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The Sims is a life simulation game series that was developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The franchise has sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide, and it is one of the best-selling video games series of all time.

The series was created by Maxis, before the development of the series transitioned to The Sims Studio between 2006 and 2008. The Sims Studio later reintegrated into the refreshed EA Maxis label in 2012, where it continues to be developed by both teams.

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The Sims 2: Open for Business is the third expansion pack for The Sims 2, released on March 3, 2006, which allows Sims to run a home or community lot based business. Aspyr released a port of the game for Mac OS X on September 4, 2006.


The Sims 2 Open For Business adds the ability for Sims to own and operate businesses, either on their own home lot or on purchased community lots. Several new gameplay features are added that relate to businesses, including a new "Talent Badge" skill system, the ability to craft new items from specialized workbenches, and a "perk" system for business owners.

Like the previous two expansion packs, Open for Business introduces a new neighborhood: a shopping district, meant to represent the main street of the area. It is known as "Blue Water Village." However, sim-owned businesses are not restricted to the shopping district. They may be opened in the base neighborhood (either in the same residential lot as the business owner's home, or in a purchased community lot) or in the downtown destination expansion neighborhood introduced in The Sims 2: Nightlife. The game manual suggests that shopping district lots are more expensive, but have higher foot traffic, along with new Bluewater Village Sims to meet.

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Sims are characters inside the game, The Sims 2. Sims can be created (via Create-a-Sim), adopted (via the phone), or born (via Try for a Baby action).

Sims have 5 life stages in the base game: baby/toddler, child, teenager, adult and elder. Players can enter their own biographies for Sims and Sim families.

There are also pre-made Sims, they come with the base games and installed expansion packs.

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The Sims Social
The Sims Social was released on August 9, 2011, as an open beta. It is a spin-off of The Sims series on Facebook.

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  • Sims designer, Will Wright is not involved with the creation of The Sims 3.
  • The Sims was planned to become a film in 2012, but got stuck in "development limbo."
  • The Sims had sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling PC game in history.


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