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The Sims

Long-distance call

Long-time residents may remember what was probably Hong Kong's first English-style fish and chips takeaway, the Hasty Tasty. Open in the 1950s and opposite the Waltzing Matilda Inn in Kowloon, it was one of the places in which Mary Woo Sims grew up.

Sunday, 16 May, 2010, 12:00am

Expansion packs win battle for lonely hearts and minds

Gamemaker unveils long-awaited updates of its most popular and lucrative titles

For lonely hearts left dateless on a Friday night, there is always the thrill of chatting with complete strangers via instant messaging and online forums. Now Electronic Arts has gone one better, allowing gamers to vicariously experience romance through their virtual selves.

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Expansion packs win battle for lonely hearts and minds

For lonely hearts left dateless on a Friday night, there is always the thrill of chatting with complete strangers via instant messaging and online forums. Now Electronic Arts has gone one better, allowing gamers to vicariously experience romance through their virtual selves.

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Metro for Men

What is it?

A package for men that comprises a cocktail of anti-ageing procedures, including Botox, intense pulsed light (IPL) and SunFX spray-on tan.

It sounds like a lengthy routine

Face Magic Haven, which offers the package, says it takes about 90 minutes, but the effect can last up to six months.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Power to the virtual people

Developed by Electronic Arts-owned Maxis, The Sims 2 is the latest version of its best-selling lifestyle simulation game for PCs. The sequel to The Sims remains based on the original's four-year-old plan with a range of new features. It lets you create simulated people, control their interactions and work towards short- and long-term goals.

19 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Power to the virtual people

Product: The Sims 2 Price: HK$270 [normal CDR pack]; HK$300 [special DVD pack, with a free bonus CD]; HK$330 [special photo frame box set] Pros: Addictive; new 3D engine and stunning graphics; fluid and realistic movements; enhanced viewing allowing zoom in and out for 360-degree view; updated interface; easy to learn

18 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Insight into virtual games people play

Product: The Sims Online Publisher: Electronic Arts Pros: Addictive, online social game, where people will always surprise you Cons: Game is slowly maturing and some features are not implemented yet Price: HK$250 plus US$9.99 a month Web site: www.thesimsonline.com

25 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Meet The Sims

BORED WITH YOUR humdrum life? Why not watch others go about theirs? Let's face it, we have all done it. How else would you explain the popularity of local infotainment television shows such as Hong Kong Today and I-Files, in which 'real people' bare their souls (and sometimes more) in front of the camera?

17 May 2000 - 12:00am

Typical day in the life of a Sim sometimes too close to home

In the original SimCity, Sims were the little dots that represented the citizens of your city. The little dots went from home to work to shopping. Life as a Sim was never much of a life. No more! The Sims is a people simulator inspired by the Sims of SimCity.

20 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Health centre comes up with new concept for total fitness

Deborah Sims is opening her own Body By Deborah health and beauty spa in Causeway Bay and plans to redefine the concept of fitness centres.

'My spa is a body-mind-spirit concept,' Ms Sims said.

The idea is to strengthen the body, relax the mind and soothe the spirit.

15 Sep 1996 - 12:00am