There's a new Sims 4 patch, and it's a day that ends in Y. You know what that means: Extremely good patch notes.
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In the wake of BioWare's polarising Mass Effect: Andromeda, fans have wondered where the lauded sci-fi series will go next. The answer, according to people familiar with the studio, is nowhere — at least for the time being. BioWare has put Mass Effect on hiatus and turned Andromeda's developer, BioWare Montreal, into a support studio, according to four sources close to the company.
In 2008, I brought my laptop over to my friend Amanda's house to pirate Spore. Her boyfriend Nate, who worked at the local GameStop, told me to. It's the shit, he said, and everyone's downloading it for free. I connected my laptop to her internet and opened Limewire, 2008's file-sharing software du jour. It was my first and last time pirating a video game.
In the world of The Sims 4, life is a lighthearted cartoon. You can die of laughter and turn into a ghost. You can sleep with characters, but it's not sex: instead, "Woohooing" happens out of sight, all giggles and hearts. For some people, The Sims 4 doesn't go far enough in its portrayal of intimacy. (NSFW warning!)
It's no secret Mass Effect: Andromeda has copped flak over the questionable quality of its character animations. If you were hoping the issues would be fixed by a miraculous release day patch, well, prepare to be disappointed.
Battlefield 1 surprised people. The World War 1 setting came out of left field, as did a remarkably deft single-player campaign. At a recent event at EA's Redwood City studio, I spoke to Valerian Noghin, lead designer of the new They Shall Not Pass expansion, about what's next for Battlefield 1, as well as how DICE reconciles the huge tonal differences between single-player and multiplayer.