But wait, there's more! This game also has a trio of outfits that bear an uncanny resemblance to Evangelion plugsuits the main characters wear. That you can wear as well. Clearly Will Wright is a NGE fan.
The game files refer to those suits as motor racing suits - with oddly-placed plugs.
This may be accidental, but a pop song on the radio has an extremely Tsundere female singer, with so much switching between a nice voice and a rip-your-head-off-with-my-bear-hands that you may have a severe case of Mood Whiplash. Being translated into gibberish, all of it is mainly inaudible, except for the main verse, which is a simple 'Asuka!'
Possibly coincidential, but Agnes Crumplebottom bears a strong resemblence to actress Barbara Stanwyck, particularly Stanwyck in Double Indemnity.
One of the NPCs is named Justine Keaton, which is possibly a portmanteau of Justine Bateman and her Family Ties character Mallory Keaton.
She's not a NPC, she starts out pregnant with the son of her husband Marty who is a sportsman, while Justine is in the police career. Plus, Mallory was an airheaded girly-girl, Justine Keaton is an hot-headed perfectionist.
If your sim is new to the medical career, he/she can be pushed into a garbage bin by the evil janitor.
In Sunset Valley, there is a family of powerful crime lords and their goody-good daughter. Their last name? "Alto".
An opportunity for writers is to write a science-fiction book, the tittle of the opportunity is "To Boldly Go"
You can find a peculiar stone in Egypt: Tiberium. Let that sink in for a bit. (EA Games owns both franchises.) Get it Spire Cut for a mere §6,500, leave it out for a bit, and it will grow into a large crystal worth §30,000+ .
Also, leave any form of it in a Sim's inventory for a significant time and they get a moodlet (Visceroidal Nausea) with special flavor text that furthers the shout out.
One opportunity has you deliver a sample to the science lab, and when you do a message comes saying you met a representative called Mr. Kane.
Among the Achievements there's Swan Dive, which requires a non-supernatural female sim to make out with a vampire, break up with him, make out with a werewolf, break up with him and then marry a vampire.
One of the items is called the Flameo Firepit. In the description itself, it even reads "Flameo, by Hotman."
Into the Future
One of the families in Oasis Landing, the "Formerly the Plains Express Household", bears a resemblance to Futurama characters. The household is made up of Fryderik Rama, Lilah Turni, and Bend0 the Plumbot.
The Time Traveler, Emit Relevart, and one of the sims in Oasis Landing - Martin Mc Fleet, who can occasionally be seen playing his guitar, - are a clear reference to Back to the Future. Also, Windcarvers=hoverboards.
In The Sims: Medieval, the Made a Few Simoles moodlet text reads "Boy, what a sound! How you love to hear that money clink! That beautiful sound of cold, hard cash!" Almost verbatim Lucy from A Charlie Brown Christmas.