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Please note I'm currently working on the new site. I didn't want to take the site offline though, so you can still visit it. However me working on the site while it's still online means a lot of the pages will appear wonky. But not to worry, it won't take too long. Happy
18 Jul 2013 - 08:26

Although not really Sims news, I thought it was really funny that SimGuruRiley is going to Comic Con with Freezer Bunny! See all the fun pics below! Happy

 

On the road to Comic con!

 

 

Freezer Bunny loves an open window.

 

Freezer Bunny stops for gas on they way to comic con.

 

 

Hello Central Valley California !!!  You are looking lovely today.

 

 

#FreezerBunny  almost to SanDiego ComicCon. 

 

 

So many fun places in the car for #FreezerBunny to play in.

 

 

So close!

 

 

#FreezerBunny is so squishy. 

 

 

I promise no bunnies were hurt.

 

 

#FreezerBunny  just checked in to the hotel.

 

 

#FreezerBunny surveys the convention enter

 

 

#FreezerBunny is going to go for a ride down to pick up some #SDCC badges.

 

 

#FreezerBunny has arrived at #SDCC

 

 

#FreezerBunny is working the celebrity photo wall. 

 

 

#FreezerBunny hitting the Gaslamp for a plate of nachos. 

 

#FreezerBunny we have made it to the show floor.

 

#FreezerBunny #SDCC2013 Preview night just wrapped up.

 

I'm loving all these Freezer Bunny pics! It reminds me of Junior and how he always comes along to attend all the events! :D Speaking of which, Junior really should start moblogging again!

12 Jul 2013 - 21:18

Win Exclusive Swag Bags Filled To The Brims With The Sims 3 and SimCity Merchandise

Get your hands on one of three incredibly exclusive swag bags, filled to the brims with The Sims™ 3 and SimCity™ merchandise, including rare Plumbob jewellery set and exclusive The Sims™ 3 Diesel t-shirt, and a Rita Ora signed The Sims™ 3 Seasons sleeve!!!

What you have to do?
Use your Sims knowledge and expertise, to answer this question in no more than 100 words: ‘What is your all-time favourite The Sims™ expansion pack and why?’ Please include an in-game screenshot showing us what you love most about this particular expansion pack. Show us what objects and fashion styles allow you to best express your individuality.

How do you enter?
Send your 100 word answer and your amazing screenshot, with your name and age to summerswag@ea.com. This competition is open now!! Have your entries in before midnight on Friday 19th July 2013.

What do you win?
Three Swag Bags filled to the brim with exclusive The Sims 3 and SimCity merchandise are up for grabs! They include a rare Plumbob jewelry set, an exclusive The Sims™ 3 Diesel t-shirt and a Rita Ora signed The Sims™ 3 Seasons sleeve! Along with many other prizes you’d love to get your hands on – check out the picture above.

When will you find out if you’re the winner?
The three winners will be contacted via the e-mail address they enter with on Monday 22th July – so keep your eyes peeled!

Get your creative caps on and let us know which expansion pack is your favourite, and show us what you can do with it!

Best of luck.

The full competition terms and conditions can be found here.

Gaaaaah! Again I can't participate. I'd love to though! Look at those goodies. It's UK only, so if you live in the UK, be sure to participate!

Yes, I want awesome goodies!

12 Jul 2013 - 20:58

Welcome to our weekly prize giveaway. Leave us a comment for a chance to win free game codes and other cool prizes while celebrating your favorite games. We do this every week—to stay in touch with these giveaways, like us on Facebook.

One of the most Iconic images in gaming is the PlumbBob (the green diamond-like symbol) from The Sims. Creating your own world and then proceeding to mess around with anything and anyone within it is one of the greatest gaming feelings out there. In what other game can you make friends with only ghosts? Where else can you have a big party and then proceed to lock every guest in the bathroom? At least without serious repercussions…

My favorite thing to do in The Sims is to steal everything not nailed down. The greatness of the game is that you can play it however you want to!

So what is your favorite thing to do in The Sims?

Do you like to make a version of yourself? Or perhaps create a version of your worst enemy and then mess with them—the possibilities are endless. For your chance to win a Maxis T-shirt (sizes: women’s M or L, men’s L or XXL) or a fun The Sims 17" decal, comment below and tell us about your favorite thing to do in The Sims. We love creativity!

Like, Comment on, or Share the official Facebook post for this giveaway to boost your chances to win. Entries must be posted by July 14th at 11:59pm PT to be considered.

The Origin team will pick five (5) random commenters to win this week’s prize. Please note, only one entry per person is permitted for each giveaway, and only residents of North America, aged 18 and older, who are not EA employees or affiliated with an EA employee, are eligible. Winners will be contacted via email on their registered Origin/EA email address to claim their prize.  Good luck!

It's US-only. I wish I could participate! Never got the chance to get myself some of these Sims prints. Oh well...

Visit the Origin News website to participate!

9 Jul 2013 - 20:08

The Dutch Sims page on Facebook has a cool contest going on. Dutch/Belgian Sims fans can win a dorm room in Sims style! I'm posting this here in case some of our Dutch/Belgian visitors are visiting the English site and we wouldn't want them to miss this!

Is jouw kamer wel toe een een make-over? Doe dan mee en win een echte Sims 3 (studenten)kamer inrichting. Like en deel de post op onze pagina en vul onderstaand formulier in om kans te maken!

Dutch/Belgian people can go to this post on De Sims Facebook page and click like and share the post. They also need to fill out this form!

I would definitely participate if I had a dorm room lol. Does a living room count as well? :P

16 May 2013 - 23:08

 

Woot, after weeks (and a forced break in between) of working on it, I am happy to announce that our forums are back online! All accounts that were created after August 2012 are gone, so if you signed up between August and January, it's probably a good idea to do that again! Happy

16 May 2013 - 19:43

GamesIndustry International has an article online of the top selling franchises from 2005-2012, with EA listed at #3 (2012), and The Sims is listed at #9 (2005-2012)!

1 Apr 2013 - 19:07

Yesterday (or rather, during the night) I announced the ending of SNW. Now I need fans, friends and foes to read this carefully: Everything I wrote in my previous post is true. Everything about the broken hardware/electronics, everything about the stress, everything about the community hate and everything about the site issues. All those things are true. Everything except the bit about closing the site. Yes people, that bit was an April Fools joke. Might be a harsh one, but that bit could have been true as well.

As I was typing my news post yesterday, Cheetah walked by, he saw the title and it scared him a lot. You see. He actually heard and saw me the past months. He knows how stressed I've been, and how I was this close to actually shutting down SNW. He kept me from closing SNW several times. So, you have him to thank for the fact that SNW is still up and running. Because all the issues are real. And I have real stress because of it.

Nonetheless though, it is absolutely true that I would miss SNW and the community too much if I'd close the doors. Yes, I'm talking about the same community with the haters. Because that same community also has a large group of lovely people. I met more than a handful of awesome people through the community. More people than I can count. And that's worth so much more than those haters I mentioned.

  • Like I mentioned, the problems are real. The computers are broken and we are working on getting the repaired. I don't know when but I hope as soon as possible. Not only am I bored out of my mind now that I can't game. I also can't work anymore and that's something I can't live with.
  • The site issues (the fact that it's slow and the weird bugs and errors) are not made up either. They do prevent me from posting anything right now. People are working on resolving those bugs. But it can take some time and even my lovely programmer boyfriend is unable to fix all the issues. At least not right away. I hate not being able to post properly. It's very frustrating, so please bare with us while we work on these things.
  • The stress I have from all the problems is real too. Some time ago I discovered I am losing a lot of hair and that's mainly due to medication and stress. Most of you probably don't know it. But I'm chronically ill, have several diseases and life is challenging at times, to say the least. I'm not a sad person because of it and I don't need anyone to pity me. But it's only fair to tell the truth. These illnesses make life harder and I realize more and more that I need to put myself first, before anything else, also meaning before SNW.
  • The community hate is real as well. I won't let others bully me away. But there are sites in the community who try their best to bully me and some of my friends, mostly because they are jealous. I refuse to mention their names, because I am better than that. I don't need to bring them down on my site. Karma will catch up with them later, I'm sure.

I'm very sorry I scared a lot of good friends and fans. I felt really bad seeing sad people on our Facebook and Twitter. I needed to let out my issues though and this was certainly a good way. No, SNW is not closing its doors. But sometimes I wonder why I bother to continue. And I hope after reading the previous post and this one, that you understand why I've had my doubts.

I'm also a little annoyed that some people could only look at the date and go: April Fools. Forget the date for a moment. Then read the previous post again, and read the above. And then think again. It was this close to being reality. Are these reasons not bad enough? Especially the stress I've had and still have are a constant reason for me to think: should I just stop all this? Of course every time I think this I'm reminded by lovely people that I shouldn't quit. That they love the site and the articles. Some also love the downloads. And then there is my other half, the lovely Cheetah, who says I will regret this decision if I would do it, that this is my hobby (so what will be left if I quit this?) and he tells me that the issues eventually will go away. I only chose a rotten date to tell you about the issues, I'll give you that. So yeah let's hope the issues will go away soon. At least now you know the issues I'm dealing with and that it might take some time for me to be back. If all goes according to plan they should probably pick up my computer this or next week? Not sure. I'll post about it on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

Again I'm so sorry for the people that were truly shocked. Thanks for reading my rants though. And I just hope you will understand why I chose to do a radical thing like this. Believe me when I say that I am done with April Fools for the next 10 years. :P

1 Apr 2013 - 02:06

I don't know where to start. So I'll just cut right to the chase. I'm shutting down SNW. I've had this website for 9 years, and those have been 9 wonderful years. But it's time to let go. I have several good reasons for me to come to this decision and I hope you all understand.

As some of my friends might have read on Facebook, recently a load of electronics in our house broke down. Not all at once, but most of them broke the past few weeks. A few big examples: My main computer is "broken". The hard disk has been giving problems since the beginning of 2012. I already sent it back for repair back then but Apple said there was nothing wrong with the hard disk. Well I was right, because the hard disk has been showing loads of bad sectors and it's come to a point where I can't boot to Windows anymore, which is where I play my games. If I cannot play my games, I can't write any reviews and I can't make any downloads. It's a long story but basically, I don't have any warranty on this anymore (I should, I have Apple Care) and of course I'm getting it fixed anyway, but I don't know when I'll have it back. Then there is the laptop, which started smoking out of nowhere the other day. Scared the hell out of me. But yeah, broken. Cheetah's computer also broke down yesterday. It's probably the power supply which shouldn't be too expensive to replace but, it's yet another broken computer. If you all remember, in January we lost a lot of stuff when the server crashed. I really did suffer emotionally from that. Besides all these computers, other electronics are failing too and it's just too much for me at the moment. I'm so done with this.

Besides the failing hardware and electronics, you might have noticed there aren't that many updates on SNW. This is mainly cause I have a lot of issues updating the site. It's a long and complicated story. Long story short: I need half an hour to post 3 lousy walls. And for the news it isn't any different. I need to post the English news. Then translate. After I've translated the article, the Dutch article will have an English url and the English article will have no proper url at all, just numbers. I then have to edit both the English and the Dutch articles to fix the urls. With images it isn't any better. If I want to use images in my content I have to add those images first, then add news, link the images to the article. Save the article. Edit it again and then I can insert them. Don't ask me why, there are just a lot of bugs. I'm so fed up with all the stress I've gained in 2013 and I really need a break.

As if these aren't enough reasons, I'm also really fed up with the hate in the community. It's nothing new, the hate has been around for years. But I notice there are STILL sites out there who hate me (or my site), for no good reason. I can try to be nice and I can try to be mean, nothing helps. I'm really tired of this hate in the community and to be honest: I have better things to do than to sit here and be hated on by people who think they are better than me. I don't deserve to be treated that way. I just hope this will be a lesson for people in the community. Try to get along at least. Try not to hate. Isn't the whole idea behind The Sims that you can be whoever you want to be, no matter what colour or sexual preference or hobbies? Why hate? I realize in most cases the hate comes from jealousy but jealousy is just a nasty thing you don't need. If I can give people in the community some good advice: Be original in your work and be nice to others. You'll get far if you at least try to do those things.

So the past few weeks I have been talking about these issues with Greg from SimCookie and Daniel from SimsGalore, who happen to be very good friends. And we all just sort of feel it's enough. We feel like maybe it's time to let a new generation of Simmers take over for us in the community. There are so many fansites already. So yeah, not only is SNW closing, my friends from SimCookie and SimsGalore are also closing their site.

Au revoir, my friends!

27 Mar 2013 - 13:04

EA sent this lovely EA-KeepCup to use during the reviews, since DST is coming soon for us Europeans. The KeepCup will come in quite handy. I have loads of reviews to write and I love to drink coffee, cappuccino, latte etc. Yummm. Thanks EA! :D

24 Mar 2013 - 22:30

SNW is 9 years old!

SNW is 9 years old today! Now I don't have anything special planned. Working on the new website kind of messed up my planning. But it's still worth a mention! smiley

Hip hip hooray!

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