The newspaper is an item delivered daily to Sim households in The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, The Sims Life Stories and The Sims Pet Stories. Newspapers can be read by Sims for entertainment, or used to find a job; depending on the game, the newspaper may have additional uses. Newspapers become old and unusable when a new paper is delivered the following morning. The newspaper is known in-game as the SimCity Chronicle.
In The Sims, the SimCity Times newspaper is delivered by Nancy the Paper Girl at around 9 AM. Sims can read it to satisfy Fun and can look for a job, although it will only have one job listing each day. If there are too many old newspapers on the lot deliveries will be stopped until they are recycled.
The Sims: Superstar
Superstar introduces a tabloid, the Studio Town Insider, which is delivered along with the newspaper each morning. Sims can use the tabloid to sign up to the Studio Town Talent Agency to join the Fame career track, check star rankings, and read about gossip and rumours about local famous Sims.
The stories that can be read in the tabloid are determined by the actions and behaviour of playable famous Sims. If there aren't enough stories that can be generated about them, a series of generic articles will be shown instead.
|Take part in a Photo-Op||Always ready to impress, <Sim> was posing for our camera! How refreshing to find celebrities who don't run from our photographers.|
|The ever-trendy <Sim> posed earlier for our photographer. We expect many of these pictures will become rare collectibles.|
|Take in a Publicity Stunt||Our reporter was on the scene to catch <Sim> with a fellow celebrity. What a show! We're proud to be the only publication to bring you this exclusive.|
|With our camera firmly tapped into the pulse of Studio Town, we managed to find out about an incredible encounter between two well known stars. Although asked to not mention specifics, we can tell you that <Sim> was DEEPLY involved in this incident.|
|Arrive to work in a good mood||An accomplished professional, <Sim> shows us the stuff that stars are made of. Our paparazzi reports that $Object is likely the most cheerful celebrity in Studio Town!|
|Our photographer captured a moment in the life of <Sim>, going about their normal routine in Studio Town. "It's great to see someone enjoying what they do for a living", commented our reporter. "I wish I could say the same."|
|Arrive to work in a bad mood||Can life never be good enough for some people? Apparently not! The Insider has been following <Sim>, and sure enough, we can confidently report that <Sim> is usually in a horrible mood when they're in Studio Town.|
|How embarrassing! We'll wager <Sim> wishes our cameras hadn't been around to catch their tantrums in Studio Town! Will this star ever learn to behave like an adult?|
|Have a Nervous Breakdown||Sad news from Studio Town. <Sim> was seen rolled in the fetal position, muttering unintelligibly. The cause of the breakdown is the source of much speculation. Stress at work? A recent string of failures? Whatever the cause, this is sure to reflect negatively on <Sim>'s career.|
|Make a celebrity friend||It looks like <Sim> is "getting around" Studio Town! Our source on the lots tells us that <Sim>'s made a brand new Celebrity Friend.|
|Love||No surprise, but it sure seems like <Sim> has fallen in love! While we hear hearts cracking all over SimCity, we sure hope this happy couple lasts. But either way, we'll be happy to report on it!|
|Receive an Award||Congratulations are in order for <Sim>. They've just been honored with one of Studio Town's most prestigious awards!|
|Generic articles||What's up with <Celebrity> <Sim> these days? Sources claim the famous llama collection was removed from the gallery. "I just found the whole llama collection a bit ODD," says <Sim>.|
|Are you incredibly beautiful? Do you spend your spare time singing to your pets? Stop dreaming about Studio Town, and do something to get noticed! Sign up with the SimCity Talent Agency!
(Paid for by the SimCity Talent Agency)
|History almost repeated itself today when a fire broke out in Studio Town during the screening of the cult classic "Toaster Rockets, Then the Death Ray". A firefighter happened to be in the lucky audience, averting a potential repeat of the 1906 catastrophe. Sources within the Fire Dept. commented that a fan started the fire when he lit up a home-made replica of a Toaster Rocket.|
|Did aliens abduct <Celeberity> <Sim>? Our editorial staff was shocked to learn of the 14 hour disappearance last week. Why the extra-terrestrial suspicion? Long-time friends speak of an entirely new personality.|
|Local <Celebrity> Saves Cat!
<Sim>, a well known <Celebrity>, saved a frantic feline from certain doom early this morning. Boots, a neighborhood favorite, was stuck on a high tree branch. Nearby <Sim> heard the cat's cries, and climbed to the rescue. "Actually," said <Sim>, "it was a lot like making a movie!"
The Sims 2
In The Sims 2, the newspaper is delivered by a Teen, and usually arrives shortly after 7 AM every day. The newspaper can be read for Fun, and also allows Sims to:
- Find a job (There will be three job listings.)
- Find a job for a pet [TS2:P]
- Get information about the weather [TS2:S]
- Builds Science enthusiasm in FreeTime
- Move out by clicking on 'Find Own Place'
- Do the crossword, which increases Logic.
- Builds Games enthusiasm in FreeTime
- Make a paper airplane for fun.
- Read the Hobby sections unlocked when Sims gain enthusiasm in hobbies [TS2:FT]
- Find a roommate [TS2:AL]
The paper-boy/girl will stop delivering the paper if there are too many on the lot. To get rid of them, Sims can recycle them, or hire a maid. With Open for Business, a CleanBot will vacuum up old newspapers. With Seasons they can also be put in the compost bin.
If the newspaper is outdoors, and a Sim who is furious with someone in the household comes past, they may steal the newspaper and run off with it. This may happen even if a Sim is holding—or reading—the paper. In addition, a mean Sim who comes by may steal the paper even if they don't know anyone in the household, or even if they are friends with one of the household members. Players should note that if the thief is interrupted after picking up the paper, the paper will probably still disappear. So, while a SentryBot[OFB] may react to a Sim who intends to steal a newspaper, it will often be unable to prevent the theft itself. However, the player can use the moveobjects cheat and move the newspaper to an inaccessible location, or move it inside the house. The would-be thief would walk towards it, be unable to get at it, and leave, aborting the theft entirely. Also, if an old newspaper is on the ground near the current newspaper, it might be stolen instead of the current newspaper.
In a college sub-neighborhood, the newspaper is delivered to private houses, but is not delivered to dormitories. If a private house is chartered as a Greek house, the newspaper will continue to be delivered, but it may or may not be delivered to premade Greek houses.[confirmation needed]
If Sims are sitting down to use a toilet, they may produce a newspaper out of thin air and read it. Interestingly, this counts as a real newspaper when deciding whether or not to deliver the morning newspaper, and it is possible for newspaper delivery to be refused if the Sim's "toilet" newspaper brings the lot's newspaper count above the limit.
The Sims 3
In The Sims 3, the newspaper is delivered by a child in the morning everyday at around 9:00 AM. Sometimes the paper boy/girl will refuse to deliver if there are more than five unrecycled newspapers on the lot.
In The Sims 3, the newspaper allows Sims to:
- Find a job or a profession
- Check Weekly Events (Chess tournaments, eating contests, etc.)
- Read (Shows random events such as a nearby family moving away, news of a baby being born, and a death of a Sim).
- Find Discount Classes.
- If a Sim has the Frugal trait, they can "Clip Coupons" which offer discounts at the local shops for a limited time.
- If Late Night is installed, the paper will show hotspots via the interaction "Read".
- If Pets is installed, a Sim can check for neighborhood adoptions or adopt a pet from the shelter.
- If Seasons is installed, a Sim can check the weather forecast (though the forecast is somewhat less accurate than the one in the weather channel).
Newspaper delivery can be canceled through the services menu on the phone or mobile phone.