I have had a look into this issue and it seems to have been a large problem only affecting some copies of the game!
There is talk suggesting that the issue has been fixed in a recent patch, but as I haven’t personally seen the problem myself I am unable to say that for certain. If you search google for the issue there are sites which offer possible manual fixes but I wouldn’t suggest to try any of these as they don’t seem correct after looking at my copy.
If you have a genuine problem with this try backing up your game save (copy the entire folder called “Electronic Arts”) located in “My Documents” and try uninstalling and reinstalling the game as it maybe caused by a bad install. If the problem persists then contact EA, who will be able to tell you what to do without messing up your game.
If you are unsure of how to contact EA turn to page 32 of the game guild (UK) and choose appropriately. 🙂
I have found some very useful Sims 3 cheats to get the game going a bit quicker if you don’t want to wait for the $$$$ to start rolling in.
I have noticed that most of the cheats websites are suggesting really drawn out routes to enabling the cheats, this is not necessary! Follow the instructions below to enhance your game play:
During game play press [ctrl]+[shift]+C to open the cheat console, this will appear at the very top of your screen, then just type any of the following codes: (Hint: You will need to press [ctrl]+[shift]+C each time you enter a code)
help– Display most cheats Kaching– 1,000 more Simoleons Motherlode – 50,000 more Simoleons shazaam – +2,500 lifetime happiness points to active Sim freerealestate – Ignore the cost when buying a lot modify traits– Set or clear traits add to household – Add active Sim to current household set age [number]– Set age of the Sim edit in cas – Take the Sim back to Create-a-Sim set career [career/level] – Give selected Sim a career force opportunity – Click career building you work at to force an opportunity force event – Click career building you work at to force an event force all events – Click career building to display all events for the career consecutively force service sim [name] – Force a specific service Sim to appear force visitor– Forces a neighbor to show up make me know everyone – Selected Sim knows every other Sim make friends for me – Make several random friends for selected Sim make happy – Sets all mood/moodlets for everyone in the house to perfect; removes negative moodlets make motives [static or dynamic] – Set motives static or dynamic for entire household unlockOutfits [on or off] – View career outfits and service uniforms [Note 1] moveObjects [on or off] – No limitations for placing/moving objects resetSim [first name] [last name]– Return Sims to safe and neutral state at home constrainFloorElevation [true or false]– Force terrain adjustments regardless of objects, Sims, and other structures disableSnappingToSlotsOnAlt [on or off] – Objects will not snap to slots while holding [Alt] fadeObjects [on or off] – Objects fade when camera gets close to them snapObjectsToAngle [true or false] – Toggle 45 degree angle object snap snapObjectsToGrid [true or false]– Toggle snap to grid for placed objects hideHeadlineEffects [on or off] – Show talk/thought balloons above Sim’s head jokePlease– Print random joke to console enablellamas [on or off] – Llamas enabled message slowMotionViz: [0-8] – Slow motion visuals; 0 is normal, 8 is slowest testingCheatsenabled [true or false] – Enable testing cheats [Note 2] fps [on or off] – Toggle framerate display at top right fullscreen [on or off] – Full screen quit– Quit the game
Please note that some of these cheats may not work! I’ve tried the most useful ones but some may have slipped through my fingers 🙁 sorry about that guys!
I’ve been playing The Sims 3 for the last week, and I have got to say it is probably the best game I have ever played!
I will admit that there are some bits I am a little disappointed about, such as the amount of items has been reduced significantly. I know you can buy them on the store but I refuse to pay nearly £12 for 35 items, when I could get 60 items for less with Sims 2. EA stop ripping off your customers!
In terms of game play however, it is much better the Sims have longer lives so it might actually be possible to achieve their lifelong want. Also the jobs are much better; more interaction means that I’m not sitting around half the time waiting for the work day to end. Also having the promotion based on what they do at work is a great idea, how many people have to go read a book about cleaning or play the guitar to make them better at their job! NO ONE! Well done EA for sorting that out, it was getting to be a little annoying, especially when you got the Sim past half way on a skill, because it took forever.
The new creation tools that Sims 3 has are fantastic, you can practically create whatever you want, however it takes time to get to grips with this; I spent about 3 hours making my Sim perfect and endless amount of time decorating the house and furniture.
All in all I am very impressed, would definitely recommend to anyone, even if you say you don’t like the Sims, I think you would like this!
Take a look at this video if you’re still not convinced: