Site News & Updates


Artist news

Today we have a new artist update for you all. Many inactive artists have been removed to make place for fresh talents. Did you miss Newsea's hairstyles? We have found a perfect replacement with the same style and high quality! Together with Cazy and Ulker they will provide you with all hairstyles you can possibly want on a regular basis.

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Skysims
- Buffsumm

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Illiana (welcome back!)
- SimSylvia40
- dorienski
- Visiona
- Rirann
- Flovv
- bukovka

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- micha89
- Lolahh16

Check out their old and new creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!

Cloud move completed

The last pieces of TSR is now successfully moved into our new state of the art cloud facility at Amazon. You should notice by now how much faster the site is in every way. This means we are now doing the final touches to version 8 of TSR, a huge facelift that will further improve your experience here. We hope to have a public beta available within the next few weeks.

*updated* Artist news

We are happy to announce the next round of artists here at TSR. Please welcome the following great talents to our teams:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Pyszny16
- Lulu265
- MaddenPro

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Easthaven
- Trustime
- Brown Sims
- Jindann
- mrsimulator
- The Jockey
- beo2010

Sims 2 Select Artist:

- txprincessshan

Check out their recent and upcoming creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!

Forum Restructuring

Today a lot of work has been done on restructuring our forums. The change to Invision was a bumpy one but is now complete, including all attachments. Many bugs affecting member login have been fixed and all seems to be stable now.

Work has therefore begun on restructuring the forums and removing or merging many old sections to try and make the whole thing easier to navigate. The 'OT and Chit Chat' forum has been removed. We have a chat room, and social networking has come a long way since we started that forum so it’s a bit redundant now. The game help sections have been moved into their game specific forums so that if you are a Sims 3 player you should find everything now under one roof. Mac threads have been merged into General Discussion in all game sections but with shiny new Mac 'Prefixes' on those threads, something you will start to see more of as we continue to develop the forums.

If you consider yourself a power user, don't forget that you can change the skin of the forums from the TSR design to the IP.Board design by changing the theme with the link in the bottom left corner. This also provides a search feature which is still missing from the TSR design.

Further changes will be made over the coming days as we slowly move content out of forums we wish to retire, while maintaining the wealth of knowledge and information these old forums contain. TSR's forums are the oldest existing Sims forums online with history going back 12 years to before The Sims was released!

More details will be posted as we add new features to the forums over the coming weeks. Visit the TSR Forums.

Happy New Year!

It has been a year full of fantastic custom content, the birth of many new talents in our ever evolving community as well as unforseen surprises such as the Pets patch and the following custom content dilemma. A couple of developments worth mentioning:

- We have seen our Facebook page grow from a couple of thousand fans to closing in on 60 000 as the year ends, and growing quickly much thanks to our daily lotteries and many great updates. 

- We have established a new support and submission team that has greatly improved our customer relationships and also made sure all submitted custom content works as expected, much thanks to extensive testing.

- We have begun moving the entire site into the cloud, a move that will be completed by the end of January 2012 and greatly improve site speed and uptime (2011 has been a shaky year!).

- We have moved the entire forum to a hosted solution on a new and modern platform. The forum is also prepared for the release of TSR v8 with a new modern style and the new header and footer.

- The submission pages have been transferred into the cloud and updated to suit the upcoming release of TSR v8 with a new style throughout and the new header and footer.

- We made a big change to our download archives, setting 87 000 Sims 2 files free and over 11 000 Sims 3 files free.

- We now host over 800 000 downloads for Sims 1, Sims 2 and Sims 3. A big majority of those files are free for everyone to download!

- The Pets expansion came out and ruined a lot of custom content. Thankfully our skilled programmers released a tool called Rigfix that helped many thousands of our users fix their downloads.

This is just a summary of noticeable happenings throughout the year. The biggest change is yet to come really soon in the coming year, namely the full release of TSR v8. We have been working diligently behind the scenes redesigning every portion of the site and introducing many modern elements into the site functionality.

Also coming back next year is our large collaborative themes, this time taken to a new level. Our first theme will be an entirely new world complete with custom content, stories, scenery, movies and tales to draw you right in and give you an opportunity to experience it all yourself thanks to extensive installation instructions.

And as usual we will continue to expand our artist teams and introduce new talents to the world of custom content. We have many great artists who are blooming under the supervision and guidance from our fantastic Featured Artist team in our popular Skype discussion groups.

We look forward to another successful year with you and wish you all a Happy New Year!

 

A Christmas Toast!

Here is our official Christmas Toast video created by Minraed and Gissence, with custom content from our amazing artists and a speach by yours truly :) Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_180901&src_vid=tYdfxFs8isY&feature=iv&v=XfsqU2hoaFs to watch the video. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

We wish evereyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We have an exciting year ahead and you have probably already seen a glimpse of it with the newly redesigned submission system. Version 8 of TSR is just around the corner and we can't wait to unveil it to you all :)

In the meantime, enjoy all downloads we will provide throughout your holidays!

Ho Ho Ho!

Ooops! Looks like we did it again! Our Christmas spirit is high and we continue with our massive giveaways. Today we have set no less then 11,000 Sims 3 downloads free, both new and old content from all our artists. You'll find everything from hair by Newsea to sets from all our object and clothing artists as well as lots from our well known builders. Take a dive into our massive archives and get yourself an early christmas gift from us here at TSR!

Change to our downloads pages

As we move towards more free content we have also changed the way our downloads pages work for non-subscribers. In order to download a creation you will need to visit the details page and download from there. Only subscribers are able to download from the browse pages from now on. This is also in preparation for our upcoming version 8 release of The Sims Resource which works the same way.

Christmas comes early!

Ti's the season of giving and here at TSR we are in the mood for sharing something with all our Sims fans! To celebrate this christmas season we have set no less then 65% of all our Sims 2 subscriber content free. That's a total of 87,000 files! You will find great free content from all our well known superstars such as Windkeeper, Murano, Cashcraft, Cyclonesue, Ulker, Liana, Shakeshaft, Xandher, Shino&kcr, Angela, Mutske, Sims2sisters, AnoeskaB and many more!

Take a look in our huge Sims 2 downloads database and enjoy the free downloads. This change is permanent, so tell all your sims 2 loving friends all about it as well!

We have more surprises coming up in December so stay tuned!

TSR welcomes Cazy

It is with great pleasure we welcome our new resident hair artist, none other then the well known Cazy. Cazy and our sweet Ulker will provide you with all hairstyles you desire. Check out the first release from Cazy here and be sure to keep an eye out for many more to come!

Artist news

It's been quite some time, but we are happy to announce a slew of new artists!

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- fredbrenny
- lillka

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Severinka_
- Minicart
- Punisa
- Demented_Designs
- Canelline
- DarkNighTt
- Philo
- Screaming_Mustard

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- Djeranotjuh
- Maximalistka
- Sinful_aussie

Welcome them all in their guestbooks and check out their recent and upcoming creations!

Forums return on Invision!

OK, so it took about 3 months longer than it should have, but we are making progress! The TSR forums have now completed the merge from our own hosted vBulletin forums which were very old and out of date and running on our own hardware. The content has been merged into a hosted solution with Invision Powerboard, a different forum platform that many of you will no doubt already be familiar with. This will allow us to reduce our costs in the long term and remove some of the technical load on our team now that our staff numbers have reduced.

So what's new? Well, at the time of writing this, not much, but I'm working on it! You should now be able to visit the new forums from the links at the top of the site (under Community), or if not, they are here. I am in the process of clearing out some of the old, unused forums, reorganizing the ones we are keeping and setting up user groups to give you all access to the same content that you had before. This will take a few days, so don’t panic just yet if you were a higher access level than you are right now (Artists for example), I'll get to it.

We also plan to turn on some of the bells and whistles that you aren't used to from our old forums, like Topic Rating and Reputation Points, Member Ranks etc. Some people love them, some people hate them. Me? I haven't decided yet! The Live Chat will also be enabled and will replace our old, cranky IRC server.

One thing you will immediately notice is that the forums have been styled around the new, upcoming version of TSR (Version 8), with its large, bold header and footer and new navigation. Right now we are aware of some design issues around the forum and header/footer including some broken links, missing ads, images vertical instead of horizontal... but it's being worked on... honest! It's easier to start working towards Version 8 than reusing the old v7 code.

I have lots to do to polish the forums (replacing old Smilies and adding some new ones for example), and some of the layout will likely change (forum listing) but as you are all eager to get back in, we are opening the forums for you now. Have fun with them, and feel free to post your feedback and experiences here, or call in to the Live Chat and say 'ahoy hoy'.

One important note: Your old PM's have not been copied over, so if you have anything important you want to pull from there you need to visit our old forums here. They will remain online until we switch the server off in a couple of weeks.

Lastly, attachments (uploaded files) have just started converting to our cloud host. These were part of the delay as we had planned to remove the facility due to the quantity and file of attachments we have built up over 11 years. You, our community, were quite vocal about keeping them, so we looked at alternate methods of hosting. With tens of thousands of files totalling some 20 Gb they are copying over at the rate of 10 per cycle. It's going to take some time, but attachments will be turning up slowly. In the meantime it will mean missing file links. Again, anything critical, grab it now from the old forums.

Visit the new forums now!

/Steve

Changes for Sims 2 downloads

As some of you might have noticed there is a problem with our sims2packs at the moment, they can no longer be installed. This is due to a bug in the program we used to create the sims2pack before they got uploaded to the cloud.

As a result we have disabled the option to download as sims2pack for the time being, if you are used to download in that format you have to get used to download as zip until we have sorted it out, instructions for that can be found here:

http://www.thesimsresource.com/resources/view/category/downloads-sims2/id/171/

We have also decided it is time to retire the old download wizard (used for Sims 2) as we are no longer able to maintain it and fix bugs.

For those of you that are affected by this we are sorry for the inconvenience this might cause.

 

All our downloads updated

We've now finished patching our Sims 3 downloads to ensure they're fully Pets-compatible. This means, from this moment on, your game must be FULLY PATCHED and up to date in order for our downloads to work in your game. It took us longer than expected due to the sheer volume of content, but thanks for bearing with us.

You've probably already noticed the growing list of "Updates" to your past downloads. You will only need to redownload the automated fixes (labelled "pets fix" in the update reason) if you did not fix your game content with our RigFix tool. If you've already fixed your own content, there is now a "Dismiss All Pet Fixes" button so you can remove the automatic update notifications and be left with updates made manually by creators.

There is unfortunately some content we have not been able to fix automatically. This mainly affects beds and bathtubs. If you experience problems with these, please contact the creator direct or use the REPORT button.

Finally, now that our content is patched, we will no longer be accepting any creations made with earlier Workshop versions than 2.0.28. If you haven't done so already, please download the latest Workshop from our Workshop page.

 

Notice to all submitters

Due to the problems introduced wiht the Pets patch we will in a very near future no longer be able to accept submissions of items created with TSR Workshop below version 2.0.28. We are converting everything that has been submitted so far and will do so for some time still but we want to put all of this to rest at some point :)

If you have items created with an older version of TSR Workshop that you want to submit after we have stopped accepting those you can run "Rig fixer" on it, after that you will be able to submit it.

 

TSR Pets CC Bug Fixer

Latest Status: TSR RigFix has been updated to handle memory errors and reported issues
                           Batch conversion of downloads on TSR has not yet started!
                           Workshop updated (update from existing tool, download page will be updated soon)

TSR staff have been working hard to fix the problems caused by the Pets EP and the 1.26 game patch (1.27 for Mac) released by EA. To enable Pets animations, EA have changed the way many objects work. Without boring you with the technical details the result was that most CC fails to work in the game after applying the patch or Pets EP.

Workshop is now fixed and exports objects which work with Pets and the patch. We will run a batch process to fix all of our existing content "server side" which we hope to start on Friday. While this process is running we may suspend Sims 3 downloads so that users don't get a mix of patched and unpatched files. This process will take an estimated 10 hours.

The new tool, TSR Pets CC Bug Fixer (TSR RigFix) is now tested, documented and ready for you to use to fix your Sims 3 Custom Content after installing Pets or patching the game. Go to the Fix Your Game page to get the tool and follow the simple instructions. By including step by step screenshots we seem to have made the process look more complicated than it really is but this should make even the most nervous PC users feel comfortable fixing their content. That said, be sure to back your game files up and use this tool carefuly (and at your own risk).

Unfortunately this tool will not work for Mac users. Fixed sims3packs can be downloaded from the site and these will work on your Mac. You could also copy your Sims3pack files to a PC and fix them all in one batch to drop back onto your Mac, so there are ways to fix your game, but not as quick and easy I'm afraid.

We will try and offer as much support as we can for this tool to our users via the Support System here at the site. Please be aware though, we might get lots of requests and reports about a common bug so generic answers and fixes might mean that you don't get a personal reply. Please check back for updates if you have problems.

Recent changes

We have now transferred all Sims 3 downloads over to the cloud and you should notice a big performance increase. If you are a subscriber and receive errors stating that content is subscriber-only, please close ALL your open browser windows, then log back into TSR. This will enable you to download again.

If you experience any problems, please log a support ticket. Our staff are ready to assist you.

This is the first step of many as we roll out our planned redesign of TSR and performance increases overall.

*update 2* Our first step into the cloud is complete!

*update 2* All Sims 3 downloads are now in the cloud and you will notice MUCH faster loading times for those pages as well. Sims 2 is underway and will be launched soon. Enjoy!

*update* Due to an unforseen bug we need to postpone this rollout a few days - downloads will resume as they were until then. We will update you when we have solved the problems.

In an effort to make TSR better we have made some pretty significant changes under the hood. We are hard at work on the next version of TSR and part of that involves moving our entire site infrastructure, database and file serving into the cloud. We decided that the downloads should be moved into the cloud also for v7 and starting today you will notice much faster download speeds and loading times on the download pages.

In the process we had to get rid of some download options:

  • We have removed the .tsr download option for sets as it was no longer fully working.
  • The option to download single item sims3pack as Zip files has been removed.

All sims3pack files are transfered in compressed form so there is no gain in keeping them in Zip archives. Sets are still downloaded as Zip archives however.

If you have any problems with our new cloud-based downloading, don't hesitate to contact our support desk.

We hope you enjoy our changes and there are lots more to come!

Artist news

We have made room for new artists by retiring a handful of inactive Featured and Select Artists from our teams. It is with great pleasure we welcome the following additions:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- ILikeMusic640
- murfeel

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- dhylaciouz
- fantasticSims
- Echoehver
- Simphomaniac
- MissDaydreams

Sims 2 Featured Artist:

- Screaming Mustard

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- allison731
- gioiella
- lientebollemeis

If you would like to become a Featured or Select Artist yourself, simply start submitting and we will notice you.

 

New massive clothing tutorial

Our very own and very gifted clothing artist ekinege has created a new clothing tutorial for all aspiring fashionistas out there. The tutorial comes in PDF format and can be downloaded from here: http://www.thesimsresource.com/resources/view/category/creating-sims3-texturing/id/399/

This is a must read for any aspiring clothing artist out there!

Recent incident with LemonLeaf

It was brought to our attention several days ago that one of our Featured Artists was accused of using textures from another well known artist in the Sims community, namely LemonLeaf. As we always do when accusations of theft are sent our way we initiated an investigation which at that time did not provide enough evidence for us to take a stand and take any action.

We have however taken this seriously, as we always do when it comes to intellectual property rights, and with the assistance of LemonLeaf and other experienced makeup artists among our team, we have now concluded a second investigation and decided to remove 12 files that are too similar to the original work created by LemonLeaf.

We thank everyone for their support and guidance on this matter and we apologize sincerely to LemonLeaf for not being able to confirm this sooner.

Artist news

It's that time of year again. We've done some housecleaning among inactive artsits and are happy to welcome the following artists to our teams:

Sims 3 Featured Artist

- Elut

Sims 3 Select Artists

- Degera
- Koposov
- chemy
- MINISZ
- Serpentrogue
- luvnyyjeter
- jun24
- enchanting58
- zhaana
- -April-
- annflower1
- Buffsumm
- Lulu265

Sims 2 Featured Artist

- killercsaj

Sims 2 Select Artist

- stefatje

Check out their many great creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!

Forums Move *Updated*

*update*

Due to missing a critical window the forum move has been delayed by a week or so. We will update again when we restart the work.

Today we start work on the forum move which we have been working on for some weeks. The initial announcement was made on July 16th and stated that we would be removing and losing all the forum attachments. Due to member concerns we have reviewed that situation and will take on additional expense to maintain attachment hosting on our new forums, thanks to the new host also taking on extra work to enable us to do that via CDN (Content Delivery Network).

This extra work has been the cause of the delay, otherwise the move would have been complete a couple of weeks ago.
During the move, these vBulletin forums are now effectively in a “read only” state. This will allow us to copy the content from these forums without data changing, or being lost after the copy.

The merger will have some benefits like the very latest in forum software, integrated login from TSR and a few extra bangs and whistles to what you are used to with vBulletin, which we have allowed to run somewhat out of date I’m afraid.

Once the merger is complete we are going to have a spring clean with the forums, merging and deleting some of the older, irrelevant forums and creating what will hopefully be a much easier, cleaner way of navigating the forums. Once we are happy that things are working and stable we will open up the forums in their new home which will hopefully be during this coming weekend.
Fingers crossed, and we hope to see you on the very latest Invision forums soon!

Updated submission requirements

Please take a moment to read through the updated submission requirements. Especially the new image sizes and Sim requirements. You can find them all listed here: http://submissions.thesimsresource.com/submissions/

Support and Submissions update

Our new team is now in place and up to speed on things, which we are sure many of you have noticed by now. You can expect much faster and smoother handling of support tickets, both site and submission related, from now on. We hope you will enjoy this development and the positive changes it brings along. Well done Cyclonesue, Riccinumbers, AnoeskaB, Murano, Fredbrenny and Angela!

TSR Wiki Town Life Update

The TSR Wiki has been updated to include a page of the Town Life objects. As part of the extensive Object Catalogue for The Sims 3 and all the Expansion and Stuff Packs, this page gives you the statistical details of the 41 new objects that ship with this latest EP. See the TSR Wiki Page for details.

Artist news

It's time for a new sleeve of artists to join our teams and a handful of inactive artists to leave us. Please welcome the following:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Bluella
- D3VV

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Ellemieke
- Ray_Sims
- MaddenPro
- apple0990
- tolina
- melisa_inci

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- killercsaj
- millyana
- Dasha0510
- CHocoLlate
- Weeky
- Zodapop

TSR improves quality control

We've recently been polling groups of downloaders both at TSR and in the community on how TSR can improve. Some of the areas you've raised have included better customer service and quality control over content and so we've made a start by establishing a full Admin Support staff to manage uploaded creations and handle support tickets in the submissions area.  We aim to answer all your queries within 24 hours at the latest and also have a swift turnaround of uploads for next-day release.
 
The new staff team consists of veteran artists and downloaders alike. Please welcome Cyclonesue, Riccinumbers, AnoeskaB, Angela, Fredbrenny and Murano as new members of TSR staff. The team will play a new dual role by making spot checks on uploads to ensure content is being made and uploaded correctly. Where they find problems, they'll work with creators to address the problems and remove anything made incorrectly. As a result we will also act much more efficiently on reports of any faulty or stolen content so make sure to report inapprioriate content when you find it! Overall this new setup is a great win/win situation for both creators and downloaders!
 
To further improve on the quality and mix of uploads we offer we will be implementing the same rules for Sims 3 that already exist for Sims 2: we'll no longer be accepting ordinary Sims - only celebrity Sims or special characters. We will also be rejecting Sims 3 Sims and other content made purely with the Create-A-Sim or Create-A-Style in-game tools. We'll continue to maintain a family-friendly PG13 site and will not allow any content that causes any legal issues such as exclusive brand names and clones of EA store content.
 
This is only the beginning of a massive overhaul of TSR as a whole. A brand new site and many more improvements are already in the works and will be revealed later!

New image sizes! *updated again*

In preparation for TSR v8 currently in heavy development we need everyone to stick to a decided image format. The new format is 4:3 and the maximum size is 1024x768 while the minimum is 800x600. The submission system will be updated and make it impossible tosubmit images that are not of this size.

*updated*

The exception to the new image format is set items - those should be square and we prefer if you place the set items on a solid white background although we accept any colors or styles (such as in-game) on those as long as they are square. We would also suggest that those currently using the automatic thumbs from Workshop (with the green border) stop using those and/or remove the border before submitting the individual item pics. Workshop will be updated later to remove the border as well.

Please note that individual items such as single objects or single clothing creations should from now on stick to the 4:3 format instead of square.

*updated again*

Please also note that this means all images that are to be used in a browse page, such as screenshots and story previews, should now start using the new 4:3 format. The actual story images can be the size they are today, but all presentation material should use 4:3.

Stay tuned for more v8 news and previews after the summer holidays!

TS3 Wiki *Updated*

The TSR Sims 3 Wiki has been updated to include all of the new 150+ objects from the Generations EP. You can see the page here.  Given that Prima are yet to commit to releasing a guide for this EP you might find our Wiki an invaluable source of game details as we build the content up.

Pages added:

Pages updated:

Sims 3 Pets EP Official!

After much speculation and leaks of product names, EA have now made it official that Pets will be coming to The Sims 3 as well as other gaming platforms. But lets jump straight to the headline for us PC players and something that has been requested time and time again from players... Horses will be included! Here's a quote from the press release...

"The Sims 3 Pets Expansion Pack for PC/Mac brings the exclusive new opportunity to create, customize and play as horses. Players will be able to use their horses as a form of transportation to get around town and also to raise and train them with activities like racing or jumping hurdles."

Check out the Trailer on YouTube.

Here's the rest for those with consoles, or in case you just can't get enough info already!

 

 

EA unleashes the hounds in THE SIMS™ 3 PETS

For The First Time, The Sims Brings Fully Controllable Pets To Console, Handheld and on PC/Mac

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 3, 2011 – Man’s best friend is now your Sim’s best friend. The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced The Sims™ 3 Pets, the newest title from the critically-acclaimed studio that created The Sims 3. It will be an entirely new standalone game for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™ and an expansion pack* for the PC/Mac computer systems. The Sims 3 Pets enables anyone to play as they want, whether it’s the builder who creates the ultimate pet sanctuary, the achiever who solves all the mysteries in town, the experimenter who has a lone Sim and a house full of cats, or the storyteller who expresses himself through the adventures of his Sims and their pets.

“The Sims 3 Pets marks the biggest undertaking in our franchise’s history, melding the best of The Sims 3 with an even deeper player experience with the addition of pets,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio. “For the first time ever, players will be able to play as their pets and see life through their eyes.”

Players take creativity by the reins and play out the stories they want to tell whether it’s the single guy in the dog park picking up women or the criminal overlord and her evil cat. Across all platforms, The Sims 3 Pets players will be able to create, customize and control over a hundred different kinds of cats and dogs like the Australian Shepherd and the Maine Coon, and can breed and share them with friends providing endless possibilities to create new and exciting breeds. Each platform brings a new world for players to explore from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions where players will unlock achievements by solving mysteries around town, the Nintendo 3DS with new lots to unlock to the PC/Mac version where they’ll be able to take their pets on play dates or meet other Sims at the dog park, cat jungles and even a horse ranch. With The Sims 3 Pets, players will be able to create, control and play with life with their pets.

Unique to the Xbox 360 experience and for the first time in The Sims’ history players with Kinect™ can take control of their pets and Sims by voice commands, like telling their Sim to be romantic or feeding their dog.

The Sims 3 Pets for Nintendo 3DS takes advantage of the hardware’s built-in pedometer that tracks player’s real life movements. The more a player walks the more Karma Points they earn, which they then can spend to make mischief or give wealth. Using the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass™** function, players can gift pets to other The Sims 3 Pets owners in their proximity.

As the next expansion pack to The Sims 3, the best selling PC game of 2009***, The Sims 3 Pets Expansion Pack for PC/Mac brings the exclusive new opportunity to create, customize and play as horses. Players will be able to use their horses as a form of transportation to get around town and also to raise and train them with activities like racing or jumping hurdles.

Starting today, players will be able to pre-order**** to get the Limited Edition game with exclusives. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players will be able to obtain new breeds such as a dog tiger retriever, a dog panda chow, a cat skunk birman as well as other additional pets. PC players will get the exclusive pet store where they’ll be able to meet and mingle with neighborhood Sims and get new and unique objects. For more information on the Limited Editions, please visit www.thesims3.com  

Whether the player prefers to customize the newest designer breed or be mischievous with their dog or cat, The Sims 3 Pets gives them the tools to play with life and create the perfect pet. The Sims 3 Pets for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS and PC/Mac is being developed by The Sims Studio and is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information about The Sims 3 Pets, please visit www.TheSims3.com. To download artwork, please visit www.info.ea.com.

 

 

 

Pack shots are temporary images and may not be complete

Artist news

It's been a while so without further due, here is the new list of artists on TSR.

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- LilyOfTheValley
- deeiutza
- Wolfspryte

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Redcat
- Onyxium
- lillka
- murfeel

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- Alisa13132
- Caiza

Well done everyone! Remember that we regularly review all submitters, so if you're aiming to become one of our Select or Featured Artists, start/continue submitting :)

Site issues

We are back on the v7 platform. Things might be shaky and we'll continue working on this to make sure we have a stable site. Once we feel things are stable we will credit all subscribers with 2 additional days. We are truly sorry about the inconvenience - hardware issues come and go unexpectedly and are very hard to predict. Thank you for your patience and support :)

Generations EP 'hands-on'

On Thursday April 14th, Steve was invited down to London to get 'hands on' with the next Expansion Pack for Sims 3 and to talk with one of the producers on the game, Graham Nardone. Read his full article and bask in the glory of some exclusive screenshots and juicy details about Generations!

The Sims 3: Generations 'Hands On' Article...

 

Preview the new TSR!

The current design of The Sims Resource (Version 7) has been around for a long time now, during which time many new technologies have come along. As we embrace these to make TSR easier to use, more efficient and delicious to look at, we are moving towards Version 8 of your favorite Sims site!

In the past we have developed and then launched each new version of the site with much fanfare (and bugs). This time around we are making a gradual change, developing Version 7 into Version 8 progressively to be known as V8 Evolution!

In this screenshot you can see our current design for the v8 index page. This may change slightly as we develop, but it gives you an idea of the way TSR will look as we move into 2011. The first phase of V8 Evolution brings the new header, footer and navigation to the existing site design. The new index and download pages will follow soon.

Now for the exciting part! "How long do we have to wait to see this" you ask? Well... You don't! You can join us now in previewing the new style, features and technology by visiting v8.thesimsresource.com. This will be the test bed for each new feature before we roll it out to the full public servers on www.

Please do take a look and see what you think. Pop back here and post your thoughts and comments as your feedback will help us progress, both in terms of stability for users but the future design and usability of TSR as well.

We know there are still some bugs but we hope you like what you see...  Viva la Evolution!

Artist news

It's time to announce our next batch of artists. Please welcome the following amazing talents to our team.

Sims 3 Featured Artist:

- autaki

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- D3VV
- altea127
- asia2
- Precious Sims
- tehmango
- Takdis
- pyszny16
- Bloomblurr
- ShojoAngel
- plamc0

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- Screaming_Mustard
- LolaG123
- Em Emz Emmy
- CarpeDiem_90

Artist news *updated*

It's been a while. This time we've cleared out a lot of inactive artists to make room for new talents. As usual we have added quite a few names to our teams as well, here they are:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Flinn
- Pralinesims
- ernhn
- _kriss

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- punie
- mimetic
- julianafraga29
- irishstardesigns
- orlov
- Daftalan
- LilyOfTheValley
- yu618lin

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- asimfreakkk
- Adexinium

If you want to become a prominent artist on our site yourself, simply submit your creations here and we will take notice of you :)

TSR Workshop 2.0.15

A new version of workshop is available, 2.0.15.

This new version has support for the latest stuff pack, added support for floormasks and "levelbelow".

Also added support for FBX-export/import. FBX is technology and a file format (.fbx) owned and developed by Autodesk. It is used to provide interoperability between digital content creation applications. Check out the Wikipedia Page

For a full list of changes, checkout the Workshop Trac

Simspiration: Free with Issue 3!

Simspiration Issue 3 is here and it's bigger and better than ever! And now, your favourite Sims Lifestyle Magazine will be published online for FREE for the enjoyment of the entire community. The previous printed Issues seem to be cherished by those that bought them and to whom we are very grateful for helping us get this project off the ground, but the huge work effort that goes into this premium publication deserves maximum publicity so we have decided to make them free for the entire Sims playing community!

All three issues are now available in the Simspiration Magazine Rack here on TSR or from Issuu if you already subscribe to magazines there. If you didn't catch Issues 1 and 2 then you now have over 200 pages of reading to do, so jump to it... your Sims will be eternally grateful for the design and style techniques you are sure to pick up!

Our magazine reader allows you to easily pop the magazine out to full screen where you can view all the details in high resolution, clicking on creator names and download links to pop open web pages that you might be interested in. Future issues and maybe some other publications will appear on Issuu as well, so if you are a member there be sure to subscribe to thesimsresource to be the first to know when new content becomes available.

In Issue 3:

  • Spa Oasis: Find your favourite bathroom
  • Medieval for the Masses: Build your own medieval historic centre with exclusive TSR Theme content
  • Recolourable Glass: Gosik shows you how to create recolourable glass using TSR-Workshop
  • China: Be inspired by our big travel article and china furniture by angela
  • PLUS MORE in this 88 page issue!

Head over to Simspiration Issue 3 now and be sure to use the Full Screen option to see the juicy details. Check out the Index button too, or use the scrolling preview bar at the bottom to get an overview of the sheer size and quality of this very latest issue. Click a link in the magazine to see the Artist or Creation open up in a new TSR window. Ah what the heck.. just go and explore!

If you would like to receive Issue 1 or 2 in Glossy Print we still have limited supply available in the TSR Shop at a newly reduced rate, while stock lasts.

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