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#376 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 4:32 PM
Originally Posted by jje1000
One question I really do have is why High School Years (Announced June 30, Released July 28) was announced so soon after Werewolves (Released June 16), it basically immediately sucked up all the positive attention that Werewolves got, and no releases in August means that the franchise is stewing in the sour feelings that HSY had upon release. Furthermore, a later release half a month later might have mean at least a few more weeks of bugtesting, which might have resolved more of the issues the pack faced.

Is it EA trying to take advantage of kids' last month of summer holidays before school starts again? Internal office competition or issues with the high school pack programming? EA trying to buff up its quarterly earnings? Failure of the kit system (interesting how everything has gone silent on that front as I guess all hands are needed to fix HSY bugs)?

Could also have to do with where they are in the fiscal year and sales numbers
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#377 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 11:07 PM
EA is always looking for shortcuts to boost their quarterly earnings regardless of where they are on the fiscal calendar. People don't like to hear that none of this is about the feels, but it isn't.

Is there a push to crank out more content towards the end of a fiscal quarter; sometimes. They don't do this on a consistent basis though. Was it a "mistake" that High School Years came out right after or right before school started back up again? Probably not. For those that don't live in the US, not all states start school at the same time. In my neck of the woods they don't go back until after Labor Day. Meanwhile, well south of me the kids have been back to school for a few weeks to a month depending on the state.

As far as sour feelings and pissing people off, there is no shortage of that going around. It isn't much of a comfort that EA enjoys pissing everybody off that plays one or any of their games, but it isn't just TS4 that has these issues.

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#378 Old 30th Aug 2022 at 9:11 PM
Schools hereabouts (SC) went back first week of August, for the most part. (In my day, back in the dark ages, we never went back until just after Labor Day.)
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#379 Old 1st Sep 2022 at 12:05 AM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 1st Sep 2022 at 1:00 AM. Reason: added things
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Really, Maxis? Your game is metaphorically crashing down around your ears, but you have time to roam about the TS4 community pulling this crap? What's next? You going to pull other so-called 'influence' internet BS as well?

People can trust me ( I have no idea who this person is; nor is it yours truly), I have influence on the internet. I can control what people buy and how they think.
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#380 Old 1st Sep 2022 at 11:16 PM
Well, we've all heard of - and experienced - the Disagree Fairy on this website. Stands to reason there could be a Follow Fairy on other sites? Simguru or no. In reality though, I think that is a computer generated thing. A Maxis app to make it look like real people, Simgurus, are interested in what you do. But in fact it's just a simple programme and no living Simguru gives a flying fig about anyone. Like when Maxis favorite a lot, or sim or room on the Gallery. Like fuck a real person takes time out to do that. A quick app that makes a random selection and bam, job done. Meanwhile the creator is in the clouds of joy thinking Maxis took time out to praise their shit. Maxis don't take time out to make a proper, functioning game! You think a real person, a real Maxis person, is gonna take the time to trawl through a thousand Gallery uploads to finally choose a favorite for the day. Dream on.

But do you know what's really gonna bake your noodle? What the worst of it all is? Maxis are better at making these pat-on-the-back apps to convince you real Simgurus are interested in your shit, than they are at actually making the game, TS4, that these mollycoddle apps serve.

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#381 Old 2nd Sep 2022 at 8:17 PM
SimDooDoos they are. How are they Gurus when they know little about the game.l

There something I wanted to add from a remark I heard something pertaining them and/or their name, but I'll have to look it up again to reread/relisten what was said. Probably the confusion it leads to how none really have interest about the game outside their work while they write on twitter on their SimGuru accounts to look as if they're guring out while some know hardly to nothing about how the gane is played.

P.S. Sorry for my bad english.
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#382 Old 3rd Sep 2022 at 11:06 PM
A Sims 4 update came out 8-30-2022 that many are already aware of but just posting the info details for those still unaware:

Update 08/30/2022
PC: / Mac:
Console: Version 1.63

Hello Simmers!

As we close out the summer, we’re excited to bring you this base game update. With new Scenarios and a list of bug fixes, we hope you’ll have fun discovering new ways to play.
- The Sims Team

What’s New?

Learn more about friends, careers, and family life with the new Welcome Scenarios! Three new Scenarios with more complexity, premade households, and special rewards depending on the outcome you reach!

New In Town focuses on learning about relationship making with the newest arrival to the town, Farrah Nouvel. Explore the world of The Sims™ 4, with a brand new household.

Stuck In Their Shadow features Nova Curious and her rival, Lewis Sancho, in their longtime fight to be the top dog at work. With 28 different outcomes depending on your choices during play, you’ll get a chance to explore many pathways to career success!

Parenting Predicaments is all about family, with Pablo and Jennifer Martinez and their adorable twins, Sofia and Leonardo. Can you manage this growing family and guide Sofia and Leonardo into a happy teenagehood?

These Welcome Scenarios will include Clickable Goals. Left-click on any goal in the Welcome Scenarios to receive tips and guidance about how to complete the goal!

Bug Fixes

The Sims 4

Plant Sims can move items from their inventory without issues now.
Camera movement on macOS is more responsive, especially for those running Monterey.
Some instances of incorrect pronouns have been resolved.
We clarified some Scenario goals.
Text for Scenarios with existing households also is more accurate.
Limited-Time Scenarios show that they are time-limited again and end at the proper time.
Scenarios info popups now have a link to Lessons so you can learn more about them.
Lessons for Scenarios have new images.
Scenarios no longer immediately complete when starting a second Scenario in the same saved game.
The Event and Scenarios details panels no longer are blank when double clicking their button for information.
We made some small interface improvements for Scenarios. For example, when selecting an existing household for a Scenario, the button to configure Neighborhood Stories no longer appears.
In the My Households tab, households with active Scenarios no longer have a purple heart icon while Neighborhood Stories is inactive.
The Scenario bubble no longer overlaps with the sidebar for some resolutions.
The "Engaged in Conflict" Scenario no longer repeats the 'On Second Thought' goal.
Scenario "Perfectly Well-Rounded" has the goal to "Reach Level 3 in Any Skill" which now can be completed.
Color swatches for back hair now appear in the standard order.
Images for Stuff You Might Like in the Main Menu now display at the proper ratios for all game resolutions.

Get to Work

No more goofing off on the job - Doctors no longer T-pose while performing surgery.
Alien Toddler's legs now stay visible while applying outfits in Create a Sim.

High School Years

Graduating Sims who arrive late to the event now change into their graduation gown and all graduates stay in their gowns during the event. This is a big moment, so dress the part!
Early Graduates now receive their diploma and no longer are erroneously told that they are dropping out.
Detention was a smidge harsh. Sims no longer indefinitely study for exams when in detention.
Sims with low Fitness skill succeed with the Football Toss more often.
The team practice pop-up no longer references a non-existent crush.
Business Plan objects in the inventory now can be scrapped if you want to clear up some inventory space. If you love to store clutter, feel free to keep them around
The Social Bunny contact button now always stays visible for your Sims who have friends.
A few facial hairs were growing from stubble straight to full beards. They now grow more incrementally.
The facial hair ymFacialHair_EF11BeardShortStubble now can be clean shaven. Razors were adjusted to catch this short stubble.
ymBottom_EP12PantsSkinnyCalf pants now only display once in Create a Sim.
The sunlight in Copperdale is less intense. A 6° change in the angle of the sun makes a big difference!
Engaging in a Pillow Fight with Sims you do not know no longer is deemed acceptable. At least say hello first!
The shadow for the Single Serve Hammock now appears correctly under this chair.
High School Years now appears only once in the Packs section of the main menu.
Missing images for items on the High School Years pack page have been found. They now display properly.
Sims will correctly direct their prom invites to the Sim they intended to ask, not the Sim currently controlled by the player.
Sim phone usage has been tamped down. Teens will still use the phone more often.


We made some pronoun-related bug fixes thanks to community reports!


More pronoun fixes!

Dream Home Decorator

Sims now can add rooms for Room Addition gigs.

Bust the Dust

"Bust the Dust" visual effects no longer appear when the Dust system is turned off.
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#383 Old 4th Sep 2022 at 9:03 PM
Is it worth buying Cottage Living? I watched someone playing with it and it did look somewhat interesting. But I kinda don't want to give more to EA when the game is as broken as it is, unless it actually adds something worthwhile.
#384 Old 6th Sep 2022 at 12:44 AM
Originally Posted by Craft90
Is it worth buying Cottage Living? I watched someone playing with it and it did look somewhat interesting. But I kinda don't want to give more to EA when the game is as broken as it is, unless it actually adds something worthwhile.

Totally up to you. I got on sale at half off. I like the world. I like build/buy. The animals are a bit fun. I play all new things I get for a while and then seem to move on pretty fast. But I have no regrets getting it.
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#385 Old 15th Sep 2022 at 5:43 AM
Posting info for Sims 4 update that came out 9-13-2022:

Update 09/13/2022
Groundhog Day

PC: / Mac:

Console: Version: 1.64

Hello, Simmers!

This update resolves a few issues including the one of the game not saving under certain circumstances. Happy Simming!

- The Sims Team

Bug Fixes

The Sims 4

Children, teens, young adults, and adult Sims who blow out the candles on their cake now should age up reliably. Happy birthday! We still are investigating the problem for toddlers.

High School Years

Feel like you are going backwards in time after visiting the Thrift Shop? It turns out that some mods were preventing the game from saving. We've made the store more accommodating to external content. We have seen some of you who do not play with mods reporting this problem. If you continue to encounter the issue, please let us know on AnswersHQ.

Eco Lifestyle

Freelance Crafters can now send fabricated items via “Send to client for approval…” from computers to complete the “Send your finished work to the client” career task.


Sims trying to get indoors during a blizzard now walk appropriately. Stay warm!

Get Famous

DJs and Mixologists no longer leave their booth unattended when a Celebrity attempts to build up Fame through “Perform <scene> for Tips” or Dance Battles. As they say, “Starve your distractions; feed your focus.”
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#386 Old 16th Sep 2022 at 7:02 AM
Originally Posted by Craft90
Is it worth buying Cottage Living? I watched someone playing with it and it did look somewhat interesting. But I kinda don't want to give more to EA when the game is as broken as it is, unless it actually adds something worthwhile.

Yes it is actually, it is worth buying, but not for the price in my opinion. Best wait for the sale. The only really new about it in my opinion are the livestock. The farming itself are just gardening with more plants to plant. So I will recommend to wait.
Mad Poster
#387 Old 16th Sep 2022 at 1:14 PM
That garden to garden farming is what we’re missing sadly. That TS3 grove kits with the tractor is what we’re really missing.

I assume they tried making crops at one point but they looked really bad (design limitations) and they just kept the stuff we have now. “Garden” to table as they call it.

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#388 Old 16th Sep 2022 at 2:28 PM
The animals in cottage are cute but be prepared for a full-time job keeping them healthy.
Mad Poster
#389 Old Yesterday at 3:21 AM
The custom content girls have give us actual ANIMATED spiral stairs before EA after 8 years. Because of course they did.

Being fair, it being a single object and not a dynamic object with variable heights like a ladder is AOK with me.

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