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The Sims 3

Little console people.

The Sims 3

The Sims 3

Little console people.

The Sims 3 invites you to "Play with Life", inferring an impulse towards creativity and imagination, but I've never met any Sims player who isn't immediately compelled to create themselves and nobody really knows why. It's the first thing I did when I played the Sims for the first time in 2000, sitting in front of the family computer.

It really used to freak out my Dad when he walked past. "What are you doing?" he'd ask, horrified, taking in the frighteningly perfect miniatures of our family pottering about on the monitor I honestly couldn't tell him.

10 years later, I'm still doing it. There sits Sim-me, up at 3am playing videogames whilst the rest of the household is asleep and there are dishes to do, whilst I sit in my flat playing The Sims 3 on low volume at 3am and ignoring the mounting stack of plates. But when my Sim wandered over to the stereo in the middle of a Sunday afternoon and turned on a 22-20s song ten minutes after that exact same track popped up on my iTunes playlist in real life, it all got a bit weird and I had to turn it off.

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Fable III atop of the UK chart

New: Star Wars! WWE! Sims 3! Rock Band!

Update: UKIE has released sales figures for the top 10 games. These show that leader Fable III sold 128,895 copies since launch on Friday - 6000 more than Fable II managed.

EA details The Sims 3 console

EA details The Sims 3 console

On DS, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.

EA has revealed that The Sims 3 will head to DS, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 this autumn.

Platforms were previously unconfirmed, although an autumn date has been mentioned on more than one occasion.

The Sims hasn't appeared like this on DS before. This adaptation recreates the core Sims experience and allows houses and Sims and "virtually everything" to be customised by swishing the stylus.

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