The Sims take the Stage

EA premieres free-to-participate audio-visual performance community based on Will Wright's widely popular franchise.

In February, Electronic Arts acquired online karaoke community SingShot. Though no specific plans for the music-oriented networking site were laid out, EA did note that the SingShot team would work with its Sims division. The first product of this partnership quickly followed in March, when EA signed on the services of British pop star Lily Allen to judge an online karaoke contest sung in simlish--the garbled language spoken by in-game sims characters--to promote The Sims 2 Seasons expansion pack.

Since then, EA has kept a low profile with its SingShot brand. The reason for that, it would appear, was announced today, as EA took the wraps off The Sims On Stage. Currently in beta form, On Stage is an online community built around user-created karaoke songs, stories, comedy routines, or other creative audio or visual performances. According to EA, On Stage includes "thousands of well-known rock, pop, and country songs," and users can record their performances with a webcam and microphone.

The site includes tools that help users create, view, and share their recordings with their friends or the community at large. EA also mentioned it would include tools for creating movies of The Sims 2 content, which is already a popular emergent gameplay aspect of the game. According to an EA representative, users will be able to splice together their own footage or others' shared creations with more than 350 audio clips and images from The Sims 2 to create the videos. These videos and other recordings can then be shared with other social networking sites, such as YouTube.

The Sims On Stage beta site supplants the SingShot community site and launches today. The service is free of charge and open to both PC and Mac users, but it does require a broadband connection. The Sims On Stage will not require a copy of either The Sims 2 or The Sims to participate.

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33 comments
KingDalt777
KingDalt777

I personally signed up with Sims On Stage less than three weeks ago and have been having a blast! There is a good selection of songs to do. It's easy, all ya need is a microphone on your computer. You can karaoke, share your poetry, stories, comedy and mashups. I've had a good time laughing at some of the jokes in the comedy section and mashups are something new to me. With mashups, you actually create your own music video with sim character film clips . Plus you can enter contest, (mostly for a cudos award, but occasionally real prizes), and you get rated and appreciated by people all over the world. I have found the community to be warm and co-inspiring and have made some very nice friends. If karaoke is what you love, come sing with us!

hutapamo
hutapamo

I've always liked The sims 2 gamez so ya I cant wai t 4 diz 1 hy..... AWSOME

ryanstoy91
ryanstoy91

How about instead of putting new Sim ideas into expansions packs, those ideas instead could be put into Sims 3.

oliver_475
oliver_475

zomg... we need The Sims 3, Expansion packs! Not this...

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Well Sims definitely now getting outta control !!!

Gamer_152
Gamer_152

All of those of you asking for 'Sims 3 instead of another expansion' please try and stay aware that EA is a professional, organised company. We know that both Sims 3 and the Sims 2 expansions are in production at the same time and they can't just drop the expansions to get Sims 3 completed any quicker, it just doesn't work like that.

Megawizard
Megawizard

"Jesus! When will people realise that this a BUISINESS and a compagny,s only interest is to...wait for it... MAKE MONEY!! ZOMG!!!!!!!!!!!!" Except that said business should know when something's getting drawn out way too far. Oh wait, I forgot this was EA.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I'd much rather have The Sims 3 then another expansion pack (mostly because I didn't buy either of the Sims games and I'm waiting for the Sims 3).

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

The Sims is like the Pauly Shore of games: Annoying, pretentious, and always coming back when you think you've gotten rid of it.

aygol
aygol

Not Interested.

playa42018
playa42018

great....more crap on youtube now when i want to watch a music video, i'm going to have to dig through 20 videos of people trying to sing it.

DarknessKilla
DarknessKilla

Jesus! When will people realise that this a BUISINESS and a compagny,s only interest is to...wait for it... MAKE MONEY!! ZOMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

*sigh* Yet another overdoen expansion pack. WHERE'S THE SIMS 3?!?!?!?!?

cheezlarson
cheezlarson

And all this time I thought characters in the Sims could only speak Simmish, but now they're going to sing karaoke.

Pete5506
Pete5506

The sims are fun to play, I would say one of the best EA games

hobbitman
hobbitman

Sounds like a dumb idea to me.

r3351925
r3351925

well this game really gets boring after sometime.

aposgr
aposgr

many games indeed

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I don't think Will Wright has anything to do with the Sims 2 franchise anymore. It's all EA.

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

look at all those sim games on the right --> LOTS OF EM!

homsuplo75
homsuplo75

As corny as this idea sounds I have a feeling it's going to be insanely popular. All those folks who couldn't make it to American Idol will now have a venue where they can show off their "skills" through the game.

tclvis
tclvis

Dear god. I love my sims, but branding karaoke with them? EA has no soul. It's official. Ugh.

maxmax1234
maxmax1234

there's a really false note in the youtube version of smile in simslish. really really false...

IKKF
IKKF

How do people still play this game? It's the same thing over and over again. Will, please just stick to the road ahead (Spore) and stop wasting your time watching over what EA does with the Sims.

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

My wife and I LOVE the sims but this sounds like it could be a little retarded. Hopefully it's better than the Urbz version of Black Eyed Peas.

scotty74
scotty74

Most of the related games are Mac versions and/or rehashes that include the Sims games plus an expansion or extra content. There are 7 (?) original Sims expansions, plus 5 or 6 SIms 2 expansions, plus 4 or 5 content packs... yeah that is a lot. It equals lots of money for EA...

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

If anyone doesn't believe me that there are too many damn expansion packs, look at the list of related games.

MilkyJoe1
MilkyJoe1

I HATE the sims with a passion

OmegaNemesis28
OmegaNemesis28

Forget this - I demand Sims 3 and not more spin offs/expansion packs! :P It does seem to have a fun concept though, it's all just a matter of it actually taking off. EA has disappointed ALOT lately. Lets see if they can pull this off -.-

Jono0
Jono0

haha sounds awesome, i cant wait!