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Patch 22

Release date 5/31/2011
Game versions
TS3 Icon The Sims 3 1.22.9
TS3WA Icon World Adventures 2.17.2
TS3HELS Icon High-End Loft Stuff 3.13.1
TS3A Icon Ambitions 4.10.1
TS3FLS Icon Fast Lane Stuff 5.8.1
TS3LN Icon Late Night 6.5.1
TS3OLS Icon Outdoor Living Stuff 7.3.2
TS3G Icon Generations 8.0.152
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The 22nd patch for The Sims 3 was released on May 31, 2011, in conjunction with the release of The Sims 3: Generations. You can download it through The Sims 3's Launcher.


Before installing an update for The Sims 3, an Expansion Pack, or a Stuff Pack, it is a good idea to run through the following checklist to ensure your game continues to work smoothly.

If you have any questions about the below steps, please visit the Technical Support forum on the official Sims 3 community found at this URL:

Step 1: Disable Custom Content

Custom content is all Sims content that did not come from an official The Sims 3 Update, The Sims 3 Store, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack. Custom Content is created by 3rd Party Developers that are not regulated by Electronic Arts or The Sims 3 Development Team and may not work with new updates. Custom Content may cause the game to behave unexpectedly or not function entirely.

To disable your custom content, undo whatever you did to install this content to get your game back into an unmodified state. If you placed it in a Sims 3 directory folder, move it to a new folder that is outside your Sims 3 file directory. Your Sims 3 file directory can be found using the paths listed below:

Windows XP Directory: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3

Windows Vista/7/8 Directory: C:\Users\USER\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3

Mac File Directory: ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/

Once you have installed the official update you may re-enable your custom content. If you experience problems, disable it again until the 3rd party developer updates their content to work with the official Update, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack.

Step 2: Back Up your Save Files

It’s always a good precaution to back up your save files before installing an Expansion Pack, Update, or Stuff Pack. To do this, copy the “.sims3” folders found in the Saves folder onto your desktop or another file directory.

Your Sims 3 Saves folder can be found using the paths listed below:

Windows XP Directory: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves

Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Users\USER\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves

Mac File Directory: ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/Saves

After the Update is installed, run the game to verify your saves still function correctly.

Step 3: Let the Update Complete Entirely

Updates can sometimes be rather large and may take a while to download and install completely. Cancelling the update before it has completed may cause unexpected problems, so it is always best to let it finish entirely. Do not close the Launcher until you have confirmed the update is completely installed, as this will cancel the update.

Release NotesEdit

Base Game Updates
  • You can now collect Memories of significant moments in your Sims’ lives in the new Scrapbook. Custom Memories can also be created using the Capture This Moment tool. All Memories can be uploaded and shared on and Facebook!
  • You can now adjust the lifespan length for each individual phase of life that a Sim goes through via the Options menu.
  • A glitch where non-active neighborhood toddlers would develop the Desolate moodlet randomly and then become stuck in an endless loop of crying has been fixed.
Live Mode
  • Sims can now ask other Sims out on dates!
  • Sims will now be given a Romantic Reputation based on their social interactions in the local dating scene.
Create a Sim
  • Body hair can now be applied on male Sims, from head to toe!
Build/Buy Mode
  • Players can now use the Catalog Filter in Build and Buy Mode to sort Content from different installed Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs, as well as content from The Sims 3 Store.
World Adventures
  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features
  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features
Late Night
  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features
  • Additional bug fixes and polish to existing features

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