The Sims(TM) 3

The Sims(TM) 3

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Play the Game Directly by Skipping the Clunky Launcher!
By Cahos Rahne Veloza
Get into the game quicker by bypassing EA's slow @$$ clunky launcher!
How to:
1. First navigate to the game's install location, usually within the Steam steamapps\common folder.

2. Enter the game's folder and go into the latest (as in the most recently released) Expansion or Stuff Pack you have installed. For example you have every EP and SP installed, then you go into the "EP11" folder as that's"Into the Future" the last DLC Pack released for the game. Caveat; let's say you had EP11 earlier but not every other EP as of yet, then you decided to purchase another (earlier) EP, as an example let's say "Island Paradise" (EP10), even though EP10 is your most recently bought DLC you'll still need to go into EP11's folder as it's the latest EP released.

3. Once inside the appropriate EP/SP folder go into Game\Bin folder and right click on the "TS3xxx.exe" (where xxx is the EP or SP number) file.

4. Choose the "send to desktop" or "Create a shortcut" option.

5. Just launch the game directly by double clicking on your newly created shortcut to the game.
Further notes:
1. Launching the game in this method bypasses the often cumbersome and often useless SIMs3 Launcher.

2. Doing it this way doesn't require you to have the Steam client running to play the game, whereas launching the launcher does.
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Cahos Rahne Veloza  [author] Jun 8 @ 9:20am 
Yes you would as it is often a pinned/sticky topic on most of them :P
Rainycat98 Jun 7 @ 10:25pm 
I probably wouldn't of found it there xD
Cahos Rahne Veloza  [author] Jun 7 @ 10:21pm 

You're welcome, however all credits to this valuable information DEFINITELY belongs to the TS3 Modding community in such sites as modthesims, moreawesomethanyou, sims asylum, simslogical, simsmarktplatz and more :)
Rainycat98 Jun 7 @ 8:01pm 
I absolutely hate the launcher. It's meaning less and just stops you from playing the game sooner. Thank you for this helpful guide! For once I can never see the most annoying thing in history.