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The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector's Edition Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Electronic Arts has announced the beginning of what it describes as an "extensive and exclusive creative collaboration" between Katy Perry and the developers of The Sims. In collaboration with Perry, The Sims Studio plans to develop multiple games within The Sims franchise featuring special Katy Perry themed in-game content and virtual goods. The relationship kicks off with a special Collector’s Edition for The Sims 3: Showtime, launching in March 2012. Perry will also be featured in all-new advertising and marketing campaigns for the brand.

The Sims 3: Showtime Katy Perry Collector’s Edition will include the Showtime Expansion pack, plus downloadable content including an Ultimate Stage bonus venue, Perry themed items, and an exclusive poster. The content includes fashions, a guitar, a hairstyle, and various stage props.

“Today marks the start of the most integrated and exciting collaboration with any artist in the history of The Sims,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music for EA. “Katy Perry has been a fan of The Sims for several years, and her Simlish recording of her hit ‘Hot and Cold’ featured in The Sims™ 2 series quickly became the most popular Simlish music video to date. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Katy and bring her distinctive talents, style and personality to the franchise’s global fan base. No performer could better represent the humor and fun of The Sims brand.”

"I love how you're able to play out different stories through your Sims characters - giving them different careers and watching them succeed,” said Perry. “It’s cool to see the Sims’ stage performances in The Sims 3 Showtime decked out just like my California Dreams Tour – even my cotton candy video screens are in there! I always like to think of myself as a cartoon, and now I’m a Sim!”

Katy Perry became the first artist in history to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Perry’s Teenage Dream produced five #1 hits, an accomplishment equal only to Michael Jackson’s Bad album and making her the only female artist in history to achieve this feat.

Katy Perry will work closely with The Sims Studio to create accessories, clothing, hairstyles, furniture and props in The Sims games that truly celebrate the imagination that she brings to her performances, music videos and life. Katy Perry will also be featured throughout The Sims television advertising campaigns, online communications and retail marketing around the world.

In The Sims 3 Showtime, the latest expansion pack to the critically-acclaimed The Sims 3, players can venture into a new world and play out a rags-to-riches story with their Sims as they become superstar singers, acrobats and magicians, or even moonlight as a DJ. Players can watch their Sims rise to fame – or go down in flames – as they perform on stage in front of cheering crowds in all new venues. On the way to the top, players will have more tools to tell their Sims’ stories the way they want to including the ability to customize stages, create Sims with all-new clothing options, traits, skills and lifetime wishes and interact with objects like the new pool table, karaoke machine and mechanical bull. New connected features allow players the opportunity to share their big moments and connect with friends and fans of The Sims like never before. Using the all-new optional SimPort feature, players can send their Sim on tour to perform in their friend’s world. Along the way, players can earn achievements for accomplishing special challenges that will be rewarded with new badges and that can be viewed and shared on the new in-game player profile and wall.

In addition to the Katy Perry themed Collector’s Edition, a Limited Edition version of The Sims 3 Showtime is also available for pre-order while supplies last. When pre-ordered, these products feature the Ultimate Stage bonus venue. Players can place this fully customizable venue in their world and will be able to use it as an additional stage for their Sims to perform on, complete with in-game props, backgrounds, lights and special effects.

For more information visit the sites below.

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Room Boom: Suburbia Now At Macgamestore
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The latest addition to Macgamestore.com's growing list of titles available for download and purchase is Mindemia's Room Boom: Suburbia. The board game gives players the chance to match wits with the computer or other human players in a strategic real estate battle.

Room Boom: Suburbia is a fun, surprisingly deep board game, involving control over area and money, like Monopoly or Carcassonne. Players must use strategic thinking as well as puzzle solving skills to achieve victory over their opponents. Gather friends and family, scramble hammers and nails and let the game begin!


  • Up to 4 player multiplayer action on the same computer.
  • Challenging computer opponents for single player sessions.
  • Demonstrators: Hire them to stop your opponents from building.
  • Bulldozer: Will demolish houses in an area, but watch out, it's unruly!
  • The Bum: As this vagrant moves around the board, he lowers the value of any houses you build there, and scares away House Buyers.
  • House Buyers: House buying interest will grow unevenly across the board increasing house values, and sometimes you will need to decide whether to go for a quick buck, or build more strategically
  • 24 skill-based Awards to collect.
  • 14 types of building improvements that make it easier to play, and increase revenue from houses you build.
Room Boom: Suburbia is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures Reviewed
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Mac|Life has posted a new review of Activision's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventures. Brought to the Mac platform in cooperation with TransGaming, the cross platform software interfaces with the Skylanders Spyro's Adventure line of toys, which connect to the game and record the characters' progress.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, spun off from the long-running Spyro console series, is a unique mash-up of real-world toy play with a computer game. More than 30 figures (including the titular purple dragon) can be purchased at local toy stores and transformed into playable in-game characters, simply by placing them on the USB-connected Portal of Power accessory included with the game.

In Skylanders, you take the role of a powerful Portal Master who controls the heroes. Ejected from their world into ours by the evil Portal Master Kaos, your plastic warriors embark on a journey into the world of the Skylanders to defeat the Darkness. The Story mode finds you exploring various locations, battling creatures, collecting gold and treasures, and solving puzzles in your quest. Along with various stunning attacks, your characters can boost their stats via special hats found in the game, and each Skylander has an assigned element that proves more powerful in certain areas and can unlock gates to additional locations.

Check out the full review at the link below.

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Q.U.B.E. For Mac In Development
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Toxic Games recently told Joystiq that a Mac version of its first person puzzle game, Q.U.B.E. is currently in development. In the game players manipulate colorful cubes in the environment to navigate each level. Q.U.B.E. challenges players with puzzles involving logic, physics, and platforming.

Set in a mysterious and abstract sterile environment, Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) is a first-person puzzle game that challenges players to navigate each level by manipulating coloured cubes that surround them. There’s little to go on as the game begins - the player is dropped into an all-white room with few instructions, and simply has to figure their way out. The tone of game changes as the player finds small and big alterations to their environment, supported by an original score, inviting each player to let their imagination take over as to where they might be. Through experimentation and discovery, players will progress through an ever-evolving series of cube puzzles that will challenge them with logic, physics, platforming.

Toxic Games, established in 2010, is a UK-based games developer founded by former classmates. The team began development of Q.U.B.E. as a student project in 2009 and sought out investment from independent game dev veterans, Indie Fund. All three core team members are game designers and have been able to bring Q.U.B.E. to fruition without any programming expertise. Thanks to the encouragement of academic mentors and industry execs, and with the help of Indie Fund, Toxic Games went from student hobbyists to independent developers upon graduation from University.

Head over to the pages below to learn more.

Joystiq: Q.U.B.E. Mac Development
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