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Caroline Davis | LIBR 265-10 | SJSU | Wrenn-Estes

The Sims 3

Name: The Sims 3
Developer: Electronic Arts
Platform: PC Games
Date: June 2009
ESRB Rating: Teen
UPC: 014633153903

Summary: Live the virtual life in the most recent game from the popular The Sims franchise, developed by EA Games.  Create an individual Sim or a family, and help them navigate their world.  Control every aspect of their life, from helping them find a job or fall in love – even making sure they shower when they start to smell!  Watch as Sims grow from babies to children through adulthood and into old age, and help them fulfill as many of their aspirations as possible to get a high Lifetime Happiness score (which can be used to buy rewards).  For the first time ever, walk out the front door of your Sims house and seamlessly transition into the neighborhood, without long waits or loading periods.  Help your Sims stay alive…or not!  It’s all up to you in this virtual world.

Critical Evaluation: As a former addict to both the original The Sims and The Sims 2, it was only a matter of time before I tried out the newest addition to the family of simulation computer games.  After the vast number of upgrades from the first version to the second, it seems to me that there are primarily two main changes to the latest update.  First, the Create-a-Sim feature allows much more customization of your Sims features than ever before, allowing the player to spend as much time as desired adjusting the final details of their Sim’s appearance (and personality).  Secondly, the innovative Open World feature means that the entire neighborhood is active at the same time, allowing you to focus in on your Sim or zoom out for a broader look.  This allows for the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor environments for the first time ever.  There aren’t really objectives in this game (unless you count keeping your Sims alive and happy), but it is ridiculously addicting in any case.  Unlike the first version of The Sims, when a profuse amount of hugs and kisses would cause a bassinet to appear beside your characters, the latest two Sims games have more suggestive methods of producing babies, which garners the Teen rating for the game.

Annotation: Control the virtual life of your Sims in the latest installment of the popular franchise.

Company Information: Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts, Inc. develops and distributes video games.  The most successful products are the sports related games under the EA Sports label, but they are also the publishers of popular franchises like The Sims.  They are distributors of the game Rock Band.

The CEO of Electronic Arts, Inc. is John Riccitiello, and the company is headquartered in Redwood City, California.

Genre: Simulation, Computer Game

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Discussion Ideas: N/A

Interest Age: 13 and older

Challenge Issues: mild violence, implied sexual content

Challenge Defense Ideas:

• Become familiar with the game and its content.

• Refer to the collection development policy of the library, if none, see here to develop one right away.

• Refer to reviews available for viewing on

• Try to get reviews of the game from teens who have played it.

Selection: When trying to think of computer games that would appeal to teens, I thought of The Sims 3 because it is the newest addition in a line of games that I became hooked on as a teen.


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May 7, 2010 - Posted by | Games | ,

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