Game Launcher

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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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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!

Added 5th Oct 2015, ID #614096

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

Added 4th Sep 2015, ID #605382

i am very confused. i looked up soemthing WAY different than this. very confused please help me!!!

Added 13th Jul 2015, ID #584021

where can you find the sims3 game launcher

Added 24th Jun 2015, ID #574872

I've always wondered where my Sims 3 videos and photos have gone... And now I know!😃👍

Added 22nd Apr 2015, ID #546243

I officially quit! been tryin for three weeks to get my games to work. I'm done!

Added 17th Nov 2014, ID #473088


Added 11th Oct 2014, ID #457066

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/

Added 3rd Jan 2014, ID #338567

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.

Added 13th Dec 2013, ID #328728

How to download the sims 3 game launcher????????????????????

Added 26th Jul 2013, ID #300357

at least idc about expansion packs cause I know that they may not work in my computer

Added 30th May 2013, ID #286578

i have to install the sims 3 but i cant to update !!!!!!!!!!!

Added 21st May 2013, ID #284285

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

Added 27th Apr 2013, ID #277992

[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!!!!!!!!

Added 1st Feb 2013, ID #248679

how to downlload it

Added 10th Jan 2013, ID #240881

Where do you find the serial code? I tried to find it in my sims 3 ds game. Is it in the instruction booklet?

Added 29th Dec 2012, ID #231356

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

Added 25th Dec 2012, ID #228214

no game disk found?.. what was that mean.. thnxx i hope you can help me..

Added 23rd Dec 2012, ID #226778


Added 2nd Dec 2012, ID #214478

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?

Added 17th Oct 2012, ID #197561

i also cant play the game even though i downloaded the game like twenty times!HELP ME, CAN ANY BODY FIX THIS GAME

Added 29th Sep 2012, ID #190133

Same here obvisouly no one has the solution to this problem. SMH.

Added 9th Sep 2012, ID #184641

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.

Added 2nd Sep 2012, ID #182586

i have installed sims 3 but there is no sims launcher so it will not work, any help?

Added 30th Jul 2012, ID #170228

I have the disc and put it in and it does nothing what do I do!?!?

Added 16th Jul 2012, ID #164870

Why won't my posts show up on Facebook? Is this because of Timeline??

Added 15th Jul 2012, ID #164342

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.

Added 20th Jun 2012, ID #154857

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??????

Added 9th Jun 2012, ID #150869

how can I download it on the mac?

Added 3rd Jun 2012, ID #148421

how do you download sims 3 game launcher

Added 22nd Apr 2012, ID #135912

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

Added 17th Apr 2012, ID #134321

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

Added 12th Apr 2012, ID #132472

can someone help mee

Added 3rd Mar 2012, ID #119908

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

Added 22nd Feb 2012, ID #117239

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!

Added 22nd Feb 2012, ID #117238

is it free to sign up

Added 17th Feb 2012, ID #115815

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???

Added 10th Jan 2012, ID #104670

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

Added 28th Dec 2011, ID #99570

my sims 3 game launcher is just a picthers i don't know wat to do plz help

Added 28th Dec 2011, ID #99569

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Added 28th Dec 2011, ID #99568

my sims 3 game launcher is just a picthers i don't know wat to do plz help

Added 28th Dec 2011, ID #99565

HOW DO you get the launcher i need help please!!

Added 17th Dec 2011, ID #95890


Added 17th Oct 2011, ID #80981

how do u get to the sims 3 website

Added 14th Oct 2011, ID #80311

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.

Added 28th Sep 2011, ID #77152

i got that the same what does this mean

Added 10th Sep 2011, ID #73690

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!!!!

Added 8th Sep 2011, ID #73271

same with me this is sooooooo bad!
how do you fix it?

Added 15th Jul 2011, ID #57988

this is so stupid!!!!! i just gotsims 3 world adventures and sims 3 generations and my pc said to put in sims 3 so i did but it just keeps coming up 'with no game disk inserted' please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. i need to play sims 3!

Added 9th Jun 2011, ID #47910

same here, mine started doing it right after i updated it

Added 4th Jun 2011, ID #46908