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Sim Life > Real Life

Friday, February 21st, 2014

It’s usually a sign that things in my life have gotten pretty bad when the only video game I find myself playing is the Sims 3, lol. When making a couple Sims, finding the right career and woohooing out a couple babies is more appealing than chopping things up with my sword, it makes me realize just how much of that “family stuff” my life is missing. Thank goodness for virtual realities!

Anyway I have been playing A LOT of Sims. During the anniversary sale I picked up the last couple expansions I’d been missing so now I’m rocking everything from World Adventures to Into the Future. One of my favorite things to do when simming is to make houses and venues. I’ve posted about a couple of them before on here so I thought I may as well share my latest creations since I don’t have anything else gaming related to share!

One of the expansions I bought recently was Island Paradise. I was really excited to try out the new house boats but after building a couple and living on one for a few days, I realized the water graphic in fast forward was starting to make me feel sea sick! I have to have my game graphics pretty low if I want my game to run well and I just couldn’t handle the water constantly rushing by on the lowest setting, so I moved to a private island and opened a resort! I got it up to 5 stars and basically lived there with my Sim while I ran it because the owner gets to stay for free. It was fun, reading the reviews guests would leave and then upgrading the place accordingly, but once I reached 5 stars I was ready to move onto other things. It took me about 20 hours to build, decorate and furnish the thing though, so I figured I’d better at least share it. The link to The Sunflower Resort and Suites on the exchange is here.

The other expansion I picked up lately was Into The Future. As hard as I try I’m never able to make decent looking modern homes. I love big old Victorian houses with turrets and ghosts and secret rooms, so everything I build in the Sims usually ends up in that style. I checked out a bunch of the new Into The Future homes though and looked at some modern houses online and came out determined to make one for myself. I think I scrapped two before I had a layout that I was happy with but now that it’s finished and decorated I really like it. I decided to share it as well, it’s on the exchange here.

Right now I’m not really using either of those lots however because I decided it might be interesting to try to make an insane asylum. With Into the Future came the “unstable” trait, which is a great one for the patients to have. Combined with some of the other ones, evil, neurotic, insane, etc, it’s made for some interesting characters. Whenever I’m done with it I’ll upload it as well, it’s now open, but still under constructions!

I haven’t felt up to logging into WoW at all. I totally missed the Valentines day event and I believe a couple thousand gold worth of my auctions has probably been deleted from my mail box now. I’m not sure why my interest died so suddenly, but it probably has to do with my change of address more than the game itself! I have still been making some WoW related jewelry though, I just finished my second set of hearthstone earrings (studs this time) and a “Horde” pendant to wear with my Alliance hoodie, since I really do enjoy both factions equally. I’m also working on a Fluxfire Feline figurine to go with my paladin statuette, I’ll post a photo of it whenever I get it painted!

Bates Motel… Sim Style!

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

I’ve been getting into the new series Bates Motel and I’ve also been playing SO MUCH SIMS. So naturally, I created Bates Motel for the Sims3! I thought it would be fun to move in my own little family of psychos, rent out the motel rooms to some unsuspecting tenants and just see what happens, lol. I also wanted to share it on here since I searched for one in the exchange before building this and couldn’t find one!

I made it as close to the television house as I could, I even followed their floor plan. Hopefully someone else out there is a fan of both Bates Motel and the Sims and can get a kick out of this.

Here’s my link to it on the Exchange : http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=7240653

Ground Floor

Second Floor

Hotel Rooms

Sim City Sucks…

Friday, March 8th, 2013

I was having a hard time deciding if I should get the new Sims University expansion or the new Sim City. After much deliberation I decided on Sim City because I hadn’t played a Sim City game since I was a kid and The Sims 3 expansions I have so far have all been buggy and frustrating to play on my computer. So I purchased, downloaded and updated Sim City (about an hour long process) and then started my city in a region with my little brother. It was pretty easy to get the hang of and before long I was really enjoying the game.

Then after a couple hours all the servers crashed and were unable to connect. I couldn’t get my city to load and neither could my brother so we quit for the night. Then when the servers finally did get working again the next day, every single American and European one had a que time of at least 20 minutes. I waited then selected my game, but it wouldn’t load so I had to wait in que for another 20 minutes. Finally I got back into my city and worked away for about an hour. I noticed that the Community College I’d placed the night before when the serves were going wonky wasn’t there, so I tried to put down a new one. An alert came up and said my town wasn’t functioning properly so did I want to abandon it or roll it back to a time when it was working? I chose to roll it back, since obviously I didn’t want to abandon my sweet city!

So it rolled my city back to when it was “functioning”… To when it had 0 simoleans and a population of 0… I thought that couldn’t be right and tried to take a closer look at my city, but it didn’t work and I had to restart the game and am now in another 20 minute que. So as far as I can tell I have 8 hours played and absolutely nothing accomplished. This all brings to mind the experience I had with The Sims Medieval. Another game from Maxis/EA that would glitch out and make a 20+hour campaign suddenly corrupted and unplayable. I get that launches can be a tricky thing with any online game but this is just ridiculous…

If you’re considering buying Sim City, it’s probably awesome but you won’t be able to play it. Don’t waste your money, save it and buy the game in a month, or two months, or spend it on another game! Like World of Warcraft! Which I have been playing a lot, decided to take a break from to check out Sim City, and am now thankfully able to retreat to!

Computer Cleanse Challenge

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Everyone has problems. Surprise, even me! There are stupid things I find really hard, and hard things I should do that I think are really stupid. I do enjoy self improvement however, and this summer I have been working on just feeling better, physically and emotionally. As with most gamers, I spend a good quantity of time sitting right here at my computer. I love gaming or Facebooking or watching videos or even arting it up in Photoshop, but since embarking on my self improvement journey I have heard numerous times how; “all my issues spawn from spending too much time on the computer. Computers are the bane of my generation. Spending time on the computer isn’t real fun, it’s fake fun. I’d sleep better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d eat better if I didn’t play on the computer. I’d feel better if I just turned off the computer!” I always defend my beloved PC and the joys it holds for me, but the amount of people who seem to believe such things have got me thinking. Not thinking that my computer is to blame of course, but thinking how nice it would be to have some sort of solid proof to stand on when I prove them wrong.

My solution? I’m going on a computer cleanse! Starting Monday June 6th at 12:01 am I will be shutting down my PC for the week and I won’t turn it back on until Saturday morning (the 11th) at 12:01 am. I won’t deprive myself of the wonders of the internet over the weekend, let’s be practical here, but I should have a good idea of how drastically (or as I predict, un-drastically) my life has changed by shutting off the computer for 5 whole days. That means no Rift, no Sims, no Youtube, no Facebook, none of that for 5 whole days! Yeah, it’s going to be rough, but I am curious to see if I feel any different (other than just really bored, lol) and would love to be able to counter such technology bashing with evidence to the contrary. I’m a little excited to see how it goes and a little worried that I won’t be able to resist the temptation to plug it back in for just a few minutes, but I think if I have to post honestly here on my blog after the week is up and answer for any such slip ups, I’ll be less likely to have them!

I realize some people need to use their computer, for work or otherwise, but I’m interested as to if any of you have ever shut it down for a few days at a time (maybe because of a power outage or even if your computer broke) and if you felt any different? I don’t think I have ever gone more than a day or two without using a computer for something, not since before I had a computer anyway, so it will be a good experiment!

So, I Jenn, do solemnly swear that I will do my very best to not do or watch anything on a computer or any type of game console between Monday June 6th and Saturday June 11th. I do realize that this may mean missing sweet deals in the Auction House, entertaining Facebook drama, twitter giveaways, and the like, but in the interest of self improvement, I accept this self given challenge! Any of you want to take the challenge with me? (Lol)

Farewell Until Saturday!
Miss Mediocre <3

The Sims Medieval Belongs In The Chamber Pot

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

I often think I was born in the wrong century.  I guess playing a game or reading a book about such things is likely a lot easier than actually living in those times, but there’s just something about castles and knights and sword fighting! I love almost anything “medieval” but sadly, I can’t say I love The Sims Medieval.

I mentioned a few months back on here about how excited I was for the release of this game. It seemed like they’d announced it forever ago, so when I realized it was March 22, I ran to my local game store and happily managed to get one of the “Exclusive Limited Edition Content” versions. I had no idea what to expect as I installed it onto my computer, I’d seen trailers, but hadn’t read anything about how the game would actually work.

It turns out The Sims Medieval is very different from The Sims. You create characters, starting with your Monarch who lives in the castle, based on which structures you decide to place. You get a “doll house” view of the buildings when you play, which you can furnish and decorate, but you can’t actually change the structure in any way.

Which buildings give what :

Barracks – Knight
Spy Quarters – Spy
Tavern – Bard
Wizard’s Tower – Wizard
Physician’s Office – Physician
Market – Merchant
Jacobian Church – Jacobian Priest
Peteren Church – Peteren Priest
Blacksmith Shop – Blacksmith

You can only play certain characters depending on which quest you decide to work on. You get a list of quests to chose from and can spend your quest points to accept them. You can only work on one quest at a time, and if you have to abandon the quest, you don’t get your quest points refunded. Each kingdom only gets 50 quest points to work with, and once those are spent you can no longer level up your characters or earn achievements. I found this out after building up my first kingdom, and was very disappointed that I had to leave all the characters I’d worked on and gotten attached to behind to start all over. I decided to keep playing though, because I was curious about what new types of ambitions could be unlocked for kingdoms and because each time you complete a kingdom, it unlocks new clothes and items.

My next kingdom had the ambition to conquer all the surrounding kingdoms. I don’t have specifics because I wasn’t able to do so, (which I’ll talk about in a moment) but there are about 8 neighboring kingdoms that you can spend your resource points (gained from completing quests) to ally with. Once you’re allied with a kingdom, a special quest will become available to annex them. I decided to ally with Aarbyville first, the pirate kingdom. The annex quest had three options, I could assassinate their leaders, I could invade them, or I could have a Bard marry their Queen. I didn’t have a Bard yet, but had just made a fancy new Spy I was itching to try out, so I decided to go with the assassinate option. I played through the whole questline, and at the very end I had killed all the gang leaders and was supposed to challenge the Queen to a duel. I did so, beat her, and nothing happened. I tried again, beat her, and again nothing happened. I’d run into a few glitches that I’d managed to work around, so I spent the next few hours loading and reloading the game and trying everything to get my duel to count. Eventually I realized I wouldn’t be able to work my way around it, so I grudgingly abandoned the quest, losing 3 precious quest points that would have helped speed my domination along. In the final step to the assassination quest I was able to chose which of my characters should duel the Pirate Queen. I had chosen my Monarch, but I figured since I was now very familiar with the quest, I’d just speed my way through it again and this time I’d chose my Spy. After another hour or so I was finished the quest, and to my horror the same thing happened. I was forced to abandon the quest, losing another 3 quest points, and redid it using the invasion option, which worked fine.

By this time though I was quite frustrated and didn’t play for a few days.

I just went back to it this evening to work away on my manifest destiny, and after some very careful planning (because I would now have 2 less quests to use to complete my objective), I decided I would take over Burdley next. I was using my knight to hunt down squirrels when my daily objective popped up to “Duel the Challenger”. I’d done this many times before, having leveled my first knight to 10 (which is the level cap), so I headed out to lay down a knightly beating. I dueled him, won, and the objective did not complete. I thought, “oh no, not this again” and dueled him another time. It didn’t work.

Now the daily objectives are different from your quest objectives. You get two daily objectives each morning at 9am, and you complete them throughout the day to gain experience and up your overall quest progress rating. If you manage to get a Platinum rating, you get bonus resource points, of which I was sorely in need after my glitchy Aarbyville takeover. I decided I couldn’t miss that daily, sure it would have only been a debuff and some missed xp, but honestly I was just sick of things not working. My boyfriend had run into even more horrible time consuming game destroying glitches than I had by this time, and a few of his had been fixed by exiting right out of the game and restarting. I figured I’d try that, so I hit “save and quit”. What pops up next but a blue screen of death! So windows crashes, I restart my computer, start the game up, click on my kingdom and what message do I get? “A serious error has occurred while loading “Sovereign.tsm”. It is strongly recommended that you restart the application.” Restarting the application didn’t help. I guess when the game crashed my computer, it also corrupted the save, so I’m going to have to start that kingdom all over again. I don’t think I’ll bother.

For a spin off game of something as popular as the Sims, you’d think they’d put a bit of money and testing into it to make sure it actually worked before releasing it. There are numerous quests that are bugged or don’t work at all. A large number of people have issues with their video card clashing with the game and restarting their computer over and over. I read about someone who had to actually reinstall Windows because the game went so wonky and on top of it all, it’s basically impossible to make a character that actually looks good! I get that it was medieval times, but I’m sure they could fashion some kind of makeup!  So far I’ve managed to make one slightly pretty elfish Sim, but that’s only one out of nearly 20.

I’m disappointed, to say the least.

This game had great potential and even held some appeal for people who weren’t big Sim fans. It was a cool idea for an adventure game, and rarely when things were working, it was a lot of fun and slightly addictive. Unfortunately if this had been the first Sims game I’d tried, I’m sure I’d never play another. I’ve wasted many hours trying to fix things that shouldn’t have been an issue, and also feel like I wasted my money on a game that was not really finished. It does have the option to be updated, and if they fix all the problems with it in a patch someday that would make a world of difference, if I could ever get over the anger and frustration I’ve accumulated playing it this past week to ever give it another shot that is. So honestly, if you’ve been considering picking up a copy, don’t!

Have any of you been playing it? Are you as fed up and frustrated with it as I am? Have you come across any bugged quests or items to stay away from? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for Reading,
Miss Mediocre <3

WoW vs The Sims Medieval

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

I’m not sure why exactly, but my interest in WoW has been fading a bit lately. I am very happy with Cataclysm, and there is still a lot I have yet to experience, but regardless I have noticed a significant dive in the amount of hours I spend logged in during a week. Real life has been crazy hectic with an unplanned move and some family stuff, but I do think I could have been playing WoW more than I have been had I really wanted to.

As anyone who reads my blog knows, in addition to WoW I am also very fond of the Sims. WoW and the Sims are at constant war for my attention, but thus far WoW has always  come out ahead. I am wondering if that is finally about to change? In March of this year The Sims Medieval will be released, and I am very excited to give it a try. The game appears to keep the basic concepts of the Sims 3, only in a medieval setting! Now I realize this will be far from a WoW replacement for the rest of Azeroth, but my toons are definitely a little concerned.

I think WoW has always won out in the past because I was addicted to the social side of it. Not only would I level this awesome elf all the way to level cap, but all my friends would see it and be like aw sweet way to go. Then we would all go stab a dragon together or something. I don’t know if I am just getting anti-social or the majority of players are getting slightly unapproachable, but now a days, despite recent efforts, I don’t talk to anyone. Maybe once a week someone will message me to see what’s up, but I spend the rest of my time playing WoW like any single player offline game. I don’t do dungeons because their difficulty scares me a bit and I hate doing bad, I don’t join groups for quests because everything is basically easy enough to solo and I don’t talk to people in general because there’s really no point. I enjoy questing and making gold and archaeology and achievements, but I wonder if there’s a point where those things lose their enjoyment, and if I am maybe nearing that point.

I am looking forward to playing the Sims Medieval because it’s something new with knights and castles and I love those things. Sure the Sims walking around my kingdom will be NPCs and sure I probably won’t be stabbing much, but I think I’ll be okay with that. Now if I blow through the whole game in a week like I did when the Sims 3 was released, of course I’ll be digging out my surveying gear and hitting some more Troll dig sites. If the Sims Medieval offers a similar amount of content to the Sims 3 plus it’s current expansions however, then WoW might be in trouble.

I don’t think the Sims Medieval requires much of a description, if you play the Sims you probably have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to be like just from *the Sims + Castles and  stuff* and if you don’t play the Sims you probably don’t care. If by chance you don’t play the Sims but want to check it out, the site for it is here.

Hopefully I don’t retire my toons anytime soon, maybe tomorrow I’ll find my Destroyer of Worlds and suddenly WoW will seem magical and wonderful all over again! C’mon RNG! Regardless of what game is holding my attention however, I’ll continue to blog about it! I’ve been thinking of leveling my Twinkerbell up to 85 and PvPing with her there, so if I get really into that maybe I’ll forget about the Sims Medieval completely?

Do you think you’ll be giving the Sims Medieval a shot? Is Cataclysm holding your attention? Have you been playing any other games? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for Reading!
MM <3

Simington Tower – Spacious High Rise Living

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

As my Late Night Sim gained gained popularity and simoleans, I began to look around for a bigger place. I moved my sim into every high rise in Bridgeport, but none of them were big enough to even think about starting a family in, so instead of retreating across the bridge to a house in the hills, I decided to make one myself!

Simington Tower is the Plasma 501 building after some huge renovations! Unlike all of the “apartment” buildings, Simington Tower has 3 floors of space in which to make your home! I set it up as a home for a full family of 8, and converted the basement of the building into a laundry room and a gym.

You cannot change any of the exterior walls, so I had to work with the space and shape the building already had, but I put my degree in Interior Design to good use, and I think it turned out well, hehe. Simington Tower has already gotten 6 recommendations on The Sims 3 site, which is more than any of my past creations have received!

If you also can’t bare to live back on street level with the rest of the Sim world, but need space to start a family, you can get Simington Tower from the Exchange on the Sims 3 site! Because it’s a high rise building, the pictures of the floors didn’t turn out right on there, so I’ll provide some here for those of you who are interested!

Also, a quick tip! If you ever want to move objects that are outside your unit in a building, just use the “moveobjects on” cheat! Some items can be a bit tricky, but if you pick it up and put it down a few times, it should work!

My Sim Story – Goodbye Riverview

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Just as Laura Simington was settling into her new home, word reached her of an amazing deal on a loft right in the middle of downtown Bridgeport! Though Laura had never aspired to stardom, she could not deny the big city’s ever growing appeal. Bright lights, limos, dance clubs and bars weren’t her main priorities by a long shot, but there was one thing about Bridgeport that had peaked her adventurous curiosity… Vampires.

Rumors had been flowing out of Bridgeport in waves about certain Celebrities who were supposedly Vampires. A leaked security cam shot showed Wogan Hemlock, a well known romance author, apparently biting the neck of a companion. Though Wogan had sued the paper that had published the photo with slander, and won, the photo had been in the back of Laura’s mind for weeks. Perhaps that was all Laura was seeing as she signed the lease papers for her new apartment 18 levels above the streets of Bridgeport.

Laura’s apartment was small. At first she thought this would bother her, as she was used to living right on the water in a small town, or traversing the vast deserts of Al Simhara. She wondered how she was going to live her life out of one bedroom, but she soon realized that she really only needed one thing in her apartment, her bed.

Laura’s first few weeks in Bridgeport were a blur of night clubs, parties, drinks and dancing. Before she knew it, Laura was on the other side of those velvet ropes and paparazzi were snapping pictures of her through open windows and riffling through her dumpster in the middle of the night. She just had a knack for impressing people, not surprising since she had fully explored  some of the most dangerous tombs in Al Simhara, and she ended up impressing some of the right ones.

One night while standing in the line to get into Plasma 501, the hottest night club in Bridgeport, Laura noticed Wogen Hemlock standing by the bar. She crossed her fingers and hoped that it wasn’t Stacy Paxton’s night off. Laura had become friendly with Stacy, the bouncer, while waiting in line earlier in the week, and she knew a quick hug and 25 simoleans would have her dancing within inches of Wogen Hemlock in no time!

Laura inched her way toward the door and caught site of Stacy’s orange ponytail as he shooed away some paparazzi. Laura waved to him and he waved back, motioning for her to come to the front of the line. She greeted Stacy with a big hug, slipping the 25 simloeans into his open palm behind his back.

“Laura, always a pleasure,” he smiled, unclipping the velvet rope and holding it aside for her to enter.

She smiled at him and nodded before making her way to the dance floor.

She contemplated how she should make first contact with Wogen as she danced to some electronica. She felt a little jittery and on some basic level a little frightened, but she assumed it was just nerves. She couldn’t stop thinking about Wogen and even thought she noticed him glance at her a few times. She was building up her confidence to approach him when she felt a tap on her shoulder. She spun around to see Wogen, holding out a Pomegranate Passion drink.

She blushed and smiled and accepted the drink, asking, “Aren’t you having one?”

“They don’t sell what I drink here,” he replied.

Laura danced and flirted with Worgen for hours until Plasma 501 closed for the night and they were kicked out. Neither were ready for the night to end, so they headed to Hogan’s 24 Hour Deep Fried Diner. Though he’d mentioned being hungry, Wogan didn’t eat much, but he did pay for Laura’s food. They then sat outside the diner having some deep conversation about life and love until the sun began to rise.

Laura liked Wogan, not just because he was a Celebrity author who may or may not be a Vampire, they also had a lot in common, and she’d been having an awesome time with him. Despite her exhaustion, she wanted to spend even more time with him, and was about to invite him back to her apartment when he blurted out that he’d had a great time, but had to go.

Laura was disappointed and shuffled off toward home, not glancing back to see Wogan’s clothes begin to smoke in the morning sunlight as he climbed into his black car.

My Sim Story – The Beginning

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Okay, so I realize this might seem like a silly feature to some of you, but I’ve been trying to come up with a way to incorporate more of the games I like into my blog, and a little series about the life of my Sim seemed like a good idea! It may be a bit juvenile, but sitting in the sun on a quiet afternoon imagining characters and their lives is still one of my favorite pass times, lol. That’s what I love about the Sims, creating a character and then living the story of their life! Hopefully even for those of you who don’t like the Sims, you’ll enjoy my Sim’s life story!

Laura Simington had but one goal in life, escaping Riverview! It’s not that there was anything necessarily wrong with the small, quiet community, but it just seemed too small at times. Everyone knew everyone, from the Goths to the Landgraabs, and the Sims of Riverview sure did like to gossip. Having no parents and growing up in an orphanage left Laura with no real ties to Riverview, so as soon as she’d saved up enough simoleans working part-time as a Stylist, Laura would take off for weeks at a time to explore the Pyramids of Al Simhara or to experience the lifestyle of Shang Simla. As she spent more time away she began to realize that exploration truly seemed to be her life’s calling!

As Laura became more familiar with Al Simha, she began to hear rumors from the locals about the legendary Pangu’s axe. There had been a few occasions when Laura truly had been caught between a giant rock and a hard place during her tomb exploration, and the axe was said to be able to smash giant boulders to smithereens. Laura always had been able to make friends quickly, and by using her charms she was able to find out that the axe was somewhere in Shang Simla!

Laura had been to Shang Simla in the past, but had never known about the axe! She’d spent her days drinking tea and learning Martial Arts, a skill she’d been perfecting at home since her last visit. While on her quest to find Pangu’s Axe, her Martial Arts training paid off, as she was forced to spar with a local before he’d give her any information. Once she’d proven herself worthy, he revealed that the axe was hidden in the Temple of Heaven.

Laura stocked up on provisions and headed to the temple right away. She had grown accustom to sleeping alone in tombs that had been sealed for centuries, so when she began to feel sleepy after her first day in the huge catacombs beneath the temple, she was prepared with a tent and bedroll! She did not sleep well that first night however, and vowed to purchase a higher quality tent if she made it out of the tomb alive!

Though Laura was caught by many traps throughout the temple, she was always prepared to extinguish herself with her trusty Shower in a Can! She found many hidden doors and switches, and swam through many underwater tunnels but finally, after almost 3 days beneath the Temple of Heaven, Laura discovered Pangu’s Axe! Pink bolts of energy flashed through it as she swung the mighty weapon, destroying a boulder like it was a house of cards! Laura knew she’d found a mighty relic indeed!

Laura escaped the Temple of Heaven with little difficulty, and headed straight to the local market where she purchased herself the Sultan’s Tabernacle, a truly lavish and expensive tent. After reporting in that she’d found the legendary Pangu’s Axe, and using it to fetch a relic for a local from the Hot Springs, Laura headed back to Riverview for some serious R&R. She’d made so much simoleans selling the relics she’d discovered in her adventures that she was able to purchase a nice lot right on the water, and build herself a very respectable home! Once the construction was complete, she began to wonder if perhaps settling in Riverview wasn’t so horrible.

Some Late Nights . . . Playing Late Night

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I haven’t posted anything about the Sims in a while, simply because I’d grown a bit bored of Ambitions and had accidentally deleted my many accomplished Sims when reformatting my computer a few months back, and hadn’t felt up to doing everything all over again!

I had been looking forward to the release of the Sims 3 Late Night, which is basically the new updated version of the Sims Night Life. I’m a bit vampire crazy (not so much for the sparkly kind, but I do enjoy even them) and Vampires were finally being added to the game in the Late Night expansion!  I got the expansion installed Sunday afternoon, and have been doing little else since then, lol.

My first step was to move one of my characters into the new town. At first I was really excited to find out that you can actually live in skyscrapers! I moved my Sim into a little apartment with a nice view of the city, planning to one day kick out my neighbors and expand my tiny place. Unfortunately I found out that isn’t possible. Unless they release some way to edit skyscraper floors and apartments outside of the game, there is no way to change anything but the inner walls of where you live. The other units in the skyscrapers don’t actually exist, they are just black holes that NPSims disappear into when they aren’t out on the town. I guess that’s the only way they could  have the skyscrapers without the game becoming a lagfest!

My next Late Night adventure was to meet myself a Vampire! It was the middle of the afternoon, so I figured I’d kill some time at the Butterfly Gardens until the sun went down. As soon as I arrive what do I spot smoking in the sunlight? A Vampire! This was another disappointment. I was hoping being a Vampire would have serious benefits and serious obstacles! Sure you get all smokey and a bit grumpy sun-tanning  as a Vamp, but  I wanted it to be a challenge if you needed to get around during the day, like avoiding the streets, staying in the Subway, getting a special car with tinted windows, but that’s not the case at all. When I discovered this, becoming a Vampire got pushed to the bottom of my Late Night to do list.

Instead of flirting my way into life after death, I decided to become a Super Star. I had maximum level Martial Arts and Handiness from a few vacations, so I impressed celebrities by talking about those. You can’t do anything socially with a celebrity Sim until you impress them, but it wasn’t a challenge. I could impress 5 Star Sims later on with a different Sim character who only had a handiness level of 2 and a mixology level of 6.

Once my Sim started conversing with celebrities, I too became a celebrity. There were celebrity related opportunities fairly often, so by completing those and chatting up as many celebrities as I could manage, I was a Super Star by the end of the day. I wish it had been a little more difficult, as that is the main part of the expansion, and it only took a few hours to finish, lol. I also didn’t like how much your scandals effect your relationships! I ended up being enemies with over half the city because my Sim was a bit of a floozy. . . Lol, those damn paparazzi managed to catch me every time I did anything slightly less than savory, and then almost everyone I knew would suddenly stop being my friend. There was a social option to “Dispel Rumors”, but to go to each of my 30 odd friends every time I had a bit of Whoohoo in an elevator was just way too much trouble! There is an option to “Sue for Slander” by clicking on City Hall, but that didn’t help my relationships, it just made me 5,000 simoleans.

The main bonus about being a celebrity is all the free stuff you get. Depending on how many stars your Sim is, you will get a gift in the mail around the end of every week. My Sim ended up with 4 of the most expensive car, 3 pianos, 2 special guitars, 4 hot tubs, 3 fish windows, and a bunch of other random stuff. You end up making more simoleans selling all the free stuff than if your Sim had a job, lol.

After I’d finished becoming a Super Star, I figured it was time to open my very own Vampire Bar! I wanted to build one similar to Plasma, but I couldn’t place anymore skyscrapers in the city, and I didn’t want to demolish one of the existing bars in case the one I made was horrible. Instead I bought a lot just outside of town and built “Beyond The Rave” (get it, like beyond the grave, but with rave because it’s a club, lol). I’m actually pretty happy with my little underground bar, and it has been a “hot spot” for quite some time! I’d like my bar even more if my game hadn’t somehow glitched, causing every bouncer and bartender to disappear. They are there, but they are invisible? I don’t know how to fix it without just starting a new game, which is pretty lame!

Because I owned my own bar, I thought it was time to form a band of the same name and play some shows to help bring in the Vamps! I formed the band with my 5 Star Celebrity husband, who just so happened to be a pro with a guitar. My Sim played the piano. Apparently once you form a band, you will get phone calls with opportunities to play at different venues. I watched really close, but I never got one of those calls. I lost interest in the band thing pretty quick, you can’t set band uniforms and without any opportunities coming up, it seemed pretty fail.

Finally, it was time to become a Vampire! I started a new Sim and sent her off to the big city in search of some fangs. I met an old lady Vampire first with purple hair, and after becoming friends she agreed to turn me. She bit me on the wrist, said something about eternal slumber, and went on her jolly way. I went home and started working on Mixology (bar tending), because I thought it would be pretty cool to be a Vampire Bar Tender. It took a few days of walking around with itchy bite marks, but then just as I was sitting down to eat a nice bowl of cereal on the couch, I disappeared into a bit cloud of red smoke and bats, and emerged a Vampire. I threw that cereal in the trash, and headed out to find my first victim.

As a vampire you can click on a lot and select “Hunt”. I’m not sure how you choose your pray, but their portrait in your friends tab will have a bunch of swirls behind it so you know who you’ve chosen. As a Vampire you have two special powers. You can “Read Sims Mind” which lets you learn one trait, their sign, or one of their favorites. The second Vampire power is to “Make Sim Think of Me”, which sounds cool, but I have no idea what it does. It doesn’t appear to give you a boost to their friendship level or make social interactions any easier with that character. My final disappointment in Late Night was finding out that you don’t even need to drink from other Sims to survive as a Vampire. Every fridge is stocked with “Plasma Juice”, which is a little red juice box that a Vampire can happily live on without ever having to go hunting.

It’s just so sad. There’s so much Vampire stuff out there that the Sims could have drawn from to make the Late Night Vampires epic, but as it is they barely vary from normal Sims. You don’t even need to sleep in a coffin for goodness sake!

Something they did put some work into though, increasing Sims breast size! You can now choose how big you want your Simboobies to be, along with muscle size and muscle definition. They also added some very un-Sim-like lingerie with garters and stockings and the whole bit! They may not have been very inventive with this expansion, but Sims do seem to be getting sexier! lol.