Welcome

25 Nov

Greetings!

This is an introductory post for a blog that will be dedicated to my own personal experience with The Sims 3.

If you have stumbled here from The Sim 3 Forums or maybe even My Page on The Sims 3 website, welcome! I go by AshJack20 there and I’m becoming much more involved with the community. I felt that it may be time to create a personal blog for my own experiences with the game.

If you’re fairly new to the world of The Sims 3 and would just like to follow along with my gaming experience (good, bad, ugly or heavenly), feel free to follow me. I LOVE comments and feedback, but please keep them polite and friendly. I will not hesitate to block someone for causing a ruckus.

If you are a fellow Sims 3 gamer and have a blog, tumbler, etc., feel free to add me on the site as a friend or follow me here as well. But please, let me know how you found me before you do so. If you are a community, please contact me before adding my site to your page.

To read any recent posts, please click one of the following links or scroll below:

  • ABOUT – All the small tidbits about myself.
  • CREATIONS – My own creations for the game.
  • COMMUNITY/FORUMS – Any information or interactions with others in the community and forums.
  • EA – Any thoughts towards the game company hosting The Sims 3.
  • RANTS/STATUS – As it states, any rants or statuses.
  • THOUGHTS/GAMEPLAY – My personal thoughts towards the game or any facts about my gameplay.

That’s all for formalities. Enjoy your stay!

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BootCamping it Up

2 Jul

My, it’s been a while.

No excuses for my absence, really. Life has been keeping me busy and I just haven’t had the time to really play The Sims 3.

However, this does not mean that I haven’t been keeping up with some of the releases and chaos that has been ensued because of it.

I was gifted (Gamestop Gift Cards FTW) University & Island Paradise. Have I played them? Well, not horribly.

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Not only can you get drunk and pull all nighters….

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…you can swim with the fish as a mermaid as well!

Having been away from the Simming scene for far too long, I hadn’t noticed that there was a game update: 1.55. I figured, “It’s probably for IP, so might was well download it before I start.”
That was my first mistake.

I forgot to remove my mods and saves before installing the update.

The game immediately crashed, burned, buried itself and slept for eternity within 15 minutes. At that point, I refused to go down the path of the uninstall/reinstall game that I had played many times before.

I bit the bullet.

I installed BootCamp.
*Hears heckling, hissing, booing*

As much as I love my Mac and the OS X, I honestly couldn’t take the constant crashing, random blackouts, weird colors flying across the screen, the game freezing up during CAS, etc. There are a slew of problems that I probably haven’t mentioned, but you get the point. But, I finally took the other option and, I must say…. It’s pretty damn awesome.

 
I had to go and buy a bigger harddrive for my Mac (a stand-alone 500 GB harddrive that only cost me $58), cleared off the system, installed Windows 7 (got it for free through a free who’s a developer and uses Microsoft products for work), divided the harddrive equally, installed all the games through Origin (I only used the thing once and that was to get the games) and I’ve been playing normally with graphics on high ever since.

University Life is actually quite fun, now that I can actually make my Sim take classes, and Island Paradise is BEAUTIFUL. With the graphics at the highest point, I am amazed at the world itself. I’ll have to give it a full-review later.

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All rainbows and sunny skies on the island!

Besides that, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with gifts from fellow Simmers!

Glorious gifts from fellow Simmers!!

Glorious gifts from fellow Simmers!!

It’s given me interest to go ahead and start playing the game again. I mean, if you look at the picture alone, you can see that I’ve actually given EA some of my money. 

That’s right: I bought the Hipster Loft Stuff, The Dance Studio, and The Nautical Set. I went against my rule of refusing to give them any of my funds and bought something from their damned store.

But, now that I can actually play my game, I don’t feel too bad about it.

…. I take that back. When I see that posts like this still exist:

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It still makes me hate EA with a burning passion.

You’re still on my shit list, EA. Don’t forget that.

University Life: Did YOU Buy It?

11 Mar
Another Shoddy Expansion Pack

The Sims 3 University Life: Another Shoddy Expansion Pack

I’m going to tell you right now that I have not and will not be purchasing The Sims 3: University Life. The fact that they have pretty much forced old and new people of the franchise to purchase things that should be apart of the base game and are making fans purchase an expansion pack that costs anywhere between $30-$50 without actually fixing the major issues that have plagued Mac Simmers for years is a disappointment.

I’ve finally come the conclusion that the people who whine, rant and rave about their games not working, then go out and buy the next EP or SP that is released religiously, only to find their game not working any better, are a bunch of kids between the ages of 10-20 who’s parents buy the games for them. The adults who do play are not as bad with this, although they have admitted that they are quite addicted to the game like a druggy is addicted to crack.

The hard, cold truth is that fans need to stop buying the games and boycott until these problems are fixed. One fan on the Mac Forums took the words right out of my mouth on a thread in relation to see if University Life was actually working for Mac Simmers:

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An Hour Isn’t Good Enough

STOP GIVING EA YOUR BLOODY MONEY.

PERIOD.

Sure, University Life looks pretty awesome, and the build content is enough to make me squeal with glee, but I’m not giving this shoddy company anymore of my damn money. Not until they provide a solid Mac port or they seriously fix the problems that we experience. Playing a game for a solid hour is not progress. It’s a shortcut, temporary and we are encouraging that by purchasing the products.

The horrible, media-attention grabbing fiasco that was SimCity should be enough for The Sims fans to realize that hardcore hatred, scathing reviews and being pissed by being denied a refund for a product that doesn’t work is the way to go with making a gaming company understand that you have royally screwed up and you need to start from scratch. I mean, EA should not be encouraging profit loss by threatening a ban of someone’s Orgin account.  The hell? The customer has the right to ask for their money back if the product does not work.

And to the people who rant and say that, “Games take time to develop and there are going to be bugs, crashes, patches, etc. Get a grip and have some patience!”

SCREW YOU.

These people, these FANS who have been in love with the franchise for years, paid real money for a game that was supposed to work on the day it was released. They took it home and put it in their CD drive, Console, what have you, and it crashes after just a few minutes/hour/day of game play? Hell, they can’t even play it because the servers are down? You better believe they are going to want their money back. The box said that their system could support the game, so who’s fault is it that it’s not working? EA, that’s who. EA is the one who didn’t have their game servers ready to go for that launch and it’s no else’s fault but theirs. Get off your high and mighty pile of horse crap. You’d do the same thing if your game wasn’t working like you expected it to do so.

Take a damn stand, Simmers. Make EA realize that they need to go back to basics and throw our their money-grubbing practices. And get rid of their current customer service representatives because that threat was just downright wrong.

Did Patch 1.50 Actually Work?

26 Feb

Mac Gamers for The Sims 3 had to wait a little longer for the current game update. It was packed with not only corrections for Seasons and other EPs, but also added some new Base Game options, mostly to gear everyone up for University Life.

There were oppositions on both sides: Either it’s a waste of time and everyone should just boycott, or give EA the chance to redeem themselves.

So, did the long-awaited patch solve everyone’s ongoing problems?

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In short: NO. 

This was a MAJOR fail on EA’s part. While they certainly had the time to add a little personal touch to the opening from Maxis:

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New Logo During Opening Sequence

It’s still pretty much a crock. This added new problems to an ongoing list of issues that Mac Gamers have been trying to get fixed for months. Years, even!

However, what many Mac Gamers failed to realize was that this patch did not really include any details on the bug issues that have cursed our systems for such a long time. Instead of hoping, prying and almost begging EA to actually fix these issues, it goes back to what one well-known Mac Simmer has stated several times on the forums and their own blog:

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CIDER IS CRAP.

Until EA gets their shit together and realizes that Cider, the wrapper created by Transgaming to run The Sims 3 on Mac, is a load of cow menure, they will not get any rest from Mac Gamers on their game being the same entity.

They have a lot of work to do, otherwise they are going to lose a very important niche of gamers when University Life comes out on Monday, along with a lot of money.

Where the Hell is My Patch?! EA Makes Mac Gamers Wait for Latest Update

24 Feb

As if we didn’t have something else to get upset over, EA has decided to make Mac Gamers wait for the latest patch for The Sims 3.

Here’s the reason straight from the horse’s as- I mean, mouth:

Note on Feb 19 Game Update

We understand that some of you have attempted to install the recent Game Update and encountered an issue completing the install.

For PC players, if you reattempt the install now, you should be able to successfully complete installation. Note that this Game Update is larger in size and that we will be releasing a smaller version within the coming weeks if you prefer to wait for a smaller download.

For Mac players, we are still conducting some final tests on the Mac Game Update to ensure it will be a smooth and successful experience for you as well. This release will be coming very soon. 

Thank you for your patience.

HA! Patience? Since when did we have patience?

Here are a few things it will supposedly fix:

Base Game Updates

  • Sims, cats, dogs, and horses will animate properly rather than sliding into position when performing social interactions.
  • Sims will no longer occasionally flip or stutter when trying to walk through doorways.
  • Gifts sent by invalid NPC Sims will no longer cause the mailbox to become unusable.
  • The Fog Emitter that came with The Sims 3 Ambitions has been updated to transition properly to the new base game Fog Emitter object. Any lots created with The Sims 3 Ambitions fog emitters that were installed since the release of The Sims 3 Seasons will have to be reinstalled for the emitter effects to play properly. There is no need to re-upload any content to The Sims 3 Exchange – all content created with either The Sims 3 Ambitions fog emitter or the new base game fog emitter will work properly when installed after this update is applied.
  • The Fog Emitter is once again moveable once placed in the world.
  • Placing blueprints on foundations can no longer cause the game to crash.
  • Placing a blueprint in a high rise or an apartment building can no longer cause the game to crash.
  • Using the right mouse button to position the camera while previewing blueprints will now function properly.
  • Greeting Cards placed in the home will no longer block Sims from accessing dressers or beds.
  • Foundation walls are now considered to be light blocking. This prevents snow from accumulating within holes in a foundation that are entirely enclosed within the interior of a building.
  • Sims that already had the hidden diving skill prior to game update 1.42 will now be able to use diving boards.
  • Broken Omni Plant gift boxes will no longer appear in the Sims inventory when travelling between worlds.

Seasons Updates

  • Sims can now route properly on floor tiles built above a frozen water surface.
  • Hot Dog and Pie Eating contests can no longer ironically cause a Sim to starve to death.
  • Harvestable plants that are grown indoors can no longer become dormant or accumulate snow.
  • Harvestable plants grown inside biodomes will no longer turn dormant in freezing temperatures.
  • Harvestable plants will now always be watered during a rainstorm rather than the check only occurring once per day.
  • UFOs can now abduct Sims from households that don’t have enough room for the UFO to appear on the lot.
  • Sims will no longer become invisible if The Sims 3 Seasons is uninstalled with a save game created while a Sim is being abducted by aliens.
  • Festival Grounds are now valid destinations for sending a Sim to perform through SimPort for players with The Sims 3 Showtime.
  • Sims animations are properly reset when editing an active Festival Grounds lot.
  • Performance was improved when selecting the “Invade a Community Lot” interaction on the UFO.
  • Performance was improved when directing Sims to have a Water Balloon or Snowball fight on a cluttered lot.
  • Ice sculptures from The Sims 3 Ambitions no longer melt in sub-freezing temperatures.
  • NPCs that throw parties in the winter will no longer select Swimwear as the suggested clothing.
  • Saving the game prior to a NPC Sim’s costume party will no longer cause Sims to reset upon loading the save file. Frost no longer appears to be a pure white surface on floor tiles or staircases on low detail lots.
  • Reflective surfaces no longer suddenly pop back on when snow is melting.
  • Rain drops from roof edges now fade out along with the roof.
  • Water Balloon and Snowball fights are now easier to cancel from the action queue.
  • Gloves no longer appear twice when selecting Outerwear.
  • Sims can now be in the rain without an umbrella for a longer period of time before receiving the Soaked moodlet.
  • The frequency of alien abductions (without user intervention to increase chances) has been lowered.
  • The frequency of aliens visiting the player’s household (without user intervention to increase chances) has been lowered. They will however still visit the world at the same frequency.
  • The frequency of getting called by an NPC Sim to go out on a date has been lowered.
  • The frequency of umbrellas breaking has been lowered.

Another little “bonus” that will come with this update is something called “Free Sims 3 Base Game Content.” This patch will also add some new features that your Sims can do with just the base game installed:

  • Sims can now dumpster dive from the Commercial Dumpster pre-placed in Sunset Valley and find cool items including furniture and collectables!
  • New air conditioning units and electrical box decorative objects.
  • New Terrain Paint for Build Mode.
  • A new traffic light for Create a World.

I’m assuming this is all for the new EP that will be released in March, University Life (Believe me, I knew/know a few college kids who certainly dumpster dived in some nice neighbors for furniture and wall decor).

Of course, this has racked the patience of many Mac Gamers:

NOT HAPPY.

NOT HAPPY.

I do agree that while we do have to wait for, what has now been, several days for this patch, I’d rather wait and see if EA will actually pull through in making sure it works. University Life is probably the most anticipated release besides Seasons (And that was a HORRIBLE release, not only for Macs but PC gamers as well). Many have protested by claiming they will no longer buy any other products from EA:

"Boycott!", they cried.

“Boycott!”, they cried.

However, many have decided to give them another shot in redeeming themselves:

Wait and See.

Wait and See.

I’m in line with the latter. I’d rather them take their time with it to make sure that it actually runs well for Mac gamers. If it does, this will not only rekindle the relationship between EA and Mac users, but they will surely replace their following and guarantee profit for the University Life release.

If not, well… we’ll just do what we do best: WHINE, RANT AND COMPLAIN.

Creation: Monochrome Studio

22 Jan

I’ve been wanting to practice the creation of Modern Homes. I gave it a shot with my Red Abode, but I’m still trying to improve my skills and capture the different concepts of a modern home. I can’t seem to shake the “cube-like” methods when it comes to building houses. But, I have noticed that I’m good with landscaping and colors. I’m always consistent with my choice of color patterns with a creation. Hence, the name of this one.

Info:

Occupied: No
Type: Residential
Lot Size: 25 x 20
Residents: 0

This modern, sleek studio home is suited for the well-established bachelor, bachelorette or child-less couple. Once you pass through the door, a comforting entryway welcomes you. It comes with a spacious kitchen, dining area, and living room. The bathroom comes with a single shower and spa-like tub. It also has two car spaces in the garage below and a private deck attached to the home.

EPs & SPs: World Adventures Expansion Pack, High End Loft Stuff, Ambitions Expansion Pack, Fast Lane Stuff, Late Night Expansion Pack, Outdoor Living Stuff Pack, Generations Expansion Pack, Town Life Stuff Pack, Pets Expansion Pack, Master Suite Stuff Pack, Showtime Expansion Pack, Diesel Stuff Pack, Supernatural Expansion Pack, Seasons Expansion Pack *I do not own the Katy Perry Stuff Pack or 70s, 80s & 90s Stuff Pack*

Content: Anything from the EPs & SPs. There were a few store items that were used. They are listed below. NO CC. It has been game tested.

Woven Wicker Trunk

Pineapple Pottery

Everybody Vauntz

Stainless Toliet

Forte Single Living

You Spin My Time

Bed Barthelme

Ultra Stylish Towel Rack

Ultimate Ceiling Light

Gallery Space Track Lighting

Four Step Stair Shelf

Taintless Window by BahHaus

Dramatically Dynastic Coffee Table

Taft Jug with Flowers

Forte Loveseat

Front of Home.

Front of Home.

Side View

Side View

Rearview

Rearview

Second Level

Second Level

First Level/Garage

First Level/Garage

Lot View

Lot View

It has been uploaded to The Exchange on The Sims 3 website. But, I do have a link to download it here as well. It is in .Sims3Pack format.

If you use or modify, please make sure to credit me! Enjoy and leave me some feedback!

Download:

The Exchange at The Sims 3 Website

Mediafire

What’s my Simspiration? Here’s My Simspiration!

18 Jan

I find this amusing, but ridiculous at the same time.

You mean to tell me, that one of the prizes for this “Inspiring Creativity Contest”  is a bloody, MacBook Air 13-inch laptop?!

This just proves that EA has no freakin’ clue about Macs having issues with their crapshoot of a game. Why in the world would you promote a system that isn’t fully supported/capable of running the game that is suppose to give “Simspiration?”

Hell, if the majority of Mac users could get their game to work, I’m sure most of them would be down for entering this contest. But, since they can barely make an outfit in CAS, that won’t happen.

Wow, EA… just WOW.You never cease to amaze me.

A Wild Guru Appears! A SimGuru Actually Tries to Help in the Mac Forums

14 Jan

With a new patch comes new problems, and with new problems comes fresh (and old) raving and ranting.

EA released patch 1.47 last week and while it certainly was a patch to solve issues, these issues were not well known within the Mac community. And I can see why:

Base game updates:

  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not get married.
  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not use the telescope.
  • Fixed an issue where Sims could not collect space rocks.


Create a world updates:

  • Fixed an issue with saving worlds in Create A World.
  • Worlds will now install and appear on the main menu properly when downloaded. Worlds do not need to be resaved for this to apply. Any worlds that were affected by this issue can be reinstalled via the launcher and will appear in the main menu.

Store updates:

  • Fixed an issue where several Store sets were not appearing in the appropriate room category in Buy Mode.

To my knowledge, no one with a Mac (If they can even get their game to work) has had any issues with freakin’ space rocks. They’ve been too busy trying to get their game running since the Seasons release. Hell, even Supernatural.

With news of the patch not fixing anything major for Mac, and even PC users to boot, the outcry of Mac Simmers spread within the forum. There were multiple posts asking for help with the update, considering that it wouldn’t actually install through the launcher because it wouldn’t even download (or open).

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However, about 9 posts down, a mythical creature that I had never seen in the Mac forum (and I’ve only been there for 8 months) appears from behind the shadows of EA:

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There was great rejoicing and presenting of gifts for the fine man going by SimGuruSteve! Mac Simmers flocked to his beck and call and he had women falling at his feet…

 

That was sarcasm.

It didn’t take long for the Mac Simmers to stab a knife into Steve’s innocent heart:

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Instead of running away and hiding behind the deletion of posts and silence like many other SimGurus (*cough* Nichaedemus *cough*), Stevie took the attacks in stride and certainly tried his best to answer questions and concerns that Mac Simmers had been dealing with for months.

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Considering that he made the statement of being an engineer for the releases of Mac patches (not anything really major within the game and Cider), everyone ignored that fact and assumed that he would be able to answer their ongoing questions about why the game was sucking many butts.

He also noted that even EA wasn’t fully aware of the major qualms (like Error 12 and disc authorizations) that Mac Simmers had been dealing with for a long time.

Many of the posts were used to bring Steve up to speed on just what was going wrong with the games on a Mac platform.

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Others, of course, used it for letting out an uncontrollable rage that they had been holding in since God knows how long:

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Corey785 is a forum frequent lately, posting his complaints on different threads along with the same problems of how his game isn’t even playable for more than 15-25 minutes and how CAS won’t even allow him to put a shirt on his Sim. But there really wasn’t any need for shouting Caps at a Guru that has no idea as to what’s going on, let alone not being able to answer every question possible.

And other Simmers let him know to cool it down:

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Of course, he laughed off his childish antic with a subtle apology, as well as a sly compliment towards Jooliea on her ongoing joke of how long her game hasn’t been working in her signature:

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Nevertheless, Steve got to work on answering as many questions as he could, pointing out that he wasn’t fully aware of most issues or capable of answering all of them correctly (and thanking a few Simmers who helped calm the raging crazies down):

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There were a few Simmers who certainly let him know how they have truly felt about the treatment of Mac Simmers from EA over the years (unlike Corey785’s bellowing):

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While there were others who respected his presence and gave him even more helpful threads for research:

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But, even Steve has a limit as to how much time he could spend helping everyone out in the thread, and eventually he will disappear into the darkness from which he came.

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Hopefully, with a little more knowledge as to what exactly goes on within the Mac forums, more useful Gurus will step forward and try to help out with the ongoing issues that Mac Simmers are facing.

Or, EA could actually hire a Mac developing and programming team, but that’s a bit too logical for them.