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Game Launcher

The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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Game Launcher


The Sims 3 game launcher acts as your central hub for most of what goes on in the game. Much like the game’s official website, here you can see many of the latest official items available, ones that you have downloaded, and movies and screenshots that you have captured during the game.

The game launcher houses all your Sims 3 downloads (the official ones!)

Recording Video and Screenshots

The Sims 3 includes a powerful video recording suite, and a more ordinary image capture facility. To capture video, press V during play or click the camera icon. You can in fact activate the capture while in open play and then go into the Create a Sim or Edit Town modes with the movie still recording – so there is a lot of possibilities open to you. Ensure that you peruse the Video Capture options menu to ensure that the video will be suitably compressed and that you are able to record for long enough.

Screenshots are more simple, and you can capture them with or without the game’s interface overlaid.

When you have a collection of assets taken from the game, they can then be accessed from the Sims 3 Game Launcher, from the Sims 3 folder, or on website, when creating a story or video.

Use the Game Launcher to view and upload all your recorded video and images from The Sims 3.

Installing Official Items

Items will install automatically once downloaded from – or when double-clicked if saved to a location on your computer. The Sims 3 Game Launcher will open and a progress bar will be shown. Once it completes, the item is then in the game and ready for use!


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Oct 5th 2015 Guest
Can somebody help me? I bypassed my launcher a few months ago because I got sick of having to click the play button; but now I can't find the launcher itself which I need so I can run updates and so on! Please help!
ID #614096
Sep 4th 2015 Guest
does anybody know where i can get a custom launcher TO RUN THE GAME?
i need a custom launcher because my launcher is missing TS3.exe wont run for me
ID #605382
Jul 13th 2015 Guest
i am very confused. i looked up soemthing WAY different than this. very confused please help me!!!
ID #584021
Jun 24th 2015 Guest
where can you find the sims3 game launcher
ID #574872
Apr 22nd 2015 Guest
I've always wondered where my Sims 3 videos and photos have gone... And now I know!😃👍
ID #546243
Nov 17th 2014 Guest
I officially quit! been tryin for three weeks to get my games to work. I'm done!
ID #473088
Oct 10th 2014 Guest
ID #457066
Jan 3rd 2014 MrsPuddleduck
I have been uploading from the sims 3 game launcher and it did it by firefox browser, but when I uninstalled the firefox browser and have I have Google browser it will not upload my lots etc or sign me in. It says there is a server error, can anyone help me so that it will use Google as I do not really want firefox/
ID #338567
Dec 13th 2013 Guest
I am able to log into "Origin", but then I get to the game Launcher I'm asked to sign in again. I used the same ID and Password... the system says the email address and password does not match.
ID #328728
Apr 8th 2016 Guest
go in and change your password for origin and for sim3 site make them the same will work then
ID #645979
Jul 26th 2013 Guest
How to download the sims 3 game launcher????????????????????
ID #300357
May 30th 2013 Guest
at least idc about expansion packs cause I know that they may not work in my computer
ID #286578
May 21st 2013 Guest
i have to install the sims 3 but i cant to update !!!!!!!!!!!
ID #284285
Apr 27th 2013 Guest
i have uninstalled my sims3 university 3 times now and everytime i think it is going to work then it stops and the sims3 launcher has stopped working. What is going on
ID #277992
Feb 1st 2013 Guest
[b]SO HERE'S WHATS GOING ON I GO TO LOCAL DISK C, THEN PROGRAM FILES (X86) AND ELECTRONIC ARTS AND THEN TS3.exe AND ALL THAT BUT WHEN I GO TO CLICK ON IT IT ONLY LET'S ME PLAY THE BASE GAME AND I HAVE ALL THE EXPANSION PACKS AND ONE STUFF PACK (i had to do this because every time i try to click the launcher regularly it say 'the sims 3 game launcher has stopped working' i have unistalled the game 3 TIMES!!!!!!) PPPPPLLLLEEEEAAAASSSSEEE HELP MMMEEEE!!!!!!!!
ID #248679
Jan 10th 2013 Guest
how to downlload it
ID #240881
Dec 29th 2012 Guest
Where do you find the serial code? I tried to find it in my sims 3 ds game. Is it in the instruction booklet?
ID #231356
Dec 25th 2012 Guest
The sims 3 launcher does not work for me but wen i run TS3.exe it works. Yesturday i bought an extension pack , the sims 3 seasons, and it won't install for me coz you need the launcher for it. Could someone please help me get the launcher working. It keeps telling me that the launcher has stopped working
ID #228214
Dec 23rd 2012 Guest
no game disk found?.. what was that mean.. thnxx i hope you can help me..
ID #226778
Dec 2nd 2012 Guest
ID #214478
Oct 17th 2012 Guest
i am trying to download a sim and i don't know why it wont download it keeps saying please check log for more information but where do i find the log?
ID #197561
Sep 29th 2012 Guest
i also cant play the game even though i downloaded the game like twenty times!HELP ME, CAN ANY BODY FIX THIS GAME
ID #190133
Sep 9th 2012 Guest
Same here obvisouly no one has the solution to this problem. SMH.
ID #184641
Sep 2nd 2012 Guest
i can play the game but there is no launcher. it just play...and i just downloaded some objects so i need launcher and i don't have it. but i don't have any problems whit playing the game.
ID #182586
Jul 30th 2012 Guest
i have installed sims 3 but there is no sims launcher so it will not work, any help?
ID #170228
Jul 16th 2012 Guest
I have the disc and put it in and it does nothing what do I do!?!?
ID #164870
Jul 15th 2012 TashGill
Why won't my posts show up on Facebook? Is this because of Timeline??
ID #164342
Jun 20th 2012 Guest
Mine just plain does not work. I use the launcher shortcut and it sys "Sims3launshe is not working. windows is checking for a solution to the problem" I found a way around it but I cant Make any new towns and i cant use the world creator. If anyone knows how to fix this, please help me.
ID #154857
Jun 9th 2012 Guest
i have the sims three,the sims three generations and the sims three townlife stuff. i downloaded all of the them but when i click on the generations icon ,the sims game launcher is stuck on townlife .HOW DO I FIX IT??????
ID #150869
Jun 3rd 2012 Guest
how can I download it on the mac?
ID #148421
Apr 22nd 2012 Guest
how do you download sims 3 game launcher
ID #135912
Apr 16th 2012 Guest
mine wont let me go on to accept friend requests or let me onto my page coz it says oops we could not process your request it is so annoying could you plz help me
ID #134321
Apr 12th 2012 Guest
the sims 3 game launcher didn't work i don't know why and how to make it work dah........... it says that
no ga,e disc foundeven if there was already dics inside it pls. reply
ID #132472
Mar 3rd 2012 Guest
can someone help mee
ID #119908
Feb 22nd 2012 Guest
also, this has happened with every game of the sims I have played! whenever I use one more often, the other wont work! this is still midnightchan123
ID #117239
Feb 22nd 2012 Guest
well, I already have the sims3 installed, and I borrowed the expansion pack world adventures and when I try to play the normal game since I have to return it to her soon, it tells me I have the wrong disc in, and I selected the regular sims3 launcher, not the expansion one, what is wrong? please help! the user name I use for almost everything is midnightchan123, so if you have my answer, please type that so I know your talking to me and not someone else!
ID #117238
Feb 17th 2012 Guest
is it free to sign up
ID #115815
Jan 10th 2012 just4phun98
I just bought Sims 3 and Sims 3 pets for my pc they installed great but then it said that I had to download Origins as a game launcher and no matter what I do my games won't launch.. I sat here for an hour and a half looking at a black screen.. Bear in mind that my computer is new and made for Gaming... can some one PLEASE tell me what the heck is going???
ID #104670
Dec 28th 2011 alex8789
i have the siks 3 town life stuff but when i put it in a message that says something like this is the copy plz inalta the game plz plz plz help
ID #99570
Dec 28th 2011 alex8789
my sims 3 game launcher is just a picthers i don't know wat to do plz help
ID #99569
Dec 28th 2011 alex8789
[img][/img] my sims 3 game launcher is just a picthers i don't know wat to do plz help[/size] [/size]
ID #99568
Dec 28th 2011 Guest
my sims 3 game launcher is just a picthers i don't know wat to do plz help
ID #99565
Dec 17th 2011 Guest
HOW DO you get the launcher i need help please!!
ID #95890
Oct 17th 2011 Guest
ID #80981
Oct 14th 2011 Guest
how do u get to the sims 3 website

ID #80311
Sep 28th 2011 Guest
If you go to the exchange on the sims 3 website and select something to download, the launcher will come up and say that there is a new update available. After the update it should work normally, at least this is what happened for me.
ID #77152
Sep 10th 2011 Guest
i got that the same what does this mean
ID #73690
Sep 8th 2011 Guest
same my game says "your the sims 3 Base Game is incomplatible with the current the sims 3 expansion pack. Please update your game via the game launcher." helppp!!!!
ID #73271
Jul 15th 2011 Guest
same with me this is sooooooo bad!
how do you fix it?
ID #57988
Jun 4th 2011 Guest
same here, mine started doing it right after i updated it
ID #46908
May 25th 2011 Guest
Same here >.<
ID #44885