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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Getting Started - No Jobs, No Community Lots, No Rabbit Holes

I just downloaded the Sims 3 from Steam (yes, i know I'm late to the party). The first thing I did was get rid of all the crap that comes with a new neighborhood, leaving nothing but empty lots. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I connect a rooftop with ground?

I would like to build a garage which is under the ground. Like this: However, I am not able to connect the ground (on the right) with the rooftop of the garage (left). Is this possible and if so, ...
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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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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 ...
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Can I get a ghost pregnant?

Some of my Sims have recently been haunted by the recently deceased! My poor sim family never got around to conceiving a child before Mrs. Adrianna Morgan intercepted a meteor with her cranium. ...
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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 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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Do Sims ever go places other than home and work?

I have yet to see my Sims go anywhere or do anything other than things around the house or leave for work. I would expect that, based on their personality traits, they would do things. At the very ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...