Sims 3 that I bought from a retail store. Having got sick of dragging out a CD drive to play the game, I re-bought the game in digital download form when it was on super-sale on ...
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What is the purpose of copper ingots, etc?

When I'm looting treasure chests in tombs I pick up a lot of random metals. What are they for? What can I do with them?
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What can a genie do?

In previous games, the genie was a destructive force to be reckoned with, and asking the genie for the wrong thing could easily result in a total party kill, or your entire house burning down. What ...
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How do I open a dimensional gate?

From various source I've come to understand that the PlasmaPunch Gyroscopic Conductor from Showtime can act as a sort of rabbithole, like the time machine or mausoleum. Are any specific conditions ...
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How can I get this car out of my Sim's inventory?

I made my sim marry a rich sim, who moved in. In his inventory he has one of the most expensive cars. I want to sell it, obviously, since I am ecofriendly and also want to buy all the things, but when ...
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What are the difference between The Sims 2 and The Sims 3?

I've been playing The Sims 2 for ages and I'm thinking about taking The Sims 3 (and all the expansions). What are the differences in terms of gameplay? I know that all families age at the same time ...
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What are the benefits for self-employed writers?

Does being registered as an self-employed writer help me in any way? are the royalty checks bigger? Are there any other benefits from being registered as self-employed?
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How can I enjoy the Beautiful View from my house?

I live on a +25 'Beautiful Vista' lot in the hills in bridgeport, in a half-glass house (approx. 75% of walls are glass). At first I would get the moodlet while in the house, but after I made it ...
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How can I build an eternal machine?

Do I still need the "bridgeport simbot fix" mod to make simbots in bridgeport if my base game version is 1.24 or it's been fixed by EA already? Do I need to be self-registered as an Inventor to get ...
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Sims 3 expansion packs?

I just got my hands on a few DVDs, I got Sims 3, World Adventures and Late Night. I never played before sims 3, but I understand the last two are expansion packs. The question is: if I install all ...
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Is it common to die at work?

I downloaded The Sims 3 for my Android phone, and I've played through almost 2 Sim weeks with my character. My sim works Monday-Friday, and without fail, he will die every other day at work. If he ...
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How can I get the Sims DLC from Steam to work with the Origin version of the base games?

Looking in the Steam store, the Sims DLC packs have a little banner similar to this: Requires the base game The Sims™ 3 on Steam in order to play. My girlfriend has Sims 3 and Sims Medieval ...
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Lost Sim graphic in The Sims 3

My game is playing normally, but today when I play it, all sims (expect my Sim) can't be displayed, and I can't interact with them. My Sim can still interact with them automically. All objects act ...
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How do I change my Sims 3 installed content and saved games location?

Because my C: drive is just a 40gig SSD and space is an issue with it, I tend to keep games from saving files, DLC and screenshots there. I've changed my 'Documents' target on Windows 7 to target a ...
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Can you disable automatic memories?

I have recently been playing sims 3 including all expansions so far. Generations has memories, which is great, except that everything seems to be a memory. Every time the game come up with a memory, I ...
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What's the best way to promote in your jobs?

I know I have to fulfill the given skills and be happy to have a chance to promote. But sometimes I can wait a week before any promotion happens. Even with the required skills filled and being fully ...
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My Sims are pausing every once in a while and all NPCs seem to have been stuck somewhere?

In Sims 3, me and my fiancee have settled with doing the change active household style of playing as discussed here Multiple users and households in Sims 3 Anyway, I have a feeling that some of the ...
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How do you prevent Sims from aging?

In Sims 2 you could make Elixir of Life to stop Sims from aging. Is there any way to do this in Sims 3?
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Can a vampire's human child and another human make vampire babies?

A vampire and human can have both vampire and human offspring. Can their human child have vampire babies?
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Why are my Sims so slow?

I have been playing Sims 3 again and it seems that my Sim's actions are too slow for it's own good. I have Late night(+ several others) installed and so my sim is now living in a high-rise(well a 4 ...
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Multiple users and households in Sims 3

Can someone explain the sims 3 households for me? So my fiancee created a sim and played with it in bridgeport. I then started a new game and created a new sim. We both want to marry eventually but ...
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Sims 3: Mad scientist looking for a new job

If a mad scientist in Sims 3 gets a new job, can you still perform experiments on random objects?
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Lot no longer has a pool; Sims still want to swim, get stuck in loop

My current household used to contain a swimming pool on a third floor balcony. Since I've recently installed Sims 3 Ambitions, the pool had to go to make room for a laundry room. Every now and ...
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Do NPCs Throw Parties in The Sims 3?

In The Sims 3, you can throw parties and invite people over the phone. Do you ever get invitations from other Sims? Or is the player the only one who can throw parties?
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The Sims 3: Why is my Sim so unhappy?

As is visible in the screenshot below, my Sim has all their needs met and no negative moodlets, yet their happiness level is pretty much stuck to miserable. Is this a bug, and if so, how do I fix it? ...
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Cheats for the Sims on Windows Phone 7

The missus just got Sims3 on WP7, apparently it's driving her nuts and is very slow paced (?). Anyway, is anyone aware of cheats for this phone? iPhone ones don't seem to work.
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Will Sims 3 Windows-only DVD serial work on Mac?

I have one of the early Sims 3 DVD versions that apparently did not come with a Mac installer. If I could get ahold of a Mac DVD for installation, would it be possible to use my Windows CD-key? Or ...
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How difficult is it to bring someone back from the dead?

My partner accidentally died. I would like to resurrect her and I read up on the oh my ghost opportunity. Does it take long and is this oppertunity missable? Also, my partner was the cook, can she ...
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Can I detonate things without losing friends?

I have the Sims 3 Ambitions and Late Night expansion packs installed and when I detonate stuff to get scraps and the challenge, I seem to be losing friendship points with all my friends and even ...
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When I visit Shang Simla, the Sims 3 starts stuttering. What could cause this?

It only happens when i go to Shang Simla on a holliday, I've never had it since the start of the holiday and lowering graphics or reloading the game keeps the lag. When I return home everything runs ...
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Is there a way to put a lot of things in a fridge in an easy way?

Or in any container for that matter? After harvesting, I always end up having to drag every item in one by one. Also, is there a way to group the same item? After dragging and dropping, if I miss, it ...