Motives are still an essential part of a Sim’s daily life.
Interview with Rachel Franklin, Executive Producer on The Sims 4
XGN releases an interview with Rachel Franklin this week.
In the interview she talks about how the art style for The Sims 4 is stylized (not cartoony) and about including fan feedback into what gets added to the game. Which sounds good except a lot of what we’ve seen does look cartoony (even if it’s stylized) and feedback regarding CASt didn’t exactly turn out in the fans favor either.
Which is fine — those decisions might very well be the absolute right choices for The Sims 4 — but when they say one thing and do the exact opposite it’s no wonder fans seem to have such little faith in EA.
Here are a few quotes from the interview:
We’re lucky that we have fans that are so vocal and so open and supportive of us. And by supportive I mean they don’t just tell us, “Oh, everything is great.” They tell us, “Hey we really need this and we want you to change this” and we try to listen to that. By bringing them in early it allows us to respond to what they’re having to say and so that we can take that into account as we’re choosing what features to put into the game.
I wouldn’t call it cartoony; the art style is definitely stylized. But for us, The Sims is always a mixture of being realistic enough for you to relate to your Sim, for you to believe that they’re actually having a conversation and, and drinking their coffee which is something brand new in The Sims 4, is multitasking.
But your ability to relate to them as real living little beings at the same time it’s important for us to allow the player to experiment and its kind of, it can be a little weird to experiment on something that’s too, too realistic-looking.
So for us it’s important to strike that balance between understanding that they’re virtual, little people, but making them realistic enough where you feel something for them.
The Sims 4 Display at Madrid Games Week 2013
The Sims 4 made an appearance at the Madrid Games Week conference. Sort of. There was a life-sized cardboard display with face cutouts Sims 4 fans could pose with for pictures but disappointingly, nothing else.
Total disappointment to lovers of life simulator, The Sims. We could see nods to its fourth installment in the form of banner but there was no visual material, much less have had the option to try. -ps3conclase.com (google translate)
The pictures I’ve found of the event aren’t the best quality but the short 20 second video clip shows the display fairly well.
See photo captions and video description for sources.
The Sims 4 Makes The Pre-Order Charts!
Congratulations Sims 4 team! The Sims 4 hit the USA Pre-Order Charts last week at #39 and this week it climbed to #35 with a respectable 26,300+ pre-orders in the US alone.
This is no small accomplishment for a PC game to make the charts when the release is at least 42 weeks away. Especially when we know still know next to nothing about the game and probably won’t for another couple of months.
It really speaks to the fans enthusiasm for The Sims 4 considering all of the reasons not to pre-order we gave three months ago still stand.
Have you pre-ordered the Sims 4?
New Sims 4 Countdown Timer & Follower Count Added
I added a couple of scripts to Honeywell’s Sims 4 News — a countdown timer until Fall 2014 when The Sims 4 is scheduled to be released and a followers count button.
Check them out! I think they’re pretty cool if I do say so myself. Both of them come from Free Hosted Scripts if you want them for your own page.
The Sims 4 Development
Graham Nardone takes a minute to respond to mixa97sr’s question about this picture at Mod The Sims. You can see a larger version here for a better view of the “pyramid thingy”.
Q: And what is that colorful pyramid thingy next to the fridge?
A: We create multiple new builds of the game each day, so problems can get inadvertently introduced… when they do, the object that previously existed there gets replaced with that thing. It signifies a broken object - it’s meant to stand out so that we easily spot it when it occurs and subsequently fix it. —Graham Nardone
I hope the Sims 4 launch doesn’t need one of these letters…
“We hear loud and clear that some of you are disappointed in various aspects of NBA LIVE 14, and I’m sorry if the game doesn’t live up to your expectations,” he writes. “Looking at your feedback, we have laid out a plan to make NBA LIVE 14 a better game as quickly as we can.” — EA.com
EA has had some pretty embarrassing game launches this year. Here’s to hoping they make The Sims 4 “a better game” before they launch it and we won’t be getting one of these letters a year from now with The Sims 4 launch!
I can’t decide whether this string of terrible launches means they’ll have learned their lesson and we’ll get a finished product that works or if we can expect more of the same.
What do you think? Do you think EA will have it together by the time The Sims 4 is released? Or do you expect more of the same?
The Sims 4 Link Roundup #12
November 22nd, 2013
It’s Friday, here are this weeks links! In Simming news The Sims 4 unsurprisingly doesn’t make the pre-order charts, some lucky people got to play The Sims for a week and call it research, Gamer Girlie wants something new from The Sims 4, and Aaron Houts and Graham Nardone come up for air.
They couldn’t share anything new but since they actually mentioned The Sims 4 it was exciting stuff!
And in gaming/EA news old EA CEO Riccitiello is a d*ck, new EA CEO Wilson is trotted out for a little public relations (the interview is worth watching if you’re interested in this sort of thing), EA says physical releases will be with us for a long time, and the PS4 launch was filled with drama (EA put out a notice blaming PS4 for Battlefield 4 crashing but then quickly took it down) but regardless of that it looks like once again gamers still can’t play an EA title a week after launch — or at least the latest reviews from Amazon indicate.
And Origin Insider announces a Black Friday sale on Twitter which prompts one poor customer to ask for the game he already bought (Battlefield 4 of course) to be fixed so he can play it.
Have a great weekend everyone. :)
The Sims 4 on BrutalNews
This was supposed to go in the Link Roundup a couple of weeks ago but my bookmarks are a mess and I missed it. Sorry about that. There’s nothing new, of course, but It’s worth watching just to hear him say balls. lol
Welcome to BrutalNews! Twice a month we give you all the latest gaming news, competitions, and more brutalness right from GuyJackson’s studio (mancave)!
This week we bring you news on World of Warcraft, The Sims 4, and a McDonald’s burger that has been named after an eSports clan?
Die Sims Das Offizielle Magazin 06/13
There’s an article about Gamescom 2013’s Sims Camp in this months Die Sims, Germany’s Official Sims magazine.Thanks SimsOnlineFan for sharing her copy on YouTube.
Video: The Sims 3 Magazine - Germany: Sims Camp/Gamescom Article — Sarafina Simmer
Published on Nov 15, 2013
In the November/December 2013 issue of the official “The Sims 3 Magazine” in Germany, there is an article on the Sims Camp held at Gamescom. Many photos in this article have the SimGurus and some of my friends from Twitter in them!
The Sims 4 Link Roundup #11
November 15th, 2013
It’s Friday, here are this weeks links! SimGuruAmy updates us on her Sims quilts, Simified shares a Sims 4 inspired house, The Official Sims 4 site updates with a post that has naff all to do with The Sims 4, Twallen will buy The Sims 4 if it’s not a total suck fest and EA is hiring a Community Manager — social media is serious business with tactics, strategies and reports!
And it’s been a long time coming but EA’s business practices are coming home to roost. Forbes adds EA to their most dangerous stock list and uses their anti consumer business practices and failure to meet customer demands as part of the reason.
Have a great weekend everyone. :)