Margaret Lyons
June 02, 2009 AT 09:17 PM EDT

There’s a lot of awesome action coming out of E3 this week, but the biggest release might actually be a familiar one: The Sims 3 comes out today. Cue a little green diamond dancing over my head.

The latest installment in the megapopular franchise has more customizable characteristics and more sophisticated AI, but the big change to me is the ability to record in-game movies, which emphasizes and facilitates that Sims-as-performance aspect of the game. (The massively expanded town looks amazing, but that’s not a conceptual shift so much as a blanket improvement.)

I know the second I start playing, I’m looking at, oh, hundreds of hours being devoted to this game. What about you, PopWatchers? Are you all Simmed up?

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