New Store Venue: Prism Art Studio!

Photos courtesy of SimguruTatertot

I haven’t been following this as closely as I thought I would, but that’s partially due to my mind always being on class. I actually haven’t played TS3 in almost 2 weeks now (but I decided to tonight to clear my mind a bit, this short film animatic needs a major change and I’m hitting dead ends). The name of the venue is the Prism Art Studio and it comes out on February 6th!

In any case, whoever was hypothesizing about jewelry making and perfume was certainly right!

 I’ m not keen on certain items but the fact that things are in sets is a good sign. Still, look at the selection! 8 new necklaces, 4 sets of earrings and 4 new bangles.

And that’s not all…

We’re getting a glass blowing station of some sort which enables not just jewelry and perfume bottles, but glass furniture and decor as well (who else is ogling the stained glass?). There’s even a glass chess set (might look good if you picked up the ice lounge with seasons).

Oh but wait! There’s MORE! (This is going to allow some beautiful custom content guys)

 I’ve personally been DYING for these kinds of stairs! They’re really wrapping up alot of old requests (but I’d still have been happier if they’d come in an ep or something, with all the premium content and clothing sets that came out after ITF they could’ve just released a freetime or hobbies ep with a couple of new careers and professions, there’s almost that much stuff).

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First Impressions: Skylight Studio for the Performing Arts

I’ve been really excited to try out the Premium Content that came with this venue, mainly because of ballet finally being added outside of Generations! And they said it’d never happen! But come to think of it, they’re probably happy to be wrong.

Anyways, the full walkthrough’s going to be delayed slightly because I’ve been having trouble getting my venues to show in the bin, so I can’t show the breakdown of it just yet. I can however, give you a sneak peak of the dance floor, which happens to fit quite nicely in the gym from Sunset Valley (I don’t know why but it’s always been my favourite).

In the meantime, I also have some footage of the ballet bar. When you click on it you get the options to ‘Warm Up’, ‘Exercise’ or ‘Train’ if your Sim is at a high enough level. I haven’t gotten a sim to that point yet but I’d presume at this point it’s like how training works for exercise equipment.

Using the bar to train will also teach your sims how to Plie, Pirouette and finally Echappe. I found they learned these skills at a faster rate than going to ballet class as children, and even if your sim is a teen (or older). It’s implied that you can also show off the moves, but either I’ve run into a glitch or I need a sim to be at the right friendship level to perform the interaction. I’m not sure yet.

When my venues get sorted out, I’ll take some more screenshots and put up the official review. This is also going to include the new windows and the public showers.

Surfing in the Store

Some of the outfits and hairstyles
There’s another new set in the store, and they’re really rolling out the Premium Content lately! I can remember when people were first suggesting surfboards and wave machines (around the time Sunlit Tides came out in particular), and trying to speculate how they’d work. I’ve yet to check out a video demo but I have my own suspicions as it were…
Moving on, the Surf’s Up Sun and Fun Collection is currently on sale for 1200SP ($12) in the store, 1400SP ($14) regular price. As with most of the newer sets, it doesn’t yet qualify for the ‘Complete your Set’ discount, but hopefully it will in the future. In this set you get a handful of new outfits and hairstyles for sims aged Child to Elder, and of course, the Wave Station comes with it.
As you can tell, the wave machine takes up a fairly large area

Sims 3 Store Content: Business as Usual Bistro

I may have already said this (if not here, somewhere on the Sims 3 forums) but if I was excited before, now I’m REALLY excited! The open restaraunt venue has been released, and now has a name!

 But that’s not all, have a look at this excerpt from Simguru Graham’s blog entry…

“Design is a lot like shopping on a budget. You only get so many days of development in each department –Art, Audio, Engineering, etc. – to make something really special. Having a Non Player Character (or NPC for short) work on a Store item was always something that was too big for that budget… until now.”

 That’s a pretty bold statement right there! While quite a few simmers have been after the feature, skeptics insisted that the venue won’t even hold a candle to what it could’ve been if it were included in an expansion. And then there’s the matter of servers. Just how do you run a restaurant without employees?

“This is no ordinary stovetop! While you can fix a quick meal here, the magic really happens when you Hire a Chef and Set Your Menu! Setting your menu allows you to customize the type of dining experience you want for your bistro. Do you only serve vegetarian meals or the best cheese steaks in town? You decide!”

 So like we did with Island Paradise, we now gain the ability to hire employees! This is definitely a first with store content, and (hopefully) not a last! Unfortunately your own sims won’t be able to serve, but they can use the oven to practice and gain cooking skill! Furthermore, placing the oven on a residential lot opens up the option of having a personal chef!

But there’s alot more to it than just what I’ve covered here, for more details, check out the full blog entry. I’m anxious to get my hands on this one myself, along with the dance studio venue!

More and more Restaraunt stuff!

Here are some more screenshots, courtesy of Simguru Tatertot! It seems we’re delving even deeper into restaurant territory, and it’s got me wondering just what they’ve got planned. How do they aim to pull this one off when so many people theorized about routing issues making open restaurants effectively unworkable? Will this be something we can use on community lots? do we have to own the lot first? Time will tell!

One of the earlier screenshots, this one suggesting restaurant menus
This reminded me of the front desk seen in IP resorts, but it may be a PC item?
I’m actually not sure about this one…
I’m liking the industrial sink, but what about that stacked oven?

Simes 3 Store Content Reviews: La Cinema Plumbob

I haven’t had alot of time on my hands lately due to a summer internship, but today I finally got to try out the contents of the La Cinema Plumbob set! Quite generously gifted to me by Corettabarajas!

Outside View (It’ll look nicer up against a proper road)

The first step with any new venue/PC items is to set up the lot by either using a premade or building your own. Since this one came with a venue, I figured it’d be best to show you that first.

Top Floor

3rd Floor

2nd Floor (Landing)

Main Floor
Default Bars

 If you have University installed, I’d recommend you replace the bars with Barista bars as they will spawn NPCs and fit exactly into the space left by the regular bar.

 You can also change the colour with CASt so they fit in with the existing counters!

And as you can see, NPCs are spawned…

Sent my sim for a hot drink (typical theatres serve fountain drinks though, so I certainly hope the sims team has that in the works, along with popcorn machines, cotton candy machines, and some candy apples). You could also use vending machines if you want to modify the lot or build your own.

This is a far better use of the bar setup, and because of the NPCs sims don’t wander back behind the counter (as often), although they can still get back there if they’re aged Teen or older. It’d be interesting to see if Twallan comes up with a mod for the system. Next, have your sims buy a ticket, or they’ll complain about being unable to route to the door (mine did)

This machine works like many standard automated ticket machines
And then the ticket is printed
It looks like the typical ‘admit one’ ticket you can buy in bulk
You can watch quite a few movies in that time

Finally, time to watch the movie! The ‘watch movie’ feature from University really compliments this item! (Ignore that, I forgot it was a PC Item… Doi xD) The seats come in single and double sizes (both available in the ‘Living Room’ tab), and look really nice with this setup, albeit a bit chunky.

You may have to tell your sim to take their seat or they’ll just stand in the back and watch. Just click on the spot you want them to take and click ‘Join’ on the big screen to continue watching the movie. They’ll get up and leave when they’re done, especially to fulfill needs. You’ll also get a +20 moodlet for each type of movie you watch.

It’s also worth noting that the lights will actually dim as the film plays! And  unlike theatres in real life (and quite like the lazier ones) nobody will care if you wander into another theatre! Just make sure it’s set to allow the same kind of ticket your sim is carrying.

THAT CLOWN IS SPY!
The aisle carpets look pretty nice

BOOO! THAT WAS WAY TOO SHORT!!
AGAIN!!

And hypnocow for good measure…

The TV screen is actually bigger than the big screens that came with Showtime and the Level Up Collection, you’ll be pleased to hear! It reaches all the way to the ceiling and is at least 3 blocks wider than it’s predecessor!

For a size comparison, I’ve lined up wall mounted TVs from smallest to largest (excluding the one from Late Night), starting with the one from the base game and another from the store. To the right of that is the TV from the Level Up Compilation, and right of that is the TV from Showtime, which actually looks slightly larger due to the frame surrounding it. Far right of course is the behemoth itself! Needless to say, the ability to set up your own open theatre is amazing! On top of that, you get the biggest wall mounted unit in the game to date. In order to top this, I’m pretty sure they’d need a two storey screen.

Setting up the barrier to entry system is really easy!

Set or remove all locks
There are a number of options for restricting and allowing sims, although it’s not limited to just ticketholders. You can even limit entry to certain age groups, genders, non-humans, celebrities by level, your household, current sim, etc.
Age Options
And if you want to be more/less specific
Different coloured tickets (assuming you can set the price of each on your own lot)

You can even define whether or not you need a ticket to get in, and still set these filters!

Also, here’s what I was able to do with my own lot! Albeit I’d forgotten the ticket machine the first time around, so the doors/turnstiles only let them walk through.

Turnstiles…
And doors…

Again, the barista bars make for a top notch snack counter as far as the limitations of the game go. It’d be better if we had an outright snack counter, a fountain drink machine, maybe a slushy machine or two. In the meantime, the waterfall lights from Island Paradise and ocean mural served to decorate my main lobby. The elevator goes to the second floor and arcade!

 

I used a trick from a previous build to create a sunken room for the main theatre, albeit it created graphical artifacts hidden in the walls. I moved that tree when I realized it was an obstruction, don’t worry xD

A major downfall for this set is the lack of a popcorn machine, but with the barrier to entry door/turnstile and the ticket machine serving as a way to set the price of entering a closed off area, there are your two premium content items, even though they’re both downloaded together. For having this kind of game functionality, I suppose it’s worth it but I can’t say I’m not disappointed. Otherwise the set is a little expensive but worth the cost if you really want an open theatre.

I’ve been hoping for popcorn, slushy and cotton candy machines since before Seasons, but thus far it hasn’t happened. I’m just hoping we get those (and maybe a fountain drink dispenser/proper blender) either in the store or in the Into the Future pack!

In the meantime, this set is a great excuse to build an adjoining arcade!