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Posted Feb 26, '14 at 11:40pm

Ernie15

Ernie15

13,396 posts

Knight

Many of us have played this legendary PC series, but for whatever reason, none of us have gone as far as to create a thread about it. That is, not until now.

If you're a player of the Sims 1, 2, and/or 3, and you feel the need to discuss it like I do, look no further. If you enjoy these games but you're drawing a blank on what to say, here are a few questions to get your Sims mind jogging:

How do you play the Sims (1, 2, 3); what are your strategies?
What is your favorite Sims game?
What is your favorite part of [Sims game]?
What is the worst part of [Sims game]?
How long have you been playing Sims games?
How far is heaven?

You don't have to answer any of these questions if you don't feel the need to. Anything Sim-related will suffice.

 

Posted Feb 27, '14 at 12:28am

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

9,756 posts

How do you play the Sims (1, 2, 3); what are your strategies?


Last time I played I was a young teen going through puberty. If I remember correctly, all my characters were made to play out lesbian fantasies.
 

Posted Feb 27, '14 at 12:09pm

gh0sts

gh0sts

888 posts

I played this briefly when it first came out. I enjoyed it for the most part, but some of the expansions caused the game to stop working on my computer and I just gave up on it. Never played the second or third ones.

What is your favorite part of [Sims game]?


I really liked gardening in Unleashed. That whole expansion was great. The pets, the music, the lots you could visit. It made the original game look so dry and plain.
 

Posted Feb 27, '14 at 5:13pm

Ernie15

Ernie15

13,396 posts

Knight

Last time I played I was a young teen going through puberty. If I remember correctly, all my characters were made to play out lesbian fantasies.


I'm sure if the game had existed when I was that age, my experience would not be largely different from yours.

It made the original game look so dry and plain.


If you think one Sims expansion pack made the original Sims look ordinary, you should have seen the Sims 2, and eventually the Sims 3. You could do a lot more than just garden, raise pets, and....listen to music.
 

Posted Feb 27, '14 at 10:30pm

CherryCoke360

CherryCoke360

415 posts

My sims always died.. I never really grasped the whole concept of keeping them alive.. ahaha but its sad. i was a kid though..

 

Posted Feb 27, '14 at 11:34pm

Fuzio

Fuzio

65 posts

How do you play the Sims (1, 2, 3); what are your strategies?


I use hacks to give my sims way too much money, and I put them in glorious mansions to make their neighbors jealous.

What is your favorite Sims game?


I played all 3 but the Sims 3 is the best one for me.

What is your favorite part of [Sims game]?


Of the Sims 3 my favorite part would be being able to go anywhere you want at any time and not be so confined to your house. All you had to do was go to the map and click on the destination and there you are!

What is the worst part of [Sims game]?


I always hate how you can only have 8 people in a family. All the time I wanted to create big families and watch them all grow up together!

How long have you been playing Sims games?


I played all 3, maybe since I was 8. I sucked so bad at the game back then but I got better before the Sims 2 came out. I stopped playing maybe a year after I got the Sims 3.

How far is heaven?


Eat some chocolate and you will find it!
 

Posted Feb 28, '14 at 3:25pm

gh0sts

gh0sts

888 posts

If you think one Sims expansion pack made the original Sims look ordinary, you should have seen the Sims 2


I got too frustrated with the series before 2 came out. One day it just stopped working, and I tried to fix it, but it was to no avail. I never played Sims again.
 

Posted Feb 28, '14 at 8:42pm

Ernie15

Ernie15

13,396 posts

Knight

My sims always died.. I never really grasped the whole concept of keeping them alive.. ahaha but its sad.


If you're going to kill your Sims, you might as well do it the "classic" way--the old swimming pool with no ladder gag. It's essentially the same idea--they starve to death--but it works regardless of whether free will is on.

If you want quicker results, set the house on fire somehow, don't put in a smoke detector, and they should parish within a minute's time. In the Sims 2, there's a decorative device that spits fire into the air. Great for parties. If you put one of these inside, however, your house will ignite like a match, and you don't even have to wait for your Sims to burn their food.

Or, of course, you could just, you know, by a refrigerator and feed your Sims. That should keep them alive at least as long as they can stay awake. When they start passing out on the floor, you know it's time to buy a bed or two.

I use hacks to give my sims way too much money, and I put them in glorious mansions to make their neighbors jealous.


I used the cheats most of the time, but I wouldn't give my Sims an excess of funds. Just enough to live off of and occasionally buy something. There were a few illustrious mansions in my collections, but not many. There isn't as much you can do with rich Sims, oddly.

Of the Sims 3 my favorite part would be being able to go anywhere you want at any time and not be so confined to your house. All you had to do was go to the map and click on the destination and there you are!


That was one of the best features of the Sims 3. No longer did you have to use a dropdown menu to access a community lot--although you may not have had to in the original Sims either, I don't remember--and you could visit other Sims in their houses, which was a milestone in building relationships because you didn't have to rely on chance for your Sims to meet other Sims.

I always hate how you can only have 8 people in a family. All the time I wanted to create big families and watch them all grow up together!


Sometimes that got to me, but then I'd think about how hard it would be to control more than 8 at a time. I wasn't great with more than 5 at a time, so I rarely played with 8.

I got too frustrated with the series before 2 came out. One day it just stopped working, and I tried to fix it, but it was to no avail. I never played Sims again.


I'd suggest you get the Sims 3, but that would be a huge jump from the first Sims, so you might get overwhelmed with the transition. Not to mention that it can also be pretty frustrating sometimes.
 

Posted Mar 1, '14 at 12:15am

CherryCoke360

CherryCoke360

415 posts

Haha i havent played in so long, but if i ever get back into it i will take your advice.. xp

 

Posted Mar 31, '14 at 7:25am

Terry_Logic

Terry_Logic

4,340 posts

I'm glad I found this thread, because I was thinking about making one to see if there was anyone else who shared an interest in Simology, and apparently such people do exist in this community. For the sake of igniting a discussion about one of my favorite game series of all time, I will answer every question you've provided above with an in-depth answer eventually. For now, just the first question. I don't have time to answer all of them in one night.

How do you play the Sims (1, 2, 3); what are your strategies?


I had different strategies depending on the game. I played all three, and all three games are fairly different, so my playing style differed along with them.

I got the first Sims game when I was 9, and I had no idea how to play it even after watching the tutorials, so for a while, my sims lived in unpainted houses with no floors or windows and with minimal furniture--whatever I could afford with $20,000. I didn't even know sims could get jobs for the longest time, so once I spent all the money in the household--I did a lot of experimenting with useless objects--I played with them until I got bored with what I could do with them. I got so frustrated with this playing style, though, that I eventually got my mom to look up cheat codes, and after that, I rosebudded the hell out of every family I made, and I gave my families great houses with all the finest furnishings, and I did a lot of experimenting with the "move_objects" cheat. I would build houses that extended to the other side of the street and were connected by an indoor walkway built directly above the street. It looked pretty stupid, but it wasn't bad for a 9-year-old's creation.

Then, when I got the Unleashed and Vacation expansions, my playing style became more mature, and my sims actually were able to work for (some of) their money, and I took them on nice vacations until that expansion stopped the entire game from working for me. I was disappointed when I found out I couldn't build my own vacation destinations, but I really only played the game with both expansions for about a month anyway before it stopped working.

Then, when I was 10, I got the Sims 2, which was by far my favorite of the three. I could go on for hours--and I have before in conversation--about why I like the Sims 2 so much, but I'll try and keep it short for the sake of this page.

By this point, I already knew how to take care of sims, so that wasn't a problem for me. I was, however, very impressed with how much more you could do with build mode, so I built a lot of multi-story community lots that served no purpose whatsoever before I started really playing with people. Almost right away, I looked up cheat codes, and I didn't start giving my sims jobs until I was comfortable with the interface. After the Open For Business expansion, my entire playing style changed, and I would turn a few of my sims into rich business owners while my other working class sims became their employees. This was my favorite way of playing, in any sims game, and I was utterly destroyed when I could not install my favorite expansion pack on my newer computer this past winter break.

I could go on about my playing style in every other expansion, but I'd rather keep this post as short as possible for the people who are actually taking the time to read it.

Sims 3 was a huge letdown. It focused more on the individual sims than it did the greater scheme of things, and that made playing the game less fun for me. Other than randomly assigned bosses at work, my sims could not really work for other sims, and that made me less motivated to play. I did like how much you could do with the game, and if there was a way to combine Sims 2 Open For Business and Apartment Life with Sims 3 Ambitions, that would be my ideal Sims game.

I could go into far more detail than this about all of these games, but this post is already too long, and it's almost 4:30 A.M., so I'll cut it off here before I become hysterical with nostalgia.
 
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