The Sims 3: Generations [Mac Download]

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Important Note

This game requires The Sims 3 base game to play.

About the Product

  • Sims of every age can enjoy new activities! Kids can hang out with friends in tree houses. Teens can pull hilarious pranks. Adults can suffer midlife crises. And so much more.
  • Whether it's a raging all-teen party while the parents are out, a high school graduation or an official wedding ceremony, new celebrations make every age more fun.
  • From bachelor party hi-jinks to getting in trouble for bad grades to hearing rumors around town about Sims who cheat on their spouses, hilarity ensues when new drama unfolds.
  • Sims will enjoy all-new ways to be creative including tinkering with chemistry sets, making their own home movies that they can watch on their own TVs, playing make believe as an astronaut, dinosaur, princess, and more.
  • All of the new activities, celebrations, and drama are easier than ever to remember and reminisce about with a new Memories system that keeps track of major life moments and also lets you share them on Facebook or your Sims My Page.

Product Description

Platform: Mac Download

From the Manufacturer

The Sims 3: Generations is the fourth expansion pack for popular single player Life Simulation game The Sims 3.* Through it players can dramatically expand The Sims 3 gameplay with a generationally oriented focus on new activities, celebrations, and opportunities for drama and creativity. With this new expansion players' Sims can experience the gameworld from multiple perspectives, including childhood, the teenage years, young adult to adult, and the senior years. Each of these has a different general focus that players can of course alter as they see fit.

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Experience the Life of Sims Across the Generations

Enjoy a whole spectrum of rich life experiences with your Sims. Start off in the imagination-fueled world of childhood and embrace the drama of the teen years. Experience the complicated realities of adult life, then reap the benefits of growing up in each life stage. A wealth of new options and activities makes your Sims' lives more meaningful than ever before, whatever their ages. With new celebrations, dramatic life events, and all-new ways for your Sims to express their creativity, The Sims 3 Generations lets your Sims live life to the fullest.

Sims from all generations sitting together in The Sims 3: Generations Expansion Pack
Enhance your The Sims 3 experience as you explore the world as a child, a teen, an adult and the later years of life.
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A Sims couple on a date looking up at the stars in The Sims 3: Generations Expansion Pack
Tailor unforgettable experiences for your Sims.
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About The Sims 3

The freedom of The Sims 3 will inspire you with endless creative possibilities and amuse you with unexpected moments of surprise and mischief. Create millions of unique Sims and control their lives. Customize their appearances and personalities. Build their homes - design everything from exquisitely furnished dream homes to quaint cottages. Then, send your Sims out to explore their ever-changing neighborhood and to meet other Sims in the town center. With all-new quick challenges and rewarding game play, The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to choose whether (or not) to fulfill your Sims' destinies and make their wishes come true.

Key Game Features

  • New Activities - Sims of every age can have fun. Kids can attend ballet class, hang out in tree houses, or have fun on new playground equipment. Teens can host raging parties, pull pranks, and attend school dances. Adults can suffer mid-life crises, and those who engage in extramarital affairs will face the rumor mill. And so much more.
  • New Celebrations - Whether it's a hilariously out-of-control bachelorette party, an all-teen party while the parents are out, or a high school graduation, new ways to celebrate life will make every age more fun.
  • New Drama Unfolds - From snubbing school peers to being the focus of neighborhood gossip and even bachelor party hi-jinks, hilarity will ensue when life goes off the beaten path.
  • Find News Ways to be Creative - Sims will be able to tinker with chemistry sets, play in forts, and record with video cameras. Additionally, the new memories system allows players to build a scrapbook and post their memories on Facebook for all of their friends to see.

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A kid playing a prank in The Sims 3: Generations Expansion Pack
Feel free to be mischievous.
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A wedding reception in The Sims 3: Generations Expansion Pack
All-new celebrations.
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An interesting Sims after party in The Sims 3: Generations Expansion Pack
Fun around every corner.
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Getting creative with chemistry in The Sims 3: Generations Expansion Pack
Multiple ways to be creative.
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* The Sims 3 is required for play, and is sold separately.

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
Processor: Intel Core Duo processor
Hard Drive: 2 GB with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
Video Card: ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100. This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.
Additional Info: Requires The Sims 3 for play

Additional Information
Some Mac users may experience an issue with their Sims 3 launcher after installing Generations.  If you experience game launch issues, please follow the instructions found here.

Product Information

Platform:Mac Download
Release date May 31, 2011
Customer Reviews
3.2 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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I call this game a one-off because after you do everything the first time you will probably be uninterested in doing so again. There are a lot of new features to this game but most of them are for the sake of your children. If you don't like having children lingering as such for days upon days--like myself--you won't get much use out of this pack.

Shiny new stuff--one of the coolest aspects in this pack is all the new kid gadgets you'll accumulate. Playground stuff includes sandboxes, 3 types of tree houses, mechanical horses, spaceships, and cars the children can ride, a seesaw, slide, hopscotch court, and various children's toys.

Clothes--The first thing I noticed about playing Sims 3, and I am relatively new as a Sims gamer, is the lack of children's clothes. With this expansion pack being geared toward children/teen years you'll find much improved in cute/adorable outfits for your toddlers. The teens have some very cool new additions too, along with appropriate hairstyle options.

IMAGINATION--One of the biggest and most intriguing aspects of this game is how imaginative the creators have gotten. They've created a very rich world for your toddler, child, and teen that can make for lots of fun on the first go round. For instance, the tree houses are not just places where kids can climb up to and sit. They can host tea parties, play space pirates, ban boys or girls from coming up, play pranks or even sleep in the tree houses. Children can pretend to drive cars by just sitting on a couch, play royal over a court by standing on a chair, or have tea parties with their stuffed toys.

Imaginary friends-- One of the best features included in this pack has got to be the imaginary friend.
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The Sims 3 generations is a pretty good game. It download pretty quickly and was easy to setup and install. The game provides a lot of cool items for kids and teens. However, as an adult there isn't really an improvement. This game is geared towards the younger generation in the sims. I would have liked to have seen more products for adults. Overall, the game is pretty fun.
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I was really excited for this expansion pack when it came out, and boy, was I right to be excited. If you are like me and are big into the family histories of your sims, this game makes it al the more detailed and fun. I love how the characters become more and more realistic with each EP, but this one has taken the cake. Teens get mood swings. Old people get amazingly grumpy. It's really funny to see the new traits take control! It is also nice to have more stuff oriented towards kids and teens, because so little has been until now in my opinion.
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I usually buy the game itself but I thought I would download it this time, Big Mistake! I'm not saying this would happen to everyone but for me it was disappointment after disappointment.
I have a 15" MacBook Pro and all the specifications for this download including high-speed wireless internet, and the download took 6 hours! After waiting all day to play it, I go to install the game software and it tells me that the Sims 3 I have is not compatible with this game and that I have to download extra stuff. Well, I have the original Sims 3 and all the expansion packs, so I'm not sure what the issue is. So I have to download this new item and the download keeps crashing after about 30 minutes of downloading.
Needless to say it has taken me all day to figure this out and it probably would have been easier for me to get the actual game and wait a day for shipping.

I'm not saying this will happen to everyone, I mean it could have been a bad day for me. And like the review before me says: download times are different for everyone. Just don't go into the download purchase lightly.
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I really love this game. There are quite a few amazing things the Sims 3 has for player to do from building a family to living life in the big city. A sim can really have it all.

Here is why I placed a one star. I am a Mac user. As such I was under the impression that the Sims 3 was compatible as stated with Mac computers. Well it is if you only have the basic Sims game and you don't get too attached in playing any one Sim in your game and you don't play for too long. This means you'll not be able to use any of the extensions available for purchase for the Sims 3 game.

The reason is that the sims 3 was not written natively for Mac user rather EA placed a wrapper that is only capable of handing 2Gb of VM (Virtual Memory). The wrapper is a exe. file that helps Mac translate window games so that Mac users can play them. But since the Sims 3 is a heavy virtual memory based game (up to 8 GB of VM is recommended) the game crashes, slows, and/or unable to load due to the fact that the wrapper can only handle 2 GB not any more. So your game thinks it's out of memory when in fact you most likely have plenty to spare.

In my case, I had 370GB of memory available so playing the Sims 3 should have been a breeze. Unfortunately since the wrapper can only handle 2 GB of VM so the game is unable to see that more memory is available due to the limit of memory able to be processed by the wrapper. The game started slowing down after the second expansion. It was unplayable after the third without any custom content added. I have read that Sims 2 was natively written for Mac. I would most likely suggest that you try that since Sims 3 borrows many of it's ideas from it anyway.
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