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The Sims 3 Premium Content
A new type of content is now available on The Sims 3 Store, Premium Content. Sims 3 newbies and veterans alike may be shocked and amazed by this new type of DLC, so this article is designed to unravel the mysteries of Sims 3 Premium Content for the average user.
What Is Sims 3 Premium Content?
Premium content is a new type of content for The Sims 3 that doesn't just re-skin items already available in the game, it adds new items with new functions. Now, not all premium content functions the same way. Some premium content may not seem all that different from the old content. The Uber Sani-Sim Toilet, for instance, doesn't look like anything special at first glance, just another toilet skin for your sim buildings, right? Wrong. It's a toilet with an entirely new set of animations that lifts its own lid automatically for sims, plays them music whilst they evacuate their bowels and bladder and cleans itself. Basically its the same old toilet, but with a new twist.
That's one type of premium content, a type that emulates content already in the game, but provides additional sounds and animations. There's a second type of premium content, an arguably more valuable kind that doesn't just add new sounds and animations, but new functions in the game.
The Sharper Sim Foot Massage Chair is one example of this sort of 'new function' content. It's a chair that your sim can relax in whilst getting a foot massage. That means you get the benefits of a spa massage without actually sending your sim to the spa. Handy!
Some content also has magical properties, I would call this the third category of premium content because it adds a whole new dimension to the game.
What Is Sims 3 Magic Premium Content?
Some Sims 3 premium content has magical properties, like the Lady Ravendancer Goth's Book o' spells, which adds new spells and magic to the game. I'm of the opinion that this is quite a step up from a fancy toilet and a chair with a massage function. This is magic. Magic! It also happens to be the very first item of 'Premium Content' I downloaded and I've reviewed it here, so if you're curious as to whether or not the Book o' Spells is worth the 500 sim points, go check that out. (Spoiler: It's a buggy piece of trash and doesn't work if you have the Hidden Springs world installed with the Fountain of Youth.)
What Isn't Sims 3 Premium Content?
General store content isn't Sims 3 premium content. Most content from The Sims 3 store is simply different skins for items that perform the same function. For example, you can buy 30 different kinds of tables on The Sims 3 store, but at the end of the day, they're all just tables. They're not magical tables. If they were, they'd be premium content. See how that works? (On the upside, at least the normal content actually works, unlike the premium content that comes out with known bugs and isn't fixed.)