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January


Misc. news 3 January
A full week without news. Now the holiday's are over, news is expected to roll in again. Here's some misc. news:
Blog update
MaxoidSam updated his blog with some info about the Racecarset, which was posted on the Sims2.com a week ago.
Find it here: MaxoidSam blog

Wii Sims info
For those interested in Sims for the Wii, Computer and Videogames posted a small article with some new info about it. You can find some more info about house construction and the character creator.
Find it here: Computer and Videogames article


New poll 7 January
A new poll. This weeks question is if what kind of Seasons news you're hoping for next. Click here to vote: New poll.
Last weeks poll was if you decorate your Sims house for Christmas. It's about fifty-fifty; 52% doesn't at all and those that do decorate, mostly just the families they play often. 4110 people voted and here are the results:

Have you decorated your Sims house for Christmas?
- Yes, many of my Sims celebrate Christmas!: 10%
- Yes, but only the families I play often: 19%
- Just 1 or 2 families: 19%
- No I don't see the need for that: 21%
- No because I don't have the Holiday pack: 31%


First official Life Stories pics 10 January
Chech fansite Thesims2.cz found the first official Life Stories screenshots. As you can see, it's near identical as the Sims 2 game. Also it seems as if the Nightlife expansion is included in the game.
Find all the screenshots here: Thesims2.cz

New Seasons pics 11 January
Maxis has released 7 new Seasons screenshots. Find them all below:

    

      


Trailer Life Stories 13 January
German site Cynamite.de found the trailer for Life Stories. Find it here: Life Stories trailer
Below the movie are also several official screenshots for this game to be found.
Thanks to Simszone.de for finding it.

New poll 14 January
A new poll. This weeks question is if you think the length of the seasons is ok. Click here to vote: New poll.
Last weeks poll was what kind of Seasons news you're hoping for next. Most people (39%) would like to see a Seasons trailer. And 1 out of 4 is waiting for a Seasons chat. 21% got their wish with getting new screenshots the past week. 3528 people voted and here are the results:

Which kind of news would you like to see?
- New official screenshots: 21%
- An official movie: 39%
- A Seasons chat at the Sims2.com: 25%
- An interview with a Seasons producer: 6%
- A preview by Gamespot or IGN: 10%


New Artpics 15 January
After the screenshots from last week, now EA has published some nice Seasons artpics. Find them all below:

          


Life Stories officially announced 16 January
Today, Life Stories has been officially announced. This came with screenshots, artpics, a press release and an official site which you can find here: TheSimsStories.com
The press release was posted on the Sims2.com: Press release Life Stories
More news later today.

Misc. news 16 January
Gugas1990 from the Sims BBS found the icon for Seasons. Note that this is the icon for your Simpages and not the desktop shortcut.
Life Stories articles
Just as Seasons, the Life Stories game was also shown at the Fanevent. In the coming days, several fansites will post their articles about it. The first review comes from a portuguese site. Though it's not written in English, there are a huge amount of screenshots taken; Over 400!
Find it here: PT Gamers
The official UK sims site also wrote a small story about this game here: Guide to Life Stories

New Seasons pics
Here are 3 more Seasons screenshots. They come from the official French Sims site. The 3rd one looks familiar but it's a bit different. Thanks to Simtimes.de for finding them.

    


Community news 17 January
Some misc. community news.
New affiliates
First I would like to announce 2 new affiliates:
- Simsfusion is a big news site who brings all the latest news and also has lots of interesting Sims info like tutorials, articles and info about all the Sims games.
- KatieSims although being a Freewebs site, has some great stuff on her site; Some good downloads, a large collection of links and other things like own-made movies and simpics.

Federation of free sims sites
There is lately alot of discussion about paysites. Since bandwidth is getting cheaper by the day (you can get terrabytes for a couple dollars), the need to pay for downloads shouldn't be there. Modthesims2 for example, one of the largest Simsites around, can stay free by the use of ad-revenue and donations.
A new site has been set up to help and support free fansites by giving info on, for example, how to cover your sitecosts and other helpful info.
Find this site here: Federation of free sims sites

Sims99 anniversary
Sims99 is celebrating their 2nd anniversary. And therefore they started contests, a scavenger hunt and much more.
Find it here: Sims99 party event


Seasons trailer and pre-orders 18 January
Seasons video
The official Sims 2 site has updated with a Seasons video. This video shows the Sims in many activities within all the different seasons.
Check it out here: Seasons video
Seasons pre-orders
Also the pre-order gifts are posted on the site. From a bathing suit to a nice swingset. For America, these gifts are spread out over a large amount of shops. In other countries it varies. For example in Holland you get 3 gifts for your pre-order.
Find them here: Seasons pre-order

Best selling PC games 2006 19 January
NPD has released a list of the best selling PC games of 2006. No less then 5 out of the top 10 are Sims 2 games! Find the list below:

Best-selling PC Games of 2006, by units sold


1. World of Warcraft
2. The Sims 2
3. The Sims 2: Open For Business Expansion Pack

4. Star Wars: Empire At War
5. The Sims 2: Pets Expansion Pack
6. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
7. Age of Empires III
8. The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff Expansion Pack
9. Civilization IV
10. The Sims 2: Nightlife Expansion Pack


New poll 21 January
A new poll. This weeks question is which of the 6 new Seasons career you like most. Click here to vote: New poll.
Last weeks poll was if you think the length of the seasons is ok. Almost half of all people is satisfied with the lenght. However a large percentage of 44% would like to see it (a bit) longer. 2904 people voted and here are the results:

Is the lenght of the seasons ok?
- No too short; they must be much longer!: 10%
- They could be a bit longer, but I can live with it: 34%
- I'm pretty satisfied with the lenght of the seasons: 47%
- They are a bit too long but it's not that bad: 7%
- No they are way too long!: 1%


Misc. news 23 January
Found a nice artpic on the official Italian sims site. It shows something from each season.

Also on the official German Sims site, are some Seasons buddy icons to download. Find these here: Diesims.de


New Edenstyle movie 24 January
Italian fansite Edenstyle has just recently posted their 3rd Seasonsmovie, made at the fanevent. Yet another movie will be posted later.
Find the movies on the right hand side of this page: Edenstyle.it

Producer mail 25 January
Sam Player, Senior Producer of the Sims 2 wrote a mail telling a bit more about the Seasons pack. He talks a bit about the fansite-event and about some features like the new pool upgrades.
Read it here: Sam-mail

New poll 29 January
A new poll. This weeks question is if you train your Simpets. Click here to vote: New poll.
Last weeks poll was which of the 6 new Seasons career you like most. Almost half of all votes go to Adventure and Music; Both getting 24%. The other careers getting much less votes, all between 10 and 16%. 4214 people voted and here are the results:

Which new career sounds the most interesting?
- Adventurer: 24%
- Education: 16%
- Gamer: 15%
- Journalism: 11%
- Law: 10%
- Music: 24%


Pets patch coming soon 29 January
A couple days ago, MaxoidSam posted a message on the SimsBBS about an upcoming Pets patch. According to this message, this patch should come out somewhere this week. He also noted that there will be no Glamour Life patch.
Find the message here: MaxoidSam message
Thanks very much to Geminiagre for the news.

2 New Stuff packs coming 30 January
There will be at least 2 more Stuff pack coming out this year; 2 New titles have appeared in a Spanish online shop. The titles are The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff, to be released April 19 and The Sims 2: H&M Stuff which has a date of June 21. You can find the links to the packs below:
- Celebration! Stuff (fiesta)
- H&M Stuff
After googling a bit, I found another site with these packs here: Dunaj.sk
Note that these Stuff packs are not yet officially announced.
Thanks to Lucho for the news.

Pets patch released 31 January
As told a couple days ago, the patch for the Pets expansionpack has now been posted on the official Sims2 site. There is a seperate version for those that have the Digital Download. Also note that in Europe the expansion came on DVD. I think we can assume that the CD patch also works for the DVD version.
Find the link to the patches and the bugfixes here:
- CD patch
- Digital Download patch