The Sims 3: Movie Stuff

Common Sense Media says

Western, horror, and superhero items in varied expansion.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Sims 3 base game, like its predecessors, fosters creativity. However, there is no particular message or direction that the game tries to get across. Players can choose to be mean-spirited and apathetic, or they can be noble and sweet. The game experience is dynamically altered based on the decisions players make, and bad choices are not really condemned.

Positive role models

Everything is open-ended, meaning Sims can behave well or poorly based on player choices. Players themselves are encouraged to be good role models, because other Sim characters will react positively if they're treated with respect.

Ease of play

Although players can do whatever they want in this game, to succeed they need to successfully get a job, multitask, and forge complex social interactions. To keep the Sims healthy, players will need to apply themselves and focus attention on details.

Violence

Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. The ones with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim. This expansion pack includes additional horror-themed items like tombstones and floating eyeballs. There are no particularly gory items, though, and all are in line with the same tone and content as the items in the base game.

Sex

As in previous Sims games, courtship and romance play a big part. Sims with the Romance trait will aspire to have as many lovers and make-out sessions as possible and, if married, will be inclined to cheat on their spouses. Sims can have both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can be seen jumping under the sheets in bed to make "woohoo" (the game's term), which is accompanied by groans and giggles. 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is an expansion pack that does nothing more than add new items to the base game, which you have to own. Players are encouraged to continue buying additional expansion packs and items, thereby growing the Sims 3 franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sims 3: Movie Stuff is an expansion pack to the game The Sims 3, meaning that players need to have a copy of The Sims 3 to use this expansion. The publisher refers to it as a "Stuff Pack," which means it contains a slew of new items with which players can decorate their virtual homes and characters. There are no modifications to the way the game is played or new gameplay modes. The collection of new items spans three movie genres: western, horror, and superhero. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting
  • fashion

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

By design, players must be fully engaged with the game, because it requires significant micromanagement skills.

Learning Approach

Players learn how to manage their time and resources simply by playing the game and keeping track of their characters' wants and needs. They will master the art of multitasking, juggling multiple objectives at the same time.

Support

Players are mostly encouraged to figure out things for themselves.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting
  • fashion

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn how to manage their time and resources effectively as they live a virtual life, doing everything from keeping up with their personal hygiene to building a house and getting a job. The Movie Stuff expansion pack adds to their ability to express their creativity with new items and outfits for their virtual world and characters.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

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What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: MOVIE STUFF gives players a variety of new items to use to decorate their virtual homes and Sim characters. The expansion includes items with the themes of horror, superhero, and western. This variety of items allows players to have such contrasting virtual lives as a cowboy who lives in a Batcave-like lair or a character in a spandex superhero costume who lives in a haunted house.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Sims 3: Movie Stuff is unique in the world of Sims 3 expansion packs because of the variety of new content. Most stuff packs focus on a specific theme, but this one is essentially three themes for the price of one. As a result, there is less cohesion among the items. Players who may be interested in superheros, for example, might not care for the selection of cowboy hats and rodeo signs. Nevertheless, the item selection is unique and interesting, and they really do feel like the kinds of things you might find in a Hollywood prop warehouse.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of balancing their real and virtual social lives. Why is it important to set computer limits?

  • How important is it to always have the newest and coolest things? How do you manage this philosophy in real life?

  • Does your Sim character do anything you would like to do in real life? Do you let it do things you would never do? Why, or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA
Release date:September 10, 2013
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence (Mac, Windows)

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