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The Sims 3 Is Best Selling Game Of 2009
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Electronic Arts recently announced that The Sims 3, the latest incarnation of its popular Sims franchise was the best selling game of 2009. The game, like previous titles in the series, allows players to create their own Sim character and help or hinder them in their quest to meet life goals. The game added customizable personalities, goal oriented gameplay, movie creation and editing, and an online community to the familiar lifesim formula.

The Sims franchise is able to top PC game charts even in its 10th year. The latest entry, June 2009's The Sims 3, was the number one selling PC game of last year, publisher Electronic Arts said Friday.

That means the game outsold other PC contenders like Blizzard's phenomenally popular World of Warcraft, although that game's last major expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, launched in November 2008. EA said this is the sixth time this decade that a Sims game was able to top annual PC charts.

With The Sims 3 (which is also available on Mac), EA placed a heavy emphasis on the game's online community. It maintains an official website that, according to the publisher, sees over 6 million unique monthly visitors. The digital sharing site The Sims 3 Exchange has hosted over 100 million downloads of user-created virtual items in the past seven months. The Sims 2 took "years" to reach the same milestone, the company said.
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