When the next generation of a game sells 1.7 million copies in the first week even though adopting this version means eventually re-buying all the expansions you had in the previous version, that game must be a monster hit. The Sims franchise is the monster hit of which I speak. Being among the top selling PC games of ALL TIME, playing The Sims is s-e-r-i-o-u-s business!
While many Western MMORPG players are grappling with the idea of micro-transactions for virtual goods, The Sims community of players has been doing that for years. For many, playing The Sims (TS) is all about beautiful, bling and over the top. Unfortunately, the designing skills of the developers building TS has been shall we say, lacking in diversity and quality. The community creates massive amounts of custom content for every aspect of the game that can be shared by others. There’s a lot of free content but the amazing looks so real that it boggles the mind sort of content, comes at a cost. You can pay by the item from a wide variety of player run websites. Or you can subscribe to one or more of the better stocked sites for a few months. That’s what I do. And I’ve never worried nor cared about that fact that I was basically paying a monthly subscription, to a third party, just to have “pretty” virtual content in my game.
Although I purchased a copy for myself and one each for my daughters, I’m not playing TS3 yet. But I ran across something while searching for a veranda for my daughter, that completely blew my mind. I mean, TS is serious business but damn – the Living Sims magazine takes it to a whole new level.
ALL the rooms are created using The Sims!!
I wasn’t shocked to find custom magazines that you can acquire to decorate your home. I always download books, pads, pens, etc. to give my homes a lived-in feeling, as well as reflect my love of reading and writing. Seeing a beautiful miniature of a magazine series didn’t stun me. What knocked me back on my heels was the LIFE SIZED VERSION available on the web with REAL CONTENT.
Let me say that again, the miniature magazine collection has a “real” version that is all about interior design for your Sims’ homes, with amazing tips for creating stylish living spaces, from the low budget starter income to the fabulously rich. Clearly, the authors are artists and designers. I would live in any one of the rooms I saw in my own damn house and this was for The Sims. This just takes things to a whole new level of fandom and dedication to this award winning franchise.
Viewing past magazines wasn’t obvious to me. Then again, it was 1 AM when I was browsing the Internet looking for items.
- Click on Archives
- Click the magazine you want to browse
- Find the next and previous chevrons, which are located right under the magazine, to flip through the pages.
These designs are jaw-dropping fabulous and delicious!