Become An Acrobat, Magician Or Singer
You can't fault EA's ambition, I suppose. They leveraged The Sims' potential, taking Will Wright's inspirational design and transforming it into a mass-media property, ripe for expansions, spin-offs and massive profit margins. Next up on the uninspired production line? The Sims 3 Showtime. What's that? You always wanted to be an acrobat, magician or singer in The Sims? Shame on you. Well, if you did, here's a handful of new screens to feast on. Go ahead, we won't judge.
Here we see a budding magician prepping a 'woman vanishing in a box' trick. Amateur stuff, really. As a magician, you'll begin your profession on the streets, where you must gain a reputation as a logic-defying master of the arts, upon which you'll graduate towards awards shows and eventually a stage all your own. Furthermore, magicians can perform unique social tricks on other Sims, such as plucking coins from behind their eyes, much to the AI's simulated disbelief.
Singers earn their living putting their valuable vocal-strings to work, on telegrams, birthday parties and eventually full-blown concerts. Singers, like magicians, have unique social abilities, such as cheering up neighbors who've maybe lost their jobs or loved ones to those randomized alien invaders. Remember them?
I'm pretty sure this is a shot of a singer in action, but maybe it is, in fact, the third new profession: an acrobat. We've not much detail on the third and last job, but we imagine it concerns all manner of contortions, death-defying leaps and tight-rope walks. I sincerely, deeply hope that tigers are involved in some sort of set-dressing role.
While you'll eventually earn your way to stardom, all the jobs included in The Sims 3 Showtime have their roots in social interaction. Here, we see an aspiring - and possibly very deluded - singer belting out a note in a fashionable Starbucks-style coffee house. On the right, a Sim is yawning, while on the left one young couple couldn't be less interested. Who knew The Sims could recreate rejection in such verisimilitude?