Welcome to Parsimonious for Sims 3
All items for The Sims 3 come in a sims3pack format which can be installed with the Launcher. Everything has been tested but due to the very high number of bugs and problems that The Sims 3 always has, it is impossible to guarentee that they will not contribute towards game failures.
In many cases there may be absolutely nothing wrong with the custom items themselves, but the game can corrupt it's content cache files causing crashes or failed saves. It is a good idea to make a regular back-up of your game by renaming copies of your previously saved game folders before starting to play, and keeping your game up to date by getting the latest patches (they may break nearly as many things as they fix, but gradually the game is getting a little bit more stable). If you do find a problem with the creations here you can contact the support service via email.
Sims 3 Technical Support
All our items come in a sims3pack format which means if you can install them with The Sims 3 Launcher.
For those who don't want to use the Launcher, or prefer to use package files, sims3packs can be easily opened with a number of different community created programs (please use your search engine of choice to find one to suit your particular needs
Please be aware, however, that you can only re-use our items as part of your shared artwork, if they were installed from a sims3pack directly into the game, otherwise they will not attach themselves to your creation.
October 11th 2012: Sims 3 Seasons
Sims 3 Seasons is bringing with it the new clothing category of outerwear.
As soon as community custom content tools allow for it, a number of fashion items will be updated to be available for use as outerwear. They will not be re-uploaded as new, only the files will be replaced, however a list of affected items will be made available at the time. Additionally the game category labeling will be updated accordingly.Spooky!
August 31st 2012: A Supernatural Review!
I'm sure plenty of you out there are looking forward to the new Supernatural EP just as much as we are here at Parsimonious.
Our lucky resident artist, Astorina, made it to one of EA's UK preview events to check out the new Supernatural world, Moonlight Falls, and it's weird and wonderful inhabitants. Read all about it at Astorina's Sims 3 Studio.
Sims 3 Furniture
ALL objects available to download here require the 1.26/1.27 or later patch
The furniture section consists of single objects categorized by function. Most items include 2 additional variations shown in the previews, however some which additional stencils and variations which are not shown for you to choose from.
Each object lists the poly count totals for all meshes included in it (Sims 3 objects typically contain 2-4 individual meshes for close up and distant view and shadow rendering). The texture map size is also listed, the texture maps are typical for objects that come with the game, most use the same size texture as the objects they were cloned from, however some may use smaller textures where the design allows.
Sims 3 Fashion
The fashion section includes a variety of different types of content, including clothing, accessories and shoes.
Some items were made very early on in the development of custom content tools for The Sims 3 and as yet not all bugs have been fixed with some items. Nevertheless any problems should be very minor (i.e. switching to the wrong shape low definition mesh when you zoom out a long way) and will not cause permanent harm to your computer or your Sims. They are due to be updated or removed by the end of 2012.
Sims 3 Walls & Floors
This section includes new wall and floor designs, which you can re-pattern easily using the Create-A-Style tool. Each item has a roll-over image which shows a channel mask, this indicates where the different pattern channels feature the design (where you can apply Create-A-Style patterns). Only the single variation show in the preview photo is included. There are a selection of lot terrains available.
Sims 3 Houses
In 2011/2012 all existing houses were re-tested and in some cases repaired to fix a number of issues caused by significant changes to The Sims 3 created by newer Expansions or patches. Some of the repaired houses will have a more recent patch requirement than is implied by their publication date, however will not affect anyone who has updated their game more recently than March 2012. The game launcher should warn you if you download houses (ours or anyone else's) which require a newer patch level or incompatible expansion requirements.
Sims 3 Create-A-Style Patterns
There are a wide variety of different patterns available to download. These can be applied to virtually everything in The Sims 3 using the Create-A-Style tool. If you're not sure how to use this feature of The Sims 3 please check out your in-game lessons.
Sims 3 Worlds
World files will take a long time to download over slow connections.
Each world has been tested intensively over a long period of time with many revisions to try and get rid of as many faults a possible before going online.
Obviously it is a big commitment setting up a whole new neighborhood of Sims so hopefully the extensive testing means you should find the worlds here are of a reasonable standard of playability. The download pages contain a number of statistics for the world on general features, as well as more specific ones that can influence game performance, such as the number of different spawners (for fish, butterflies, gems etc), the number of homes, community and hidden lots, the number of decorative items, the number of tree clusters used and so on.
Of course even after months of painstaking sculpting, painting and building and more months of testing, fixing and tweaking, there will still inevitably be some issues which went unnoticed. Hopefully they are very small, but if you discover something that is seriously wrong please email our support service with as much information as you can provide about the problem.
Our resident artists have their own Studios. You can access these via the links below, from our Links page or by clicking on the artist credit tags found on all items across the site.
This side section can be found on every content page and features useful information about the content shown.
The information provided will include things like instructions on how to install the content, links to external resources or other related information and for more complex items, assistance for understanding and fixing problems that can occur when using custom content.
Are you a custom content creator for The Sims 3?
If you are an experienced creator who is interested in showing off their work here then send in some photos (or a URL if online elsewhere) of things you've made. You can also use this email to request further information about this or other site related matters.
We do NOT have an exclusivity policy, and aside from getting your own studio, you'll also get plenty of help and support using our easy content management system.
All we ask in return is that your creations are made with care and that any included off-site content is used in a way which respects the person who made it and our visitors.