|05 July 01 New Expansion : Hot Date Announced|
|Read the Press Release.|
|06 July 01 Getting a Facelift|
|CyberExtruder has announced support for The Sims, along with Quake and its previous offering of Unreal Tournament. Their technology creates a 3D model of your face from a submitted photo, which you can use in the games. Fancy a neighbourhood of everyone looking just like you ?|
|12 July 01 PC Gameplay UK Preview|
When roly-poly unfunny funnyman Drew Carey was transformed into a character from The Sims on his self-titled sitcom, it was yet another indication of the game’s global popularity.
|19 July 01 The Sims on the Charts|
|According to GameSpot, The Sims and House Party take #2 and #3 on the June Sales Charts. D2:LoD is #1, Myst is #4, Black & White is #5 and Livin’ Large takes #6.|
|20 July 01 Exploring the Relationship Between Video Games and Art|
|Wright will be a panelist at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Media Arts Council symposium, along with Nolan Bushnell, the inventor of Pong and founder of Atari, according to this Wired news story.|
|21 July 01 GameSlice Preview|
|[Previews & Reviews] GameSlice|
|26 July 01 Live Chat|
|There’s going to be a live webcast with Sid Meier today from 3 to 4 pm PST. Click here.|
|27 July 01 Chat Transcript|
|Here. You can also check out some screenshots in The Gallery.|
|27 July 01 SimsVille Gallery|
|EA recently held a press event and released some new screenshots. While we weren’t there, GameSpot was, and we’ve added the screenshots to the Gallery.|
|30 July 01 IGN Gets a Hot Date|
|IGN PC has posted a preview of Hot Date, along with a screenshot.|
|01 August 01 GameSpy :: Top 50 Games of All Time|
|GameSpy’s latest feature, The Top 50 Games of All Time, has but one Sim game in the list – the original Sim City at #33.|
|02 August 01 Wright vs. Molyneux|
|USA Today is running an article about Will Wright and Peter Molyneux. It’s a fairly uninspired piece that looks to be a compilation of quotes from elsewhere.|
|03 August 01 PC Gameplay Interviews|
|PC Gameplay has posted interviews for TSO and TS:Hot Date, with Wright dropping in for a few questions on the TSO interview. Since they have some strange arrangement for their site and the links may not work, we have mirrored copies here and here.|
|04 August 01 Online Worlds Fanfest ’01|
|Last year’s UO-Fest has been expanded into an Online Worlds Fest, to be held in Austin, Texas on the last weekend of October. The scoop is here. Highlights are –|
|06 August 01 PC Gameplay SimsVille Interview|
|10 August 01 Once Again Previews|
|GameSpot UK has posted a preview, which gave me deja vu until I checked our previews list and realised that it was basically a slightly watered-down version of the PC Gameplay UK preview.|
|13 August 01 SimArt|
Mr. Haddock, an artist in Phoenix, Arizona, was intrigued by its ((The Sims’)) promotional material. He created his Screenshots series by using Photoshop to give a Sims-style isometric view of well-known and sometimes violent images or events. Mr. Haddock’s work has been shown in galleries in Seattle and at Arizona State University as well as in the “BitStreams” exhibition at the Whitney last spring.From this article in the International Herald Tribune. The “Screenshots” art-thing can be found here.
|15 August 01 Add-On & Updates|
|The Official Site has posted a new add-on, the Pepsi Machine.|
We have added a total of ten new shots to the SimGolf Gallery and the SimsVille Gallery.
|16 August 01 GameSpot Preview|
|More Hot Date info, this time coming from GameSpot, who have just posted their preview.|
|17 August 01 GameSpot Preview|
|GameSpot has posted an extensive preview, along with 15 screenshots showing off facets of gameplay.|
|06 September 01 Gamitopia Preview|
|[Previews & Reviews] Gamitopia Preview|
|11 September 01 911|
|No God, no truth, no land, no cause can justify the wilful taking of human lives.|
There will be no news reported here for the next day, because continuing on as if nothing has happened is in extremely poor taste. Take the time you would otherwise have spent here and use it to consider the world you live in, and if there is anything you can do to make it better.
Oh, and vengeance is not justice. Think on that, too, if you happen to be angry right now.
|13 September 01 Previews|
|[Previews & Reviews] SportPlanet Preview and GameSpy Preview|
|14 September 01 Hot Date Screens|
|GameSpot has received some new exclusive shots featuring Hot Date, which we have added to our Hot Date Gallery.|
|19 September 01 Meet Havok|
|The wise-cracking commando is the main character of Westwood Studios’ upcoming 3D action game, Command & Conquer Renegade! His attitude and military fashion sense are the perfect accompaniment to any Sim hoe-down or disco. Download Havok. View some screenshots.|
|20 September 01 SimsVille Cancelled!|
|CG Online reports –
Maxis announced today that Simsville has been canceled. The latest in their popular Sim line of games, it was scheduled for release in 2002. It wasn’t up to the standards of Maxis, according to a spokesperson for Maxis, who also stated that despite this, the team did a great job and is being reassigned to other products like The Sims Online and other future projects.The official word on the Official Site –
Thank you for your interest in SimsVille.
|21 September 01 More on SimsVille|
|GameSpot has posted a Q&A with Patrick Buechner, director of marketing at Maxis.
Well, the whole reason we came up with the idea for SimsVille was the feedback from The Sims players, who were asking to see the lives of their Sims outside the house. They were sick of being stuck indoors, and while that aspect of The Sims is still fun, players wanted to know what goes on in their Sims’ lives outside the house. The Sims: Hot Date lets players do everything they’ve been asking for, like hang out at the bar, have a picnic downtown, go shopping, and so on. After a while, we found that it was simply more fun than what we had in SimsVille.
|28 September 01 Online Worlds FanFest|
|The Online Worlds FanFest has been pushed back to January 11th & 12th, 2002. For more info, check the Official Site. In addition to the Ultima Online team, speakers include Gordon Walton and Will Wright of The Sims Online and Brett Sperry of Earth and Beyond.|