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So this is a thing that just happened.
My simselves’ third son was dubbed the ‘social’ one. I gave him the social aspiration for kids and oh my God, it is a nightmare. Maybe I’m just not a terribly social person, but even Popularity sims in TS2 didn’t drive me this crazy. Getting him a BFF was annoying and now he has to befriend five other children and three adults! What?!
Maybe I’m doing something wrong (and this is totally possible) but I find building relationships incredibly trying in this game. Sure, you can multitask, but group convos tend to be pretty unreliable with how they ‘build’ relationships… in that I’ve seen them not go up at all. Sigh.
Perhaps if I didn’t have other sims to maintain, this would be doable. I’m going to toil through, though. I’m determined! Until then, my simselves’ house is going to be filled with children and strangers, ha.
I can’t even lie right now, I’m a little bit obsessed and in love with the whole multitasking thing. My sim can read to her kids while they eat dinner or she can have a drink and read a book. Very cool. Even better, sims will autonomously do this stuff, you don’t even have to force it!
Having a drink with dinner is another thing I’ve noticed my sims doing. The social side of it all is very nice (though I still find relationships troublesome to build up and maintain), but it’s the smaller actions that really grab me!
I’ve been playing this game since release and this is the FIRST time I’ve ever, ever seen this interaction. What the hell took so long?!
No, I didn’t try it out. I should have. I’m assuming this was introduced with the relationship reputation system, but who knows.
Birthday parties are pretty neat, but I couldn’t figure out how to get other people to celebrate with the sim blowing out their candles, lol! I love the idea of making your own cake and adding the candles… very awesome. Actually, I love cooking in general in this game. I really liked it in TS3, but this game has improved upon that system!
I hate that “Eat Cake” is like the last thing to pop up on the birthday party tasks. It’s always the first thing anyone does, lol! Because of that, I still haven’t gotten a perfect birthday. D’oh.
Simselves are adults now, though!
just for fun, not tagging anyone
TAG GAME: CHARACTERS WHO SHARE THE SAME PERSONALITY TYPE AS YOU.
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Type: INFJ (The Counselor)
- Roku from Avatar: The Last Airbender (i can dig it)
- Bruce Wayne from The Dark Knight (no, seriously, I AM BATMAN!)
- Yamato “Matt” Ishida from Digimon Adventure (this is relevant because I was obsessed with him as a teen /shame)
- Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey (fuck yes! except, I think Mary is a tool.)
- Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII (YES! All the Nanaki love!)
- The eponymous Cinderella (do not want :( i am not a damsel to be saved, I save myself, damn it!)
- Yuna from Final Fantasy X (fuck my life. this makes me want to jump off a cliff. this is my general reaction to anything FF10, though.)
- Marcus Aurelius from Gladiator (i feel redeemed now)
- Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda (AWW YEEAH, SON!)
- Liara T’Soni from Mass Effect (so my romancing of her was masturbatory? go figure)
- The eponymous Mulan (YESYESYES!)
- Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones (from the book and not the show, right? because she’s annoying in the show and a motherluvin’ BAD ASS in the book…)
- Ion from Tales of the Abyss (poor Ion. i got you, bro.)
- Dale Horvath from The Walking Dead (i was so pissed when he died. SO. PISSED. FUCK YOU, CARL!)
I am completely okay with sharing a brain with Princess Zelda and Mulan so that makes this all okay. ;)
Their third kid is a boy! Initially, there were no negative interactions from the other kids. The boy was completely fine with it and enjoyed watching his friend try to soothe the sobbing baby. The girl, however, was quite upset once she saw the bassinet filled with a baby! Too funny. She ran upstairs and cried in her bed.
She’s over it now, though. He’s a child now (a blonde one, woo!) who enjoys social interaction a LOT… which means the living room is always filled with boys.
Lots and lots of boys.
I think I see gray hairs already forming on my RL husband’s head at the thought of this occurring IRL. ;)
SimMao is pregnant again. Why, you ask? Well, because our simselves are idiots and both had the ‘Try for Baby’ whim! I’m trying to live by the whims of the simselves… and since they both had it, sigh. The last time this happened, I got lucky and nothing came of it.
Also, I love pregnant sims in this game. They’re adorable. Their idle animations and just the things they do and the varying sizes of bellies is adorable. It’s also nice to be rid of maternity wear entirely. Hooray! Only took forever.
A lot of people seem to hate the blur, but I like it. Not only does it mask the complete lack of depth to the background, but it adds a softness to everything. It’s also funny people edit their TS3 pictures to have that blur but once it’s in the game… nope! /sigh
Gardening is neat, but I do not like that your plants seemingly never die. At least, I’ve never had one run out of juice yet. It can also be quite daunting to care for them and finding new plants sucks, because oftentimes, you haven’t camped out a lot area long enough for them to become harvestable! You can graft plants, though, which is neat in a way.
"Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"
The Sims 4: The Truman Show Edition.
One of the first things I do, if a game allows it, is to fly up and take a look at the full game world from ‘outside’. I clip through walls, sink under floors, soar through the air, and often discover really neat little places that were left over from level construction.
This is The Sims 4, Willow Creek (taken at night, I’ve tried to brighten the pictures a little). Once you get far enough up you can fly very quickly from one end to the other. I think this demonstrates why (I believe) there will be no CAW tool, at least in the way modders are used to it. There may be a limited tool to allow the editing of pre-existing neighbourhoods within certain parameters, but the worlds in The Sims 4 are more like traditional video game level maps and would require working with knowledge of how to construct them — unless, as I say, the tools themselves were coded to allow limited editing within a pre-existing map.
To some extent I think this is a shame. The creativity shown by some of the modders creating worlds for TS3 was brilliant, and I’ve played in a few of them and seen how beautiful they can be. I have no doubt that with the new build features of TS4 the residential/community lot building would be a joy for world builders now. In terms of constructing an entire world from scratch though, the CAW tool would have to be a completely different beast to what it has been previously. I do hope, however, that we do get some even limited ability to edit neighbourhoods in the future, even if it means we’re sharing our versions of Willow Creek instead of our own custom-built worlds.
I’ll do the same for Oasis Springs once I start a game there or travel with my current household. And I’ll probably do more of this in Willow Creek and try to get some better pictures — these were just quick fly-arounds to see what it was like.
Anyway, from now on all my sims are the main characters in a Truman Show-style existence. That’ll help me deal with the fact that there are stage props and painted backdrops everywhere. ^^
This is awesome.