Les Sims 2 Animaux et cie Console : Tchat #1

MaxoidMel (Oct 5, 2006 12:49:21 PM)
Welcome to The Sims 2 Pets Console & Handheld chat, everyone!

Crystal_Pink (Oct 5, 2006 12:50:33 PM)
when will pets be released?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:50:33 PM)
Pets will be out on console on October 17th.

MaxoidMel (Oct 5, 2006 12:50:43 PM)
Just a reminder, this is a chat with the *console and handheld* teams. No PC questions in this chat, guys 🙂

Fireyvedel (Oct 5, 2006 12:51:21 PM)
hay, how long have you been working on the ts2 pets? ps hope you all at maxis are well

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:51:21 PM)
We’ve been working on it for over a year. We had a ton of fun working on it so we’re very happy 🙂

PugLove888 (Oct 5, 2006 12:51:34 PM)
How will the console versions of Pets differ from the PC version?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 12:51:34 PM)
The console version is a stand-alone game concentrates almost exclusively on pets and their owners.

simfantastic2 (Oct 5, 2006 12:52:21 PM)
Hello, what a pleasure to chat with you! You people are just wonderful! So here’s my question. What made you come up with the idea to bring the pets to console and handheld and not only a new expansion pack for the pc? Thank you very much!

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:52:21 PM)
There are so many fun ideas for gameplay in the Pets theme. Each platform gives us a chance to explore different ideas about the central theme of Pets.

simfantastic2 (Oct 5, 2006 12:53:14 PM)
What is your favorite thing about pets for PSP?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:53:14 PM)
There is a unique house building system on PSP that is a lot of fun to play with. I really like using it because I can quickly build any house I can think of.

sagelovvve (Oct 5, 2006 12:54:14 PM)
How will the console game compare to the pc version

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 12:54:14 PM)
The console game takes place in a small town that has dedicated itself almost completely to the needs of pets and their owners. Even the downtown area, which is a new concept for a console game this year, is dedicated largely to the needs of the cats and dogs that people bring downtown.

Strange27Player (Oct 5, 2006 12:54:15 PM)
Can you have pet grooming services, like a pet wash

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:54:15 PM)
In the DS game, you run a pet care center so you get to clean, groom and dress up all of the dogs and cats in your town.

Chris (Oct 5, 2006 12:55:07 PM)
in the PSP version of The Sims 2: Pets, Will it be just like the sims 2 for psp?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:55:07 PM)
The design is very different for Sims 2 Pets. It’s an open-ended Sims game where you get to customize any lot you want and build up families of Sims and Pets however you like.

MaxoidMel (Oct 5, 2006 12:55:59 PM)
Just another reminder – this is the console and handheld chat. The PC chat will be held at 2:30 PDT.

GTNS (Oct 5, 2006 12:56:52 PM)
Will « The Sims 2: Pets » for GBA have goals to accomplish like the previous GBA Sim-games?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:56:52 PM)
Yes, there are a ton of goals to achieve in the GBA game. You move into a pet-crazy town and you get to build up your reputation as a pet trainer, pet walker, pet doctor, parapsychologist and more. There are so many goals and secrets to unlock in the game. We’re very proud of it.

Charon (Oct 5, 2006 12:57:09 PM)
How hard was it to make Pets? I imagine it would have taken a good long time to make all those animations!

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 12:57:09 PM)
It did take a lot of work on all sides: artists, engineers, designers, audio specialists, etc. etc., but it really was a labor of love. I can’t tell you how exciting it was for me to sit down and try to figure out the essential nature of, say, a really messy dog then ask artists to try and re-create that messines. Or, for example, work with the artists to try to convey Doofiness in a way that will be immediately obvious.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 12:58:24 PM)
How will the DS version implement the stylus?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:58:24 PM)
We use the stylus for almost all of the controls and interfaces in the DS game. The stylus opens up a ton of cool, creative options for the player. You use it to play with Pets, command your Sim, interact with objects, and modify the layout of your furniture.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 12:59:51 PM)
is there buymode/build mode in the ds version?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 12:59:51 PM)
Yes, you can buy and arrange furniture, objects and tools for your pet care center. You can even change the layout of the town park! Eventually, you earn enough money to buy bigger and cooler homes and offices.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:00:17 PM)
Can we create a pet and then adopt it in our home?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:00:17 PM)
Yes, you can create a pet at the beginning of the game. We are proud of many different things in this game, but I think Create a Pet is definitely one of the best thing in the game. It is amazing how many different combinations of dogs and cats you can create.

sparkedsim (Oct 5, 2006 1:01:46 PM)
With the Handheld versions, do you have to program them from scratch or do they get built from the original???

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:01:46 PM)
All of the handheld versions are unique.

dalmations4life1 (Oct 5, 2006 1:03:17 PM)
do the cats/dogs get to wear clothes if you wanted them to?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:03:17 PM)
Yes. At first, I was a little scared by the idea of pets wearing clothes, because in real life I look a little funny at people who put their german shepherd’s in little cashmere sweaters, but oh man. When I saw in our game a cat walking around with a top hat, I really felt like we had hit a home run. You have to see it to believe it. We have shirts, hats, glasses, shoes, bandanas and all kinds of different collars and other accessories to help juice up your pet.

PugLove888 (Oct 5, 2006 1:04:10 PM)
So, does that mean that there will be breeds that exist in real life, as well as new breeds that you can create yourself?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:04:10 PM)
You can create any dog or cat that you can imagine in the console versions. The Create-a-Pet feature is so much fun to play with. You can also choose from popular dog and cat breeds. During the game, pets can breed to create unique puppies and kittens.

Amelia (Oct 5, 2006 1:04:37 PM)
Can the pets wear clothes in the ds version?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:04:37 PM)
Yes, pets can wear clothing, collars and hats. It’s very cute.

lovette215 (Oct 5, 2006 1:04:55 PM)
how fat can we make our pets?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:04:55 PM)
very 🙂

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:05:31 PM)
how many pets can you have?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:05:31 PM)
Every house must have one human Sim plus space for five other Sims, whether those Sims are humans or pets. SO, in total, you can have 5 pets per house, which is crazy fun and a bit challenging.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:05:43 PM)
Is hillary duff in all of the console versions?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:05:44 PM)
Hilary Duff appears in the PS2, Gamecube and Nintendo DS games.

Trent97106 (Oct 5, 2006 1:06:47 PM)
Had you always planned on creating a Pet’s game, or was it the begging from the players that made you decide to?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:06:47 PM)
Both. We get so many good ideas from the community. However, we like the idea of Pets just as much as the community. It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Hanihuni9 (Oct 5, 2006 1:07:18 PM)
Can we change the face size of our pets in CAP the way we will be able to in the PC version?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:07:18 PM)
In the console versions, you can morph your pets face in a variety of ways. It’s a very cool creativity tool.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:07:49 PM)
What non-pet additions are in the console versions?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:07:50 PM)
We have added a new downtown area. The PC version has had a downtown for a number of years, but this is a new thing for console. Also, the size of the town increases as the player advances in the game. The buildings get more ooo lah lah (or however you spell that) and more people move into the town.

VASHORTYGIRL01 (Oct 5, 2006 1:07:53 PM)
Will the puppies and kittens grow up to be adult dogs or will they stay little?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:07:53 PM)
Puppies and kittens do grow up 🙂

Heavenly7410 (Oct 5, 2006 1:08:31 PM)
Will be a new music in game?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:08:31 PM)
Yes, we have an entirely new list of music this year.

skittles51194 (Oct 5, 2006 1:10:04 PM)
Will there be puggles?? 🙂

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:10:04 PM)
yes 🙂

lovette215 (Oct 5, 2006 1:10:24 PM)
are you all secretly llamas?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:10:24 PM)

Trent97106 (Oct 5, 2006 1:11:31 PM)
What are some of the interactions we can have with our sim pets?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:11:31 PM)
The Sim can train pets in several tricks, socialize with them, play with them, feed them, bathe them and generally take care of their well-being.

ZC (Oct 5, 2006 1:11:38 PM)
Can Pets be aliens, zombies or vampires?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:11:38 PM)
There are alien pets in the PSP version

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:12:07 PM)
can you buy/sell animals?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:12:07 PM)
Yes. You can buy and sell your pets.

Fangree_Craig (Oct 5, 2006 1:13:01 PM)
Will there be a Free play open ended mode like in previous console Sims games?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:13:01 PM)
The console game is entirely free play. You can build up your families and the town however you like.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:13:44 PM)
When pets pass on do they have their own little grave markers?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:13:44 PM)
Pets will not die in our game. If you neglect your pet, they will run away after passing out a couple times.

mike (Oct 5, 2006 1:14:00 PM)
Do the Pets need to be potty trained?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:14:00 PM)
Cats know how to use the litter box, but you have to train dogs to go outside. You can even train cats to use the toilet.

squirrel7284 (Oct 5, 2006 1:15:19 PM)
are there any cool minigames in pets?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:15:19 PM)
There are a ton of cool minigames in the NDS and GBA versions. My favorite GBA minigame is the flea-catching game. My favorite NDS minigame is the cooking minigame. You get to pick your food ingredients and then you have to keep the temperature just-right for the right amount of time. It’s funny when you don’t get it right.

GTNS (Oct 5, 2006 1:16:02 PM)
Isn’t it hard to manage all our Sims’ and pets’ needs?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:16:02 PM)
There will be some challenge in this, just as there is some challenge in managing a large family, but pets will also take care of themselves to a large degree if you set up the right conditions. So, if you have a couple dogs and you place a dog house, some food and some toys, they will be able to do fairly well, especially if they have another pet to play with.

PugLove888 (Oct 5, 2006 1:16:39 PM)
Will the there be wants and fears in the console version for the animals?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:16:39 PM)
Yes, pets have wants in the console version. Sims are rewarded for satisfying their pet wants with pet points that can be used to purchase things in the town square.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:17:16 PM)
Can you make robo pets?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:17:16 PM)
You can make robotic pets in the PSP version

Fangree_Craig (Oct 5, 2006 1:18:34 PM)
Is there any treats you can give your dog if they do something good?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:18:34 PM)
you can give your pets treats in the console version to encourage them during training.

Trent97106 (Oct 5, 2006 1:19:10 PM)
What is the most interesting or funny thing a pet can do?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:19:11 PM)
The list is long. One feature I really like is the idea of pet personalities, especially the pigpen and snooty pets. A pigpen pet not only likes big messes, he goes out of his way to find them and roll in them and / or eat them. And a finicky pet will raise a pretty big fuss if you don’t keep his dish absolutely clean. So I love setting up situations where a messy cat and a finicky cat lives in the same house. It creates a pretty big ruckus.

tbatch (Oct 5, 2006 1:20:28 PM)
Is there a true storyline in the sims pets or is it just looking after pets?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:20:28 PM)
There is a real story line in the GBA version. In the console and PSP versions, you help to build up the town that you live in so you can really tell your own story.

squirrel7284 (Oct 5, 2006 1:20:48 PM)
any favorite moments while designing the game?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:20:48 PM)
I really enjoyed researching all the personalities for the different breeds in the game. I mistakenly thought that cats and dogs had pretty simple personalities, but they do differ pretty widely in the personality department and we tried to catch these quirks when creating the established breeds.

drewkruel (Oct 5, 2006 1:21:57 PM)
how does this game look on the consoles?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:21:57 PM)
We’re really happy with the graphics, especially the home and town square lots. The backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous.

stjimmy797 (Oct 5, 2006 1:22:01 PM)
Will pets have relationships with each other?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:22:01 PM)
Yes, and these relationships will be very important. Pets can be both friends and enemies and they each will have different ideas about who « owns » a particular object. If Fido and Buster both think that the rope toy is theirs, a fight may erupt, even if they are friends.

MaxoidMel (Oct 5, 2006 1:22:37 PM)
Ok guys, we have a few more minutes left! We’re going to take the last batch of questions and wrap the chat up in about 10 minutes.

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:23:49 PM)
If we say, train our pets, will we be able to unlock more new commands?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:23:50 PM)
Yes. We tried to use as much common sense as possible when tiering the commands. For example, before a pet can dance, he needs to learn how to stand in place. Before a pet can guard, he needs to learn how to stay.

drkcld1991 (Oct 5, 2006 1:24:17 PM)
Maxis First you guys are the best and i love u guys. Is there a exact release date for the ds version?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:24:17 PM)
October 31st

Guest (Oct 5, 2006 1:25:02 PM)
Will pets belong to a specific member of the family or will all pets just be a « family pet »?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:25:02 PM)
Pets belong to the family, but each pet will have one master.

ashleymm (Oct 5, 2006 1:25:50 PM)
are there any new foods in the sims 2 pets

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:25:50 PM)
Yes. We have increased the number of ingredients available in our create a food system. We now have new things like tofu and llama meat. A crowd pleaser.

hoganimi (Oct 5, 2006 1:26:19 PM)
whats your favorite trick that a pet can do?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:26:19 PM)
I think it’s really funny when Pets dance 🙂

Megsimadic (Oct 5, 2006 1:27:24 PM)
Whats the most challenging thing to do in each of the console games?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:27:24 PM)
The most challenging goal in the GBA game is to unlock the Statue in the town center. Good luck !

DemonOfJustice (Oct 5, 2006 1:27:52 PM)
Can you make your own food for pets?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:27:52 PM)
Yes you can. If you have any leftovers from your human meal, you can use a mixer to turn the leftovers into pet food of different qualities. So, if you grind up a lobster, you get great pet food. If you grind up an orange with some butter, the result may not be quite as good.

theboid28 (Oct 5, 2006 1:28:41 PM)
Can we take our pets to the park?

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:28:41 PM)
Yes you may. The park will provide a great opportunity for you and your pet to meet other Sims and other pets.

simfantastic2 (Oct 5, 2006 1:28:59 PM)
Can you be your pet in PSP or you just control one sim?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:28:59 PM)
In the PSP version, you control all of the Sims in each family. You never actually control the pets, but you can teach commands to your pets. If the pets are smart, they will learn fast but doofus pets need more time and patience.

kristikay (Oct 5, 2006 1:29:14 PM)
thanks for all your hard work!

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:29:14 PM)
You are certainly very welcome. We had a lot of fun making this and we hope you guys have as much fun playing it. Thanks for taking the time to join us today :).

NSYNCCK06 (Oct 5, 2006 1:29:33 PM)
I love you guys thank you fore making pets. are there any new cool clothes?

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:29:33 PM)
You can get cool clothes for your pets like shirts, hats, collars, scarves and glasses.

MaxoidMel (Oct 5, 2006 1:29:50 PM)
Thank you all for chatting with MaxoidBen and MaxoidJoe about The Sims 2 Pets for Console & Handheld! We’d like to ask everyone to sign out at this time. We hope to see you at 2:30 PDT to chat with The Sims 2 for PC!

MaxoidBen (Oct 5, 2006 1:29:56 PM)
Thanks for coming everyone! This was awesome 🙂

MaxoidJoe (Oct 5, 2006 1:30:07 PM)
Thanks guys!