Saturday, December 31, 2011

Can't Live Without My Sims 3!!!!

I've decided I MUST have my Sims 3 on my new computer at all costs. (I know. I'm fickle.) I don't want to risk damaging my computer, but after further research, I don't think it'll do any harm for the fans to run at turbo speed for a while. I'll be using my notebook on my desk so it'll get plenty of air :)

So, what I've decided to do is:
*pare down my custom content (I have way too much of it & only use about a third of what I have)
*try to find 'efficiency' worlds that are less graphics-intensive, which will be friendlier with my computer
*use smaller houses
*play smaller sim families (I already do this, with the exception of a few families)

I think this will help with the speed of the game & the system resources it uses. Hopefully this will be enough to let me play on low-medium settings without too many hiccups.

Now, off to test!

If you know of any smallish, 'efficiency' worlds, please let me know. I have one already, Greenwood Village, I've mentioned it before :)

(Also, I just realized I've had my blog for 2 years!)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Good/Bad News & Random screenshots from Dec 9

The good news is Sims 3 is working on my new machine. (Thanks PiB!) The bad news is it looks awful. Pretty much playable, but not very pretty. All the options defaulted to the lowest settings. That's what an integrated graphics chip will get 'cha I guess! I only went into the Simmons house, so I don't even know how my computer would handle sims going into town. I'm glad that the game works, but I'm worried about what running the game will do to my computer. I'm afraid it's going to burn out or something. Upon loading the game, the fans immediately kicked it up to high gear & were very loud. (This is the only time I've ever even heard the fans since owning it.) My laptop got really hot after only about 30-40 minutes of playing. (I usually play for hours at a time). At this point, I think it would be best to abandon the idea of playing Sims 3 on my new machine & just pull out my old laptop when I want to play.  I am thinking of getting the Sims Stories games to play on my new computer, as they were designed to be played on a laptop and will be less taxing on my system. Not that any of you want to know all this, but I decided to tell ya anyway ;)

Now, here are some shots from the last time I played (December 9)

 Kimber's ghost awakens!

 Star playing for tips in the park

 Kaylynn's painting

 Kaylynn on her first date with Erich Robinson, who turned out to be married :(

 Rick's ghost likes to workout

 Kaylynn visited Egypt

 more of Kaylynn's painting

 Still more painting

 Even more painting
She just might reach the top of this profession yet!

Did I mention Rick's ghost likes to workout? Here he is swimming laps in the pool. 
I think it's cool how the ghosts' bodies disappear underwater :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

"This is ridiculous" AKA "Sims Medieval on my BRAND NEW 13" MacBook Pro"

I think it's ridiculous that I paid $28 for a game that I can't even play. Oh correction, I can play, but my sims look like freakazoids. I want a refund! I'll be sure to be really careful about whose products I spend my money on in the future.

That is all. I just wanted everyone to see exactly what I was talking about in my earlier post.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New computer, but sadly no sims :(

I got a new computer for Christmas (& of course I couldn't actually wait until Christmas day to open it). Unfortunately, my new mac's OS isn't compatible with the Sims 3. The textures on the sims are all messed up. A patch has been mentioned over on the EA forums, so I guess I'll just have to be patient until the problem's fixed!

I thought I might be able to play sims 2 until sims 3 is fixed, but OS X Lion doesn't have Rosetta anymore, so that's out too.

super sad face :(

That is all....just needed to vent a little :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Screenshots

Rick Simmons died

The entire family mourns Rick's death. Star channels her grief into fishing.
Kaylynn channels her grief into her artwork

 Kimber chose to use her grief as inspiration for new inventions. Unfortunately, she caught herself on fire!

 She burned for a long time.

I have no idea why she didn't extinguish herself in the pool. By the time I directed her to it, it was too late...

 Kimber burned to death just as Kadence came to extinguish the flames.

Rick's ghost showed up after a few days. He spent the entirety of his 'haunting' hours running on the treadmill.

Kaylynn grieves for her twin & paints.

I kind of anticipated Rick's death, since he was 104 days old, but Kimber's death was a total surprise. I'm experimenting a little with letting sims have more freewill, so that's pretty much the only reason I didn't try to save her sooner. It was really hard to watch her die.
She was one of my favorites :(

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Some of the Simmons Visited China

Star, Rick, & Kadence recently returned from China:

Kadence was finally able to learn the martial arts skill

Kaylynn is advancing well as a freelance painter

Star relaxing in the living room after the long trip

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Meet the Fraziers!

Sign: Virgo
Favorites: French, Autumn Salad, Sea Foam
Traits: Brave, Handy, Clumsy, Photographer's Eye, Lucky
Career/Profession: Military (retired)

Sign: Aries
Favorites: French, Cheese steak, Pink
Traits: Insane, Family-oriented, Coward, Charismatic, Artistic
Career/Profession: Political (retired)

Sign: Taurus
Favorites: Chinese, Spaghetti, Spice Brown
Traits: Absent-minded, Brave, Artistic, Snob, Angler
Career/Profession: None

Sign: Libra
Favorites: French, Sushi, Grey
Traits: Insane, Virtuoso, Clumsy, Hates the Outdoors
Career/Profession: None

Sign: Leo
Favorites: Classical, Frogs Legs, Purple
Traits: Excitable, Light Sleeper, Daredevil, Absent-minded
Career/Profession: None

Sign: Leo
Favorites: French, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Lilac
Traits: Excitable, Heavy Sleeper, Loner, Couch Potato
Career/Profession: None

Meet The Davis Family!

Sign: Sagittarius
Favorites: French, Key Lime Pie, Purple
Traits: Good Sense of Humor, Great Kisser, Bookworm, Natural Cook, Computer Whiz
Career/Profession: Law Enforcement

Sign: Cancer
Favorites: French, Tri-Tip Steak, Blue
Traits: Brave, Good Sense of Humor, Athletic, Charismatic, Ambitious
Career/Profession: Professional Sports

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Bjovis

Sign: Aquarius
Favorites: Classical, Pancakes, Irish Green
Traits: Family-Oriented, Handy, Neat, Virtuoso, Easily Impressed
Career/Profession: None

Sign: Scorpio
Favorites: Pop, Autumn Salad, Turquoise
Traits: Absent-Minded, Great Kisser, Vegetarian, Genius, Computer Whiz
Career/Profession: Law Enforcement


Sign: Gemini
Favorites: Classical, Waffles, Orange
Traits: Family-Oriented, Bookworm, Frugal, Heavy Sleeper, Easily Impressed
Career/Profession: Medical

Sign: Gemini
Favorites: Kids, Spaghetti, Irish Green
Traits: Brave, Loner, Good, Natural Cook
Career/Profession: None


Sign: Scorpio
Favorites: Electronica, Mac & Cheese, Lilac
Traits: Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Family-Oriented, Kleptomaniac
Career/Profession: None

Sign: Aries
Favorites: Electronica, Goopy Carbonara, Blue
Traits: Good Sense of Humor, Couch Potato, Virtuoso, Commitment Issues
Career/Profession: None

Sign: Gemini
Favorites: Kids, Key Lime Pie, Spiceberry
Traits: Slob, Insane, Easily Impressed, Lucky
Career/Profession: None

The Burbicks

Meet the Burbicks!

Sign: Capricorn
Favorites: Classical, Dim Sum, Sea Foam
Traits: Good, Natural Cook, Neat, Virtuoso, Schmoozer
Career/Profession: Music

Sign: Libra
Favorites: Classical, Spaghetti, Blu
Traits: Clumsy, Vegetarian, Virtuoso, Frugal, Angler
Career/Profession: Culinary

Sign: Capricorn
Favorites: Pop, Goopy Carbonary, Spice Brown
Traits: Neat, Natural Cook, Kleptomaniac, Artistic
Career/Profession: None

The Fergusons

Meet Melanie & her daughter, Selena!

Favorites: Soul, Crepes, Spiceberry
Traits: Can't Stand Art, Dramatic, Vegetarian, Eco-Friendly, Charismatic
Career/Profession: Stylist

Sign: Sagittarius
Favorites: Indie, Cookies, Blue
Traits: Brave, Adventurous, Perceptive, Ambitious
Career/Profession: None