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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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Sims 3 Steam release changes monitor colors slightly when full screen

When I launch The Sims 3 on Windows via Steam, the colors are brightened when you press shift+tab to bring up the steam overlay. Conversely, on Linux (specifically, Ubuntu and derivatives, with Valve'...
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Sims 3 DLC, do I have to use the expansion packs in the bundle?

If I purchase The Sims 3 bundle from Steam, and, say, I don't want to use the Pets EP, can I turn that expansion pack off? Also: can I use the same cheat codes I would use if I had installed The Sims ...
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Feeding the Omni Plant with Supernatural fish

I've completed the Omni Plant opportunity and got the seeds. Then I fed the plant with fairy damsel fish. However, the plant is stuck in harvest state with no fish appearing. The same goes with ...
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Influence of quality of fish used to stock pond

I have always stocked pond(s) in areas owned by my sim family as quickly as possible which often means low quality fishes are used. I recently spend a little more time stocking a pond with Perfect ...
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Highest paying career

What's the highest paying career in The Sims 3 base edition? I mean highest hourly income, not necessarily highest weekly.
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Can you have pets on the Sims 3, without having the Sims 3 pet disc?

Can you have pets on the Sims 3, without having the Sims 3 pet disc? I have not thought of anything to try. I have thought until I could not think any more.
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Purchasing Sims 3 expansions on Steam without owning Sims 3 base game on steam

Currently, I have purchased all of my Sims 3 expansions on a disc. However, due to moving several times, I have lost some of the games in the unpacked stuff in the garage. Through the magic of game ...
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Can I put the custom content on an external drive?

I have a 500GB external hard drive, and I want store all the custom content files on it, to save space on my C drive. Will I be able to direct the game to look for them on the external hard drive?
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Sims 3: Aging options are greyed out

The question says it all. I went in to set all my options after a fresh install of The Sims 3, and everything seems to be editable except the aging options. All of those are greyed out. This seems ...
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Everytime I dismiss a roommate a different roommate is in my apartment

So since I decided to plan to move into an the apartment with 2 adults, 1 baby and 1 kitten. So, my family went to their apartment and there was someone living there trying to go to bed. I dismissed ...
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blank button on the sims 3 mailbox

Hello so there's a glitch on my game that I pressed Shift+Click on a mailbox, do Force NPC and then there is a blank button on the screen. Is it a game or a glitch?
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My sim is not sleeping in her room. What should I do?

One of my sims doesn't sleep in one specific room. It's not the bed because if I move the bed to another room she can sleep. However, all the other sims can sleep in the beds in that room. I have ...
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Where is the Science lab in Sims 3? Oh My Ghost Opportunity

My dog died in Sims 3, and I was an idiot and forgot to click 'show me location'. I keep looking all over the map and I see any science lab symbol. Is there a way to find out where the lab is after ...
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Is there a Master Controller for The Sims 3 Patch 1.62?

I really want to download this mod known as Master Controller. On 'nraas' website the older versions for this mod are given. But the version directly skips from 1.57 to 1.63. Does this mean that there ...
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If I Downloaded The Sims 3 from Steam can I download expansion packs from discs?

I recently downloaded The Sims 3 from Steam and I have expansion packs such as "The Sims 3 Pets", even though I downloaded the base game from Steam can I still download The Sims 3 Pets expansion pack ...
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Can you write your own review on a resort in Sims 3 Island Paradise?

I run my own resort in the Sims 3 Island Paradise expansion. And I must admit, the reviews really help my resort mold into the resort it is. Anyway, the people or sims that submit these reviews seem ...
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How do I buy a penthouse?

My Sim wishes that they could live in a penthouse, because apparently they are not satisfied with the nicely decorated and roomy apartment they bought. I purchased all the available homes that were ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...