19 June 2012

SimCity and The Sims fonts

For The Sims Fonts ONLY, click here for a more comprehensive list.

Right now, I'm trying to make a list of all typefaces ever used in the Sim series (from SimCity to SimAnt all the way to The Sims Social). But there are WAY more than I ever thought possible! I'm not even halfway through yet! Of course, I'm trying to find the ones they used on the packages, the instruction manuals,and in adverts as well as the game text. But if you searched for "the sims font" on Google and found this entry, you probably only want to know the game text, which I can tell you about. THAT part of the list IS finished. Mostly. Here's what I have so far.

Oh, incidentally--- the SimCity 2000 logo is in Newport Classic ("SIM") and Industria ("CITY 2000")

SimCity 3000 (the first game where a typeface other than the default bitmap font was used)
Comic Sans for the headings and (I think) MS Sans Serif on Windows and Chicago on Mac.

The Sims
Comic Sans for all game text

The Sims: Bustin' Out
Frankfurter Medium for all game text (the 0 [nought] is substituted for an uppercase O with stroke)

SimCity 4
Stoclet for headings and Arta for main text.

The Sims 2
Benguiat Gothic for headings and Helvetica Neue for main text.

The Urbz: Sims in the City
Gothic 720 for headings and Franklin Gothic Demi for main text.

SimCity Societies
Tahoma for headings and Arial for main text.

The Sims 3
Helvetica Rounded for headings and Helvetica standard for main text.

SimCity 2013
So far, all the screenshots with game text show Twentieth Century.



Font vs. Typeface

Right to the point.
A Typeface is the style of lettering. Helvetica is a typeface.
A Font is the size and weight of the typeface. 18pt Helvetica italic is a font. A font can also be the files (a font family) that make the typeface display on a computer screen. In the Helvetica font family there is Standard, Bold, Italic, Bold Italic, Condensed, Compressed, Extended, Black, Inline (an outline of the characters--- like having an outline with no fill in Microsoft Word), Rounded, and several others.
So... um... why do people say "font" when they mean "typeface?" Well... I don't know. Maybe it's easier to say? Also, somehow "font" came to mean the digital file the typeface is saved in when computers started having monitors. There are some people who are really snobbish about it, but really I'm not. I'm the FontGeek. Not the TypefaceGeek. I'll sometimes use the word "font" when I mean "typeface".