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New Features Summary and In-Depth Generations Expansion Pack Info

Sims 3 Generations Guide:
Chemistry | Children | Teenagers | Adults/Elder | Afterschool Activities
Day Care | Boarding School | Pranks | Imaginary Friend

The Sims 3 Generations

The Sims 3 Generations expansion brings many exciting new possibilities for Sims of all ages. Generations focuses on enriching the lives of your Sims. This Guide to the new features brought by this expansion will give you a summary of what's new and link you to in-depth articles for the most important gameplay elements.

New Talent - Chemistry
Chemistry and Potion Making are a new feature of Generations. This activity is governed by the Logic skill. So, there are no new skills, but there is something extra to do with one. Some are useful for practical jokes, bringing imaginary friends to life, to making a quick escape. You can gain skill with this chemistry table alone, and there is a new logic skill challenge that makes the potions cheaper to produce.

New Profession - Day Care
Sims can now take up Daycare by reading the newspaper or using the computer. This will invite children to your Sim's home and they'll be paid for watching them. It gets a little harder with more children, but the system gives you time to improve. Check out the guide to this profession through the link above.

Generations - pulling a prank

Pranks and Punishment - Kids and Teens
Children can set booby traps, while Teenagers refine the art and can pull off Pranks. These give the rascals a good mood bump and are entertaining to watch. The wicked little pranksters can set up most everything in the house to blow, from whoopee cushions in the couch, to sinks and toilets. However, when they get caught, they can be disciplined by mom and dad. Check the pranks guide to learn more about discipline and punishments.

Making Memories
One of the new features of Generations is the ability to record video with a camera and review it on television. This is fairly cool, but with it comes a bit of a nuisance. At first, you will find it interesting to learn that your Sims now take note of big events in their life - first kiss, learning to drive. But the number of these can be overwhelming and sometimes silly. If you take a family of five on vacation they'll likely all show a popup denoting the new memory. If the notifications were crowded to you before, you'll want to turn this feature off. For people who stick it out, sharing memories can lead to achievements and clothing unlocks.

Generations - collecting memories in the new scrapbook

New Social Interactions and Activities
Sims can now tell ghost stories to one another, as pictured below. That provides a nice storytelling session where everyone gathers 'round. Sims can ask one another on dates, and which gender is preferred for dating. Children can use their imaginations while dressed in costumes (see the kid's costume chest in the toys menu). There's a see-saw, slip and slide, spring ride, tree house, and sandbox to entertain the youngsters. Sims can also now give each other gifts and will judge your taste in doing so. You don't have to give them something they'll love, how about a nice drink of bladder flow?

Boarding School
Boarding Schools are a new addition that people who don't like raising kids will exploit often. You can send your child to one of several schools that will provide them with specific types of educations. Most kids will do great, and can be enrolled for both primary and high school. It comes with a price tag, but you won't need to micromanage the kid. On longer life-span games you can see the child once in a while over the weekend. Note that if they age up in one of these schools you'll lose control of trait selection and it'll likely be related to the school they went to.

Generations - Telling a Ghost Story

Childhood - Imaginary Friends and More
The biggest addition to childhood in Generations is the Imaginary Friend. This can start appearing when your Sim is a child if they've buddied up to the imaginary friend doll required to start the process. It is possible to make this doll into a real Sim. If you don't like the way it looks when it's made real, it has the power to look like the strange raggedy doll you've known all along. The imaginary friend doll or any teddy bear can take part in a tea party with the child.

Children can dress up in costumes, play on new playground equipment, and prank their parents. At school, they can participate in the scouts or ballet, and will learn some new interactions by doing so. It will also start them out developing skills. Children may sometimes miss their afterschool activities for new field trips, that sometimes come with souveniers.

At the end of the day, they can be read a bedtime story by mom or dad. You can even have them read skill books to the kid. That'll put 'em to sleep! Of course, for daily living, you'll have some new clothing and decor for children. A couple of new toys exist, and there are now sand boxes that can conceal a child's buried treasure.

Generations - Planning a new teen party

Teens in Generations can learn to drive, have mood swings, date others their age, and take part in clubs and activities at high school, such as the school newspaper, or study club. Have a look at the activities page to learn about the skills your Sim will gain by participating in these.

Your teens will have a Prom, and may find a date and maybe even meet their partner for life at the party. Design your Sim's formal outfit for the engagement and be ready when the limo arrives! A lot of different things can happen at Prom. Later, your teen Sim will graduate complete with cap and gown. If they participated in any clubs or organizations at school they can get merits for excellence there.

Overall all stages of childhood from toddler to teen are better represented in this expansion. School is given new life with the opportunities children and teens can take up. You'll find overall that there's a much greater variety of things the youngsters can do to pass the time. Childhood will be over in a blink. If you want your Sims to have more time in any particular life stage, you can now customize the length of each through the options menu. If you cheat, you will like that the Generations patch brough the ability to customize a Sim in Create-a-Sim with a shift-click and testingcheatsenabled true.

Generations - romantic reputation

Romantic Reputation and Dating
There is a new scrapbook on the Simology tab, where you can see any memories your Sims had throughout their lifetimes. Additionally, there's a tab for romance. It will lay out your Sim's stats in the field and how they're viewed by others. You can be a cheater or a sleaze. Watch what your Sims do in public to save face. It can be hard to find a good relationship when the town knows you get around.

Sims can go on dates with Generations, which finally returns from the previous Sims games. The open world of The Sims 3 was waiting for this - although we did have group outings. It's a more direct line to love and making the date fun adds more depth to romancing in TS3. Sims can now give each other flowers, stargaze together (a great interaction), and adults can woohoo in the shower or the new treehouse.

Adults and Elders
Young Adults in Generations can have a Midlife Crisis while advancing to Adulthood. Read more on this dynamic in the linked guide to new features for adults. This is a cool mechanic that doesn't present itself for every Sim, and is totally random. Elders can now get around with canes.

New Parties
Teens can throw a party while mom and dad are out of town, but might get caught if their parents come home from the free vacation opportunity. They'll also have the aforementioned prom and the occasional school dance. Adult Sims can have bachelor/bachelorette parties that can feature entertainment in the form of a dancer (male or female).

Generations - The New Hover bed

New Lifetime Rewards
Generations gives several new and interesting Lifetime Rewards. The Motive Mobile is quite cool, filling a Sim's needs as they ride around town. Sims can purchase a clone voucher and get a child doppleganger of themselves which counts as family. Age is much more manipulable with the Young Again and Age Freeze potions. Tech fans will like the Hover Bed, perhaps the best bed to grace The Sims 3 at the low cost of 20,000 lifetime happiness points.

Closing Thoughts
The Sims 3 Generations brings a lot of interesting features that make Sim lives seem much more full and interesting. If you like expansions that bring a lot of new professions or skills it's not for you. Most of its features aren't as in-your-face as the Memories system, but you'll find new things to do throughout the game's many menus. I'd recommend this expansion pack second only to The Sims 3 Ambitions.

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FangirlFanatic says...
Generations is my favourite expansion pack I would recommend it to anyone. It adds a more realistic tone to the game and makes every life stage more interesting and fun. If you are thinking of getting it or another expansion pack I recommend this. I can't imagine The Sims without it.
10th March 2014 1:55pm
turtle says...
i don't know how to get the game well i do but i want a disc i don't wanna download it so yeah can somebody tell me where i can find a disc instead of download please i'm desperate O.O
1st June 2014 2:24pm
Taylor says...
You can buy The Sims 3 Generations on Amazon.But be careful because some people cheat you out of your money.✌️
16th June 2014 3:32pm
lily says...
i got a disc from eb games and if you dont know how to install it onto your computer i have noting
8th August 2014 6:29am
Taylor says...
If they added vacations...wouldn't World Adventures be a nice addition to the game. I have to admit, this discription doesn't give all the details, but I did only skim. There's a prom for teen sims and both teens and kids can do after school activities such as scouting or clubs. I only know this from LifeSimmer, so I am just telling what I know from her.
1st December 2013 4:46pm
Chloe says...
Yea I watch life simmer too and it is a good idea to have both ;)
21st June 2014 6:06am
Bethany says...
My B-day is in 9 days, and I want Ambitions and Generations for my birthday. Which one should I ask for?
I'd pick Ambitions!
11th October 2013 7:04pm
Freya says...
Generations is better cause it enriches your gameplay. I find ambitions boring. Maybe you should go on YouTube and watch game plays and possibilities, see which you prefer.
31st July 2014 3:46pm
Lucy Sayer says...
I think the best is seasons to be honest
2nd November 2013 6:30am
Elisha says...
This guide totally helped me decide which expansion pack to get for Christmas.
10th December 2013 6:09am
Kitty Lee says...
How do you make your sim tell their child a bedtime story?
26th April 2014 11:58am
Simmylala says...
Make sure you are on your home lot. Go to the child and click on one of their parents and an option will come up: "Ask for Bedtime Story". Or do the opposite by going to the parent and clicking on the child Sim: "Offer to Read Bedtime Story". Make sure you have a bookshelf on your lot with child-developing books or general books or the option to have a bedtime story read to the child will not be available. Hopefully this helped :)
14th July 2014 12:44am
Angel Singz says...
Is there an expansion pack that has a slumber party? I thought I saw someone talking about that in one of the sims 3 forums. I thought generations was it lol.
25th March 2014 1:08pm
Amber says...
Generations does have it. When you're in the view of a child, click on their phone and throw a party, then there should be a slumber option under what type of party it is :)
10th June 2014 1:34pm
Angel Singz says...
26th June 2014 7:03pm
Becca says...
I don't know which sims to get generations or seasons I need help!!!!
6th August 2014 5:58am
charlotte says...
hi becca I have sims 3 seasons and its good fun but I also want to get generations because it sounds great so what I would do if I was in your case is get which ever u want most first and then when you can get the other one for example if I wanted the seasons expansion pack first I would get that one and then when I can afford generations I would get that one
good luck charlotte
2nd September 2015 7:54am
Natalie says...
This isn't about generations it more about sims as a whole, but I have the sims 3 generations and world adventures and I really enjoy playing it but when I do it freezes a lot and I was wondering what computer would be the best to get so I can play and it will run smoothly and not freeze constantly
Tanks :)
There are a lot of great articles out there about Simming computers. The important thing is to remember the specs given to us on the back of the game. And of course, that all computers can't run at high settings.  If your current computer is within specs, try removing reflections and lowering shadows plus other options.
23rd June 2013 2:01pm
Allie says...
Brooklynn i would uninstall the ep, update the game and then install the ep again. anyway i finally have enough money for the genarations ep and im so thrilled!!
10th May 2014 4:36pm
tiffany says...
could u turn into monsters and ghosts in sims 3 generations ?
24th December 2013 6:00pm
who knows says...
no that is supernatural you can be ghosts, werewolves, fairies, whitches, vampires or humans
21st April 2014 3:50am
Anon says...
This is untrue, you CAN have ghosts in generations!
22nd July 2014 7:29am
shaun says...
20th December 2013 12:01am
Camila says...
14th July 2014 6:09pm
Camila says...
14th July 2014 6:11pm
janelle says...
if i want to play generation expansion pack what prior games need to be installed. so far i just have sime 3 life stories??
22nd December 2013 12:38pm
Alecea says...
Your so helpful
15th July 2014 7:41pm
Michael says...
I think the dating feature in this game is great but is there an option for me to disable it from my current game? the reason being is the married sim couple I spent so much time creating a family for and playing as are still receiving those annoying random date requests from their friends.
31st May 2013 12:57am
Turtle says...
I have a question
how do i teach my teenage sim to drive
14th November 2015 10:03pm
life simmer says...
on origin I got generations and base game sims3 but on generations it wont let me cancel install can someone help me
31st October 2013 7:16pm
KAT says...
Generations is an awesome expansion pack it comes with so many new interactions and things to do! BUT my favourite expansion pack is WORLD ADVENTURES its just so fun being an explorer and traveling to china,france and egypt and so many new foods and cultural music i just....... love it!!!!
24th February 2014 5:24pm
alwie says...
i think, don't too much expansions pack installed because make your game slow
10th January 2014 10:39pm
Dot says...
Even though this is very old, I wanted to make a comment just because. Worst expansion! They gave the hideous children stuff to do that should have been in the base game to begin with. I can't wait for the sims 4. Maybe it won't suck like 3. Thank you
15th January 2014 8:16pm
Leahtells says...
That is your opinion you don't have to dicoitage other people.
28th June 2014 12:17pm
jihyun says...
jokes on you dot sims 4 ended up sucking big time
12th July 2017 10:12am
Axhel says...
TRUE Sims 3 is the best
6th September 2017 2:26pm
Meilnda says...
Can someone tell me what to do if l install the game and it said that need a copy of the sims 3 what do l do.
5th April 2014 5:51am
Beta says...
Make sure you have The Sims 3 base game installed first.
13th May 2014 5:06pm
Michelle says...
I really think that this would be a fun expansion pack for TS3. I got seasons and supernatural for christmas and I want to get generations but I don't know if this is the right expansion pack for me... any suggestions?
31st December 2013 3:46pm
Hayley says...
i really wanted sims generations,now i want it more
20th July 2013 4:34pm
Nekaiya says...
I think this might be the only place to get my information, I'm looking for the 2 bedroom, 2 story, 1 garage, 2 bath house that came with Sims 3 Generations. It has a little family den downstairs and a door in the kitchen leading down into the backyard, if anyone has any information as to what this lot is called, please message back?!
8th September 2019 8:13pm
Enne says...
Does the sims 3 generations come with a baby changing thing, the baby changing facilities?
29th August 2013 4:14am
Mikaela says...
I love sims 3!!!! I think that late night, ambitions and seasons are the best. You get heaps of stuff and new opportunities. Oh and University expansion is also amazing!!!!
9th June 2013 12:36am
SJM says...
Hi need help re social worker?
How can do I disable this?
Many thanks.
You can't sorry.
26th June 2020 3:35pm
Epicgirl says...
Hi guys I have this game And its my favorite it lets you do more fun things with kids and teens
This game is amazing if you love kids in sims this is the game for you though if your sims go on a field trip and go too after school activites they wont go too them
4th July 2014 10:07am
mikayla says...
where is the best place to get ts3 generations
13th July 2014 6:28am
Jade says...
I'm trying to decide between Pets and Generations, which one is better?
29th October 2015 9:00am
deja says...
if i get sims 3 seasons expansion pack can it still do the same things as generations
19th May 2014 3:51pm
Martha says...
No, but I have that expansion pack and you can go trick or treating, have a gift giving party (Christmas), there are festivals and egg hunts. Overall it's still a good expansion pack though.
31st May 2014 7:35am
emma says...
I order this game and it sounds great if you are not sure if you want to buy it then go on YouTube and type in lifesimmer.
11th August 2014 1:00pm
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