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The Sims is a strategic, life simulation video game series developed by Maxis and later by The Sims Studio, and published by Electronic Arts. It is one of the most successful video games series of all time. As of May 2011, the franchise has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide,[1] and is also the best-selling PC franchise in PC history.[2]

The games in The Sims series are more of a sandbox game in that they lack any defined goals (except for some later expansion packs which introduced this gameplay style). The player creates virtual people called "Sims" and places them in houses and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires. Players can either place their Sims in pre-constructed homes or build them themselves. Each successive expansion pack and game in the series augmented what the player could do with their Sims.

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The Sims 3: Generations (commonly referred to as GEN) is the fourth expansion pack for The Sims 3, which EA announced by press release and video trailer on April 5, 2011. The game was released on May 31, 2011.[3] It contains elements of The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff, The Sims: House Party, The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff, The Sims 2: FreeTime, The Sims 2: University, and The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff.

In The Sims 3: Generations each life phase has a theme. For children, imagination and make-believe are key themes. Boarding school is also an added option for education. For teens, rebellious, chaotic scenes such as parties and pranks are an addition. As a young adult and adult, the focus is on their relationships with others; from getting married to having children of their own. Elders get to enjoy their time reminiscing about the golden years and the joys of watching their grandchildren grow up.[4] Generations is so far the only expansion pack to not come with a new town for sims to explore. Players can now add body hair to males in Create a Sim. Two new traits come with Generations. The first is the rebellious trait, while the second is the nurturing trait. Sims with the rebellious trait can make trouble pulling off various pranks, such as doorbell ditching, adding hair dye to their sibling's shampoo, and making the toilet explode. Sims with the nurturing trait are better at taking care of kids and can punish naughty Sims by giving them timeouts, banning video games, and grounding them.[5] Sims can also WooHoo in the shower and the tree house. The player can now enroll child sims in after-school activities. The two available for children are ballet and scouts. Teenagers can join up to two High School clubs including the sports team, drama club, debate team, school band, and student newspaper.

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Steven Jablonsky (born October 9, 1970) is an American music composer for film, television and video games. He has been the music director for all the Michael Bay movies produced and directed since The Island. He has composed the soundtracks to the movies The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Steamboy (2004), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), D-War (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). He was also a contributor on Team America: World Police (2004) among many others. In addition, he helped compose some of the music to the video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and composed the theme music in 2003 for the BBC's Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. He continues to write music for the television show Desperate Housewives (2004-current) since the fourth episode. His track "Trailblazing" served as the opening theme for WrestleMania X8 and WrestleMania XIX.

Steve also wrote the music for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, taking the place of the former Command & Conquer music composer Frank Klepacki, who was unable to write the game's score due to his involvement with Universe at War: Earth Assault.

Jablonsky studied composition at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked for seven years for Harry Gregson-Williams at Remote Control Productions, the music production company headed by Hans Zimmer. Jablonsky's most recent projects include the scores for the Michael Bay live action feature film Transformers, the South Korean film D-War, Gears of War 2 for the Xbox 360 gaming console, and music for The Sims 3. He works in Hans Zimmer's studio Remote Control Productions. He was mentored by current Remote Control members Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Nick Glennie-Smith and former member Klaus Badelt.

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The Sims Social
The Sims Social was released on August 9, 2011, as an open beta. It is a spin-off of The Sims series on Facebook.


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  • Sims designer, Will Wright is not involved with the creation of The Sims 3.
  • The Sims will actually be a film.
  • The Sims had sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling PC game in history.

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  1. ^ Sacco, Dominic (2011-05-24). "The Sims 3: Generations | games industry | MCV". Mcvuk.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ IGN: The Sims 3 Set for Global Launch in 2009
  3. ^ http://www.thesims3.com/game/ep4
  4. ^ http://www.gamekudos.com/news/4058-sims-3-generations-gets-adult-material
  5. ^ http://www.ea.com/the-sims-3-generations