The New Sunset Valley by


“The New Sunset Valley” is a brand new world for The Sims 3 created by German Fansite They have a great article on their site with all sorts of info on this world, and they have also released a trailer for it!


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Sims 3 Store: Yet Another Sneak Peek!
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Via SimGuruTaterTot (yum!) – Thanks Cat!



Sims 3 Store: Sales Page Update


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Another Thursday Sneak Peek!
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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Game Guide

The SimsVIP Island Paradise Game Guide is now complete! I hope the information found in the guide is useful to everyone, and I thank you for your continued support of our game guide. If there is anything I have missed, or anything that needs to be corrected, please let me know here in the comments. Also, PDF’s are in the works and will be released next weekend. :)


SimsVIP’s Sims 3 Island Paradise Game Guide


Guide to Creating Dive Lots




Island Paradise: Poor Underwater Graphics (Fix)


If you are experiencing poor underwater graphics (blurriness) in the dive lots of Island Paradise – (even with the best of the best in GPU’s) - there is a temporary fix available to correct the issue. This issue tends to get frustrating, especially when the rest of the game looks absolutely gorgeous.

The only solution at this time to fix poor underwater graphics is to Turn Off Advanced Rendering, save and quit, then re-start the game. Changing this option in your game and continuing to play without restarting can severely damage your game.

It seems that this issue is specific to Nvidia GEForce GPU’s, but it could be affecting other cards as well. Until we get some type of fix for this from EA, turning off Advanced Rendering is the only way to clear the blurry water.


:!: Note that after you turn off Advanced Rendering, the world above water will typically look terrible. This fix is only suggested if you will be playing underwater for long periods of time.
:!: Below are sets of images showing off the change in underwater graphics. Click the images to open them in your browser, and switch back and forth between tabs to see the difference.
:!: The underwater world is supposed to look foggy when scrolling out. Changing advanced rendering is not meant to change that, but instead, remove all blurriness you experience when zooming in.


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Game Vortex Reviews The Sims 3 Island Paradise


Your new town for The Sims 3: Island Paradise is Isla Paradiso. It’s actually a town that covers several different tiny islands, most of which are not connected by bridges. This means your Sims will take boat taxis or their own boats to island hop.  I love this new town.  I’ts very large, at least as big as Dragon Valley, with a lot of landscaping.



If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, I really think that’s what these islands were based on. The terrain simply isn’t even on an island and they’ve done a perfect job copying this. Of course, that means that you aren’t going to be able to build houses as easily as you used to, but they have also added stilted foundations to help you deal with this bumpy terrain and to make it possible to build your house directly on the water.




Caption Contest Winner!


This week’s caption contest now has a winner! Congrats to MehDoo for coming up with the winning caption on this week’s photo! 

:!: I apologize for getting the winner’s post up so late in the week, but I was out of town until today. Caption contests will not be held this weekend or next, as this weekend is over, and next weekend is our 3-Day giveaway party. We will resume in two week’s time! :)


“On Wednesdays, we wear bikinis…”



Steam Summer Sale: 50% Of The Sims 3 Games!


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Dorkly: The 8 Types of Sims Players
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Hat Tip: Pinguintech

There is a clear temptation when you begin playing The Sims to simply make yourself and recreate the world around you. After all, you know yourself, but wouldn’t it be great to see how a virtual version of you would react to a world where you’re your own god? You can make yourself, your one bedroom apartment, and see how Virtual You compares to Real You. Can Virtual You get a job in politics by babbling in front of a mirror and telling gibberish jokes to random passers-by? Because that didn’t work out so well for Real You.