Behind the scenes: The Sims studio

Last week, GamesRadar was invited to Electronic Arts’ Redwood City campus for an early peak at The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to share our impressions of the upcoming expansion for another week. But we did manage to bring a camera so we could give you a behind the scenes look at the EA campus and the studio where The Sims 3 was developed. Ever wonder where your Sims came from? Wonder no more and join us for a quick tour.

Above: Located in Redwood City, California, Electronic Arts’ campus is gigantic. It has its own soccer field and a hedge maze. See that yellow-ish circle in the bottom-left corner? That's the maze 

Above: The hedge maze. You won’t be getting lost with these short walls, but it's still quite lovely

Above: A closer look at the campus’ soccer field reveals a well manicured logo for The Sims 3

Above: The entrance to the visitor's lobby looks more like the outside of a night club

Above: Posters for the latest EA titles cover the walls in the hallway leading up to the reception area. In the background is a huge flat screen TV playing commercials for everything from Dragon Age: Origins to Charm Girls Club. It's hard to see how big the television is from this perspective, but trust us. It's enormous and towers over everything

Above: Stations with playable demos for EA games surround the main reception area. More comfy stations with cushy seats are located just behind the red couches

Above: This is the security desk. You won’t get past this area unless you’ve got a visitor’s badge and an escort

Above: Nothing warms up a room like Sims-themed embroidery. This hand crafted work of art is surrounded by pictures of the development team and funny screenshots of the game, which we were asked not to show

Above: Portraits of Sims from all walks of life

Above: The cubicles and corridors in The Sims studio are standard corporate issue. But pin-ups and posters like this remind you that this isn’t an everyday office

Above: A poster celebrating ten years of The Sims. We apologize that this photo was not framed as well as the actual poster

Above: We noticed that the studio was nice and dark, giving the area a warm cozy feeling. We hate bright lights and the sun, too

Above: An impressive mural of character art lines the walls

Above: Now this is what we call a workstation! Meet Grant Rodiek, associate producer for The Sims team and his amazing collection of neat stuff. Expect more news about The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion soon on GamesRadar

Above: The latest trailer for The Sims 3: Ambitions. Come back for hands-on impressions of the upcoming expansion at GamesRadar next week

Above: See that water fountain? They don’t make ‘em like that anymore. Good, strong water pressure. Nice and cool, but not too cold. We give it a nine-out-of-ten!

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  • nikrusty - November 23, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    LOL on the GR verdict part! Good article :)
  • philipshaw - May 5, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    Liked the last behind the scences article and love the fact you rated it this time with EA
  • skyguy343 - May 4, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    Keep it up with these Behind the scenes articles. They're great, seeing where the games are made is really cool. I think Rockstar would be neat.
  • kkokko - May 4, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    lol on the 9/10 water fountain. haha:))
  • speno93 - May 4, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    great article, loved the trailer as well, always have loved the sims. at first i though you were reviewing the studio itself, when i realised that you meant the water fountain i burst out laughing
  • Cwf2008 - May 4, 2010 5 a.m.

    But my school has those kind of fountains too..and they suck only maybe a...6/10 but because sometimes the water is cold
  • Wriggly - May 4, 2010 4:44 a.m.

    @Grif It being filled with beer instead of water.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - May 4, 2010 4:44 a.m.

    @ twinkletitsMcGee and Ibitmyeye Thanks for the feedback. We hope to do more of these tours as well.
  • Grif - May 4, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    What would make the perfect water fountain?
  • Ibitmyeye - May 4, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    That's such an awesome studio, looks like a great place to work, assuming you're a fan of the Sims. Loving what you guys are doing with these Behind the Scenes articles as well, maybe next could be Take Two or Infinity Ward's? Doubt either of those are as cool as Bungie's or The Sims, but it'd still be really cool.
  • twinkletitsMcGee - May 4, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    these new behind the scenes features are freakin awesome.
  • Wizrai - May 4, 2010 3:45 a.m.

    I suddently feel like working for EA's Sims.

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