Now that Midnight Hollow has launched I can formally introduce @SimGuruBrett who will be helping me out with worlds! On to the next one!
— Lisa Smith (@SimGuruSmitty) September 30, 2013
Via The Sims 3
I was always a fan of steampunk – even before I knew what steampunk was. I was more or less raised on fantasy and science fiction. In our house was a copy of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, a massive book that included time lines,major authors, novels, pulp fiction, TV series and films, etc. I was from here that I noticed that the natural progression of science fiction seemed to start with steampunk and the time it seems wedded to — the Victorian era. As a big fan and viewer of various adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, especially the UK ones, which were set in actual Victorian areas and showed off the era’s buildings and fashions, that’s also one of my favorite eras. Combine my two great loves and you get steam-based technology with some early electricity along with the clothes and mannerisms of the Victorian era added; and I think you understand why steampunk appeals to me.
My first hints of truly discovering and understanding steampunk were glimpses from some of my favorite movies. They included apocalyptic and dystopian worlds depending where people would hold onto scraps of the pre-apocalypse world. I also enjoyed cyberpunk tales such as Bladerunner. It was dark and different and definitely not for everyone. Then it narrowed abit when I discovered fantasy films like Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle,Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. It was when I discovered the steampunk subculture that I found the only way you can have a multi-era, multi-cultureand multi-tech world and have it work! This subculture finally made sense to me and I knew what it was!
Voice Actors Scott Whyte & Cia Court are two of many voice actors confirmed to be a part of The Sims 4 sound production. As we have learned, there are over half a million sound files in The Sims 4, and both Scott and Cia play a role in creating those sound bits.
Scott Whyte is best known for his roles as Chris from “City Guys”, Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Diablo III, or as Jazz in Transformers: War for Cybertron. It is not known yet which character(s) will feature Scott’s voice, but you can check out all his work on his YouTube Channel. (Confirmed here to have recently worked on the game with Cia Court)
Cia Court is best known as the voice of the mysterious girl rescued in Telltale’s upcoming The Wolf Among Us, as well as the voice of many Radio/TV commercials. According to Cia Court’s website, she is confirmed to be the voice of “Sofia” in The Sims 4 Gameplay Trailer. You can check out some of Cia Court’s work on her website.
According to a post by Mod The Sims user McNum, the Danish magazine “Gameplay”, provides the following information on The Sims 4′s Sound and Acoustics:
There’s also something about the sound design, which I haven’t seen mentioned yet. The game has over half a million sound files. Also the sound system has gotten a technical overhaul to allow sound to have a direction, so a Sim with his back facing the camera will sound a little muffled when he speaks, or a stereo being blocked by walls and sounding different depending on the shape of the room.Basically, we have acoustics.”
And the answer to the usual silly bit that gameplay always asks is… To make the sounds for a Sim playing an instrument badly, in this case the violin, they ask the professional musicians to swap hands and try to play. Clever.
Robi Kauker talks sound design. He mentions that it takes about a month for the voice actors to be able to speak a convincing Simlish, and that while the Sims may use the same words for certain things, the tone and pronunciation will change depending on emotional state. Which is where a lot of the 500.000 sound files come from. Very subtle variations of the same lines in Simlish.
This information was revealed while I was away in Germany, so huge thanks to PatrickSim for bringing it to my attention.
When Pre-Ordering The Sims 3 Into the Future, players will receive the “Quantum Power Pack” Limited Edition Bonus Content. Below is a description and photo of this content.
Pre-order The Sims 3 Into the Future Expansion Pack and get the exclusive Quantum Power Pack, featuring a hibernation chamber and multi-function power suit!
• Put your Sims on Ice - Place your Sim into the Quantum Power Chamber and stop the ravages of time – and put their needs on hold indefinitely.
• Tap Into the Benefits of Quantum Power – The Chamber can quip your Sim with a futuristic Quantum Power Suit, enabling them to teleport around the globe or scan the world for collectibles!
• Put Your Sim in “Time Out” – Too busy to tend to your Sims’ needs? No problem. Just put them in the Quantum Power Suit and instantly bio-stabilize your Sims.
Hi everyone! The last two videos of the newest Premium Content have been uploaded! This concludes my “video” overviews, and I am currently working on adding Midnight Hollow to The Sims 3 World Guide. I expect to complete it all by Monday night. (fingers crossed!)
The last Caption Contest now has a winner! Congrats to KittenCat for coming up with the winning caption on last week’s photo!
“The Holy Cow Memorial Hospital presents their latest revolutionary drug:
Welcome to the Future…”