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The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless creative possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief!

Create over a million unique Sims and control their lives. Customize everything from their appearances, to their personalities and even the home of their dreams. Then, send your Sims out to explore new locations around town and to meet other Sims in the neighborhood.

Go online to download exclusive content and show off your own creations to the world. With all-new quick challenges and rewarding game play, The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not!) to fulfill your Sims' destinies more...

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later
  • ATI X1600, Nvidia 7300 GT or GMA X3100 or better 3D graphics.
  • at least 6.1GB of hard disk space.

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Mac007 Member IconReview+198
Mac007
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Bought a copy today and tried to update it but it was no go. Tried to run it as is and all I got was a black screen and had to do a hard reboot. Posted a message at their support forums but not holding out much hope. This is one good reason I like Apple's App store. If your program doesn't work properly Apple will kick you to the curb pronto.

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Version 1.0
Mullin Member IconComment+7
Mullin
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I could not get "the Sims 3" to work at all
i got the icon with the "∅" across it.
I'm using a 2GHz DP Mac, 2 GB RAM, 120 BG HDD Mac OS X v10.5.7

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Version 1.0
Mullin
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i got the icon with the " / " across it.

I'm using a 2GHz DP Mac, 2 GB RAM, 120 BG HDD Mac OS X v10.5.7

Misha
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PowerPC or Intel Mac?

Mullin
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my Mac is 2.7 GHz DP (not 2.0)
My CPU is IBM 970 2.7GHz dual Processor, with 2 GB RAM
ATI Radeon 9650 with 256MB DDR SDRAM
Mac OS 10.5.7

Misha
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That is PowerPC (IBM chip). Sims 3 is Intel only. That's why you have that icon.

mischivo Member IconComment+51
mischivo
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Horrible port. The screenshot above is not from the Mac version, and should be removed until the following bugs are fixed:
-no dynamic shadows as the game has on Windows (and in the screenshot)
-no anti-aliasing option

What's the deal? When is this going to be fixed? Why was it left out? It's a fairly evident feature and I noticed its absence as soon as I fired up the game. Someone was either incompetent or the game was rushed to market with the flaws (despite numerous delays in delivery).

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Version 1.0
Web-Jive Member IconComment+50
Web-Jive
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Buyer beware. EA decided to make this Intel only. My daughter bought this, brought it home and came downstairs really upset. When she pointed out on the box in fine print it only runs on Intel, I was not very happy with EA! That's her $50 which is a lot of money for a kid to lose due to fine print.

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Version 1.0
misha
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For what it's worth, all games released by Electronic Arts for the Mac in the last 2-3 years have been Intel only.

trondah
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You're right, they should instead have a huge warning all around the box in red with exclamation marks: "DON'T BUY!!! INTEL ONLY!!! WARNING!!!"

D9
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Trondah is right (though a bit too sarcastic). Since the dawn of software, system requirements have been on software boxes albeit usually in obscure places with small type. Besides being Intel-only, you should also be concerned about whether you're system has enough graphics power, hard drive space, processing power and/or the minimum OS. This goes for Windows software as well as Mac.

It's just good sense to always check system requirements prior to buying any software. Unfortunately, that's a lesson your daughter learned the hard way.

Web-Jive
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Kids don't read labels like we do and I have been buying software long enough (30 years) to know this. Kids and unaware people don't. I think what a lot of us geeks forget is that the laymen doesn't. I know this because I own a web design and hosting company and the questions I run into are the most basic for us, a duh thing, but not for the non-techie.

My point in all this was to warn those who aren't aware of these restrictions and to point out it's in fine print when it should be more prominent (no sarcasm).

I used to buy 65mil annually in software for ALLTEL so purchasing is my forte but not my daughters, a non-techie.

@D9 your right, always read the label and contract when you buy.. ;-)

mischivo
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Of all the complaints that could be made about this game, yours is the least legitimate of all. Fine print is applicable and justifiable in all such cases, whether you're a minor or not. If it's not in the fine print, it has to go somewhere; perhaps half the box should be taken up by "medium print". Is that what you would like? The blame lies in your daughter for not reading the system requirements, not on the manufacturer for not making it of an arbitrarily large enough size for her to pay attention to.

meego Member IconComment+165
meego
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So.. Is it a Cider port? If so how good is it?

Not that I really care though.. ^^

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Version 1.0
Desterwallaboo
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Sims 3 is native

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jellyboo
Version 1.0
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Details

Downloads 3,546
Version Downloads 3,545
Type Games / Simulation
License Commercial
Date 02 Jun 2009
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $49.99