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#8401 Old 13th May 2019 at 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Emmett Brown
Anyone else have trouble with the Sims 3 store's "Hypnotizer"? I had a few hundred sim points left over and I thought I'd waste 'em on this. My sim gets stuck trying to use it, and just stands there and shows the little blocked path thought cloud. I'd give a screen shot but my game crashed so bad it won't even start, so I'm making a new user directory.


I have never had any problems with it, except that sims use it autonomously far too often, just like they do with most of the store objects. One thing to note though is that it tends to not work in small places (sims often need at least 2x3 in front of the hypnotizer [from what I can remember; haven't used it in a while], so they can obey commands like chicken behavior). Other than that, for me it works just perfectly fine when put in the right spot.
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#8402 Old 13th May 2019 at 1:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Emmett Brown
if you have woohooer, put it in debug mode. Then you get grayed out pie menu selections and if you hover over them it tells you why they are grayed out. STC fail, liking gate fail, etc.


I ended up going into story progression and allowing flirts and romance for both genders with both genders as well as setting parameters for various life stages romances and flirts. I'm ok with teen/young adult romance, but not teen/adult or teen/elder. Young adults can be with teens, YA, or adults, but I find the YA/elder pairing not ok. Adults can be with YA, A, or E sims.
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#8403 Old 13th May 2019 at 2:15 PM
Does anybody know of a way I can prevent a party from happening elsewhere in a town when I am trying to get two of my sims married? Because the ceremony was about to start when the groom got a call from his soon to be brother-in-law who was having a pool party at his house. And that was, apparently, why half the people I invited didn't show up - they were all at his house! Then, just as my couple were about it tie the not, brother-in-law shows up and immediately changes into his Bermuda shorts! What an asshole!

I'm calling that one a dry run. Any suggestions?

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#8404 Old 13th May 2019 at 3:46 PM
There's probably an easier way, but I have used Master Controller to force-invite the party guests to the lot at the time the party is supposed to start, in order to make them show up to my party rather than the party being thrown by someone who is probably not even home. I believe there is probably a function somewhere in either MC or SP that deals more directly with parties, but I have no idea where it would be. I just know that if there is something that really needs to be dealt with, it generally turns out that one of the NRAAS mods has a function that deals with it.

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#8405 Old 13th May 2019 at 8:57 PM
There is a command in MC to 'End Party', but when I tried that it ended my party too. So I won't try that again. I quit without saving after that, and have reverted to the backup save in hopes that the next time I try the other party won't happen, but I'm very much afraid it will. These things seem to get set up well in advance, just like one of my family getting a PD for peeing herself will probably happen again (that always seems to happen just as I'm about to have a wedding or something). I've not currently got SP installed, but I think I will try it and see what I can figure out. Thanks for the suggestions.

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#8406 Old 13th May 2019 at 9:25 PM
Inactive resident parties, those hosted by sims not under our control, are like random loose cannons in our games. I do not believe there are any reliable ways to intervene without resetting the other household or switching into it to cancel the party, but those commands will likely unschedule your party as well. Hopefully on the next run through the other party won't happen if you can go back far enough to before it was scheduled, or maybe a different one will happen instead and hosted by someone else who doesn't steal all of your guests away. I like the bit about the brother-in-law showing up late anyway and attired for a swimming pool. Sounds like something that would happen in my real life family.
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#8407 Old 13th May 2019 at 11:03 PM
Well, fortunately the backup save is sufficiently earlier so that things might play out differently (fingers crossed). I suppose it was foolish of me to expect a wedding to go right for once, this is the Sims after all. I spent a lot of time and effort building and setting up the venue, and I went through the entire guest list to ensure everybody had suitable formal wear, only for one of them to pull a trick like that! Ho well, you're right though, real life families can be just as embarrassing at weddings - or worse. Thanks Igazor

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#8408 Old 14th May 2019 at 2:38 AM
If I were to buy the TS3 Starter Pack would I be stuck with the 1.69 patch? I read that if you buy the base game after 2012 you would have to update to 1.69, so I wonder if this is true or not. If true I may have to look into buying the game through Steam.

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#8409 Old 14th May 2019 at 3:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Primavera
If I were to buy the TS3 Starter Pack would I be stuck with the 1.69 patch? I read that if you buy the base game after 2012 you would have to update to 1.69, so I wonder if this is true or not. If true I may have to look into buying the game through Steam.

If the Starter Pack is being provided by Origin, then it's Patch 1.69 with no options to be offered. If the Starter Pack is retail disc based, then it depends on when the base game portion of it (it's really just a few discs being shipped together in that case) was manufactured, not when it is purchased. If there is an Origin logo on the box anywhere, then it was likely made after Sept 2012 and again it will be Origin and Patch 1.69 with no questions being asked. I don't think there were any Starter Packs by that name for sale prior to 2013, so likely the base game is one of the newer discs.

Steam installs are always Patch 1.67 with no Origin involvement. If you can wait until a sale happens, which is several times per year and there is usually one towards the end of June if not sooner, TS3 and all of the packs tend to be discounted up to 70-80% off on Steam.
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#8410 Old 14th May 2019 at 5:15 AM Last edited by Primavera : 14th May 2019 at 6:15 AM.
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Originally Posted by igazor
If the Starter Pack is being provided by Origin, then it's Patch 1.69 with no options to be offered. If the Starter Pack is retail disc based, then it depends on when the base game portion of it (it's really just a few discs being shipped together in that case) was manufactured, not when it is purchased. If there is an Origin logo on the box anywhere, then it was likely made after Sept 2012 and again it will be Origin and Patch 1.69 with no questions being asked. I don't think there were any Starter Packs by that name for sale prior to 2013, so likely the base game is one of the newer discs.

Steam installs are always Patch 1.67 with no Origin involvement. If you can wait until a sale happens, which is several times per year and there is usually one towards the end of June if not sooner, TS3 and all of the packs tend to be discounted up to 70-80% off on Steam.


The one I saw in my local Walmart had the Origin logo on it. And yes you're correct about the last part, I looked up the compilation packs and they were all released after 2012. That's still unfortunate, however, but I'm keeping an eye out for the next Steam sale. If I can't make this one the winter sale will be my next target.

EDIT: scratch that, there are compilation packs that were released before 2012, the Sims 3 Deluxe and Sims 3 plus Pets. Though I haven't seen those in stores for a long time. The Sims 3 plus Showtime/Supernatural/Seasons could be included here as well. Either way I'll start saving up some money for Steam.

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#8411 Old 16th May 2019 at 6:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Primavera
If I were to buy the TS3 Starter Pack would I be stuck with the 1.69 patch? I read that if you buy the base game after 2012 you would have to update to 1.69, so I wonder if this is true or not. If true I may have to look into buying the game through Steam.

I have most of the disks.
If your original Sims 3 disk is old enough (mine is) you can install everything without Origin and end up with 1.67. I've done it.
But I later bought everything on steam for about $5/ea during a Steam sale. It's easier to install that way and I don't have to be careful to make sure I don't click the "install Origin and end your happiness" button.

Sims are better than us.
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#8412 Old 16th May 2019 at 8:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Emmett Brown
I have most of the disks.
If your original Sims 3 disk is old enough (mine is) you can install everything without Origin and end up with 1.67. I've done it.
But I later bought everything on steam for about $5/ea during a Steam sale. It's easier to install that way and I don't have to be careful to make sure I don't click the "install Origin and end your happiness" button.


Now I wish I didn't give my original 2009 disk away to my cousin, if only I knew what I know now. I was looking on Amazon the other night and I found the Deluxe version (base game and Ambitions) for $5 . I'll still keep my eyes peeled for the next Steam sale. All in all the packs I want will end up costing like $60-70 depending on the percentage of the sale, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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#8413 Old 18th May 2019 at 4:53 PM
Will there ever come a day when the sims franchise gets past the "Its a girl game" stereotype?

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/t...e/1100-6466933/

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#8414 Old 18th May 2019 at 5:26 PM
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Will there ever come a day when the sims franchise gets past the "Its a girl game" stereotype?

No. Next question?
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#8415 Old 18th May 2019 at 5:32 PM
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Originally Posted by igazor
No. Next question?


I don't have one; I haven't opened my game in weeks. I do appreciate you and a few other guys that play this 'girls game' though for whatever that is worth.

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#8416 Old 18th May 2019 at 5:49 PM
I think there's more than a few of us. I also have to wonder how the data was collected. Something like this, maybe...

Q1: Do you play The Sims games?
Q2: What are you, some kind of girl or something?
Q3: Were you also always the last one to ever be picked for a team for serious sports like kickball?

(yes, none of your business, and yes)


If my grandparents, who were raising me at the time and whom I still miss dearly as they are no longer with us, were around today I would probably still be jokingly giving them a difficult time for never getting me the Easy Bake Oven I wanted as a child and instead some stupid GI Joe thing. I guess they thought they were being progressive for letting their little grandson play with macho dolls (that he didn't want). So much for the 1960s, maybe we haven't come very far since then after all?

Since then I've learned that things prepared from mixes that supposedly have infinite shelf lives and baked by way of a 100 watt incandescent light bulb don't actually taste anything like food, but that's of course beside the point.
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#8417 Old 18th May 2019 at 5:55 PM
Even If it's a girl game, I feel no shame in it. Mhh, maybe cause I'm past the "you sissy" type of comments or in general intolerant remarks that I don't give a damn. Kind of hard finding nowadays simmers where I live (which I guess makes me stand out from those who play typical games of "gamers"), but at least they know what it is when the conversation about it is strucked.

Anyway for a random question: Do Sims that use the televator and multiple passngers desire to go different floors, how do they go about it? Do they just wait before the current Sims leaves the lift for them to enter? Or has maxis put the nice realism-touch where they also the elevator, and everybody reaches their floor in consistent matter? As nobody observed that or tested it with active Sims?

P.S. Sorry for my bad english.
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#8418 Old 18th May 2019 at 7:18 PM
Yeah, I play this 'girl's game' and I also play grand strategy games, where for a long time I was pretty much the only non-staff female poster on their forums. The former doesn't make me girly, and the latter doesn't make me mannish. A good game is a good game.
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#8419 Old 18th May 2019 at 7:53 PM
wtf I haven't known that people categorize games like that - or at least I haven't known that it's quite common to do so...
Why does this matter at all? People can play the f... they want^^ I play sims, but I also shoot zombies heads off... as SusannaG said, it doesn't define gender and it doesn't say anything about ending up in real-life violence or whatever...
it's sad, that people really are that ignorant. Sounds either like children whos parents raised them with ancient stereotypes or like adult whos parents blabla, but aren't able to reflect their personality^^ I think you should ignore those people, because they praise everything what's popular in the common societies opinion.
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#8420 Old 18th May 2019 at 10:05 PM Last edited by TheThirdWizard : 18th May 2019 at 10:15 PM.


At least try it ^

If it's too long for you then ignore it.
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#8421 Old Yesterday at 9:28 AM
@TheThirdWizard
I read your text and I just want to say, that I admire your strength. It's not easy to live among people who can't or don't want to understand and therefor ignore important things which also needs to be heard (I don't only mean people who play computer games, I refer to other sensitive issues too). So.. I think it's a good thing, that you made your own thoughts about that and that you still keep playing sims. And it's very good to read, that your closest family knows about your "secret" and supports you (:
I think I understand, what you mean by good/bad behavior, but is a person who steals an apple to not die of starving really a bad person? Or is someone a good person because he/she "helps" to get attention? How many videos are out there, where people act like angels to get a bit of fame or to be loved by everyone. In my opinion it's not kindness, it's sad and if I see people like that I don't get the feeling that I am close to them, instead I feel this awkward distance, like this person has no points to connect to, like they are a shell. A mirror. Some people creep the hell out of me.
But I also understand, that it's not easy writing/talking about those things, because it's easy to misunderstand.

I've got another stupid question: Why is it impossible in a year like 2019 to just let people live their lives the f**k they want? ^^ I mean, as long as you don't harm/hurt anyone on purpose, it should be fine. If you want to love a person of the same gender - go ahead! Love is great! Do you want to play sims or want to shoot monsters? Have fun with it! It doesn't harm anyone, it's actually the opposite - It brings joy and love and all the good stuff it's worth living for^^ What's always with this gender stuff or how cool your new car is, or how much money is in your account? Why is it so hard for us people to respect each others values as long as it doesn't affect others in a bad way on purpose? (The last word is really important to me, because unfortunately it can always happen, that we hurt each other. like accidently stepping on the others foot or something^^)

I kinda missed the sims topic here... but it just makes me so so sad, that we live in a world where we have to "obey" society/social media just to be a worthy part of humankind....
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#8422 Old Yesterday at 2:00 PM Last edited by SneakyWingPhoenix : Yesterday at 2:13 PM.
I haven't personally experience the stereotypes from these people that like nastily label simmers, and I haven't heard this issue being relevant somewhere. I would guess, but aren't these the edgy hardcore "gamers" that patrionize simmers just to make themselves feel better / boost their ego?

It's 2019 for Christ sakes. If people were thrown that remark at me, I would get double stick figure minuses over my heard, and probably never speaking to them again as they're de facto an enemy. For a person that I would bet plays first person shooters that i don't care much, they for some reason care what I play. I just don't that non gamers and those that play variety of genres wouldn't humiliate people of whatever they play.

P.S. Sorry for my bad english.
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#8423 Old Yesterday at 2:19 PM
I'm not a 'closet simmer'. If somebody asks me what game or games I play, I tell them. If I get a furrowed eyebrow or asked why I play sims, I ignore the eyebrow action and tell the person that is asking that it's the game I like to play. If they persist after that, depending on the persons' attitude and how they persist, dictates my response.

Example: People at places like Best Buy are known for asking questions when a person goes in to buy a new computer. The questions are general and not meant to be invasive. That being said, the last time I had one of these conversations with one of their sales people, they wanted to know what I use my computer for. My answer is always the same; putzing around the internet, Photoshop and playing TS3. They always pause at the sims thing. Some of them ask, others don't. The last one that asked me about it told me that Sims 4 is out and that I don't need to play old versions. I smiled, told him that I have been playing sims since 2000 and prefer the "old versions" of the game. He didn't know how to respond to that, so I got a lot of word whiskers of "ohh"..."ahh"... and he dropped the subject. If he didn't drop it, I would have gone down my laundry list of reasons of why I don't play TS4 even though I suspect he wouldn't have had a clue what I was talking about.

I don't care if people get their undies in a bunch that I play sims. There are far worse things I could be doing and nobody is making them play it. My beef with the whole "it's a girl game" thing is that it isn't a girl game and more often than not, the people that spout such BS have never played sims or farted around with TS1 for a bit and never played after that. These people depend on Wikipedia and other websites to find information about it for their articles. Non-simmers are easy to spot but not all of them are jerks about it. My mother doesn't play sims, but she thinks they're funny and asks what my pixel people have been up to if I mention that I've played my game. I give her the highlights, she laughs, then we talk about something else unless she wants to know something specific. I'm the only person in my house that plays sims; they don't care either.

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#8424 Old Yesterday at 6:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Fluse
I think I understand, what you mean by good/bad behavior, but is a person who steals an apple to not die of starving really a bad person? Or is someone a good person because he/she "helps" to get attention? How many videos are out there, where people act like angels to get a bit of fame or to be loved by everyone. In my opinion it's not kindness, it's sad and if I see people like that I don't get the feeling that I am close to them, instead I feel this awkward distance, like this person has no points to connect to, like they are a shell. A mirror. Some people creep the hell out of me.
But I also understand, that it's not easy writing/talking about those things, because it's easy to misunderstand.



What can I say? Thank you for your kind words.

Mad Poster
#8425 Old Today at 9:06 AM
Do WA cash registers pull in visitors?

P.S. Sorry for my bad english.
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