I find I do best if I reboot every few days. My usual reason for rebooting is that my computer has got too slow to play The Sims 2.
Now for what I've discovered, not really today, but over a period of time: Sims have got a extra name, possibly a "Known As" name, that the developers of SimPE appear not to have known about. Have a look at these SimPE screenshots:
These pictures show the two townie women who work in J'Adore Bakery and whom Gilbert Jacquet is trying to seduce. Note their names.
Now look at their names in-game:
(Sorry the only in-game picture I have of Ms D. Taylor is from Gilbert's relationship panel.)
I have never seen the names Teresa and Devi in-game, and I cannot find the names Tess and Denise anywhere in SimPE. It's maybe worth mentioning that I have HystericalParoxysm's version of Live.package. The Bluewater townies were the first sizable group of Sims to get their names from this source after I installed it. Although the SimPE developers appear not to know about this extra name, it does look as if HP must have known something about it. I understand she's on long-term sabbatical leave, rather than retired, so I hope she may come back one day an explain what she knows.
I presume this is the reason why I've seen it recommended that we use an in-game utility to change a Sim's first name rather than SimPE.
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