Well it’s not looking like a writing pad…

This tweet definitely helps to clear things up. Obvious restaurant menu is obvious.

I must confess I’m disappointed since I thought for a while it was going to be a writing pad or a journal, but the bistro environment and this setup are a dead giveaway!

As I’m sure I’ve said before (and if I haven’t, I’m saying it now) there’s been ALOT of speculation about open restaurants in TS3, and  as to whether it’s even possible due to routing issues. Fortunately, that hasn’t always stopped the game devs, although unfortunately, routing can still be problematic. Although over time there have been numerous attempts by fans to fix that, to the tune of recreating entire worlds from expansion packs! Some fans are happy just to have features, with or without glitches!

Personally, I’m skeptical that this could be a fix-all solution. Although, if this makes open restaurants somehow possible (with or without IP), I will be impressed.

New Store Content Hint: Something to do with OFB?

There’s been quite a bit of buzz regarding the possibility of OFB style PC items in the store, and this particular tweet by Simguru Copeland has our attention!

 At first I thought we’d finally be getting a writing pad, but as Ms. Crumplebottom here is situated in front of the bistro, one would presume otherwise. I’m thinking this is either a restaurant menu, or an item that goes along with something else, like one of those ‘cash registers’ we were all asking for.

Regardless of what comes to pass, I certainly hope we still get notebooks/journals/writing pads! OFB PC items would be an excellent opportunity to introduce such a feature!

Sims 4 officially announced

Some are excited, some are in tears! The Sims 4 was announced today when representatives from some of the big name Sims fansites were invited to take part in a conference call. Not long after, images of the official TS4 logo and a sample of the game’s art style went public. If you were expecting this…

You won’t be getting it. The TS4 logo is a departure from the traditional design, without a plumbob (not that the first installment had one to my knowledge). Audio from the conference call has also been put up on Youtube, so you should check that out as well!

In addition to this the www.http://thesims4.com is now active, although it currently redirects to a page on the TS3 site. Not much else is known about game features although some alleged ‘mockups’ have been found online tha are supposed to depict what the interface will look like when it’s finished.

E3 2013

This year’s E3 will be taking place from June 11th through to the 13th at the LA convention centre, and there’ll be alot to look forward to. Sony just launched the PS4 (aka the PS3.5), and Nintendo is supposed to announce the next super smash bros and Zelda games at the event. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have payed too much attention to EA’s broadcast, since they seem to go heavy on the sports and first person shooters. Yawn!

I’ll admit that I’ve played (and enjoyed) a few FPS games but they really have to have character. I don’t particularly enjoy being thrown into a warzone that feels even remotely close to real life. That’s why Halo, Portal, Half Life, TF2 and Bioshock appeal to me so much. I was saving myself for the next super smash bros but Bioshock Infinite on the Wii U has me just about sold.

Anyway, TS4 speculation is on the rise. Being one of the fans who still believes TS3 has some life left in it, I don’t like how common TS4 topics are becoming. Let’s face it guys, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. It’s not like I want to silence the opposition but I wish they’d be more careful about TS4 topics. I know people are excited about the things we could get (some of them we can’t get in TS3 like unwrapped burritos) but is it really worth having them see ‘TS4’ trending and rushing to get it done? Think about it.

/rant

Yup, that looks like a pro bar alright…

Well I’d definitely call that a pro bar, and it looks like there’s 3 barstools (swiveling no less) instead of the usual 2. Oh and there’s the rest of that NPC! This was just before she ducked behind the counter to do… whatever it is mixologists do back there. I’d assume straightening things up to kill time between customers.

What I was wondering before is if that ‘pool bar’ was merely an alcove where you could insert a pro bar if you wanted to, although that doesn’t look like the case here (unless they all got updated or something?). Still, I’d like to see some pro bars alongside the one by the pool!