Even if I don't get an idyillic paradise summer vacation, it's good to know my Sims will be having a wonderful time.
You see, my virtual Sims will be playing in the brand-new "The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack" (for PC/Mac and on Origin.com. Watch as we dive beneath the waves and explore what lies on the ocean floor, build and cruise along on our own houseboat to discover uncharted islands or create and run a five-star resort experience.
“In The Sims 3 Island Paradise, The Sims Studio has brought to life a tropical vacation for players to experience without ever having to leave home,” says Ryan Vaughan, Producer for The Sims. “With so many new gameplay features included in this game, players will be able to explore, inhabit and discover beachside bliss just as they would in real life.”
If you're in the mood to build and own your own resort, you can do that too.
Be it a family-friendly resort of waterslides and buffet tables, a romantic retreat with bungalows in the sand, or a singles resort that features pool bars, players will make management decisions that will affect their resort’s success. We added pools and fire walk pits, upgraded guest rooms and generally fine-tuned our snazzy resort based on feedback received from customer reviews.( Kinda like Yelp! for Sims.)
And just wait until we add the Carnaval Costumes Pack, featuring two exclusive outfits to make any tropical night more festive. We'll be the life of the party in a feather-clad costume while male Sims can spread their wings like a peacock in an ostentatious ensemble. (Typical.)
The Sims 3 Island Paradise is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and is available today on PC/Mac at retailers in North America and on Origin.com.
The NEXT best thing to being there.
Reportedly, Sims characters wanted more candylicious items to liven up their game experience so faster than you can say "candy cane," EA Games, readied "The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats," where players can sweeten up their Sims' lives with Katy Perry-inspired, candylicious items. such as decor, furniture, objects and of course, fashions and hairstyles. Turn your home and neighborhood into a Katy Perry inspried whimsical Candyfornia, complete with cupcake-themed guitars, candy playground equipment and delicious cotton candy trees.
You can bet our Sims will be sporting new clothing and hairstyles,maybe some blue hair and costumes made of striped candy.
Not only that, but players can rock out to a Simlish version of Katy Perry’s hit song, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)," which she recorded for The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats.
Perry comments on singing the Simlish version of the track, saying, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) is a really fun song to sing along to in any language, so I thought why not in Simlish?"
Added the pop singer: "I’m delighted to bring you more with The Sims 3 Sweet Treats,"said Perry. "I love some of the accessories so much that I am going to get some of them made in real life! It's one of my small life goals to sit on a banana split couch."
Pre-order your Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats and check out the fun on the official website.
By Evan Hosie
Last night in Hollywood, Sony held a ritzy launch party for the PS Vita, a much-needed replacement for the PlayStation Portable, and the new gadget was the belle of the ball. The hand-held Vita expands on the last gen PSP; pumps up the processing power, adds optional 3G, dual analog sticks, and a dazzingly bright, colorful 5-inch OLED touch screen.
Out of the box, we were impressed with features like the 3G connectivity (additional fees apply), front and rear cameras, motion sensors and augmented reality and the social media connectivity. (The Vita nationwide launch is February 22, but you can pre-order on the Sony site.)
But back to the party, which had celebs galore, and a game -themed futuristic space. Pete Wentz DJ-ed long into the night with Jesse Marco also taking over the turntables. All the stars were gifted the Vita and some, like Modern Familys' Nolan Gould, immediatly tore open the box and showed off his gaming skills, which were projected on an electronic game display wall.
The stud-ly Liam Hemsworth ( "Hunger Games") and Josh Duhamel chatted about the "biz" and Josh revealed himself to be quite the gadget geek.
"Hugo" star Chloe Moretz hung with Patrick Schwarzenegger, but left at 9pm clutching her PS Vita, to beat curfew.
Prices start at $249 for the new Vita. We'll let you know if it really is a game changer after we have logged some hours playing it.
Some would say it's not much of a stretch, but singer Katy Perry is officailly set to become a cartoon, well, a Sims character actually.
Katy signed on to helped develop in-game content and virtual goods for the popular Sims series. The relationship kicks off with a special Collector’s Edition for The Sims 3 "Showtime", launching in March 2012.
The purple/blue/pink-haired singer, who already resembles a very cute Sim, set a record with her Simlish version of her hit ‘Hot and Cold’ featured in The Sims 2 series which is still EA's most popular video to date.
Available for pre-order today, players can make like Katy Perry and try their best at fame in The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector’s Edition.( The Collector’s Edition includes The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion pack, plus downloadable content including an Ultimate Stage bonus venue, iconic - think hairstyle, guitar, fashion and staage props -- an exclusive poster. )
Start collecting those Simpoints now!
Can you believe it's been a whole 15 years since the Tamagotchi became the must-have virtual pet of kids everywhere? Scary!
Well even though the messy, whiny little guy may not be as popular as it was over a decade ago, Bandai has still released a new limited edition version, which promises to be much more advanced than its predecessors.
The Tamagotchi iDL 15th Anniversary Model is in full color, it's got 32 different characters to choose from, different scenes to explore and the ability to connect it up with the Tamagotchis of other users. We have to admit, we're a little tempted to try it out...
The new model is obviously going to be a little bit more pricey though, you can pick one up from Japan Trend Shop for $113.
[Via Chip Chick]
For those of us who love Harry Potter - and who doesn't --there's a new LEGO Harry Potter game by WB , based on the last three Harry Potter books and final four films.
Harry Potter: Years 5-7 takes players through our favorite heros' adventures in the Muggle and wizarding worlds. There's new locations, Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, and new challenges and new magic, as Harry prepares for the ultimate battle against Lord Voldemort.
We found the most fun with all new spells and charms, including the Unforgivable Curses. With 16 different lessons to be learned and 24 story events, it's bound to keep us busy for quite some time.
And you can play with friends, using the easy drop-in/drop-out co-op play that features a split screen.
We're fighting Voldemort's Death Eaters right now, so we must be going.
Available for Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS
If you've ever wanted to live in Medieval times, with kingdoms, castles, damsels and wizards, here's your chance with the new Sims Medieval Pirates and Nobles on EA Games.
Build up your own kingdom from the ground up, choosing a primary Sims hero, be it a blacksmith, a wizard or monarch to carry out a quest. But it's not as easy as it sounds; you must choose two traits AND one fatal flaw. For example, your King might be bloodthirsty, your blacksmith may be a drunk (mine is), or your pirate dastardly cruel.
Sims Medieval still has all the enjoyable Sims fundamentals - creating characters, designing and decorating living quarters, (in this case, a drafty castle) just with new game play.
Your characters have only two needs you have to tend to - hunger and energy. Modern objects are history of course, so you'll end up cooking dinner over a fire and "mailing" letters by dove.
Fulfilling quests, expanding your kingdom (mine is named "Kenz-a lot" , a play on my nickname, "Kenzie) and building houses for other heros keeps you busy. Don't forget about the quest either; send your Sims out on an adventure and prove your mettle.
Along the way, be careful not to upset the Monarch for they can send you to the stocks, or even worse, the "pit." You'll find out soon enough what dwells there.
The graphics are brillant and lifelike, and the game play intricate enough to keep coming back hour after hour. (We've lost a couple of days playing it already.)
See you in the Middle Ages.
If you're a fan of retro games and consoles then you're going to love this iPad stand and joystick combo. We're not sure when it'll be available or where you can buy it just yet as it's allegedly just been secretly leaked from Atari.
The Hyper Ping Pong game is pretty unique in that you don't need a screen, ball or even an opponent to be able to play it. In fact all you really need is a specially designed paddle with a built-in motion sensor and speaker. You simply 'play' table tennis by listening to the fake ping pong ball sounds and then swing the paddle when the ball supposedly bounces on the table in front of you, which is what earns you points.
It's an interesting idea and the game itself is super practical as it can be played anywhere and doesn't require the player to have any other kind of equipment at the ready. However, it might get a little boring without any kind of visual stimulation and it's certainly not the most sociable game either!
Hyper Ping Pong is available in Japan this October for around $25.
At Nintendo's E3 press conference earlier today, the team revealed the Wii U, a brand new console designed to appeal to all kinds of gamers.
According to Mashable, the console will feature a touchscreen and augmented reality functionality. The screen will be 6.2 inches with controllers, a front facing camera and a gyroscope.
The console will be available some time during 2012 and already everyone from casual tech enthusiasts to dedicated gamers are excited about the new addition to the Nintendo range.