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 to manually add Sims 3 to Origin Launcher when already installed?

I installed Sims 3 a few years ago and I didn't play it for a year, so Origin needed to update. I also needed to log in to my Origin account, but I don't know my email, password or ID anymore, so I ...
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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 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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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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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 can I migrate The Sims 3 Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs games from my old laptop to a new computer?

I am writing to you this message because I need some help regarding The Sims 3 and its EP and SP installation. I own all of the EPs and SPs of the Sims 3 game and I actually have the original ...
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Sims 3 Expansions on Steam

I bought the Sims 3 and multiple expansion packs at a store. I wanted to install some expansion packs through Steam, and I am completely aware that if I want to to that, I will need to first install ...
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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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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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How do I solve a problem with The Sims 3 characters resetting their animation during certain interactions?

Recently, while I was playing The Sims 3 in the university setting, I attempted to greet someone and something weird happened. My sim approached them, started to talk, then suddenly jumped 10 feet ...
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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 possible to set puddles of water on fire?

The puddles of water that can be created indoors in The Sims 3 are objects, and can be moved around when using the appropriate cheat. But I was wondering if it is possible to set them on fire. I have ...
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The Sims 3 into the future: selling the present lot

In the sims 3: into the future, I bought a house in Oasis Landing (the future era). Now is there any way I can sell the present house and live in the future forever? (giving that I put a time portal ...
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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need the Sims 1 & 2 to play the Sims 3?

I used to play The Sims years ago and I've been thinking about buying the game again for my PC. If I buy The Sims 3 Starter Pack, is that all I need to get set up? Or do I need The Sims 1 to be ...
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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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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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Sims 3 isn't working

My friend was playing The Sims 3 just fine, but I downloaded Origin on her computer, and now The Sims 3 and its expansions will not work. We would click on the logo, and the game would try to start, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Getting another opportunity to resurrect a ghost

My partner died. I waited 3 days then I had the opportunity to bring him back to life at the science lab, but I accidentally declined the offer. Is there any way to get that opportunity back? I ...
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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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Custom music in The Sims 3 for various modes?

A feature I loved about The Sims 2 was how easy it was to customize music for the various modes -- buy, build, neighborhood, etc. As far as I can tell, The Sims 3 only lets you add music to the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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?