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10 websites every Sims 3 player must visit

The Sims 3 is much more than a game. With the right tools and enough imagination, you can transform The Sims 3 into a movie studio, a fashion showcase or even a commercial opportunity. Meanwhile, the people who play The Sims 3 are so much more than fans. They’re a thriving community, constantly working to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the game, then sharing their discoveries for everyone to enjoy.

You can make art with The Sims 3. You can make money with The Sims 3. You can even make real-world friends with The Sims 3. You just need to know where to start… 


The Sims Resource

Website: http://www.thesimsresource.com/

What is it? Exactly what the name implies: excluding the game’s official website, this is the best resource for Sims information and downloads. Compared to other links on our list, it’s refreshingly well-designed as well. You’ll find what you’re looking for with speed and ease.

 

Why should you bookmark? The Resource has been an essential bookmark for a decade, since the very first days of the very first game. Now is no different. Already, the site boasts nearly 2,000 downloadable people and house lots for The Sims 3, plus nearly 3,000 downloadable patterns. If their archive for The Sims 2 is any indication, those numbers could grow as high as 50,000 and include unique clothing, makeup, objects, walls, floors, eye colors, skin tones, facial hair and more.

That’s only the beginning, though. The website also offers a long list of detailed tutorials, devises clever challenges that can extend your replay value and creates themed collections like “Retro” and “Summer.” Yeah, if you’re a Sims diehard, you can lose a lot of time there.



Mod The Sims


Website: http://www.modthesims.info/

What is it? A simple community forum (owned by a decidedly non-simple publishing conglomerate) that teaches players how to modify the game, then gives them a place to exchange and discuss those modifications.

 

Why should you bookmark? Playing within the game’s rules will only get you so far. And while you can find modding tutorials and custom downloads on many of the other links we’ve listed in this article, Mod The Sims always manages to highlight some unique item or creation that we’ve never seen or found anywhere else. In just the past week, for example, their Featured Items have alerted us to an expansion on the available foods, plants and cooking ingredients in the game, as well as a Create-A-Sim “hack slide” that enables you to adjust  faces and body attributes past the minimum and maximum extremes usually allowed.

As the users get more skilled with The Sims 3, expect even wilder and crazier additions. Browsing through some recent mods for The Sims 2, we found a “Redneck Mansion” constructed out of stacked trailer homes and a post-apocalyptic TV station with plenty of moody static and test patterns. Plus, Jean-Luc Picard!

 


PeggyZone


Website:
 http://www.peggyzone.com/

What is it? A marketplace for user-created items, particularly bodies and hairstyles. It’s difficult to navigate and still focused heavily on The Sims 2, but worth visiting for the founder’s first experimentations with The Sims 3 alone.

Why should you bookmark? If you’ve ever complained that this series is too cartoonish and too childish, here’s your solution, or at least the promising beginnings of one. “Pegy” specializes in detail, crafting ultra-realistic Sims with reflective eyes, feathered hair and sculpted muscles. Remarkable or repulsive? Cool or creepy? Whatever you decide, the results are certainly worth checking out… and guaranteed to grow in the months to come.




Alice and Kev


Website:
 http://aliceandkev.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/alice-and-kev/

What is it? The touching story of a homeless father and daughter, told entirely through screens captured in The Sims 3.

 
Why should you bookmark? Go to the game’s official website and you can flip through hundreds of player-told storybooks. Most are amateurish, but quite a few are fun and some are even great. None, however, come anywhere close to the tale that British game design student Robin Burkinshaw is weaving on her Wordpress blog. She has a gift for discovering drama in the simplest of situations, though her characters – the caddish, possibly insane Kev and fragile, emotionally abused Alice – do give her plenty of material to work with. Best of all? Robin pushes readers affected by her chronicle of virtual homelessness to donate money and try fixing real homelessness.

 


The Sims YouTube Channel


Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSims

What is it? A collection of nearly every Sims 3 movie ever made, including surprisingly funny clips from the game’s marketing department and surprisingly polished machinima from the game’s legion of fans.

Why should you bookmark? You’ll gain an entirely new appreciation for The Sims 3 after you’ve seen what a clever edit or carefully-positioned camera angle can do. We all imagine storylines for our pet computer people, but on this page, you’ll find miniature masterpieces of comedy, tragedy, horror, romance and sex told anywhere between a few minutes and a few seconds. Watch enough of them and you may even be inspired to start creating your own.

Here are two of our favorite pieces of Sims 3 machinima, so far. The first is player-made and the second is EA-made.

27 comments

  • SympleSym - February 3, 2014 8:53 p.m.

    Let's not forget http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/
  • katalala - February 5, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    Probably the best Sims 3 site I've found is www.simcredibledesigns.com. They have a lot of nicely done items. They seem to be serious about it. Some items you have to pay for...very few, but the majority is actually worth downloading. I'd recommend this site over ANY other site.
  • sarah-ann - August 30, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    If your going to list the scam artist paysites like TSR and Peggy, you should let people know about the Booty http://paysites.mustbedestroyed.org/ They provide pay site content that should be free for FREE.
  • Stalpph - July 31, 2009 5:57 a.m.

    LOL those vids are legend!
  • misfit119 - July 20, 2009 7:16 p.m.

    Ugh. The Sims Resource. I sear to the gods that site... Forget breaking the EULA for the Sims, which by its nature means it's illegal to sell stuff you make for a game like Elder Scrolls Mods, Sims Content, etc. What's really awesome about that site is that if you sign up, become part of the community and then piss off the owners they will share your private information with others and discuss how to make your online life as hellish as possible. Good times!
  • sjmck - July 19, 2009 2:40 a.m.

    I can't believe you didn't include More Awesome Than You!, home of the AwesomeMod: http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/smf/index.php/topic,15185.0.html
  • souldreamss - September 25, 2012 6:19 a.m.

    well the awesome mod stoped working these days all you get is a warning when starting the game to ignore or quite if you ignore game freezes seems awesomemod creator decided to stop updating
  • Xeacons - July 18, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    I haven't touched the Sims since number 1. I had no idea how far they brought it. I love the digital version of the "Redneck mansion." But I'm striving to be a movie maker too. What have I been missing out on?
  • zayleffein - July 18, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    This game was fun for a few hours but my ADD wouldn't let me play for too long.
  • michaelmcc827 - July 18, 2009 5:16 a.m.

    It got the nude patch ahead of time because a pirated copy of the review version got out a week before release, and they built it off of that.
  • SolidSpartan - July 18, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    Finally, Something to make the Sim 3 more fun. I got bored after trying to kill my Sims. ReCAPTCHA: "Pakistan bride" I think they purposely put that there... <.<
  • dweller - July 18, 2009 2:49 a.m.

    Wow, that's the first time I've heard of a game getting a nude patch before it's released. It's usually a day or two later. Time traveling nude patch? It came from the future to save release day with nudity. I think I've thought about this too much.
  • afroninjakatana - July 18, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    I hate the sims they suck.
  • ryanD - July 18, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    I take issue with your listing of The Sims Resources and PeggyZone - sites that charge for game content in breach of The Sims 3's EULA (which reserves all intellectual property to EA). Even though EA have been wishy-washy on the whole issue, since these sites' creators don't own the copyright in the stuff they sell, it's clearly an illegal practice. Think about this - would you advertise or endorse a site that *sells* mods for any OTHER game without consent from the publisher/developer? Didn't think so.
  • Cyberninja - July 17, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    of course there has to be a nude patch or it wont be a sims article
  • FinalGamer - July 18, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    That homeless one is on par with the Animal Crossing mother in terms of heart rending gaming stories. Except the Mother one was real but even so!
  • thomashalpenny - July 18, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    i used 2 hate the sims aswel but ended up getting it cos all my friends were boasting how amazing it is and frankly i agree with them. :) recaptcha "ssuck seaman" :)
  • super0sonic - July 18, 2009 6:19 p.m.

    YAY!! This is just the kind of list i have been looking for. Lots of content to keep me playing.
  • Firewarrior706 - July 18, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    Can you mix the the nude patch and the mod to make it realistic together to make realistuc naked people xP
  • Furyspittles - July 18, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    I really got alot out of those tutorials and Alice and Kev. Even if you hate Sims 3, you should really take a look at the Alice and Kev link, it's a well-told story. The fact that it's told with screenshots from Sims 3 just adds to the amazingness.

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