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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...