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Loyal Sims 3 fans who aren’t interested in professions can still expect a lot of changes to their game, as EA is planning a huge free update to go along with the expansion’s release. The first of the major new pieces of content is the ability for players to give their Sims tattoos. Without Ambitions players will only have access to a limited set of Tattoos, but they can still apply them to their characters and other Sims. Even with Ambitions the art seems fairly limited at first, but the range of what you can do with the images is impressive. Through resizing and layering players can create some fairly realistic and genuinely good-looking body art.

Other new features free to all players with the release of Ambitions are self-employment, more options with customizing a neighborhood, and increased build/buy features. Sims who have the proper skills like photography or painting can register as self employed, making it so players who are aspiring to a life goal that links to the skill will no longer have to live with that pesky “unemployed” title. The other neighborhood and build/buy features are pretty specific sounding to the uninitiated Sims player, but trust me when I say that players who love to customize the minutia of their town and buildings have a lot to look forward to with Ambitions whether they buy it or not.

The biggest part of the free update, though, is the Create a Pattern tool. This tool will allow players to import pictures or other graphics and modify them in order to make textures for walls or other items (though this will not make tattoos). Using what seems like a very basic version of Photoshop, players can change things like the color, brightness, or size of their pictures, with the ability to layer up to five images on top of one another. It’s a fairly simple sounding tool, but it’s just another way EA’s allowing Sims 3 players to manipulate their surroundings to their liking.

Keep reading the article at IGN for more information about Ambitions, but the above is the main highlights for me.  For those not picking up Ambitions, tattoos will still be possible – but limited.  That’s kind of nice for EA to do – props for that.  Also, we’re finally getting the ability to import our own textures…yes!  I’ve been wanting this for some time – I don’t have the talent to create my own with the various custom content tools available…so I’m looking forward to that.  Ambitions is shaping up to be one of the best packs yet (even though I say that to all of them…so ignore that comment 😉 )

Still waiting on details about the Ghostbusting career…Shame EA didn’t allow IGN to try it out…

full article at IGN


  1. Really glad they’re giving a bit of the game’s features away for free…Its especially good for those outside the US. Where the game gets released a few days later. It allows to get a taste of some of the new features! 🙂

  2. If you look at the the blow up picture at full size you will see that behind the fire there is a part Sim, part robot man. Probably an invention, but it looks creepy. I wonder if you can play as a robot…

  3. I kept reading and waiting for them to talk about what the changes are to build mode or customizing the neighborhood, but they never went into detail. I hope they make it so we can add & remove lots in the game. I couldn’t figure out CAW, and I want to be able to customize lot sizes and locations in the game like we could in TS2.

  4. They’ve already confirmed that you can add/change/remove lots and decorations in game so that answers your question shorty ^

    As for the build mode things it will probably include awnings-there was one in one of those pictures that the poor russian man lost his job over 🙁

  5. Note that the paragraph about the pattern maker has completely changed in the IGN article from how it’s quoted here at SimPrograms. Now that paragraph reads:

    “We also learned about the Create a Pattern tool, a downloadable tool which will be released to registered users from on July 28. This tool will allow players to use existing stickers or import their own pictures or other graphics and modify them in order to make patterns for walls or other items (though this will not make tattoos). Players can place dozens of images on a single pattern in up to four layers. Additional layers will allow for background colors and specularity.”

    Most importantly, it’s not in Ambitions, OR the patch; it’s a standalone tool which isn’t coming out till the end of July :p

  6. Great stuff! Though they’re so conspicuously avoiding the ‘sci fi’ careers of Ghostbu–that is, GhostHUNTING and Inventing. My curiosity remains piqued of these things!

    Though take a look at the bottom-right of that explosion-in-the-inventor’s-workshop screen. Looks like the workbench comes with its very own Flux Capacitor! Great Scott!!!

  7. Well if you don’t like doing this don’t do it! I know plenty of other people who would be perfectly happy running this site.

    • LOL, DJD, that’s not going to happen. This site is mine and its here to stay. I’m just a bit tied up this summer with real-life projects, new hobby, and of course restrictions on this site (I have much to do to this site, I just can’t due to our server is nearing maximum capacity. All that should hopefully change next month when we move the site to a much bigger and faster server. Then the projects can take off from there!

  8. them we wont live without simprograms i will kill my self if ud do that lol…. 😀
    ambitions is the best ep till now like in ts2 uni wasnt hit and then nightlife came along and bam!…..great hit wow!
    cant wait to use the laundry tool!

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