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 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.
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.
- Bob Newbie (Deceased)
- Betty Newbie (Deceased)
- Brandi Broke
- Robert Newbie (Deceased)
- Mags Newbie (Deceased)
- Fatima Simovitch (Deceased)
- Vadim Simovitch (Deceased)
- Skip Broke (Deceased)
- Dustin Broke
- Beau Broke
- Unborn son Broke
- Buddy Newbie
- Pat Newbie (the default name in The Sims Bustin' Out in CAS)
- Chris Newbie (the default name in The Sims 2 for consoles and The Sims 3 for Nintendo DS in CAS)
- 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.