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: January 2014
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Howdy everyone! SimGuruHydra here – I've been with The Sims Team for  more than five years hanging out with the community on forums and My Page ! Another year, another bladder failure, another Klepto Sim stealing the toilet, another Bella Goth sighting.

As our 14th Anniversary closes in, we're kicking off Flashback February! Think of our Throwback Thursday posts on Twitter or Facebook – except this time it's twice a week. And it's not just posts from us – we're inviting all Simmers to share their favorite memories!

One of my favorite memories of playing The Sims games was when I had this ambitious idea of turning the entire neighborhood in The Sims into a graveyard. Normally, I’m more of a nurturing kind of player with a motherlode (or in The Sims case – rosebud) trigger finger. Only the best for my Sims! Then I ran into a site where a player documented his Sims' deaths. The rest was history.

Some lots would be cemeteries, some would be mausoleums filled with urns and medieval décor. I didn't fill out the whole neighborhood, but let's just say many of my Sims saw Grimmy back then.

(Re-creation from SimGuruHydra's The Sims game)

What was your favorite memory with The Sims games? Was it the first time you jumped when a burglar came tip-toeing into your home? Maybe it was when one of your Sims reached Permanent Platinum in The Sims 2 without using cheats when achieving their Lifetime Want!

Could your favorite memory be playing a younger Mrs. Crumplebottom?  Or if you're a family-oriented player, was it the first time your family had triplets in The Sims 3 ?

Did you discover your Simming destiny when you built your first home? Or did you laugh a little too much the first time your Sims met their maker when you trapped them in a door less room?

Maybe your favorite memories take place outside of the game. Did you keep a sketchbook with doodles of future lots you’d like to build or family trees planned out? Perhaps you boast an impressive collection of copies of The Sims throughout the years – packs neatly stacked, from The Sims , The Sims 2 , The Sims 3 , The Sims Stories , and maybe a few of the console games! And why wouldn't you show off a collection that's given years of time-killing fun?

We've only glossed the surface with memories from The Sims . It's a lot of fun looking back, don't you think? What better time to share these Simming memories than through Flashback February? We're calling it our 14th Anniversary Flashback February – say that 10 times fast!

While we celebrate another year of The Sims , we also like to look back at the moments that made us laugh, surprised, and become inspired. We know you have your own favorite Simming memories – and we want to see them! Around the Simosphere, we'll be calling for these flashbacks of yours – keep an eye on our channels to see how you can share your favorite moments and collections of The Sims :

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05:00 PM
Posted by: SimGuruHydra

Hey everyone!

What are the top five things you love to do in The Sims games? SimGuruArgus talks about the way he loves to play the game below - take a look!

Five Things I Love to Do in The Sims

By: SimGuruArgus

The world of The Sims is a broad canvas where you can paint any picture and tell any story you wish. We thought it would be fun to discover how the developers play their own game. This is the first in a blog series where they talk about how they play. We've also included a link at the bottom to the pack where you get the ability to do the things they do, or create your own ways to play.

I consider myself a bit mischievous  when it comes to playing The Sims . For me, I always try the things I wouldn’t do in my day-to-day life, but live out those moments with my Sims. Granted, it doesn’t always play out the way I envisioned in my head, but I always enjoy the outcome. Here are five things I love doing again and again in The Sims :

1. Streaking

The wind in your Sims hair, the pixelated skin – who doesn't get a good giggle when it comes to watching your Sims streak?  When streaking was first introduced in The Sims 2: University and then reintroduced in The Sims 3 University Life , I never looked back. It quickly became my number one interaction with my Sims. What better way to make an impression in a new town then to strip off my Sims' clothes and have them run through town? My Sims always throw the best parties, have an awesome time hanging out with the Jocks, and I never get tired of inspiring my Sims to have more fun.

2. Drowning My Sims

I admit it. I drowned my Sims.  That moment when I remove the ladder just to see what happens (for the 1001st time), makes me cackle like a mad scientist.

3. Studying A Sim Brain

 Again, I really love experimenting in The Sims . There's no piece of equipment I like doing those experiments with more than the Cerebralizing Brain Enhancing Machine 2.0. It's basically the cornerstone for my own version of a mad scientist’s lab I've created in The Sims 3 .

4. 100 Baby Challenge

The creativity of our fans never ceases to amaze me. I never thought about doing something like this until I saw it on our forums, now I've done it twice! It's simple, just take one Sim and try to have 100 babies. Doesn't sound too hard until you try it, but boy is it fun.

5. Juice Keg Stands

Party! This is more a personal thing for me, but watching my Sims do handstands on juice kegs really takes me back to my own college days and all those popular kid parties I couldn't get into where they were doing juice keg stands and people were having fun and I was outside in the cold… I mean, I was in there with the cool kids, totally having fun!

There are things I have found to love in every one of The Sims 3 expansion packs, but The Sims 3 University Life   holds a special place in my heart. It lets me get my Sims to do all the wild things I only dreamed of during my own university days. Maybe you could share your own highlights from The Sims 3 University Life as well.

07:00 PM
Posted by: SimGuruHydra