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Sims 3 Opinions and Sims 2 Story Site Recommendations

In my role as human newsfeeder, I bring you these snippets of tasty goodness.

Zazazu's Observations about Sims 3:

1. There's still peeing. Apparently, the pee is occuring in multiple shapes.
2. There are 11 voice actors.
3. Lots of the people who work on the project like Oblivion and D&D stuff. They're like us! WOW!
4. Rod Humble's a hardcore gamer, in addition to being hardcore creepy.
5. Sims can roam freely through town. They can even piss themselves at the gym.
6. You'll be able to see cars go by while playing a Sim, and neighbors doing daily tasks like cooking and painting.
7. Alarming, and I quote: "Matt is hungry. Click here to feed him." 2 points for anyone who can spot the typo after this quote in the article. Professional journalism these days  (Roll Eyes)
8. They say that you'll go to work with the Sim, but then kind of gloss over it and mention bringing work home with you. So I'm not sure that they truly mean shadowing a Sim at work.
9. "The next big change in The Sims: it has an inventory system." Um. We already have an inventory system, Sherlock.
10. Hair flows. There are more facial variation controls, including an "Asian-ness" slider.
11. Sims have buffs. Yeah, really. Kind of like with FreeTime, where we've noticed that Sims who have bad weeks have faster motive decay and good weeks the opposite.
12. No more 6 nice points. Now you choose from a set of personality traits. (6 total) They list possibilities like evil, playful, perfectionist,  paranoid. Because everyone's personality is set at the extreme, apparently. The connotations, they burn.
13. Forget stealing the newspaper: now you can steal park benches!
14. The pre-made neighborhoods we know and love will be there, including a new Pleasantville. I guess they had to do it, just don't let any of them be in the Sims3 equivalent of the simbin and clogging up my custom 'hoods.
15. No multiplayer. Good. Mine, mine, all mine! There will be an Exchange.
16. There will be expansions (duh).

Jade Eliot's Sims 2 Story Recommendations:

Well, these are the best Sims 2 Story Blogs that I know of:

The Broke Legacy: The FINEST legacy I have ever read. She makes Maxian hoods look interesting and fun to play - to me this is an amazing feat. She starts off with the Brokes, moves to Strangetown, then marries in some Veronavillians. She is at Gen 5 or 6 now, I think so plenty to read. It will take you a day or two to get through it all.

The Kingdom of Lothere: This is more like an intricate graphic novel then a Sims 2 blog. It started with the Royal Kingdom Challenge, but has since expanded into the deepest and richest storyline in the Sims 2 world, in my opinion. She has been at it for over two years and updates often, so it will take you a month to read it all - perhaps more.

Seasons of Change: Nicely done ongoing story set in Regency times. She does not update as much, so you won't get overwhelmed.

Simmerville: Wins the medal for the longest running Sims site. (Not a blog, but blogs did not exist when Simmerville started up, I think!) This is a Sims 2 Sims site that I have been reading for two years and STILL keep finding stuff I never saw before. A huge database driven site on an entire hood/subhoods that are many years old. Same hood since Sims 1 days!!

Strangetown, Here We Come: Her forte is characterization. Building on the characters and making their motivations and actions very real.

Windlebridge I *heart* Windlebridge! Ingeli is the bravest Simmer I know! She always makes me look at Thyme and think, "Why didn't I think of that, dangit?" Windlebridge is so intricate and she built the COOLEST castle, ever! It is separate lots, but all connected using LotShrinker (Mootilda's Lot Expander version that is in testing).

Wings of Steel: If you dig dark vampirey stuff, Mao's yer girl.

Worlds Apart: Hands down the BEST Sims 2 pictures - and some awesome writing to boot. Kara is a graphics queen. Drool over the pretty!

(JadeEliott's site:) The Isle of Thyme . Go read it. 'Nuff said. For more link love, hit the Pimpage.


Non-Sims related Humor:
The 10 Funniest Misleading Domain Names


Attn: Entrepreneurs


Everyone knows if you plan to operate a business today, you need a domain name. It is best to look at the domain name you want as other see it rather than just as you think it looks. Failing to do this may cause situations like the following (legitimate) companies who deal in humdrum, everyday products and services, yet clearly didn’t think through their domain names enough.

1. Take the site called ‘Who Represents‘ which finds the agent representing a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… is:
www.whorepresents.com

2. Experts Exchange is a knowledge base where programmers exchange advice and views at:
www.expertsexchange.com

3. Want to find a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at:
www.penisland.net

4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at:
www.therapistfinder.com

5. Of course, there’s the Italian Power Generator company…
www.powergenitalia.com

6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales:
www.molestationnursery.com

7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always:
www.ipanywhere.com

8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website is:
www.cummingfirst.com

9. Then, of course, there’s these brainless art designers, and their whacky website:
www.speedofart.com

10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe? Try their brochure website at:
www.gotahoe.com


Funniest MP3 of the Week:


It's Jonathan Coulton's "Tom Cruise Crazy." ROFFLE!

You may recognize his name from the game Portal's end credits song sung by GLaDOS, "Still Alive."


Enjoy!

Comments

I don't see a contradiction...I think she meant that you's end up with 5-6 traits after selecting from a larger list, not that there were only 6 traits total in the game to select from.

It's all speculation at this point, though, I suppose.

BTW, are you interested in the Sims 3 yet, disinterested, or waiting to learn more before deciding?
The Coulton track is cute. I got to meet him once, and he's really a nice guy. Plus, his music is fun.

I sent the link of funny site names on to friends, btw.

And the Sims 3 observations are rather funny. I didn't realize there were staffers who worked on Oblivion. That's pretty cool.

And I'll have to check out some of the links. I love Strangetown Here We Come for the characterizations, and The Broke Legacy is my favorite (and only one I read) legacy ever.
Just wanted to say thanks for the link to Wings of Steel! My link-tracker-thing brought me here.

I haven't looked at anything Sims 3 related and don't plan to, but your observations made me laugh. I'm far too cynical and hatin' on EA, so I'll just focus on Sims 2 until Sims 3 is a month from release, haha.

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