Sims 3 sells 1.4 million in first week

    Electronic Arts Inc., publisher of the popular video game franchise, announced Tuesday that 1.4 million copies of”The Sims 3″ were sold the first week. That makes”Sims 3″ the best-selling PC game launch in EA’s history.

    The company also said over 7 million user-designed items _ such as home furnishings and clothing _ were downloaded from the game’s Web site.

    The third installment of the life-simulating game was released June 2 and features a new moviemaking tool and additional ways to customize the personalities of the game’s virtual townsfolk. EA announced last year that the original”Sims” passed the 100 million sales mark since its launch in 2000, making”The Sims” the world’s best-selling computer game.