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The Sims 3: Information & Miscellaneous Game Articles

Some of our info for the Sims 3 cannot be classified into any single guide section easily. This is a list of the miscellaneous pieces we've written for the game, with descriptions of what you'll find in that article. Additionally, you may like to check the Site Map for a listing of every article we've written for The Sims 3. Being a huge game, The Sims 3 offers many gameplay options. This is a vast amount of info about those mechanics, and is still growing although the game is years old.

Some of the guides here give an in-depth look at one part of a game feature. There is a piece meant only to inform you about maximizing guitar profit. Where there is a guitar guide, this specialized piece will help you to learn deeper strategies. Thus, while there is some repetition of certain info, these articles provide a look at that element from a different, more focused, perspective. Others may provide a fast summary on a topic that has a massive page here on the guide. These will be quickies for people who just want a quick rundown about how something works.

If you ever have trouble finding something, turn to our search function at the top of the page. It is google-powered and will search not only the guide, but our huge Sims 3 forum as well. This is a helpful way to get a look at all of the info from the many helpful posts on the forum.

Acronyms and Glossary of Terms
This is a list of all the terms and generally accepted acronyms you will see on the guide and forum. It's handy if you wonder what 'Vanilla' or 'nooboo' means. A handy info resource.

Aging and Life Span
A guide to Sims aging in The Sims 3. Gives info on how you can modify the life cycle and make your Sims younger or older.

Chess Grand Master
A small article that will help players of Logical Sims to become Chess Grand Master as quickly as possible.

A full guide to the free Create a Pattern tool for the Sims 3 offered by Electronic Arts. Bring your ideas to life with this informative article. Note that you must first install the tool. A link is provided.

Guide to the Sims 3's Create-a-Sim interface. Learn how to tweak just about every detail on the Sims you create.

Learn all about making custom patterns and colors for your Sim's clothing and household objects.

Create a World
Learn about this free tool released by Electronic Arts which allows Simmers to create their own worlds in which to play the Sims 3.

This article extensively covers the causes of death for Sims in The Sims 3 and its expansion packs. You may also find the info about preventing these deaths helpful.

Essential Moodlets
This list covers the most common moodlets that you should try to get your Sims to experience every day. This will keep them happy and help them to obtain valuable Lifetime Rewards.

Information about ghosts in the Sims 3 and the things you can do with them. Includes information on resurrection, ghost babies, tombs, urns and more.

Home Design Ideas Part 1: Beginner
Tom Thigpen wrote this great article detailing how to build a good home for your Sim. Great tips to making the most of starting cash and decorating a lot are included.

Home Design Ideas Part 2: Intermediate
Master builder Tom Thigpen gives even more tips. Here he'll give you a ton of tips for what to do with all that money once your Sim has reached the pinnacle of their career. Home designs here tend to be in the 70,000 range but you'll find tips to making some of the best unnecessary rooms that rich Sims can enjoy.

Home Design: Garages
Learn to build two types of garage, that will help you understand how others can be designed.

Households: Moving Sims In/Out and Changing Families
This guide focuses on the various options you have for moving Sims in and out of homes in the game. It also shows how to switch to another household so that you can control multiple families in the neighborhood.

How to Throw a Great Party
Tom Schlueter wrote this great article that offers tips to help your Sim throw a great party. This helps for birthdays, campaign fundraisers and casual get-togethers.

How to Move your Sims into a New House
This small article functions as a step-by-step guide to moving into a different house in the Sims 3.

How to get the Omni Plant, Steak, Burgers, Eggs and Cheese
Learn how to get the opportunity chain that unlocks these secret plants. Your Sim will benefit from the Omni Plant, which can be used to grow many types of objects and replicate them for profit.

Mastering Guitar and Maximizing Profit
Learn how to complete the guitar star challenge here. Additionally, the article provides a trick to raise the number of performances your Sim has completed to ensure they get amazing tips from the Guitar Skill.

Making Money with Gardening
A summary of the process new players must take in order to make money with the Gardening skill.

Making Money with Painting
A quick guide to making fast Simoleons with the Painting skill from the base game. Provides a few tips to completing the painting challenges faster and making higher quality paintings.

Motives - A Guide to Needs
Teaches new players about the six needs of all Sims: Hunger, Bladder, Hygiene, Fun, Energy, and Social.

Moving Households from One Town to Another
This article was originally written to help players in one of our Sims 3 Challenges, but offers info for anyone who would like to move from Sunset Valley to Riverview or vice versa.

Newbie Guide - How to Play
I wrote this article for newbie Simmers. It offers info on some of the basic game concepts and provides tips to keeping Sims happy and leading productive lives.

Newbie Guide - All about Sims
This article details all the properties of Sims and gives plenty of tips for helping them to live a full and happy life.

Occult Life States (Non-Human Sims)
Learn all about the various types of Sims in The Sims 3 and its Expansion Packs - from Mummies to Aliens.

Sliders: Breast Size, Chest Hair, Skin Tone
A look at the range of possiblities for Sim customization. Create-a-Sim has expanded along with the rest of Sims 3, providing more opportunity for diverse looking Sims.

Sims 3 Faq
Frequently asked questions about Sims 3 gameplay, system requirements, and other miscellanea.

The Sims 3 Review
Carl's review of The Sims 3. Read about the strengths of this new incarnation of the franchise and buy it for yourself or a friend.

Sims 3 Tips
General gameplay tips for the Sims 3 newbie.

The Sims 3 Barnacle Bay Review
A review of the pirate-themed town purchasable through the Sims 3 Store with information on what's included with purchase.

The Sims 3 Mobile Review
Leto85 of our Sims 3 forum gives his review of the Sims 3 mobile, with little tips and tricks to help players.

The Sims 3 Manual
Want a handy electronic copy of the official Sims 3 manual? Grab one here!

World Adventures-Specific Articles

World Adventures Guide
A guide offering information on what's new in the World Adventures expansion pack. Read this article for a summary of the biggest new features.

Learn all about the Mummies present in the World Adventures travel destination. Includes curing the mummy's curse, where you might run into them and how you can get your own mummy!

Where to Find Pangu's Axe
World Adventures owners will appreciate this piece on finding Pangu's Axe and its importance in traveling other countries. You'll see why I recommend Sims start their adventurer careers in China.

Tomb Raiding Tips
Little tips and tricks to getting the most out of tomb exploration. Feel free to submit more in the corrections board of our Sims 3 Forum.

Tomb Building Tips
Box3d from our Sims 3 forum wrote this article to help newbie tomb builders get their feet wet. Learn about placing traps, triggers and other basic concepts to help you get started making your own tombs to share with the Sims 3 community.

House of Skulls
A reader-submitted piece about collecting skull cut gems. This is a nice summary of getting gems, cutting them, and getting the result you want.

Ambitions-Specific Articles

Ambitions Guide
An article detailing the new features offered with the Sims 3 Ambitions expansion. You'll likely find our summary of features helpful for making a decision whether to buy the game or not. Doubles as a gateway to all things Ambitions found on the Guide.

Bake Sales
Children in the Sims 3 can now hold bake sales to sell cupcakes. Learn how to set up your child's stand so they can help the family to earn extra money.

This article provides information on the new Consignment Store brought with the Sims 3 Ambitions expansion pack. The shop is the best place to sell your Sim's paintings, sculptures, and other valuables.

An article that offers tons of helpful info on this friendly robot that can join your Sim's family. Learn how to make one through inventing, or buy one with the My Best Friend Lifetime Reward.

Late Night-Specific Articles

Bands in Late Night, A How-To
This article gives an overview of how to form a band and make money playing gigs in the Late Night expansion.

Celebrities - How to Make a Star
This guide to the Sims 3 Late Night's Celebrity Star system will help you to rise the social ladder to gain entry to the hottest night spots, and earn special Celebrity perks.

Unsupported but Relevant Challenge Articles

When we first started doing challenges around here, we thought it a clever idea to write how we completed them. This practice has now been abolished due to the Sims 3 Challenge Tournament we have now. These articles may still prove useful to players who would like to pursue some of the challenges we created in the past, which are now found in the graveyard section of the forum.

Baby Boomer

Centurian's Couples

Centurian's Solo

Maximum Moodlets

Renaissance Smackdown

You're Hired! The Trump Challenge

Comments (21)

TQueen says...
I need some help! I previously had The Sims 3 installed on my computer and then had to Reformatt my system and now when I put the disk in to play nothing is coming up. Do you have any suggestions on how to reinstall my game?
29th April 2013 8:08pm
phil says...
Could somebody tell me how do you guys do to put outdoor plants (like tree or bushes) elsewhere then on the ground, like on the top of the house or in the house. Yes it's probably a glitch.

Coluld somebody help me plz? E-Mail me!
21st September 2012 3:51pm
Avery says...
You can not put plants or trees in the house unless there are small plants like the ones you find in build and buy.
24th October 2012 1:23am
Lily says...
Press ctrl, shift and C at the same time, then type moveobjects on. That will let you.
15th April 2013 8:33pm
Helpme says...
where can i find the wedding dress in Sims 3 Generations and HOW?
6th October 2013 10:55pm
Kiara says...
Where can i found a perfect wedding dress like The Sims 3 Story:Dreamweaver Immortal Dynasty wedding dress even if i have a Sims 3:Generations Expansion pack?
Please help:(
6th October 2013 10:03pm
steph says...
What's the best computer to run the sims 3 and multiple expansion packs
22nd September 2013 8:01pm
Irlanda says...
Well I have this problem with my sim games. I downloaded all the expansions and games but only one of them pops up island paradise, which confuses me because this happened before.I downloaded sims 3 university and generations.So when I wanted to play generations,university was the only game available. What is wrong?
They are all one game.  They aren't separate games.  When you install expansions, you play every expansion plus base game at the same time.
29th July 2013 10:05am
Tam says...
I was just wondering how can I add commericial and residential buildings to my town?
2nd June 2013 5:13am
scoobsthegamer says...
Hey guys,

Sorry to bother you, but for some reason my Shift-Click isn't working to enter CAS on my Sims 3 game? I've toggled the 'testingcheatsenabled' on, so I don't know what's up... perhaps I entered the wrong thing when I pressed Ctrl+Shift+C... can anyone help me out?

30th May 2013 1:49pm
D' says...
I did not understand your problem but I think you got something wrong going on. You need to write "testingcheatsenabled true". And don't forget the space, it isn't a mistake I made it is supposed to be a space. Hope it helped :)
30th July 2013 2:40pm
lizzlara20 says...
Is there any other map than the other one we begin with ?
Worlds can be downloaded at the Exchange, bought at The Sims 3 store or found on third-party sites like our own Union Cove.
21st May 2013 4:48pm
Stagegal says...
I don't know if anyone is having this problem but it's annoying the heck out of me! I play Sims on a laptop and one day I got aggravated and shut my laptop with the Sims 3 launcher up. My game would not work so I uninstalled the base game. It worked and I tried to reinstall two expansion packs. It didn't work and I had no idea why I had them installed before my game crashed and now it won't work please help.
21st March 2013 9:18pm
Karamia says...
i love this game it so alwsome i so glad that yall put this game out here
6th March 2013 6:52pm
Kiara says...
i have a problem. Well i've already installed Sims 3 Master Suite Stuff. Fine!!! i thought that i would be able to play but unfortunately am facing a problem.when i open the game and it loads. but at a certain moment, it stops loading and the music also. plzzz help :(
26th January 2013 12:01pm
Lori Snell says...
I don't know how to search your site. I've tried other sites, but the info is confusing or not helpful. I'm trying to figure out why my sims don't have cell phones, at least that I can access. I can receive cell phone calls. I just reinstalled the base game. I have ambitions and world adventures installed but I don't think they work since I reinstalled the base game. There are lots of things that are missing from my game since I reinstalled and lots of problems. I reinstalled, because i was getting one of the service initialization errors and couldn't play the game.
The Cell should be on the inventory tab, to the left. All Sims have them :)
18th December 2012 5:18pm
nkeating says...
I purchased a used xbox 360 sims3 game and need to change the laguage to english, i do not know what to do . Can anyone give me step by step directions? thanks!!!
9th December 2012 9:13pm
Dez says...
Hi there,

Been playing this game forever and never had this problem, but all of a sudden my sim (level 10 cooking) cannot cook anything unless its on the BBQ. She starts prepping on the counter and then before she goes to either serve the food or put in the oven, the cutting board disappears and she looks around like wtf.. and the thought bubble shows footsteps. I've switched out my counters, stove and fridge for every single other one in the buy mode. Anywone know whats going on?? =(

-Hungry Sim
10th November 2012 12:26pm
Isobel says...
Hi,I don't know if it is the same problem, but a while ago I had trouble with my sims cooking. They would start cooking and then give up half-way through and refused to continue. I kept trying to make them continue, and I kept starting new recipes so my kitchen was full of half-done dishes. I eventually realised that the reason they weren't cooking was that there were cupboards above the stove which were stopping them from cooking :0 Perhaps you have the same/similar problem?
17th February 2013 4:00pm
sailorjune says...
If there are no counters, or the counters have dishes or appliances on them, the sims will not be able to cook.
31st March 2013 1:32am
allie says...
My Sim will jot finish cooking. She will start then stop. This happened after I got a butler. Even though I fired him. The counters are free and there is nothing above the stove. Helpp
24th February 2014 2:36am
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