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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?
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The Sims 3: Earn 10,000 Simoleons?

In The Sims 3, one of my sims has the wish to "Earn 10,000 Simoleons". Even though she is at the top of the corporate career ladder, she doesn't make even close to that much. Is there something I ...
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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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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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The Sims 3-It Won't Update/Can't Use Expansion Packs

Whenever I try launching The Sims 3, it asks me to update, and I press Yes. I just bought the Starter Edition, and I launch it, it doesn't register my new Expansion Packs, as Late Night comes with a ...
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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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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 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 ask a Sim to move in with yours when they're in a relationship?

I'm currently playing as a family of one Sim and a cat. The Sim got romantically involved with another, and I wanted to try and ask the other Sim to move in with the household. The problem is, from ...
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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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How to get horse through gate in Sims 3?

I have a rather big property, with an horse barn surrounded by a fence with a gate. The gate is locked so that only my humans can open it and I can use one to bring the horse outside. However, the ...
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“Your child has run away from us.”

A few years ago I was playing Sims 3 with my friend and over a few weeks we made a family: a male age 23, a female age 24 and a son age 10. One day child protection services came along and took my kid ...
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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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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 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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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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Island paradise lag?

I recently installed the island paradise expansion and whenever I play a sim on my island map the game lags and hangs every few seconds. My island town is the only map that lags like this. What's ...
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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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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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Why Cant I Log Into the Sims 3?

I have recently been having an issue with logging into the Sims 3. I purchased the game a few weeks ago top find out about this but decided not to worry about it until now. I am able to log into my ...
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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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How to lower trees in the world editor?

Using the world editor I moved some trees whose brances were clipping into my house a bit away from the lot. But because they were going uphill the trees themsevles moved up, meaning they are now ...
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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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What are the advantages of napping?

Napping doesn't replenish energy as well as sleeping in a bed. --The Sims Wiki Why would I ever want my Sims to nap instead of sleep? Was this added for realism or does it have any actual use?
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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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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: 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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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 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 ...