Cute Builds To Make Your Heart Melt

Via: The Sims

Our builders are some of the best in the world. Their imagination knows no bounds and the creations they share with all of us continues to inspire daily. With the release of The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff* we wanted to take a moment to share some of our favorite builds by the community.

Toddler Care by SarahAnima

First up is this adorable daycare style home for your little ones to enjoy. It features bright colors, along with fun equipment for your toddlers to play in; slides, tunnels, ball pit, and even includes a place for nap time! This is the place where your toddlers will want to visit for their next play date with their new friends.

Tiny Tot Time by missmel11292

This fun park features a little bit of everything for young and old alike. It includes a basketball court for kids and older, to tunnels, slide, and ball pit for the little ones. This is a park that any local neighbor would love to visit, making new friends and hang out with old ones.

Party Palace by Gryphi

This lot is great for all to visit for some nice down time with the family. Featuring lots of fun stuffed animals and plenty of activities to wear out the young ones; this is your one stop shop for a good time with the family and friends.

Toddler Play Park by RealThomasTV1

This cute park is the perfect hub for your little ones to host a play date and meet new friends. With tons of colorful items and lots of areas for them to play, your little ones will have so much fun! Parents and guardians will enjoy watching the little ones play to their hearts content while reminiscing on how fleeting these precious moments are.

These are just some of our favorite builds that you’ve shared with us since the release of The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff. Use the hashtag #TheSims4 on social when sharing your creations, you never know if your’s might be featured next!

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately), and all game updates to play.
**Some builds contain content from other released expansion packs and stuff packs which are available for separate purchase.

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Your Vote Counts! The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff Pack Icon

Via: The Sims

Introducing… The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff! Just last week, you helped select an official name and today, you’re invited to participate in the final vote we’ll be holding for this pack. That said, it certainly isn’t the last opportunity to influence what gets created. We’re right in the middle of production, and things are progressing rapidly. Development updates are being shared on my twitter, @SimGuruGraham, and on our dedicated section of the official forums, SimGuruGraham’s Corner.

Now is the time to share your thoughts on the progress you see, and to speak up with your feedback.

Selecting an icon for a pack is a process that starts similarly to how we choose a name. Production and marketing share ideas back and forth, only this time with clip art examples to get the ball rolling. Once we have suggestions on what could visually represent the pack, we hand those ideas off to a brand design agency who takes each idea and develops it into an icon for consideration.

This agency has helped define the identity of The Sims 4 packaging that you see on store shelves – going all the way back to base game. We continue to partner with them to assist in developing the branding for each pack that’s released. Sometimes an icon immediately stands out among the group as the obvious choice. Other times we narrow the selections down, and ask for some further revisions on the ideas that we think show promise.

Today, your vote will assist in the final steps of this process. We’ve worked with our partners to create four distinct icons that could represent this pack. Please choose your favorite!

Voting ends on September 15th, 2017 at 10AM PT.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IconVote

If you’ve been following Stuff Packs, then the image shared below should be immediately recognizable from The Sims 4 Backyard Stuff. You can see we explored a number of other ideas that didn’t get used. We felt like the picket fence was a pretty iconic (forgive the pun) visual that people commonly associate with fencing in a yard, but it didn’t say anything about the new gameplay. We toyed with the idea of incorporating the pack’s main gameplay object in the icon, and tried to explore iconography for a lawn water slide. Attempting to fit such a long, narrow object in a small icon proved to be a challenge. In the end, we settled on the simple visual of a glass of lemonade. It represented the new drink pitcher that was included in the pack, as well as capturing the casual “backyard feel” the pack was aiming for.

As development on The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff proceeds, we’re seeing more gameplay take shape. Once we entered production, the next major date in our development schedule is set for October 6th, which is our Alpha submission milestone. An alpha milestone is defined as the pack being “feature complete” (a.k.a. every piece of functionality detailed in the design has been implemented in-game).

To help us move forward, the first thing we did was get an initial gameplay prototype running within a week of entering production. This allowed us to see Sims generating piles of clothes when changing outfits, and then being able to take those clothes to a hamper, from a hamper to a washer, and from a washer to the dryer in-game. Essentially, we can complete a full gameplay loop, and start to get a sense for how the features will play in-game. Although that core functionality in place, there’s still a whole lot of work left to implement to fully realize the entire laundry system.

While today’s icon vote is the final survey we’ll hold for The Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff, please continue to share your feedback on our development updates. Your comments will influence the decisions we make, as we still have lots of work left to do on this pack. The best place to share your thoughts and to ask questions continues to be in SimGuruGraham’s Corner, the section of our official forums that’s dedicated to this project.

You may find answers to commonly asked questions in the FAQ.

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By submitting feedback or material, you expressly grant EA all rights necessary to enable EA to use the feedback or material in any form and for any purpose without attribution, notice, or compensation to you. While your votes will help us determine what we may include in this stuff pack, EA will make the final decision. This pack will be offered for a separate fee standard to our prior stuff pack launches.

 

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

 

Help Us Choose A Title For Our Community Stuff Pack!

Via: The Sims

Welcome Simmers! Development on our community Stuff Pack is well under way, and it’s high time we gave it an official name. If you’re just now discovering this project, this is the fifth vote that’s taken place to guide the development of this pack, and I invite you to learn more about the previous vote outcomes. We just recently entered full production, which means we’re hard at work creating a number of features to add laundry to the game… more on that in a bit.

Today you’ll be voting on four thoroughly vetted names. These names have gone through the same careful selection process that we follow on each pack. It starts with producers and members of our marketing team tossing out ideas to build an initial list. From there, we narrow down to a few of our favorites. After clearing this short list with internal business groups, we reach out to EA teams in the various worldwide territories where The Sims is sold. They help provide a final check, to ensure that translations still retain the intent of the title, and don’t cause any unexpected cultural or language issues.

We’ve taken the steps I just described and have selected four potential names for this Stuff Pack. All of our territories are on board. Now we just need to hear from you:

Voting ends on September 8th, 2017 at 10AM PT.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PackTitleVote

When we select a name, our primary criteria is that the name says something descriptive about the contents of the pack, so that it can catch someone’s attention. Stuff Packs in particular have a narrower scope than other packs for The Sims, so our names tend to be direct and to the point. The recent release of “Toddler Stuff” is a great example that immediately tells you if you’re interested in learning more about what the pack has to offer. Looking further back in the catalog, “Cool Kitchen Stuff” is an example where we tried to be clever, and reference both the gameplay and the style within the title. “Cool” being a reference to the ice cream machine, and “Kitchen” of course referring to the setting. I wonder if the double entendre translated well into other languages?

For this particular survey, I’ll share two fun examples that we considered, but didn’t make it to the voting round. First, there was a decent push to include “Stuffy McStuff Pack” as a choice. If you don’t get the reference, do a quick online search for Boaty McBoatface and have a laugh. While this incorporated the satirical pop humor that The Sims is known for, we decided it would do a poor job at providing information regarding the contents of the pack at a glance. We also thought about including a name that encapsulated what this community focused project represents, and came up with “Player Choice Stuff”. Ultimately, we felt that name was a bit exclusionary to those who didn’t participate in this project, as well as not having a dedicated web portal where players could discover the history of this pack in the years to come.

In other news, development on the pack is now in full swing. Just last week we officially entered “production”, which is where all of the disciplines are actively working on the new features that will be included. Prior to that we were in a phase called “pre-production”, which started way back when this project was first announced in April. Pre-production is where we do all the work to thoroughly plan what we’re going to create so that production runs smoothly. During pre-pro we write designs, draw concept art, and meet to discuss how we plan to implement new features. With production under way, we’ll have real in-game progress to share soon!

Following today’s survey, there’s one more opportunity to directly influence this pack through the power of your vote. Come back next week and help select which icon will represent this pack.

  • Pack Icon Vote (September 13th– September 15th): Peruse different icons and select the one that will appear in the pack’s box art and within the in-game catalog.

You may find answers to commonly asked questions in the FAQ.

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By submitting feedback or material, you expressly grant EA all rights necessary to enable EA to use the feedback or material in any form and for any purpose without attribution, notice, or compensation to you. While your votes will help us determine what we may include in this stuff pack, EA will make the final decision. This pack will be offered for a separate fee standard to our prior stuff pack launches.

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

 

Set A Play Date With The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack, Out Now!

Via: The Sims

Today is the day! The Sims™ 4 Toddler Stuff Pack* is now available for purchase, introducing some fun new objects and clothing to fuel your Sim Toddler’s creativity.

One of the newest additions with this Stuff Pack, is the ability to host play dates for your little ones. The toddler life stage is an important time where they are learning how to walk, communicate their feelings, and start forming their own little personalities. Hosting a play date for your little one is a great way to build up relationships and fuel their creativity.

To host a play date, make sure you select an adult Sim in the household and use their phone to select “Plan a Social Event,” followed by “Play Date”. Here you can select the Sims you’d like to invite over for a play date (don’t worry, the little ones caregivers will come with them to join in on the fun!) Once your play date has started, your Toddlers will enjoy spending time with their friends playing with their new dollhouse, taking a ride down their new slide, and/or crawling around in new colourful tunnels.

Sim parents can also cook up some delicious backyard food with your new grill. Set up your new shade to protect your young ones from the harmful rays, and enjoy bonding with fellow parents while watching them play.

We can’t wait to see what fun your little ones will have with the addition of The Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack. Be sure to follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Twitch, Like us on Facebook, and Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

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