On Tuesday, The Sims 3 was patched by EA. As promised, it adds an in-game store so you can can keep dropping money on new clothing and furniture even when you're playing the game. The update also includes a host of fixes for Sims 3 and its expansion World Adventures.

Base Game Updates:
  • In-Game Store: Players may now access store content through the Buy Mode In-Game Store Browser.
  • Mac Uninstaller. The Mac Uninstaller gives Mac players the option to easily uninstall all Sims 3 applications and content or expansion packs.
  • Added an auto recovery prompt to recover save games corrupted by the late "Error Code 16" bug.
  • Fixed a hang that could occur when changing the active household.
  • Sims' lifespans are no longer altered when using the Change Appearance or Plan Outfit interactions.
  • The "C" shortcut key now works when taking cell phone pictures.
  • Food stored in fridges now spoils at the reduced rate.
  • Owned businesses now properly generate income again.
  • Swimming Sims no longer walk on water after The Sims™ 3 is updated.
  • Custom Music Favorites are no longer switched to French Music Favorites after updating.
  • Improved the Favorite Music Cheat.
  • The background music track is no longer restarted when switching between Build and Buy Modes.
  • The low detail Cypress Tree model has been refined.
  • Addressed an issue where the inside of bowls appeared blue while Sims were mixing the contents.
  • Mac: Improved stability of The Sims™ 3 running on an Nvidia 7300 Series.
  • Ghosts can now float into rooms with no doors.
  • Fixed a minor error that occurred when building a room around a visiting NPC.
  • Estimated interaction duration for Sleep and Exercise interactions is now much more accurate.
  • Interaction Option selections are now properly applied if selected before the interaction begins.
  • "Delete Object" testing cheat has been added.
  • Mac: The Game Launcher no longer allows players to edit file extensions. This was a frequent cause of upload failures.
  • Mac: Fixed a crash that occurred when moving through the installer very quickly.
  • Hitting Undo with the terrain paint eraser tool selected no longer automatically selects a terrain paint brush.
  • When unmarried Sims have a baby, an accurate relationship status is displayed in the relationship panel.
  • Gnomes can now be live dragged on community lots.
  • Trash piles are now properly reacted to after a lot containing the trash piles is exported and replaced through Edit in Game.
  • Fixed a minor error that could occur if a visiting Sim was not greeted before they needed to leave.
  • Fixed an uncommon problem where the game could crash while being quit.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur after leveling extremely uneven terrain.
  • Improved extended game session stability.
  • Undeletable walls can no longer be created in basements.
  • The clone cheat has been disabled on Sims and Walls.
  • Mac: Multiple launcher windows can no longer be opened at the same time.
  • Fixed a hang if the player opened the cheat console while rotating a lot in Edit in Game mode.
  • Improved long term stability when running at Speed 3 for extended periods of time.
  • The Add to Active Family cheat will no longer allow more than 8 Sims to be added to a household. Households with over 8 Sims lead to game instability.
World Adventures Updates:
  • In-Game Store: Players may now access store content through the Buy Mode In-Game Store Browser.
  • Mac Uninstaller. The Mac Uninstaller gives Mac players the option to easily uninstall all Sims 3 applications and content or expansion packs.
  • Addressed a problem that could lead to a failed Error Code 16 save game.
  • Added an auto recovery prompt to recover save games corrupted by the late "Error Code 16" bug.
  • The Sims™ 3 World Adventures music is now properly playing on all stereo channels.
  • Fixed a hang that could occur when changing the active household.
  • Sims' lifespans are no longer altered when using the Change Appearance or Plan Outfit interactions.
  • The "C" shortcut key now works when taking cell phone pictures.
  • Food stored in fridges now spoils at the reduced rate.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause mummies cured of their mummy status to retain the mummy walk style.
  • Owned businesses now properly generate income again.
  • The "Photog" photography skill challenge now properly rewards Sims with higher value photos.
  • Keystone panels with inserted keystones can now be deleted in Build or Buy mode.
  • Swimming Sims no longer walk on water after The Sims™ 3 is updated.
  • Custom Music Favorites are no longer switched to French Music Favorites after updating.
  • Improved the Favorite Music Cheat.
  • All custom styles on the tomb door now can be saved to the bin and imported successfully.
  • Sims no longer briefly appear in the T Pose when exiting a Scooter while running Speed 3.
  • The background music track is no longer restarted when switching between Build and Buy Modes.
  • The low detail Cypress Tree model has been refined.
  • Addressed an issue where the inside of bowls appeared blue while Sims were mixing the contents.
  • Mac: Improved stability of The Sims™ 3 running on an Nvidia 7300 Series.
  • Made numerous text clarifications and spelling corrections.
  • Addressed minor clipping that occurred when placing the Kenspa Scooter next to a bike rack.
  • Relics now autosort into more distinct inventory categories.
  • The Martial Arts Skill Journal entries now describe the rewards for completing each skill challenge.
  • The Photography Skill Journal entries now describe the rewards for completing each skill challenge.
  • Pagoda Roof selections are no longer available when the Auto-Roof option is enabled.
  • Ghosts can now float into rooms with no doors.
  • Task Progress Tracking has been extended to more applicable adventures.
  • Players with Martial Artist Sims are now informed when the Train interaction becomes available.
  • Relic names now include the type. (i.e. Red, Jade, Stone)
  • Torch sound effects are now being emitted from the proper position.
  • Hairstyles changed while traveling now persist upon returning home.
  • Sims no longer wait indefinitely when their path is disturbed by a trap.
  • The "A Little Experimentation" and "Even Better!" adventures now have unique requirements.
  • Sims can no longer travel with Sims who are in jail.
  • Fixed a minor error that occurred when building a room around a visiting NPC.
  • Added a hint to indicate how to create a Player-Controlled Mummy.
  • Estimated interaction duration for Sleep and Exercise interactions is now much more accurate.
  • Player customized Inventory UI size persists after traveling.
  • Interaction Option selections are now properly applied if selected before the interaction begins.
  • Explorer NPCs now exist in France.
  • "Delete Object" testing cheat has been added.
  • Fireworks that are placed in tomb rooms can now be Put In Inventory.
  • The "Veggies…Now" Adventure now specifically requires lettuce for completion.
  • Relics not in the household's collection have an increased drop rate.
  • Tourist NPCs can now be impregnated.
  • Mac: The Game Launcher no longer allows players to edit file extensions. This was a frequent cause of upload failures.
  • The "Opening the Tomb of Necteaux" Adventure now has completion text.
  • The "Deliver Painting to China" Opportunity completion requirements are now called out.
  • Fixed a problem where, on some stages of adventures, the Adventure Tracker would be incorrect if the adventure was suspended, and resumed, after travel.
  • NPCs who are involved in an Adventure are now immune from Story Progression.
  • Mac: Fixed a crash that occurred when moving through the installer very quickly.
  • Hitting Undo with the terrain paint eraser tool selected no longer automatically selects a terrain paint brush.
  • Sims no longer lose the ingredients required to summon a mummy if the interaction fails.
  • When unmarried Sims have a baby, an accurate relationship status is displayed in the relationship panel.
  • Gnomes can now be live dragged on community lots.
  • Eye of Horus placement has been improved.
  • Pregnant Sims in labor can no longer be placed in adventure neighborhoods through Edit Town.
  • Ghosts of adventure neighborhood locals can now be restored after bringing the local's tombstone home.
  • The player is now notified when a Sim in a foreign land dies of old age.
  • When foreign Sims die of old age, their tombstone will now be properly placed in the mausoleum if the dead Sim met the necessary relationship requirements with a member of the active household.
  • Trash piles are now properly reacted to after a lot containing the trash piles is exported and replaced through Edit in Game.
  • Fixed a minor error that could occur if a visiting Sim was not greeted before they needed to leave.
  • Fixed an uncommon problem where the game could crash while being quit.\Fixed a crash that could occur after leveling extremely uneven terrain.
  • Fixed an unlikely error that could occur if the player's Sim was far from home when a foreign visitor arrived.
  • Being in the Law Enforcement Career now has a better chance of triggering an Opportunity to learn the Martial Arts Skill.
  • It is now much more realistic for players to complete the "A Priceless Bet" Opportunity.
  • Fixed a rare problem that could reset a Sim while Watching Sims using the Snake Charming Basket.
  • Tombstone epitaphs now persist after traveling.
  • Custom paintings shared over the Exchange no longer lose their texture after reimporting the lots.
  • Fixed a minor error that occurred when travelling with an urn in a Sim's inventory.
  • The "Get Tiberium" Opportunity now requires a more realistic amount of Tiberium.
  • The Jog interaction no longer mocks poor, atrophied, player-controlled Mummies.
  • Improved extended game session stability.
  • Sims no longer cuddle with inappropriate partners in tents.
  • There are now stricter relationship requirements for Woohooing with Sims in the Sarcophagus.
  • Child Sims now have the Use Stairs interaction available.
  • Mean Spirited Sims now "Freak Out" when reacting to danger.
  • Repossessing objects in tombs no longer results in the creation of a placeholder object.
  • The Wondrous Collection Moodlet duration no longer oscillates up and down.
  • Addressed an issue where tombstones of foreign Sims would disappear from inventory upon returning to the foreign Sim's home neighborhood.
  • Mac: Added a safety precaution to prevent the launcher from running while being updated.
  • Mummies now discuss the highs and lows of being a mummy.
  • Mummies can no longer learn songs. Their vocal chords have deteriorated leaving them mute.
  • Sims no longer retain minor side effects of being a Mummy after being cured.
  • Undeletable walls can no longer be created in basements.
  • The launcher now better indicates that World Adventures is required for World Adventures dependant custom content.
  • Ghosts of Sims who expired from the Mummy's Curse now display a proper particle aura.
  • The clone cheat has been disabled on Sims and Walls.
  • Mac: Multiple launcher windows can no longer be opened at the same time.
  • Fixed a hang if the player opened the cheat console while rotating a lot in Edit in Game mode.
  • Fixed an issue that could sever a Sim's relationship with a pregnant ghost on traveling.
  • Traps now properly import and export their visibility state. (hidden or visible)
  • Improved long term stability when running at Speed 3 for extended periods of time.
  • Playable ghosts can no longer get stuck wandering into a gender specific bathroom.
  • Fixed a slow memory leak that occurred from traveling with different Sims.
  • Relationships are now properly updated if a couple splits up while one of the pair is traveling.
  • Players can no longer get their Sims stuck in unroutable areas by canceling long routes on the roads in China.
  • Sims no longer have the chance of getting stuck when getting caught by hidden traps in the Tomb of Abu Simbel basement levels.
  • Logic Processor tomb objects now retain all settings when getting exported and imported.
  • Torch Wall Levers now animate when pulled.
  • Aging cheats are now disabled in Travel Locales.
  • Sims can no longer receive the Wish to Make Nectar using Onions.
  • Fixed a minor error that could occur when burning mummies.
  • Merchant NPCs are not generated if a Travel Locale does not contain a Market Venue.
  • The map tag of a departing Sim no longer remains after the Sim leaves a Travel Locale.
  • Multiple base camps can no longer be created in the same Travel Locale.
  • The Chat on Bed interaction is no longer available for Sims in Tents.
  • Addressed an issue where Sims could get stuck in the Sarcophagus if other Sims were lined up to use it.
  • The Add to Active Family cheat will no longer allow more than 8 Sims to be added to a household. Households with over 8 Sims lead to game instability.
  • The player is now informed if an Adventure is cancelled due to a different Sim interfering with quest requirements.
  • The Adventure Tracker text for the "Deliver Pieces of Unsmelted Mercury" adventure has been clarified.
  • Athletic Skill gain rate from sleeping in the Sarcophagus of Kings has been reduced.
  • Objects in a hidden state no longer revert to a visible state when importing and exporting a lot.
  • Cell phone pictures saved in a lot in the bin are no longer lost when updating.
EA also released the beta version of the game's world-building toolset today. Bear in mind that it won't work on Macs.

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