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Newbie family
Name Newbie family
Members Bob Newbie, Betty Newbie
Number of generations 1 generation
Lot 7 Sim Lane
Other information
Game The Sims Icon The Sims
Playability Playable
Neighborhood Neighborhood 1
Newbie family
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Name Newbie family
Members Bob Newbie, Betty Newbie, Buddy Newbie
Number of generations 1 generation
Lot Cozy Acres
Funds §10,656
Other information
Game The Sims 2 Pets (console)
Playability Playable
Neighborhood Whiskerton
Newbie family
Newbie Family (The Sims 3)
They may be new in town, but they feel like they've found the place they were destined to live. Will their son stay and make his life in Riverview? Or will he find somewhere more... pleasant?
Name Newbie family
Members Robert Newbie, Mags Newbie, Bob Newbie
Number of generations 2 generations
Family connections Simovitch family
Lot 509 Farmer Valley Road
Funds §2,000
Difficulty level Difficulty3
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Game TS3RV Icon The Sims 3 Store
Playability Playable
World Riverview
Newbie family
00-The Newbie Family
Bob and Betty Newbie are back with their dog Buddy in a Sims 4 iteration of the family inspired by past Sims games. Celebrate the 19th year of The Sims with these classic characters.
Name Newbie family
Members Bob Newbie, Betty Newbie, Buddy Newbie
Number of generations 1 generation
Funds §22,000
Other information
Game TS4 Icon The Sims 4
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The Newbie family is a pre-made family that appears in most games in The Sims series. The family name is a pun of "newbie", which means a newcomer or novice. This is a reference since they are commonly used as a tutorial family, most notably in The Sims. The family name is also a placeholder name in most console games when players create a Sim, which is usually Chris Newbie.

The Sims 3

The Newbie family lives at 509 Farmer Valley Road in Riverview, a downloadable town for The Sims 3. The family includes Robert and Mags Newbie, and their teen son Bob. The Newbies are new in town, and they don't appear as a tutorial family in this neighborhood.

The Newbies' house is small but rather fashionably decorated, though they only have §2,000 in their household funds. They also have a swimming pool and an expensive car. This will usually mean that when the first lot of household bills arrives on the second in-game day, before Robert and Mags have been to work for the first time, the bills will take up over half of their small savings. This apparent over-spending may explain why the Newbie family are not very well off in future games, despite seeming to be in a good financial situation at the moment.

The Sims

The Newbie family, consisting of Bob and Betty Newbie (née Simovich), lives at 7 Sim Lane in The Sims. In this game, the Newbies are used as a tutorial family. This tutorial must be completed before the Newbie family can be played.

The Sims 2

In The Sims 2, the Newbies are no longer playable, as they are already deceased. Their only daughter, Brandi Broke, and their grandchildren Dustin, Beau, and the unborn baby Broke are the descendant of the Newbies, and are now known as the Broke family in Pleasantview. Bob and Betty only appear in Brandi's family tree.

The Newbie family appears in The Sims 2 for console. They also appear in The Sims 2 Pets for console as a tutorial family as well. The playable members are Bob and Betty, as well as Buddy Newbie in Pets for console. Their appearances, however, are very different than the previous games. Both of their skin tones are darker than the other games.

The Sims 4

As of February 15, 2019, an official recreation by Maxis of The Sims 2: Pets console version of the Newbie family in The Sims 4 can be found in the Gallery.[1]

If the player does not have The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, Buddy is absent from the family as this expansion pack is needed in order to have dogs. The family description also has the part "with their dog Buddy" removed. Other pack specific content is changed as well if the player lacks the required packs.


Newbie: "a newcomer or novice, an inexperienced user of computers in general." A reference to the fact they are the tutorial family in several games.
Bob: Short for Robert, meaning "bright fame."
Betty: Short for Elizabeth, meaning "my god is oath."
Brandi: May refer to brandy, the alcoholic drink; possibly a feminine version of Brandon, which originates from the English place name.
Mags: Short for Margaret, meaning "pearl".
Buddy: Means "companion", and is therefore a popular name for dogs.

The Newbie family is the one used in The Sims by "novice and inexperienced" players. When the player first begins the game, they are prompted to go to the Newbie household. Bob's name suits him, seeing as he is famous in the sense that all Sims players are aware of him.

Family tree

Newbie-Broke Family Tree


Possible Relations



  • In The Sims, the player can start the tutorial at 7 Sim Lane and end it before the introduction of Betty Newbie so that life goes on for Bob without her. Bob can be played as a normal Sim character then, free to marry another Sim.
  • If one rushes through the tutorial too quickly, the player can encounter the section about finding a job before the papergirl arrives which causes the tutorial to end on an error.


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