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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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 I utilized a Error Log reader to find that it is saying my graphics are out of date.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, I'...
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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 ...
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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 ...