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Sims: Livin Large Details
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In an interview posted at, Chris Baena, Associate Producer of the expansion pack The Sims: Livin' Large, discusses the future of this project and some of the nifty new features that will be a part of the first expansion pack to the popular family simulation game.

The new objects that are included in Livin' Large fall into two categories: mimic objects and new gameplay objects. The mimic objects include more sofas, chairs, tables, counters, toilets, etc. We made sure that these objects are part of large sets that have a central theme. For instance, there is an entire Vegas line of furniture that one would consider gaudy and somewhat cheesy if you will. Within the Vegas line of furniture there are chairs, tables, beds, etc., so the player can decorate his/her Sim house and all of the furniture matches. No more problems with color coordination. All of you interior decorators out there can now be very proud of your Sims' houses. The new gameplay objects on the other hand add exciting new twists to the world of The Sims. You can now make potions with the Concoctanation Station Chemistry Set. You can torture your friends and enemies with the Little Voodoo Dolly. You can even try to resurrect your dead Sims when the Grim Reaper visits your house!
Baena also discusses how thoroughly addictive and amusing The Sims: Livin' Large can be:
During development of the expansion Pack, Sean Baity, one of the Assistant Producers, and myself would play the game late at night and all of a sudden we would hear each other start howling because we were so amazed at how funny the game was with the incorporation of all these new objects. I would go over to his cubicle and ask him what was so funny and he would explain what his Sims were doing and we wouldn't be able to stop laughing. Livin' Large is A LOT of fun, period.
The Sims: Livin' Large is currently in development and a release date has yet to be given. No Mac version has been announced, but we are sure Aspyr Media has their eye on this one, as reportedly sales of The Sims are exceeding expectations.

The Sims Interview with Chris Baena
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