Meet a Guru: SimGuruNinja

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We’re back with another Meet a Guru spotlight! We’re so fortunate to have people working on The Sims that choose to take on extra duties as SimGurus, and these individuals are excited about engaging with our amazing community and sharing their knowledge with you! For this spotlight we wanted to highlight one of our more playful SimGurus who had a hand in the creation of The Sims™ 4 Vampires Game Pack*.

Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself?
My name is Dave Miotke (David if I’m in trouble) and I’ve been with EA & Maxis for over 8 years. I love strategy & simulations games, collecting vintage toys from the 80’s & 90’s, gardening, and (recently) playing VR games.
I started here at Electronic Arts as a QA tester and worked on titles like The Sims Pet Stories, The Sims Castaway, and MySims Kingdom.

As a designer, I worked on MySims Agents; a game I’m very proud of. I joined production to work on The Sims Medieval series before moving onto The Sims 4 team in 2011. Alas, I remember joining EA like it was yesterday. I was so happy, excited, and full of youthful energy. Now I have greying hair, an ever expanding tummy, and a growing appreciation for dad jokes.
Basically, I’m super old now. But I’m young at heart and still madly in love with games and with Maxis! So I have that going for me.

What do you do on The Sims 4?
I’m a Producer; one-part planner, one-part cheerleader, and one-part tester. (or I think that’s the official recipe to make a producer).

Early in a project I help to pitch & refine ideas & concepts. If a pitch is green lit, I help to further clarify and prioritize features for the pack as well as communicate the intent and ongoing progress team wide. Later in the project I help to evaluate the software and plan for iteration and/or additions to maintain a high quality bar for you, the players.
To date I’ve worked on…

The Sims 4 base game: working on social system, relationships, screenshots/memories, social events, etc.
The Sims 4 Get To Work ( The Sims 4’s first expansion pack), The Sims 4 Get Together ( The Sims 4’s second expansion pack), The Sims 4 Dine Out (The Sims 4’s third Game Pack), and… The Sims 4 Vampires! (The Sims 4’s fourth Game pack), where I generally oversaw gameplay features.

What’s the best thing about being a SimGuru?
The best part of being a SimGuru is interacting with our players, of course. It is so much fun to be able to directly chat with people and see what kind of fun and trouble they are getting into with this game. Our community is one of the best and even when they yell at me for misusing the word “soon” I’ve got nothing but love for them.

What do you love most about The Sims franchise?
I absolutely love that The Sims is so open-ended and caters to so many different play-styles. It’s amazing to see what architectural madness our hard-core builders cook up and submit to the Gallery. It’s a blast following strong storytellers to watch their drama and characters emerge over multiple Let’s Play segments. It’s super fun watching game play-oriented folks create and run through legacy challenges. It’s just such a diverse game that caters to your personal desires; it’s awesome. I’m a bit of a subversive player myself. I immensely enjoy creating perfect worlds and then wreaking havoc with my sims to see it all go down in flames.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
The flavor of ice cream is unimportant. What’s important is that it comes with a large slice of PIE!!!!!! Mmmm…. pie.
Or Cobbler… YUM! (Sad side story – A shoe repair store on my way home prominently features a “Cobbler” sign. When I see it my tummy grumbles and then I get sad that it’s the wrong kind of cobbler. Every darn time. Stupid shoe cobbler. Why do they even still exist?!)

And did you know that pie/cobbler pairs perfectly with barbecue?
Of course you knew. It’s common knowledge that BBQ + Pie is nourishment for the soul.
Oh my goodness. Pulled pork. Brisket. Mac & Cheese. A nice cornbread muffin and maybe a few ribs for good measure. I’m literally drooling now. For all that is holy, why did you ask me an ice cream question? You know I have a food weakness!!
It’s a serious condition.

Well, it’s been nice chatting with everyone, but I need to go grab a bite to eat before I get hangry. Talk to you all again soon!

Looking to learn more about the people who make (and love) The Sims? Check out the SimGuru Sparks Spotlight and Aureylians Simmer Spotlight. Are there any SimGurus you want to read more about? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook and they might be the star of the next SimGuru Spotlight!

 

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Meet a SimGuru: SimGuruSparks!

Via: The Sims

We’re really lucky to have a so many talented people working on The Sims, and we’re even more grateful that some of them volunteer to take on extra duties as SimGurus! These are individual that are not only excited about engaging with our amazing community, but sharing their knowledge with players as well.

As such, we try and bring the limelight back to the people behind the game whenever we can, and today, we wanted to highlight an amazing SimGuru who had a hand in the creation of Toddlers for The Sims 4, SimGuru Sparks!

Can you give us a brief introduction to yourself?
I’ve been making games for nearly 2 decades, as a designer and software engineer. I’ve been at Maxis for over 5 years, only the last few on the Sims. In the past, I’ve worked on all sorts of games, like Call of Duty, Diablo, and Star Wars. And before that, I used to be an AI programmer, and gave talks on topics like story generation and believable characters.

When I’m not at work, I love volleyball and games of all stripes. I know loads about games, but don’t know much about movies. In fact, when SimGuruHouts makes a movie reference, I always blink at him blankly until he remembers.

What do you do on The Sims 4?
I’m a designer. I work with the team to design new features, making sure they’ll be fun. I primarily work on EPs. I designed the careers in City Life and the groups in Get Together. The bush, basketball, and the mural were objects of mine. I was also a designer for a little thing called toddlers.

Other than that, we bounce around on projects a lot. The team is incredibly fluid – I get to work a little on everything, and I get a lot of help from everyone around me. That’s part of what makes being a game designer interesting. There’s always something new.

What’s the best thing about being a SimGuru?
The best part of being a SimGuru is getting to interact with the fans! The team is much larger than the Gurus. And the majority of people who work here aren’t Gurus – but I love it. The fans have the best stories.

Recreating real life in a game is an impossible task. There’s so much detail in reality. Real life is often boring, and we can’t make everything – so we have to be smart and pick and choose. Being close to the fans also helps us pick the best things, and helps us see when we got it right.

What do you love most about The Sims franchise?
I love hearing all the ways everyone plays. The Sims is a huge toy box, and seeing the stories people come up with is amazing. Sims has so many different kinds of players; more than any other game I know of. We try to give them each something with every single release. Most people never realize there are so many ways to have fun with the Sims.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough!

Are there any SimGurus you want to read more about? Let us know, and they might be the star of the next SimGuru Spotlight.

Looking to learn more about the people who make (and love) The Sims? Check out the SimGuruRomeo Spotlight, and SpringSims Simmer Spotlight.

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6 Amazing Creations Using The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack!

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The Sims™ 4 Vampires* Game Pack ushers in a whole new supernatural experience for players, as they immerse themselves in the old world of Forgotten Hollow. The new Game Pack also offers fans a selection of new creepy and run-down-themed Build & Buy objects, allowing them to re-create that historic feeling for themselves.

Now – combine the opportunities for self-expression with the creative potential of The Sims community, and boy oh boy, you guys did not disappoint! In an effort to showcase some of the amazing work you guys have done so far, we’ve pulled together a selection of videos from creators who have really made our jaws drop using The Sims 4 Vampries Game Pack.

Check out the videos below to see a few of the most impressive Create a Sim and Build videos we could find (and trust us when we say it was a tough call):

XUrbanSimsX
Jenn gives you a really great run-down over everything in Create a Sim for Vampires in this video, with an overview of all the other different options and customizations! If you want to get some ideas and see what’s in the pack that you might love, this is probably a great starting point!

Deligracy
Build time! One of our fave things about Deli starting a new Let’s Play series is that she often does a Build video to go with it. This build is a really traditional Gothic Victorian house, huge and dark and creepy – and we love it! She also talks you through her building process of how she created, which is a really great insight to have for any aspiring builders!

MeganPlays
Megan is creating a whole new Let’s Play series for The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack, and this is the first video from the series! The video focuses on creating all the Vampire Sims she needs ready for The Vampire Chronicles. We love the name Royal for the family and we can’t wait to see where their story goes with this series!

Hatsy
If you’ve been looking on the Gallery recently, you’re probably familiar with all of the crazy good builds that Hatsy creates, and this one is no exception! The build is based on a real house that she grew up near, but were not sure we’d have been able to go anywhere near it… Definitely too creepy.

KrystinMyrieXo
Vampires aren’t all black and grey & Gothic when it comes to their homes. Sometimes, you’ve just gotta go all pink! For your San Myshuno dwelling Vampire Sims, this is the perfect pink abode with a nice decrepit feel to make your Vampire feel more at home and less uncomfortable with the shiny newness of the city.

Frimlin
If your Vampire Sim is looking for a classic Gothic house, but needs something that might fit in a little better in Windenburg, then this is the build for them! Frimlin made sure he kept to an affordable budget too, so your Sim can move in without having to break the Motherlode bank (or scare off other Sims).

It was really tough to narrow this down to just six, we’ve seen so much amazing creativity with The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack, but we hope you enjoy just as much as us.

Have you built any epic creepy mansions or created the ultimate Vampire Sim? Let us know about it on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook.

 

*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

SimGuru Spotlight – Our Favorite Community Moments!

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Last week we celebrated the 17th Anniversary of The Sims™ and we’ve had a whole bunch of fun on social media with giveaways, videos & talking to all of you amazing fans. It’s been great to hear all of your memories of The Sims over the years.

We wanted to add one final Anniversary blog to the series though, hearing from the SimGurus! We sat down with a bunch of them to find out what makes them feel really excited and proud to be part of the team, as well as identify specific moments in the community that have stood out to them the most.

As a result, we got some pretty amazing answers:

SimGuru Gnome I loved the machinima that players put out during Sims 2. Music videos, shorts, etc… was one of the first ways I really saw the community having fun with our game.

Image by forum user Mero

SimGuru Ninja The community constantly surprises me with the life they breathe into the game. Builders make amazing creations that make my eyes water, they’re so beautiful. CAS players upload to the gallery some of the most gorgeous Sims I’ve ever seen. Storytellers constantly create interesting, compelling story lines & characters that I never would have anticipated or thought up myself. The community is able to take the content we make for them and push it in fresh, exciting, and surprising directions. The community is the ultimate wild card – I love ‘em!

SimGuru Steve About a month ago we decided to try something different for the holidays – a Yule Log stream where we would just leave Bob Pancakes in an enclosed lot through the holidays. People came and chatted while Bob did his thing. What amazed me was not only how some people stayed to chat, but how they returned day after day! Soon they built friendships and shared stories all because of their shared interest in The Sims. I’ve started this three times now and all the regulars come back. The kindness in our community really shows when they welcome any new viewers who step into the idle stream and inevitably say “So what is this?”

Image by forum user MDianaSanders

SimGuru Kimmi – How the way they told their Sim story through so many screenshots of visual progression is soooo cool. Like, look at that screenshot! Using a fence as part of the house “construction” fiction! SOOOO COOOOL.

SimGuru Trev – One thing that amazes me about our community is how clever they are with the objects we provide to them. Whether it’s Hatsy scaling up ice cream cones to make spires on a castle or DrGluon using half walls and bakery displays to create a make-shift dining table/car for a drive-in theater, the amount of creativity blows my mind. Every. Single. Time.

SimGuru Lyndsay – I’ve been making the Sims for a long time now and can honestly say I never cease to be amazed by what comes out of our players’ minds. The most exciting part of my job is seeing what is most exciting to them.

 

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