How to earn money by hacking in The Sims 3

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If you're looking for a fun and unique way to make money in The Sims 3, hacking is an interesting option. Sims who love to use computers can hack after dark to earn money for their households, earning hundreds or thousands of Simoleans each session.

Things You'll Need

  • A copy of The Sims 3 installed on your computer
  • Select the Sim who wants to hack by clicking his portrait near the left side of the screen. Only Sims who have the "computer whiz" trait can hack on a computer. You must either assign this trait to a Sim at creation, on his earlier birthdays, or change his traits using the "Mid-life crisis" lifetime reward.

  • Go to "buy mode" by clicking the button near the bottom left of the screen that pictures a chair and a lamp.

  • Change the sort mode by clicking the middle, three dimensional image of a chair and lamp. I have denoted which image to press with a red arrow in the picture at left.

  • Click on the box that has a picture of a remote control inside, which will take you to the "electronics" category.

  • Click the second tab to the left, the one with a picture of a computer monitor and tower on it, to enter the "computers" category. Buy whichever computer you want or you can afford, and place it in your Sim's home (on a desk or dining table) or in his personal inventory.

  • Wait until the game clock shows that it's after 9:00PM. Sims can only hack at night.

  • With your computer whiz Sim selected, left click on the computer and select the "Hack" option from the pie menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your Sim will hack until sunrise if left unattended, or you can cancel the action at any time.
  • Sims will earn money periodically while hacking. The more time your Sim spends hacking, the more money he will earn.
  • Your Sim must have the "computer whiz" trait to hack and must wait until after 9:00PM to do so.

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