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The Sims 3 Video Game Developer Career Track

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The Sims 3 Unversity Life Expansion PackTo join the Video Game Developer Career offered with The Sims 3 University, players must first earn max level with the Nerd Social Group. Sims are able to work from home on a laptop (provided) during work hours. The Engineer branch can do this as early as level 5, while Artist gets the ability at level 8 when the two branches re-merge. At level 7, both receive a permanent discount on all electronics purchases. Studio Heads can hold a Video Game Convention at the theater in town, which can earn several thousand Simoleons and occasionally provides some random "swag". Like the other UL careers, Video Game Developers get no unique uniforms.

When you return to town from the University, you'll get a career offer. If you max rep with the Nerds at home, a popup will appear offering you to join. If you turn it down, it should be available to you via the computer.

The Sims 3 Video Game Developer Career
Career Track
Level
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
1Game Button Tester10AM-4PM Fri-Mon$26/hr, $156/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games
2Assistant Concept Artist1PM-8PM MTTFSu$32/hr, $224/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games
3Quality Assurance Manager7AM-3PM Mon-Fri$39/hr, $312/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games


The Sims 3 Video Game Developer: Engineer Branch
Career Track
Level
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
4Code Monkey9AM-5PM Mon-Fri$48/hr, $384Mood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Logic
5Game Programmer8AM-3PM Mon-Fri$65/hr, $455/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Logic
6Senior Engineer8AM-2PM Mon-Fri$101/hr, $606/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Logic
7Technical Director9AM-2PM Mon-Fri$144/hr, $720/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Logic
8Lead Designer10AM-3PM Mon-Thu$220/hr, $1100/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Writing
9Executive Producer11AM-3PM Mon-Thu$393/hr, $1572/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing, Writing
10Game Studio Head12PM to 3PM MWF$987/hr, $2961/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Writing


The Sims 3 Video Game Developer: Game Artist Branch
Career Track
Level
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
4Pixel Pusher9AM-5PM Mon-Fri$48/hr, $384/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Painting
5Character Modeler10AM-5PM Mon-Fri$65/hr, $455/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Painting
6Senior Animator11AM-5PM Mon-Fri$101/hr, $606/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Painting
7Art Director12PM-5PM Mon-Fri$144/hr, $720/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Painting
8Lead Designer10AM-3PM Mon-Thu$220/hr, $1100/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Writing
9Executive Producer11AM-3PM Mon-Thu$393/hr, $1572/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing, Writing
10Game Studio Head12PM to 3PM MWF$987/hr, $2961/dayMood, Nerd Influence, Playing Games, Writing


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Amanda says...
Does anyone know if this career has any career rewards? Other than the laptop? I haven't tried it yet.
13th March 2013 3:09pm
Coca-Clark says...
Does anyone know if this career will fulfill the "CEO of a Mega Corperation" lifetime wish?
29th September 2013 2:51pm
Ivy says...
I don't think so. I'm pretty sure that will only be fulfilled once you reach level 10 of the business career.
12th April 2014 3:41am
Sam says...
I seem to have a horrid glitch. I was offered this job when I hit Nerd level 10, however when I clicked "accept career" it didn't take the job. Furthermore attempting to get the job from the PC or career building just resets my sim, and trying to add the job via "testingcheats" does nothing.
12th September 2013 11:27am
Pollen says...
You work from 1 to 7 now and make only 400 and something an hour Monday Wednesday and Friday but it's still good. The Video game conference can pay from 3 to 6 thousand I have seen so far.
28th July 2013 11:59pm
curious says...
I've been wondering this, but does playing video games affect how well your video game ocnventions do or is it purely random?
26th July 2013 11:34pm
esdertytg says...
I have top status in all the social groups, but whenever I click 'upload resume' I can't select the game development career. It's literally doesn't show up even though I'm universety it said I could get it. Help?
3rd May 2013 6:05am
Snitchrune says...
To get the Game Developer Career you must go to the Business Building and join career there.
4th June 2013 9:17am
ombradellarosa says...
I can't get the 'Playing Games' metric to rise. I've tried playing games on the computer, on the game system both online and offline, with others and alone, and playing arcade games. It always stays a red angry face. What am I doing wrong?
16th April 2013 12:48pm
audbooh says...
I think its a glitch... I do not know how to fix it... probably quit the career and rejoin it
18th October 2013 11:30am
Lynn says...
I've been having horrible bugs with this career track. I can't even go to work. The "at work" action pops up and just goes away. The car comes in the morning, but my sim can't get into it. Annoying.
17th March 2013 7:51am
lemo says...
That's not a pproblem with the career, its a general glitch. the problem is the sim is attempting to change into their career outfit but its glitching out because some careers (like this one) don't have a uniform , or because the graduation robes are set as career outfit (also a glitch).

To fix it go 'plan outfit' on a set of drawers and make yourself a 'career 2' outfit and use that-

12th April 2013 8:26am
A girl with a head says...
Your sim wont be able to go to work if she's pregnant. If sim is a boy, he could still be pregnant because of aliens (seasons needed).
21st April 2013 1:04am
Gameactive says...
Oh my goodness, it's like the developers read my mind. It's not exactly what I would have expected, but it gives me enough of a reason to get University. (Yes, I'm the same person as over on the Forums.)

Oh, and while it certainly doesn't take the cake as the top-paying career like the Hacker career track in The Sims: Livin' Large, it certainly comes close. I think I'll ask my sister (who owns University) what she thinks of it. Though, I have my doubts that she'd like the career track as she already somewhat considers me a "nerd".

15th March 2013 6:41pm
Asta says...
Does anyoe know which university major that goes with this career?
16th July 2014 1:50pm
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