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Macworld.com (Aug. 15, 2006):

    Sims 2: Open for Business hits retailers next week

    Aspyr Media has announced that its Mac conversion of The Sims 2: Open for Business has gone gold master and will be on store shelves starting early next week. The expansion pack requires The Sims 2 to play and costs $34.99.

    The Sims 2 is the enormously popular game in which you create Sims — simulated people — and help them make friends, find work and decorate their homes. Expansion packs add new capabilities or new scenarios you can take your Sims to, and Open for Business lets your Sims open their own businesses.

    They can choose clothing boutiques, beauty salons, electronics shops, restaurant chains and other businesses, hiring other Sims to help them make products or sell products — work that can be turned into cash. You can hire great employees and fire slackers, building a thriving empire along the way.

    The Sims 2: Open for Business adds more than 125 new items to the game that your Sims can buy with the money they earn from their work.

    Like other The Sims 2 titles, The Sims 2: Open for Business has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76645) on Jan 01, 2007.

http://thesims2.ea.com/about/ep3_index.php:
    Your Sims Get Down To Business

    Now your Sims can create their own businesses. They can design their own clothing boutique, beauty salon, florist, high-end electronics shop, bustling restaurant chain, or virtually any other type of business. Hire your staff as the business grows and put talented Sims to work making toys, running the register, crafting floral bouquets, giving sales pitches, or manufacturing robots. But watch out for slacker employees and be prepared to fire them on the spot. From clever tinkerer to master craftsman, develop your Sim's talents to best suit your business needs. Will they build a thriving business empire or become eccentric entrepreneurs designing the next big thing?

    *Create Thriving Businesses:

    Open up shops selling just about anything from clothing, electronics, and toys to flowers, baked goods, robots and more. Customize any business to your choosing by tailoring the store theme, layout and prices. Hire employees with high sales skills and employ independent managers to run things while your Sim is away. Watch as your business grows from a mom and pop shop into a booming empire.

    *Be The Boss:

    Train employees, promote the best, and fire the rest. Cater to different customers including browsers and loyal shoppers. Dress your Sims in outrageous mascot outfits that resemble Knights, Ninjas, Gorillas, and more. Promote your best employees, but beware of slacker workers and be prepared to lay them off without hesitation!

    *Learn The Tricks Of The Trade:

    Customer is king. Develop your Sims' sales skills and determine if your employees should use a hard sell or drop the price to close the deal. Win the Best-of-the-Best Award to establish your Sim's business rep. Will your Sim's business make more money selling low quality products at basement rates or luxurious goods at scale-tipping prices?

    *Turn Talents Into Cash:

    Arrange flowers, make toys, and create robots to catch thieves at home or clean up the shop. Develop master-skilled Sims to make the most prized and expensive goods. Settle for an entry-level crafter and churn out pet bricks or faulty toy robots. Just bring home the bacon any way you can!

    *More Than 125 New Items:

    Stock up on essentials for your Sims' business, including display cases, a beauty salon chair, a toy workbench, a floral station, cash registers, and more. Complete your shop atmosphere with awnings and elevators for easy store navigation, or matching uniforms for all employees. With all the new items, there will never be another dull day building a business!

    Contributed by Vaelor (384) on Mar 02, 2006.